STAR Center Photo Contest: Focus on South Tacoma

17 Mar

The finishing touches are being put on the new South Tacoma Activity and Recreation (STAR) Center opening May 19, and Metro Parks’ photo contest could put your photos on the walls. The STAR Center is a state-of-the-art, 32,000 square foot complex designed by Miller Hull Architects in Seattle. This $16 million, regional recreational showcase is part of a 75-acre community complex shared by Metro Parks Tacoma in partnership with Gray Middle School and the Boys and Girls Club. The eco-designed Star Center offers a music/yoga/dance studio, a teaching kitchen, fitness rooms, a dynamic indoor/outdoor children’s playground and a rental hall. The urban campus will welcome people of all ages and abilities to connect, explore, stay active and have fun. The top 3 photographic entries will be professionally matted and framed for exhibition at the grand opening of the STAR Center! The winning photographers will also be awarded prizes.

"Ole 99," a sculpture by Fritz Church. Photo: Dave Davison

Unfamiliar with South Tacoma? Cruise the area between S. 38th and S. 70th on S. Tacoma Way to find interesting historic sites and public art (the official boundaries of South Tacoma are Center St., I-5, 80th St. and Orchard St.). This gutsy neighborhood has muscle-car showrooms, fascinating 19th-century cemeteries (many of the city’s founders are buried here) and traces of the industrial and railroad shops the area is known for. Artist Mary Mann‘s bucolic 1998 mural in the back lot of the Heritage Bank at S. 47th and S. Tacoma Way looks as fresh as the day it was finished, and it remains one of the best examples of mural painting in the whole city. A very old railroad trestle at 66th and Adams serves as an impromptu memorial canvas, and it is periodically painted with artful tributes to community members who have passed. Also at S. 47th and S. Tacoma Way is Fritz Church‘s sculpture, Ole 99, a wonderfully rangy, life-size horse made of iron – a clever reference to the “iron horse” locomotives that rolled through South Tacoma a century ago. There’s lots of material here – good luck!

South Tacoma is home to beautiful, historic cemeteries and the resting place of city founders. Here, the Sprague tomb.

You can enter either a historic photograph or a recent one. The photo must be accompanied by “Your South Tacoma Story” – a one-paragraph personal narrative that explains why the photograph exemplifies your connection to or interest in the community. Choose from three categories:
• People   • Places   • Nature
Up to two entries per category are allowed. There is no entry fee, but in order to be eligible each submission must be accompanied by a completed entry form. Deadline for submissions is April 19, 2012, 5 pm.

Photo submissions must be provided in digital .jpg format (300 epi of 5X7) and narratives in Microsoft Word format. Please click here for complete details. Winners will be announced on the STAR website May 1.


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