Live Music & Interactive Public Art to Celebrate Old Town Dock

Entertainment: On Sunday, June 16, the City of Tacoma and Metro Parks invite you to celebrate the reopening of Old Town Dock with live music from Pearl Django and an interactive public art installation from Chandler O’Leary.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 16th, the City of Tacoma Arts Commission will dedicate the new artwork with a backdrop of beautiful scenery and acoustic entertainment.   

Artwork on the Dock: Droplets, by artist Chandler O’Leary, is an illustrated scavenger hunt at the Dock—a challenge to discover the history, importance and beauty of this location. 

Old Town Dock has been host and witness to a wide variety of industries, events, neighborhood dynamics, natural history, celebrations, tragedies and everyday narratives—all on one small patch of land. Each of the 24 vignettes provides a glimpse of the sheer number of true stories that have unfolded on or near this site over the years. 

The idea behind the title is that these stories are as commonplace as raindrops, yet as precious as the water that sustains and defines our city.  The challenge is to see how many Droplets you can find.

In addition to the new artwork, visitors to the restored historic dock can enjoy breathtaking views from new benches, improved lighting, and those arriving by water now have access to two slips that can moor vessels up to 40-feet and 60-feet and low, free-board floats extending off the main dock to accommodate kayakers. The salmon population down below will appreciate the dock grating which increases light penetration beneath and around the dock by 30 percent. 


Droplets wait to be found in every nook and cranny.    
Droplets wait to be found in every nook and cranny.

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