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“Pac the Ave” to Show Thanks for Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project Completion

The City of Tacoma, Business Improvement Area and Downtown Merchants Group are inviting residents, drivers, business staff and all others to celebrate the Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project’s substantial completion at “Pac the Ave” on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. 

From 3 to 5 p.m. Pacific Avenue will come alive at the new 8th Street cobble-style intersection under the new crisscross overhead lights between 7th and 9th streets with free live music, arts performances, hot chocolate, kettle corn and activities. Bring a donation of unwrapped toys, blankets and towels to benefit the Rescue Mission for a free picture with Santa. Or, go for a 4 p.m. historic walk with Downtown on the Go.  

Public Works Director Kurtis Kingsolver, whom will speaking at the event at 3:15 p.m. said, “This project had been a very big deal for our community. We’re thrilled it’s done. We’re thrilled it creates such an inviting environment.”  

The event is designed to kick-off the holiday season by introducing residents to the transformed Pacific Avenue with all its new public improvements and businesses. To encourage this, a Pac Ave Passport, available at the event and at participating businesses afterwards, will foster visits to area businesses for the chance to win prizes. That contest continues until Dec. 31.  

The project’s “green flash” theme will carry into the event with green candy canes and costumes, even two of Downtown’s historic stars have been re-strung with green lights in a nod to the project. 

The ten-block project included sidewalks, curbs and curb ramps, landscaping, public art, historic streetlights, roadway repaving, overhead catenary lights and fourteen rain gardens which treat stormwater prior to entering the Thea Foss Waterway.

A few final project elements will be competed in January 2014 when the holiday shopping and celebrating season is over – road striping and instillation of bike racks, benches and a few remaining sidewalk public art pieces. 

Those with event questions may contact Communications Specialist Carrie McCausland at cmccausland@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-2005. Those with project questions may contact Mark D'Andrea at mdandrea@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5518.


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