Tacoma celebrates missing link completion with ‘Sunday Parkways’

destination-point-defiance-route-map-1The Tacoma Parks is holding a nearly seven-mile “Sunday Parkways” event to celebrate the completion of their waterfront trail connecting downtown to Point Defiance Park.

The event runs from 8 a.m. until noon Sunday.

While we don’t typically cover Tacoma on this blog, this event sounds particularly awesome.

Cascade Bicycle Club has more details:

The “Downtown to Defiance” event celebrates the culmination of a decades-old dream to create a seven-mile waterfront trail connection from downtown Tacoma to the region’s most popular park, the Point Defiance Park. Located along the Puget Sound, completing Tacoma’s  Missing Link connects the Ruston Way promenade, the Point Ruston Development, Town of Ruston, City of Tacoma , Point Defiance Park and the future 11-acre waterfront park on the peninsula.

On Sunday, Sept. 22, walkers, runner, skaters and bicyclists are invited to participate in various walks, runs or rides for all ages and abilities along the trail. There will many activities and festivities along the way, so grab a a Downtown to Defiance passport and collect stamps at the many stops as you go!

Pre-register here!

Schedule of events:

Tacoma Dome
7:30am Pre-event gathering and bike staging at Tacoma Dome Flag Plaza.
8:00am Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club 25-mile and 45-mile bike rideRegister here to claim your free cinch pack, also register with the Wheelmen’s Club on-site the day of the event.
8:05am VeloFemmes Women’s Ride: Open to all women riders.(facebook.com/VeloFemmes)
8:15am Community members leave Tacoma Dome, along with elected officials on a 14-person human being pedal-powered pedalounge.

Point Defiance Park

10am – 2pm Activities at Point Defiance bowl
11am Point to Point kid’s ride with Kidical Mass. An out and back ride from Point Defiance to Point Ruston. Free iced fruit bar from Hilltop Pop Shop for all participants.
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2 Responses to Tacoma celebrates missing link completion with ‘Sunday Parkways’

  1. Forrest says:

    Woah! I’ve biked to the Point Defiance ferry, and cursed this missing piece.
    Coming back, the bus at times leaves riiight before you can get off the ferry. WHY?
    At any rate, I’m psyched to hear this.

    Everyone else is closing their missing links…

  2. Teri says:

    I was excited to hear that Schuster Parkway will be closed to car traffic for the event. If you’re like me and you’ve always wanted to bike on that road while NOT being ran over by the cars speeding at 60 MPH, or be relegated to the sidewalk and get a flat tire from broken glass and rocks, this is the event for you.
    Et vive les VeloFemmes!

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