Save the dates: Downing groundbreaking and virtual neighborhood meeting

Mark your calendar to both celebrate and learn what to expect with a major construction project starting in the neighborhood.

Groundbreaking celebration on Friday, April 2, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (Watch LIVE on Facebook)
Downing families, students and staff: Watch LIVE on Facebook as students from every grade break ground on their new building, marking the beginning of a new era. Students will officially break ground on our new school during this celebration. Since we can't all be together, we are running a LIVE virtual event on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. and would love for you to join us online.

To watch, go to the TPS Facebook page and click the Downing Elementary Online Groundbreaking event.

Downing groundbreaking flier


Virtual neighborhood meeting on Monday, April 19, 6 – 7 p.m.
Bringing a major construction project into a neighborhood impacts its residents. Tacoma Public Schools and Korsmo Construction, the general contractor for the new Downing Elementary School, want to limit that impact as much as possible and make sure Downing neighbors know what to expect and when.

Please join our online meeting by going to Downing’s construction website at Downing Elementary School - Tacoma Public Schools ( and clicking the JOIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING APRIL 19, 6-7 PM button to learn what’s ahead for the project. Submit your questions ahead of time to We’ll answer your questions and address:

  • Schedule overview
  • Noise
  • Parking and road closures
  • Truck routes
  • Work hours for construction crews
Downing Neighborhood Meeting

Media Contact

Dan Voelpel, Executive Director of Communications | 253-571-1015 |

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