Co-create to recreate in community centers

Metro Parks Tacoma will host a series of creative community sessions to reinvent programming at Eastside, People’s, STAR and Norpoint community centers.

There’s a pun in the title – and it’s deliberate.

Co-create to recreate can be said in two ways: as “reck-reate” (have fun in your free time) or as “ree-create” (to create again). And in the next round of Community Sessions, Metro Parks Tacoma wants people to collaborate in these two ways to reimagine what its four Community Centers could become.

“We have so many community members who are passionate about our centers,” explained Antonio McLemore, Supervisor of Eastside and People’s Community Centers, of the idea behind Co-Create to Recreate. “Our goal is to create spaces for these people, community members and leaders to inform our work and deepen our relationships to better serve them.

Hence the sessions, and the name.

Over the next year, each community center will host a public Co-Create to Recreate session each quarter. There will be free food, icebreaker games, possible art activities, a chance to meet center staff in person, and group brainstorming on topics like water sports, youth programs, and community center events.

Kicking off the series is the Co-Create at the People’s Community Center from 6:30-8 p.m. on March 23.

More will follow on March 30 at Eastside, April 5 at STAR (with free childcare at Treetops for ages 3-12), and April 12 at the Center at Norpoint, from 6:30-8 p.m. Each will be a little different, depending on the center. and its neighborhood. All are free, and everyone is invited – especially if you are new to the center – and the goal is to have fun.

“We want to hear from everyone in this community,” says Meagan Kula, supervisor at STAR and Norpoint. “We want to connect with people, hear ideas about what they would like to see and how we can be better at what we do. And we want to do it in a fun and collaborative way!”

For example, the March 23 Co-Create will feature a Youth Program brainstorming session on giant post-its, as well as a meal from local catering company Dowd’s BBQ. The Eastside event will have food cooked by a member of the community.

Each session will be in hybrid form, also accessible via Zoom to those who stay at home.

LEARN MORE: For a list of upcoming Co-Create to Recreate events, see

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