Prairie Line Trail Historic Interpretation Project Begins

June 15, 2016

Gwen Schuler, Media and Communications,, (253) 591-5152
Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications,, (253) 591-2005

Prairie Line Trail Historic Interpretation Project Begins

Over the next year, the City of Tacoma will create a historic interpretive plan for the City’s segments of the Prairie Line Trail and install several interpretive features along the corridor. As part of the ongoing Prairie Line Trail effort, the City was recently awarded a $400,000 Washington State 2015-2017 Heritage Capital Projects Fund grant to fund this project.

The project will draw on historic resources and community input to develop an interpretive strategy recognizing the significance and diverse history of the corridor. In addition, the effort will include early implementation of that strategy through the design and installation of five to seven interpretive features. The intent is to make the corridor’s history accessible and engaging to a broad audience through innovative interpretive strategies including public art, electronic media and onsite signage or markers.

“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to tell this important part of Tacoma’s history in a creative and inclusive way,” said Historic Preservation Coordinator Lauren Hoogkamer.

As the project gets underway, the community will be invited to give feedback through public meetings, and a call for artists will be released to help interpret the historical themes. The City will also convene a stakeholder group to provide guidance and input.

A community meeting will be held on Thursday, July 21, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Washington State History Museum (1911 Pacific Ave.) during the Third Thursday Art Walk. The public is invited to come meet the project team, share what the Prairie Line Trail means to them and participate in discussions about the project.

For more information, visit, or contact Associate Planner Elliott Barnett at or (253) 591-5389.



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