Tacoma Urbanist

Mar. 15, 2008 at 12:01am

Politics, Cookies, Tech and Art Hit Frost Park

Today was another good time at Frost Park.

The rain certainly tested the dedication of Tacoma's civic activists.

Things were happening fast.

Gretchen and her family from Herban Cafe appeared with the Pink Cookies:


(The cookies are on the right.)

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See also Tacomamamma's review today.  She skipped the event but went directly to Herban Cafe which was a good move.

Gretchen got soaked but still showed up much to the pleasure of the crowd.

Throughout lunch people seemed to be coming and going.

Erik Emery and folks from City Arts Magazine were there

Here's a view of the crowd about halfway through the event.

Todd from the index was there and a number of assorted artists and writers.

But the excitement did not stop there.  County Council member Tim Farrell showed up and gave a good talk about the history of Frost Park and the future of the park:



Then finally, lunch time was over.  Councilmember Ferrell invited whoever wanted to have (a second?)  lunch at Paddy Coyne's.  I attended for a bit.
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One issue discussed at some length was how much longer must Tacomans wait until the blightfull  North Park Parking Plaza Garage can be demolished and replaced.

The Tacoma press, artists, technologists, writers and restaurateurs made a good showing.  To all of the attendees, you deserve a medal.  I have observed how hard it is to get anyone to show up to any event in Tacoma.  To have this many people of so many backgrounds hang out in the rain in winter for an hour is pretty incredible.  With Tim giving a speech, for a moment it seemed like a traditional public square.

For more information and photos see:

Kevin's post and pictures.
Girlfriend in Tacoma
More pictures and reports from Tacoma Urbanist

See everyone next week.

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Comments

by ensie on 3/15/2008 @ 1:14am
It was actually really fun to stand out in the rain with everyone and lunch with Councilmember Ferrell, Kevin, Frinklin, Dimitri, and you was quite interesting.

Looking forward to next week!

by Erik on 3/15/2008 @ 11:10am
It was actually really fun to stand out in the rain with everyone and lunch with Councilmember Ferrell, Kevin, Frinklin, Dimitri, and you was quite interesting.

I believe Tim is the only county councilmember who has posted a comment on a blog in Tacoma. At least the only one to do it with his name revealed.

by jcbetty on 3/15/2008 @ 2:33pm
thanks for the shots, they captured the mood of the moment (wet, but fun!)

by Erik on 3/15/2008 @ 10:41pm
The whole family bringing the cookies was pretty nice.