Tacoma Urbanist

Mar. 7, 2008 at 12:23am

Downtown Activists:Noon Takeover of Frost Park Today

You have probably read about it in the Tribune, Volcano or online.  There is a community effort to "occupy" troubled Frost Park at 9th and Commerce in Downtown Tacoma today 3/7/2008 at Noon.

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(These are the only pictures I have of it.  Made on an earlier post about crime reduction).

It is very possible that cookies and other treats will be there.

Commentary

Due to placing a "greenspace" next to the blank cement wall of the North Parking Garage, Pantages and by the bus stop has made this green area troubled.  Yet, here it is and we are left to make the best of it.  This should be interesting.  I hope the weather is good.  The LINK is helping to make this event possible.

Get the latest news about the event here.

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Comments

by izenmania on 3/7/2008 @ 12:32am
That is, of course (and I'm sure it was the intent) the worst angle of the park... the parking garage.

As the sole "activist" at the beginning of last week's lunch hour, I actually found the park remarkably calming. I was able to sit next to the fountainy bit and just watch people go by. I sat in silence alone, then in silence with pink cookie lady for a few minutes, thinking she was looking for someone else when apparently she was looking for me all along, and then in conversation with my dad... and really, as long as you face away from the parking garage, it's a nice little green-space.

by jenyum on 3/7/2008 @ 7:50am
Both kids have the day off from school today, for teacher training. I think we'll be there, maybe we'll even take the bus.

by Erik on 3/7/2008 @ 9:50am
Weather: overcast but no rain. Little wind.

by morgan on 3/7/2008 @ 9:51am
What if that side of the parking garage were turned into a cascading waterfall?

...or how about we just tear it down.

See you there!

by KevinFreitas on 3/7/2008 @ 9:55am
How 'bout a mural gets painted instead of the boring, bland nothingness?

See y'all at noon!

by Erik on 3/7/2008 @ 10:03am
How 'bout a mural gets painted instead of the boring, bland nothingness?

Another statute site?

How 'bout a mural gets painted instead of the boring, bland nothingness?

That might actually work and be doable.

Less than 2 hours now till the event. Looks like it is going to happen. Hang on.

by KevinFreitas on 3/7/2008 @ 10:07am
Hanging on. No statues -- it's a huge blank canvas. Let's make use of it. I'm going to be talking it up today at noon.

by izenmania on 3/7/2008 @ 10:08am
*hangs on*

by Erik on 3/7/2008 @ 11:27am
You won't need it. But here is the BIA number:

(253) 383-1131

by NineInchNachos on 3/7/2008 @ 1:23pm
We won! We Take Backed the Park!

ANARCHISTS SHUT DOWN FROST PARK !

or

POCKET ANARCHISTS SHUT DOWN FROST POCKET PARK !

that was fun. nice work my friends. my peanut butter sandwich never tasted so good.

by Erik on 3/7/2008 @ 1:26pm
First pictures.

What a success!







Thanks for the leadership Kevin and for staking claim of Frost Park for Feed Tacoma and other would be users of the park.



More pictures at :

www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma-urbanist/

by KevinFreitas on 3/7/2008 @ 1:39pm


Haha, we definitely took back the park. Hopefully there's no chance it'll get fenced off. 'Twould be a shame. It's very nice. Great to see and meet folks. Especially Kari -- she and I go way back. Yea, going to have to blog about that story.

Same time/place next week? My thought is that we keep the same location for the month then next choose a different spot. Thoughts?

by NineInchNachos on 3/7/2008 @ 1:40pm
I was sad the pink cookie lady, the symbol of our revolution was only here in spirit.

Also seeing the rusty george designers walk past all "to cool for school" was a bit highschool.

yet at the end of the day it is we who are victorious.

by Erik on 3/7/2008 @ 1:43pm
Same time/place next week? My thought is that we keep the same location for the month then next choose a different spot. Thoughts?

Good idea. Regularity will increase the people there.

The one thing we were missing bad were either pink cookies or cupcakes. Next time, we will have to bring a slew of them. Perhaps we could even have some sort of function or other thing to do.

How about an idea bag for art on the wall which we post later?

by NineInchNachos on 3/7/2008 @ 1:46pm
Next time i'll bring a pencil and a postit note pad, maybe do some pocket park post it pad portraits

by zastica on 3/7/2008 @ 1:50pm
Apparently, some folks were not cool enough to know about this event. So maybe it wasn't that RG was too cool for school, but that y'all were too cool for them.

by Mandiferous on 3/7/2008 @ 1:59pm
I vote for lawn chairs next time. It's not that I don't like sitting in bird poo, it's just.... well, I don't like sitting in bird poo.

Great meeting some of ya.

by Erik on 3/7/2008 @ 2:01pm
I vote for lawn chairs next time. It's not that I don't like sitting in bird poo, it's just.... well, I don't like sitting in bird poo.

Why not just full catering? "Cater local"!

At any rate, we are going to have to take it up a few notches next time. Now we know more what we need.

One last shot:


by ensie on 3/7/2008 @ 2:10pm
Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! So bummed I missed it. Will definitely be there next week! Damn this stupid meeting I'm STILL sitting in.

by izenmania on 3/7/2008 @ 2:17pm
Could be worse... you could be sitting in bird poo AT your meeting.

by AP on 3/7/2008 @ 2:35pm
This story has all the elements of a good episode of Lost. Mystery, suspense, rivalry with "others", the absence of good dessert items... Wish I could've made it.

Kevin, I like the feed>>tacoma flag -- nice touch.

by Erik on 3/7/2008 @ 3:07pm
Here, the event is picked up in the media:

According to the fine people on the FeedTacoma.com website, this week a group of concerned Tacoma citizens have officially taken back Frost Park. As you may remember, they almost did this last week, but ended up rescheduling. Today at noon the Frost Park takeover became official.


weeklyvolcano.typepad.com/spew/2008/03/f...

I wonder what percent of Tacomans even know about Frost Park?

by AP on 3/7/2008 @ 3:25pm
I'm a lifer and I'd never heard of it until this past week.

Good job, everybody. I have a feeling this could make the TV news soon. Someone get Jayne McCarthy from KING-5 news on the phone. She's from Tacoma, and just the person to cover this.

by jenyum on 3/7/2008 @ 3:29pm
We had a great time until the mysterious red candy incident.

Strangers with candy. Argh!

Then it rapidly became time to go.

by jenyum on 3/7/2008 @ 3:30pm
Jayne McCarthy is from Lakewood, my husband had a crush on her in high school. We still tease him about it every time she's on and it makes him blush.

by AP on 3/7/2008 @ 3:35pm
Lakewood was still Tacoma back then. I went to school with her also. No crushes to speak of, but she was 2 years my senior and a cheerleader. Time for her to lead this cheer.

by jcbetty on 3/7/2008 @ 3:45pm
sad I missed it, I was at home placating two grumpy souls (and rapidly becoming one myself.) Go Lakewood! And Go Tacomans who were Lakewood when Lakewood was Tacoma, and had a 206 area code! REPRESENT!

by AP on 3/7/2008 @ 3:51pm
jcbetty, were you 581, 582, 584 or 588? I was a 582 guy myself.

by KevinFreitas on 3/7/2008 @ 3:52pm
Kevin, I like the feed>>tacoma flag -- nice touch.

Can't take credit for the idea. My pal Angela IM'd me the idea but suggested a display attached to a pencil. I decided to hit the alley near our office in search of something bigger.

by izenmania on 3/7/2008 @ 3:57pm
I knew about Frost park as "the green space at the end of the bus depot", rather than actually by name.

by KevinFreitas on 3/7/2008 @ 4:00pm
Same here. As small as it is the kids present seemed to enjoy the little grassy patch.

To be clear the "red candy incident" wasn't anything involving windowless vans and offers of sweets, correct?

by AP on 3/7/2008 @ 4:04pm
Now that we know what it wasn't, maybe we could hear a little more about what it was? Or is this sensitive information?

by jcbetty on 3/7/2008 @ 4:15pm
Frost park was always, "that cool little stair-fountainy thing". (AP -582, yo.)

by jenyum on 3/7/2008 @ 4:43pm
No. No windowless vans. Very nice looking older woman with briefcase, eating her lunch, had offered Annabelle a large, unopened red rope candy, which she already had in her mouth when she asked me if it was OK.

I had a momentary freakout thinking she'd picked it up off the ground there or some such gross thing, but I went over and spoke with Red Candy Lady (not to be confused with Pink Cookie Lady) and it seemed highly unlikely she was out poisoning random children in the park. Plus, removing candy from four year olds is a very loud and thankless task and it didn't really seem warranted, although it was definitely weird. The usual candy-offering protocol involves telling a child to go ask his or her mom, but since it has probably been a long time since small children have eaten lunch in Frost Park, maybe she didn't know that.

Of course, then there was the Red Candy Battle, between the 4 year old and the 7 year old, followed by much Red Dye #5 hyperactivity on the way out.

by jenyum on 3/7/2008 @ 5:00pm
...so you see, although I am on some kind of Playground Safety kick at the moment I am really not Dateline Watching Mom. Or I try not to be.

by Erik on 3/7/2008 @ 5:17pm
o windowless vans. Very nice looking older woman with briefcase, eating her lunch, had offered Annabelle a large, unopened red rope candy, which she already had in her mouth when she asked me if it was OK.

Bizarre behavior. Though its happened at least once to me as well. Another problem in restaurants is people thinking they have some special bond with your child and want to place their hands on them.

by nerffjones on 3/7/2008 @ 5:27pm
R.R. / N.I.Nachos

Unfortunately next friday I have a meeting.
But I am putting it on my calendar, two weeks from now to have lunch at frost park. I request a spot right next to you on the steps. I can't wait to find out why you hate us so much.

See you then,
Ryan ( one of the designers at Rusty George )

by NineInchNachos on 3/7/2008 @ 5:38pm
Ryan of Rusty George,
it's cause I like you guys! and it's funny.

by nerffjones on 3/7/2008 @ 5:48pm
Oh, I get it...?

Great, then lunch will be less awkward.
See you then.


by NineInchNachos on 3/7/2008 @ 5:57pm
yes y e s, join us for assimilat-- er lunch

by intacoma on 3/7/2008 @ 6:08pm
R-money,
You can sit next to me too if you want :)

by tacomachickadee on 3/7/2008 @ 6:16pm
That was fun! But I'm crossing my fingers for warmer weather soon ...

by grubedoo on 3/7/2008 @ 6:55pm
It's fair to say that RGC would have had a respectable showing had ANY of us known about it. It was an accident that we were down there anyways. It just happened to be a Vault day.

I am also tired of the pot-shots taken at RGC.

by Erik on 3/7/2008 @ 8:02pm
But I am putting it on my calendar, two weeks from now to have lunch at frost park. I request a spot right next to you on the steps.

nerffjones (Ryan) and grubedoo,

Perhaps you will consider stopping by The Helm (760 Broadway) this Sunday at 3:00 at the Feed Tacoma Tacomic party on Broadway.

Alot of people will be there as well as RR and it right by your office. Perhaps seeing 52 satiric Tacomics written over the last year will place RR's comments in some context, for better or worse. At any rate, I would not take RR's quips overly seriously.

It will be much warmer than the park is (although you could certainly show up there too):

Hope to see you there. For more information see:

i.feedtacoma.com/KevinFreitas/happy-1st-...

www.holisticforgeworks.com/home.shtml

by ensie on 3/7/2008 @ 8:49pm
Had dinner at Herban Cafe and ran into Gretchen, the Pink Cookie Lady. She was very put out that no one called her to alert her to the fact that we were indeed taking back the park today. Apparently, she is not web savvy in the least and asked that someone please phone her next time. I'll take on that responsibility in the future.

Pink cookies will abound next time!

by grubedoo on 3/7/2008 @ 10:07pm
@ Erik

I'd love to go to the show but with a 4 month old and having my in-laws in town my time is taken. Also, it is well documented that I am socially awkward.

Excuses for not attending aside I think The Helm is great -- I love it. I also think RR is a pretty darn good illustrator and have seen most of his Tacomics.

I just don't appreciate some of the comments made towards RGC whether or not they're satiric. We are proud of where we work. We work hard. We create great work. We give back to the community and we try to make Tacoma a better place. And, believe it or not, we don't take ourselves too seriously. We are not above being poked fun of, but there have been comments floating around the web that, I think, go beyond a good old fashion ribbing. That's all.

Sloppy Kisses ...

by NineInchNachos on 3/8/2008 @ 9:43am
was it the "human awareness day ribbon is elbow skin" comment?

Though I might have thought it was funny at the time, I can see how others may take this the wrong way.

my apologies

by KevinFreitas on 3/8/2008 @ 10:28am
I'd love to go to the show but with a 4 month old and having my in-laws in town my time is taken.

Kids and in-laws alike are welcome. I know of a few folks bringing kids at least and we'll have juice, cupcakes, and other treats on hand as well as a comic drawing station. What better way to keep everyone occupied than to take them out to a free event?! Hope to see you there!

by grubedoo on 3/8/2008 @ 10:43am
@ NineInchNachos

I think what started it was the "F.U. Rusty George" comment and some others like it on Flickr. After that I was understandably a bit more sensitive to other remarks.

I'd love to put it all behind us and, in the words of Michael Scott, "hug it out bitch."

by intacoma on 3/8/2008 @ 11:37am


come on guys lets keep this on topic, was good to see you all

by Erik on 3/8/2008 @ 3:33pm
Kids and in-laws alike are welcome. I know of a few folks bringing kids at least and we'll have juice, cupcakes, and other treats on hand as well as a comic drawing station.

Nice. Food. Cupcakes. Perhaps we can draw some proposed art sketches for the wall. Next week is on.

by Erik on 3/12/2008 @ 3:38pm
The Take Back the Park actions seem to be gathering steam.


We are hoping to also send a strong non-verbal message to some park inhabitants (homeless individuals) that we deserve a safe park to walk through and play. Let’s start USING this park and make it less desirable for unwanted activity to happen in this park. This idea was created by the LiSN Citizens Patrol Group

Come out to Lincoln Park this Saturday, at 2 PM, and join the Whitman Area Neighbors


i.feedtacoma.com/SouthEnd/lincoln-park/

www.tacomamama.com/

Local Tacomans taking action to reclaim neighborhood parks for an "intended use" from neglect. A good sign. Better than driving to the mall and letting your kids play in food court.

BTW, is the Frost Park even this Friday at noon still on? Who is going to show up?

by droid116 on 3/12/2008 @ 4:16pm
I would have liked to, but the EDB luncheon and our own end of quarter colloquium with student presentations are going on at that time.

by intacoma on 3/12/2008 @ 4:18pm
nice nice, talk going around about "Take back Tacoma Hiphop" over at pantages as well

by izenmania on 3/12/2008 @ 4:32pm
I'll be there on Friday, most likely. And it is on the ft events calender.

But then, I'll be perfectly content to sit there all by myself, too. :-p

by KevinFreitas on 3/12/2008 @ 4:39pm
I'll be there for sure rain or shine. Definitely going to hit up Cascade Bagel again as well to fill my brown bag. 70% chance of precip so bring an umbrella or rain slicker just in case.

by izenmania on 3/12/2008 @ 4:53pm
I don't have a rain coat but I do have waterproof pants that I could wear (on my head, of course)

by jenyum on 3/12/2008 @ 6:05pm
Friday is a half day, which means I have to go get the youngun early and it kind of cuts right through lunch time. See you next week, though.

by Daymaker on 3/12/2008 @ 10:08pm
See you all again FRIDAY!

by Erik on 3/12/2008 @ 10:17pm
Ok. Looks like the event is on.

Other than showing up and eating at the weekly

Frost Park Community Lunch Event

and having the initial "icebreaker," what should be bring or be ready to do? Art ideas for the blank wall in Frost Park? Cupcakes?

(Don't forget the flag)

by ensie on 3/13/2008 @ 12:40am
Frinklin and I will be there - rain or shine!

by KevinFreitas on 3/13/2008 @ 6:46am
Ok. Looks like the event is on.

It's on every week. Positive activation of an unused or misused space is what we're going for and whether we have a hundred or 10 people it's important to be consistent. Rain doesn't bug me especially considering that if we don't already know it could happen around here then we'd never get out. Likewise if we expect rain and get sunshine all the better a gift to receive! Heck, maybe someday this will be a sponsored event each week with rain cover provided. In the meantime, embrace our Northwest environs, dawn your rainy day best, and help make this happen!

ensie: Can you make that call to Gretchen to see if she's coming?

Topic/Icebreaker: Does Tacoma deserve more development or do we need to make more use of what we've got first?

by izenmania on 3/13/2008 @ 7:32am
and whether we have a hundred or 10 people it's important to be consistent

Or two!

by ensie on 3/13/2008 @ 8:10am
Left a message for Gretchen this morning.

by izenmania on 3/13/2008 @ 8:25am
Maybe we can start surveying for suggestions as regard's Kevin and my planned downtown blank canvas photo jaunt?

by Erik on 3/13/2008 @ 11:52am
Maybe we can start surveying for suggestions as regards Kevin and my planned downtown blank canvas photo jaunt?

I think that is a good idea. Especially when we are faced with a blank "canvas" at the park.

Morgan and RR both worked on the Murals on Hilltop,

by izenmania on 3/13/2008 @ 11:58am
I've got quite a few ideas, as does Kevin... we're talking about heading around town with a camera sometime this weekend to start to put together a more concrete project idea, be it places for murals, statues, other art... just something worth looking at.

by NineInchNachos on 3/13/2008 @ 12:06pm
the only big problem I see with doing anything on the parking garage is it's ruffle rigged exterior texture.. which would make painting with brushes a costly & frustrating endeavor.

by izenmania on 3/13/2008 @ 12:15pm
Yeah, that point definitely came up. So that's another thing worth discussing: what art opportunities are there besides murals when muraling is not the most practical option?

by thriceallamerican on 3/13/2008 @ 12:24pm
Ruffly wall solution: cut big shapes of of plywood, paint them, and anchor them into a wall in a mosaic pattern. Could be cool?