Metro Parks Tacoma has recognized Pierce County Councilmember Marty Campbell for his crucial support of the partnerships that led to the development of the new Eastside Community Center.
On Jan. 28, 2019, the 5-member Board of Park Commissioners presented four civic leaders with the Parks Champion Award. Councilmember Campbell was honored for championing the community center project during his prior service on the Tacoma City Council, including his leadership in securing $5 million in city funds for the project.
“Marty Campbell and his civic peers were fully committed to listening to the Eastside neighborhood’s concerns and desires, and they worked hard to build support throughout the entire community,” said Park Board President Aaron Pointer. “This center is already proving to be wildly successful, and we could not have done it without the support of many partners. In particular, we honor Councilmember Campbell and these other community leaders for being outstanding champions for parks and recreation services that improve the lives of everyone in the Tacoma area.”
In a proclamation expressing its appreciation, the Park Board also honored:
• State Sen. Steve Conway and State Rep. Jake Fey for their work championing the project in the Washington Legislature, which led to millions of dollars in state grants.
• Catherine Ushka, who started out supporting the Eastside Community Center as a member of the Tacoma School Board, which contributed the land and an extraordinary level of design and programming collaboration, and she continued that advocacy after she was elected to the Tacoma City Council.