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An Apparently Unwieldy Piece of Nature: The Story of Wright Park’s Development

11/01/2023 - 12:00pm

Join the Tacoma Tree Foundation as we welcome Melissa McGinnis, co-author of Tacoma's Wright Park, as they talk about the history of the iconic park. The origins of Wright Park date to 1886, when the Tacoma Land Company donated 27  acres of land to the newly incorporated and booming young railroad town of Tacoma on the condition that it become a city park. McGinnis will describe how this "unwieldy piece of nature" was transformed into an oasis of natural, yet artfully planned, beauty in the heart of Tacoma.

Melissa McGinnis studied history at the University of West Florida. She was fortunate to have a career working in a variety of national, state and city historic sites ranging from the Castillo de San Marcos in Florida to Alabama's Fort Morgan to Maryland's first capital, St. Mary's City. Her final stop was as the historian for Metro Parks Tacoma where she had the honor and pleasure of researching and writing about the fascinating history of Tacoma's parks.

The Tacoma Tree Foundation educates, empowers, and supports community members in neighborhood-based greening. We seek to grow the urban tree canopy in the Greater Tacoma area through neighborhood-based planting projects and tree giveaways, as well as educational activities that highlight the many social and environmental benefits of trees.

Event address: 
King's Books
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402
Tacoma's Wright Park (Images of America) By Melissa McGinnis, Doreen Beard-Simpkins, Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780738559322
Availability: Special Order
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - August 4th, 2008

Tacoma's Parks (Images of America) By Melissa McGinnis, Doreen Beardsimpkins, Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780738548968
Availability: Special Order
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - June 1st, 2007