Hilltop Creative Specialists Engage Community About Street Design

Sculpture at People's Park in Hilltop, “Mystery Exists Within the Void” by Douglas Granum
Sculpture at People’s Park in Hilltop, “Mystery Exists Within the Void” by Douglas Granum

Ten creative Tacomans are developing innovative ways to collect feedback about the proposed street redesign known as Links To Opportunity. The project proposes improvements to sidewalks, lighting, street furniture, wayfinding signage, trees, and landscaping along Martin Luther King Jr Way, Division Avenue, and North 1st Street.

Spaceworks Tacoma, working with the City of Tacoma, has contracted community engagement specialists to engage Hilltop neighbors through pop-up outreach events. Selected through referrals and a public call for applications, they include

  • Sariyah Ward
  • Brian Robinson
  • Gerardo Peña
  • Matamatanonofo Porter
  • Gwen Jones
  • Tiffanny Hammonds
  • Jasmine Brown
  • Whitney Brady
  • Dionne Bonner
  • Dion Thomas

Working side by side with consultants Christopher P. Jordan and Tera Williams, the resulting temporary projects will span from interactive chalking to a giant piñata. The collected data will guide the streetscape design elements of the Martin Luther King Jr. Way sidewalk area between 6th Avenue to 19th Street.

“We want to ensure that community vision is communicated and reflected in the design to the best of our ability,” said Andy Micklow, AICP, Project Senior Planner.

This isn’t the project’s first outreach effort with the community. From July to October 2017, Downtown on the Go, Sound Outreach – Hilltop Action Coalition, and Tacoma Housing Authority engaged in grassroots outreach with the Hilltop community.

The first of the creative community engagement activities will be presented August 25, 2018, at the Hilltop Street Fair with more events slated through September 2018. Stop by Links to Opportunity and Spaceworks Tacoma booths at the Hilltop Street Fair or visit www.spaceworkstacoma.com/projects/links-to-opportunity

About Links to Opportunity

Initiated in 2016 the Links to Opportunity Project works with the community in designing streetscape improvements along Sound Transit’s Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension route. The resulting streetscape design will enable safe access for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

For detailed project updates visit the City of Tacoma website: www.cityoftacoma.org/links