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FREE s Friday, May 17, 2013 RICH POYTHRESS 20 A7 reasons to be stoked for summer festivals B1 JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL B5 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE FOSS WATERWAY SEAPORT: CELEBRATING GRAND OPENING PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER WHAT’S UP, DOCK? Old Town Dock is ready for fishing poles now that the landmark dock on Tacoma’s waterfront has reopened. OLD TOWN DOCK HAS REOPENED Fishermen ready your poles By Steve Dunkelberger WORKING WATERFRONT MUSEUM SHOWCASES TACOMA’S MARITIME PAST “Anybody who is proud of Tacoma’s history would enjoy this museum.” – Joseph Govednik, Curator of Collections COMANCHE TO SET SAIL AFTER SERVED WITH EVICTION NOTICE Almost five years have come and gone without the sight of fishing poles and rollerbladers on Old Town Dock along Tacoma’s waterway. That changed on May 15. Old Town Dock officially reopened, following more than $2 million in renovation work at the Metro Parks facility. First built in 1873 as an anchor wharf for the city’s commercial fishing industry and then used as a waterfront attraction when trade operations moved to the Tideflats, the dock is a landmark of Schuster Parkway. But it had aged as the decades passed, prompting its closure in 2008 after an engineering study found it to be too weak for pedestrian traffic. The dock sat behind fences for years as a special task force pondered restoration and improvement options. Repair work started last summer with costs split between the City of Tacoma and Metro Parks bond dollars. Contractors replaced the 140-year-old dock’s rotting piles, pavilion and deck as well as added handrails, security features and X See GONE FISHING? / page A4 WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA By Kate Burrows T he Foss Waterway Seaport’s Working Waterfront Museum made a splash May 11 during its grand opening festivities celebrating the facility’s re-opening after an 18-month closure for construction. Located in the historic Balfour Dock building, Puget Sound’s premier maritime heritage and education destination now features exhibits highlighting the unique stories of Tacoma’s maritime past. Known more as a logging town before the Northern Pacific Railroad entered the area, Tacoma did not truly become a booming metropolis until a port operation was developed. “That is what’s interesting about Tacoma’s maritime history,” said Curator of Collections Joseph Govednik. “In many cases, cities were built first, and ports were developed later. But in Tacoma, the port came first, and the city followed.” The Balfour Dock building itself has a unique story to tell. Located at the home of Tacoma’s original port, it is the last remaining intact building linked to Tacoma’s commercial and industrial maritime past. The building was a part of what was known as the mile-long wheat warehouse designed to accommodate cargo-carrying ships using the port in the early 1900s. “It’s amazing to think that a worker in 1905 could look out some of these X See MUSEUM / page A10 Fallen firefighter A3 INCLUSIVE MODEL: Reader offers insight on special needs students. PAGE A5 PHOTO BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN City Council Story Maritime Museum Murals Project PAINTING THE TOWN. Christopher Jordan, one of the lead artists on the Mann neighborhood’s new mural, checked on progress last fall. PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER WATERLOGGED. The tug PHOTOS BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER STARTING GUN. Foss Waterway Seaport’s Working Waterfront Museum’s reopening is the latest phase in the facility’s growth. More will come as funding allows, particularly to expand its year-round offerings at the Balfour Dock. Curator of Collections Joseph Govednik played the role of swashbuckler armed with a musket he fired to signal a cannon crew to “prick and prime.” A boom echoed through the Foss Waterway throughout the day, much to the oooohs and aaahs of would-be sailors. Soccer playoffs A6 City Briefs ................A2 Pothole Pig ...............A3 Comanche, a historic World War II vessel that has called Tacoma home for years, has been served with eviction papers by the Foss Waterway Seaport. By Steve Dunkelberger While the Foss Waterway Seaport’s Working Waterfront Museum was preparing for its grand opening last weekend, its attorneys served volunteers at the tug Comanche with an eviction notice, raising questions about both the future of the historic vessel and the direction of the waterfront museum. Suffice it to say, there is a battle about the whole issue. But the X See COMANCHE / page A10 League champs A8 Sports ......................A6 A&E ....................... ..B1 MURALS IN TACOMA Art and history hit the wall By Kathleen Merryman Vince Karwoski is the kid on the raft. Plus One is the aerosol artist on the side. “Explore” is the command in the rocks, and the hope behind the art at South Sheridan Avenue and 56th Street. The big-as-abuilding scene was part of the grand finale of Tacoma Murals Project’s third season last fall. There’s one more coming from that season’s roster. It was planned, but is not yet painted, along South Tacoma Way at ‘C’ Street, and will treat Sounder passengers to a better view than a wall full of gang taunts. When that piece of outside art is done, it will X See MURALS / page A4 Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr:ÁLFNUFRPWDFRPDZHHNO\ Make A Scene ........ B5 Calendar ................. B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 20 Pages


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