The Foundation raises, manages, and allocates wide ranging resources to support and enhance the development of the recreational, scientific, environmental, educational and aesthetic elements of the award winning master plan for Chambers Creek Regional Park.
The Foundation will achieve our mission and actualize our vision guided by the following shared beliefs:
We welcome, encourage and foster community voice, participation, collaboration and partnership: a relationship grounded in integrity, flexibility, transparency and fiscal responsibility.
We revere the preservation and reclamation of natural resources for public education, access and benefit
While embracing a visionary strategy with sound tactical implementation, we are stewards for the environmental integrity, natural beauty and historic nature of the Chamber Creek Properties,
While honoring and valuing our working relationships, the Vision for this project – rooted in community and shared by all stakeholders – will drive future decisions and actions
What We've Achieved
Hiking, Walking and Running Trails
Beginning with the Grandview Trail, Phase 1 in 2000, the Foundation has contributed to every part of the 6 miles of walking and hiking paths on the Properties today. The Master Site Plan calls for more than 10 miles of interconnected trails to ultimately wind throughout the Properties with access to Puget Sound and Chambers Creek. In 2006, the "Spot of Shade" memorial plaza was installed by the Foundation on the Grandview Trail through the donation of $30,000 from local dog lovers. Initial planning for extension of the existing trail system into the South Meadow and throughout the length of the Chambers Creek Canyon has been completed. Design of the Canyon Trail project has begun, and the Foundation has committed to be a fundraising partner with the County and neighboring cities. Proceeds from the Foundation's 2017 Ten-year Anniversary Gala have been dedicated to the Canyon Trail Project and additional fundraising is underway. The Foundation conducts an annual 1-K and 5-K run/walk in the Fall to raise funds to support more Foundation events and projects, like the Canyon Trail project.
In 2002, a 50-foot circular labyrinth was constructed near the ESB Playfields. At a cost of $70,000, the Labyrinth is designed for use by the public for walking, reflection and meditation. The Chambers Creek Foundation, assisted the Tacoma Labyrinth Project in fund-raising. The City of University Place and many private individuals were major contributors and Foundation partners in the Labyrinth project.
A Memorial Tree garden adjoins the Labyrinth. It began as the Foundation’s way to recognize contributors to the Labyrinth and to provide a beautiful buffer around between the Labyrinth. The Foundation has secured a few more locations on the Properties for additional Memorial Tree gardens as several other families have now donated funds for trees in memory of, or to honor beloved friends and family.
Memorial or Honorary Benches
More than two dozen memorial and honorary benches have been installed by the Foundation around the Properties since 2000. They directly reflect someone who enjoyed the trails or meadows in some personal way, or contributed to making the Properties happen for everyone to enjoy. Another half-dozen locations remain available for donors to select at this time. It has proven to be a wonderful and lasting way for many people the community to enjoy and to share in the memory.
Dog and Owner Water Fountains
Beginning in 2004, the Foundation used monies raised to install the first of several water fountains, uniquely designed to serve both pet owners and their pets walking the trails. The water fountains, like the memorial benches and plazas are a wonderful opportunity to provide something important, meaningful and constantly appreciated by the walkers and canine companions who enjoy the Properties every day.
Chambers Bay Golf Course
Every big project deserves a grand opening. The Foundation has gathered sponsors and has organized grand opening celebrations since the original Grandview Trail project in 2000. The Foundation hosted the Chambers Bay Grand Opening Gala in 2007 and the Ten-year Anniversary Gala in 2017. In 2010, the Foundation celebrated Chambers Bay's designated "sister golf course", Royal Dornach, Scotland with the Foxy monument on Hole Number 2.
Central and North Meadows
In 2008, Family Fun Day community festival included a 5-K, 10-K, and Dog Walk to open the Grandview and Soundview Trail loop and North Meadow. Later in 2008, the Central Meadow opened as an event venue with a celebration concert featuring Judy Collins and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Since opening, events of all shapes and sizes have been hosted, sponsored or supported by the Foundation on the Properties, with the fundraising proceeds going to further Foundation projects. In conjunction with our key partner, Pierce County, the Foundation has been part of the Annual Kite Festival, Movies in the Park, Celebrity golf events, golf competitions and fund-raising tournaments, plus many serious and friendly sporting events, community walks, runs and get-togethers.
SITE Beautification Projects
Since the Fall of 2007, inspired volunteers have been regularly clearing invasive plants from the hillsides, beach uplands and buffer areas surrounding the public areas of the Properties. Many of the more visible project areas are outside of the typical maintenance areas of the Chambers Bay Golf Course, North and Central Meadows, and the Grandview, Soundview and East Slope trails. While less visible today. other projects along Chambers Creek and Puget Sound shoreline are proving very important to the future. Over the years, hundreds of volunteers have removed acres of Scot's Broom, English Ivy, Japanese Knotweed and other invasive and damaging plants. The Site Stewardship Program typically sets a Fall and Spring schedule, and is always open to new volunteers. Over the decades, numerous Eagle Scout projects have supplemented the Site Stewardship efforts and trail enhancement projects.
Playground by the Sound
In a successful partnership with the local Playground by the Sound Committee and Pierce County, the Foundation provided the third leg to the fundraising and construction of the 2 acre Playground in North Meadow in 2011. After securing more than $375,000 and many in-kind contributions, the partners organized more than 700 volunteers during the week-long community build event. Additional donated funds allowed for picnic shelters and tables to be installed in 2013 as a supplement to the Playground. In 2019, the Foundation received a donation of a significant public art piece to further enhance the Playground experience. The bronze "Young Girl with Teddy Bear" sculpture, will be permanently maintained in the Park and accessible to the public for their enjoyment.
Bridge to the Beach
As a grant funding partner with Pierce County, the Foundation was able to help secure the millions of dollars needed to build and open the first public access to Puget Sound in 2010 after more than a century of private restriction. Additional funding is being sought by Pierce County and the Foundation to complete the extension of the Bridge.