• September 25, 2014
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Central Campus Stairs
1900 Commerce St
Tacoma  Washington  98402
United States
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More info:

253-692-5753 or eventuwt@uw.edu

Prairie Line Trail Opening

Please join us for the grand opening of the Prairie Line Trail at UWT Station on the UW Tacoma campus. You can be among the first to set foot (or bike) on the first section of this new urban trail. There are three events at the grand opening:

  • Trails of Transformation: Past, Present, Future panel discussion
    7 p.m.
    Carwein Auditorium in the Keystone Building
    (see details below)


Trails of Transformation: Past, Present, Future panel discussion

UW Tacoma is opening an urban park featuring a bike and pedestrian trail, a major investment in urban infrastructure that will continue to transform downtown. Many universities create insular green spaces for students, but UW Tacoma intentionally designed this linear park and trail to connect with and enhance the surrounding urban environment. The city of Tacoma has partnered with UW Tacoma to continue the work of building a beautiful bike and pedestrian trail along a larger portion of the historic Prairie Line rail corridor, and private and nonprofit organizations are invested in creating a robust trail network connecting parks and other amenities throughout the region. In other cities, similar trail networks have transformed urban environments. What is the potential for our city and region from continued investment in bike and pedestrian trails? We’ll explore the impact of past and current investments, along with the potential for the future, with a panel discussion featuring:

  • Dr. Ali Modarres, Director, UW Tacoma Urban Studies program
  • Diane Wiatr, Active Transportation Coordinator, City of Tacoma
  • Robert Thoms, Tacoma City Council Member
  • Loren Cohen, Manager of Legal Affairs, MC Construction Consultants
  • Ernest Bay, President Emeritus, Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition
  • Moderator: Karen Peterson, Executive Editor, The News Tribune