Celebrate Tacoma’s waterfront and 10 years of a clean Commencement Bay at Maritime Fest , July 16-17 at Thea’s Park. This free event features boat tours, boat building, music, art and more.
Ten years ago, Tacoma successfully cleaned up the contaminated Thea Foss Waterway. This cleanup marks the first time that a Superfund site on a body of water was restored. According to Bill Baarsma, Tacoma’s mayor from 2003-09, this environmental cleanup is the most significant event in Tacoma’s history.
To celebrate this cleanup, a parade of kayaks, stand-up paddlers, dragon boats and others will paddle on the Foss Waterway from Waterway Park to Thea’s Park. Paddlers will assemble at 10 a.m. and start at 11 a.m. After the parade, several key speakers will honor the importance of this waterway to Tacoma. Please see the City of Tacoma’s press release on the clean water celebration.
At the Foss Waterway Seaport, special exhibits will be on display with free admission during Maritime Fest. The Port of Tacoma will give free, guided boat tours on July 17 — this is always a popular activity. Sea Scouts also will take visitors sailing.
For more information:
- Tacoma Maritime Fest website
- City of Tacoma’s webpage on 10 years of clean water
- Critical Mass Paddle and Row event on July 17: Tacoma South Sound Sports event webpage
- Port of Tacoma boat tours: Port website
- Tacoma Sea Scouts and The Charles N. Curtis webpage
- News Tribune article: “Maritime Fest celebrates Tacoma’s waterfront this weekend“
- The Tacoma Historical Society also plans a 10th anniversary of clean water event on August 27