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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 This Week's Paper
Old Town Dock celebrates grand opening this Sunday

The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma have teamed up to restore Old Town Dock. The grand opening will be held on Sunday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The City of Tacoma Arts Commission will dedicate a fun new interactive public artwork and Pearl Django will provide acoustical entertainment to complement the beautiful scenery.
In addition to the new artwork, visitors to the restored historic dock can enjoy breathtaking views from the 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,” 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. Each of the 24 vignettes is like a window, providing a glimpse of the sheer number of true stories that have unfolded on or near this site over the years.
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. These stories are as commonplace as raindrops, yet as precious as the water that sustains and defines our city.
How many “Droplets” can you find?