Monday, August 24, 2015

New Paint

One of Ruston's graffiti magnets got a new coat of paint this weekend, and a new message...



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Point Defiance Master Plan Vote Delayed

Update on next steps for Point Defiance Park Master Plan

To better align with the City of Tacoma's technical processes, Metro Parks staff are recommending a postponement of the Park Board's vote on the Point Defiance Park Master Plan Update from Monday, Aug. 24, until early November.

Our planners and consultants have been working closely and productively with City of Tacoma staff throughout the process.

To read more, please visit DestinationPointDefiance.org.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Possible New Tenant For Ruston School

The Ruston City Council discussed negotiations that are underway with Catholic Community Services to rent a good portion of the empty space at the Ruston School building. The current plan is to move their Family Preservation unit to Ruston, bringing 20 to 22 employees in mostly administrative roles. These services focus on foster families, with kids generally age 10 to 12 years old. The family services are provided at their home, so very there is very limited interaction with clients at the offices. Catholic Community Services hopes to add $50,000 in tenant improvements to the space and brings much needed revenue to this city asset. After discussion that included assurances of the limited scope of client services from the building, the council authorized the mayor to finalize the lease and proceed.

Friday, July 31, 2015

National Night Out

If you enjoy your neighbors and want to take a stand against crime, then National Night Out Against Crime is for you. Ruston will hold two outdoor potluck dinners next Tuesday, August 4th to mark the event. The Ruston Police Department provided the following details:

National Night Out is this coming Tuesday the 4th. There will be two NNO gatherings as in years past. One will be in the 5200 block of N Highland St and the other will be in the 5300 block of N 49th St. This is a great event to come meet your police and fire personnel as well as your neighbors. The events usually begin around 6PM. Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rust Mansion For Sale

If you have an extra $1.7 million, you can purchase a piece of local history. Ruston founder, William R. Rust, never lived in Ruston, choosing instead to build two mansions in Tacoma's Stadium district. One of those grand homes is for sale. The News Tribune has a great article today about the historic luxury home and about Rust's life. You can read the article here...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SAMI Now At Camp 6

The News Tribune is reporting that the Science And Math Institute (SAMI) trailers are now set up at the former Camp 6 location at Point Defiance Park for the next year. Construction of the park's new storm water system has begun in earnest at the former location next to the go carts. A new, permanent school for the SAMI students will be constructed at the zoo. The new building will be used for educational classes for both the zoo and SAMI. The new facility is scheduled to open by 2017. Officials will be hosting an informational session about the new building Friday morning at 10:45am at Owens Beach as part of their Explore The Shore program.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Winnifred Street Construction

The reconstruction of the tree-lined Winnifred Street boulevard started in earnest yesterday with the removal of several trees, some of which were dead or diseased. The project includes new streets, sidewalks and upgrading the medians. Construction is expected to last through early fall.

Not all the neighbors are happy with the scope of the project. The city council decided that the tree in the yard at N. 52nd and Winnifred would be removed as part of the work, over the protests of the home owner.







Saturday, July 11, 2015

Rust Memorial

The News Tribune has a nice, in-depth article in today's paper about the new art in downtown Ruston. The bust of the town's founder, W.R. Rust and his many contributions to the greater South Sound are highlighted. You can read it here...  And if you want to order your own brick for the upcoming plaza around the memorial, you can order it here...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Property Values Rise

The News Tribune is reporting (here) that property values are back up to their 2010 values. Values rose 5.9% last year in Ruston, after a 9.21% increase in 2014. Property taxes can only be raised by 1% per year, so residents won't see the same increase in taxes but for those wanting to sell it's a nice trend.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Rust Sculpture In The News

The new historical art at town center is getting some mention in the press lately. The Tacoma Weekly did a nice story about Helen Rust-Watts visit last month. Ms. Watts is the granddaughter of William R. Rust, the founder of our fair town. She stopped by to view the new bust of her grandad along with several other local dignitaries. And sculptor Paul Michaels is featured in this article from Key Peninsula News.