Stay in the know about upcoming events, passholder specials, and the latest news for the month of August
Let's celebrate at Summer Bash 2019!
It's the biggest party of the summer and you're invited! The Center at Norpoint's annual Summer Bash , presented by Sound Credit Union , – featuring Click! Mobile Movies – is a summertime tradition in Tacoma.

Next Friday, head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family. Seating is on the lawn, so don't forget your blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks! This year's movie showing is Mary Poppins Returns (rated G). Before the movie, enjoy Live Music, food trucks, vendors, bounce houses, face painting, and more fun for the whole family .

When? Friday, August 9. Activities begin at 6 p.m.
Where? Norpoint Park, behind the Center at Norpoint
Summer Bash is supported by  Titus-Will Automotive  and Pepsi.
Plan your weekly workouts with
this month's fitness schedule:
Member of the Month:
Tom Gibbs
Tom Gibbs has been a regular at Norpoint since 1997.
As his son was growing up, Tom and his family spent many hours on the racquetball court, but as the facility’s fitness options evolved - so did Tom’s workouts.
He focuses his workouts on functional movements, improving balance and strengthening the core to help with his three favorite sports: skiing, mountain biking and golf. 
“They’ve really improved the facility as we’ve lived here and it was nice when we first started,” he said.
Sports are a great motivation for keeping fit, although the endorphins earned from each workout bring him back day after day. 
“It’s kind of a way to reset my clock … I do it for peace of mind as well,” he says. 
He primarily skis at Crystal Mountain and can be found tearing up the trails around Dash Point State Park or Tiger Mountain area. He grew up in Ohio, but went to college and spent the early part of his career in Los Angeles. His career then brought him to the Pacific Northwest where he works for Nvidia, a computer game company, as a developer relations manager. His work often has his travel the globe, but not many places in the world have a center like Norpoint, he said. 
In his free time, Tom enjoys seeing live music at local venues and going out to dinner with his wife.
If you see Tom around Norpoint, be sure to offer congratulations as
the August Member of the Month!
Center Spotlight: Olga Subbotin
Meet Olga Subbotin, the Arts & Culture Instructor with Norpoint Day Camps this summer.
Olga began as an Art Instructor for the Meeker Middle School Afterschool Program in October 2019 and has also worked Spring Break Day Camps. 
“I love running art activities with the kids because I can give them more creative freedom than they usually get and let them experiment with different art media,” Olga says. “I try to never assume a child's level of skill or creativity because I've found that when you give them the opportunity, they can come up with some amazing things that will truly surprise you.”
Ever since starting with Metro Parks, there has been a welcoming work environment, Olga says. 
“My coworkers are incredibly helpful and so supportive,” she says. “I appreciate how much they work with me and others so that we can succeed.”
It’s tough to pick just one of her favorite memories from camps, she says. 
“During the Ship Wrecked-themed week, I had the kids draw out and then ink treasure maps,” she explained. “Then we crumpled them up, tore edges and made holes, then dipped them in coffee to make them look like old maps that had been unearthed after years of being lost.”
On another day, Olga taught the kids to make shadow puppets on black cardstock and even brought in her own shadow screen for the kids to use. 
Mixing design and action, once Olga had the kids design and complete obstacle courses they made themselves. 
“The older campers particularly had fun with that, and they did a wonderful job of working together to find solutions and then helping me stack the equipment against the wall afterwards.”
She currently works as a research assistant,working on tasks such as photo research, transferring vhs tapes to dvd, and more. Olga has a bachelor’s degree in history and literature, and hopes to earn her master’s degree in either Slavic languages & literature or in medieval studies in the near future.
In her free time, Olga can be found working on her own art projects with various media, such as watercolor, polymer clay, or calligraphy pens and ink or even embroidery and leatherworking. She also enjoys reading and playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends.  
Thank you for sharing your creative mind with our campers, Olga! They are lucky to have you encourage their artistic imaginations. 
Free summer lunch for all
Browns Point United Methodist Church is providing free summer lunch every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of August. Lunches are free for all kids ages 0-18 and additional fun crafts and a box of books for kids to read will be available. Lunch is served on a first-come, first-served basis from
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Center at Norpoint Spray Park.
Thank you, camp counselors!
Summer wouldn't be the same without Norpoint's incredible camp staff!
From early mornings to late evenings, each staff member is dedicated to making sure your child has a memorable, fun, and safe summer.
Pictured above: Summer Camp Leads Tyler Houston, Joe Hall, Kaulanie Rivers, Aspen Shumpert, Ruby Gellner, Austin Stafford, and Imanie Forest.
Camps at Norpoint all summer long
For more information, call the front desk at (253) 404-3900
Ready, set, SLIDE!
Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park and Wilson Way Bridge open to public

Enjoy sweeping views on the 11-acre Dune Peninsula Park , or walk, run and bicycle across the 605-foot-long, 50-foot-tall Wilson Way bridge which links Point Defiance Park to Ruston Way.
A community celebration event will be held Saturday, September 7 to coincide with Downtown to Defiance. Save the date!
Did you know...
Metro Parks Tacoma has a new and improved website!
The new website makes it much easier to find information about parks and recreation programs in Tacoma.
The new site, built by Tacoma-based SiteCrafting Inc., is based on user data and links similar programs and features. For example, you’ll be able to find all camps on one page, all rental venues on another page, and all opportunities to volunteer on yet another.

Don't just take our word -- check it out for yourself below!
Urban Carnivores
What’s happening with coyotes in your community? 
Tell us in 6 minutes or less with this important survey!

The Grit City Carnivore Project – a partnership of University of Washington Tacoma, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park – is interested in learning about what is happening with coyotes in the greater Tacoma area. We’d like to understand how you feel about coyotes and hear about experiences you’ve had with them.
Your participation in this brief survey will help us learn how humans and coyotes are living among one another in our area. 

Congrats, Casey and Robert!
Two Norpoint members recently accomplished one of the toughest physical races on earth, the Ironman Triathlon in Whistler, Canada on July 28.

The full Ironman race consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run; the half Ironman is a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run.

Casey Cunningham finished the half Ironman in a time of 7:15:16 and Robert Bessler completed the full Ironman in 12:11:14.
Thank you for your continued loyalty as members and customers of
The Center at Norpoint
Norpoint News & Notes
Labor Day hours
The Center at Norpoint will be open regular hours from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2019.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Solid Waste Management at the  City of Tacoma Government  invites the citizens of NE Tacoma to safely & conveniently dispose of household hazardous waste. Many common household products contain hazardous material that requires special handling. Never throw hazardous items in the garbage, down a drain or on the ground. Protect your health and the environment by properly disposing of your leftover household hazardous waste. 
When? 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 14-18
Where? The Center at Norpoint parking lot

Free Norpoint Day Pass on August 25
Looking to shoot some hoops? Sweat it out in the sauna? Hit a new weight lifting PR? Come on in for no cost.
Tell a friend to bring a friend. See you at the Center!

Spraygrounds are open
Beat the spring and summer heat at the Center's Spraygrounds! Norpoint Park includes a playground and sprayground, rain gardens, eco-turf, seating and picnic tables, skate park and trail elements.
May 25 - Sept. 2: Open daily, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sept. 7 - Sept. 29: Open weekends, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
The Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave NE, Tacoma, WA 98422, (253) 404-3900