Friday, August 12th, Noon — 1pm

Frost Park Chalk Off

Season 4, Episode 20

Come down to Frost Park and get your chalk off on! This weekly community art-in-action is open to all who want to chalk, snap photos, or just come by to enjoy their lunch and meet other Tacoma-types.

This week our own lovely chalker Poppy is offering up a family pass for The Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire in Bonney Lake! It's a "Weekend Guest Pass" w/ camping 2 adults and 2 children under 18 and is good for August 13-14 or 20-21.

Cost / Admission
Contact Info
Kevin Freitas
Frost Park
Pacific Ave. and S. 9th Street
Tacoma, WA, 98402
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by KevinFreitas
on 8/12/2011 @ 7:02am
Weather forecast (not me) says it'll be clear by noon so hope to see everyone at Frost Park then!

by NineInchNachos
on 8/12/2011 @ 7:57am
haunting banner image! Awesome.

by KevinFreitas
on 8/12/2011 @ 11:11am
See? Blue sky and sunshine:

See everyone at Frost Park!

by NineInchNachos
on 8/12/2011 @ 1:00pm
so many friendly folks. I love fridays. Also I think I spotted a plumer type taking notes on the Frost Park fountain. is the City getting estimates?

by NineInchNachos
on 8/12/2011 @ 1:41pm
Ladies and Gentlemen, our community organizing has paid off.

The Officer Larry Frost Memorial Park fountain will return to life. .

special thanks to all the City Council folks who have been monitoring our happy chalk event.

by KevinFreitas
on 8/12/2011 @ 1:44pm
Here are pics of this week's entries! Remember to use the word "vote" when choosing your favorite. Great work and great to see everyone!

by Lisa

by Britton's Boy

by Kyra

by Wilbur

by Mark Monlux

by Stowe

by Britton

by Tara

by Troy

by Thorax O'Tool

by Poppy

by Nicole & Andrea

by Jared

by Brian Bartlebaugh

More over at

by kaotix
on 8/12/2011 @ 2:03pm
My vote goes to Nicole & Andrea!

by ChrisTopher
on 8/12/2011 @ 2:22pm
Me thinks it's a little too early to vote. So far there is a lot of good drawings out there.

by NineInchNachos
on 8/12/2011 @ 2:35pm
"One is it's our front door," said Councilmember Boe. "I know people say, 'Ninth Street, can we do something about this?' We have this garbage can of a fountain -- that's what's happening. It's turning into a litter bin. What does that say about us? People use [the empty fountain] as sidewalk and benches, and it's not designed for that." He said he was concerned about liability issues related to people sitting in sections of the fountain that have drops of eight feet to concrete. "I believe we should be spending money securing that or putting hand rails in or guard rails in so we don't have an accident. If we're doing that on a fountain that's not running, why don't we take the money and fix the fountain? Because for me, I think we have a liability issue there because the fountain is off."

by NineInchNachos
on 8/12/2011 @ 2:38pm

by MarkMonlux
on 8/12/2011 @ 2:51pm
Here are some photos I took today.

I vote for Stowe's Medieval Tower.

by CaptainBritton
on 8/12/2011 @ 3:08pm
Maybe I'm just hungry, but I gotta vote Monlux.

by The Jinxmedic
on 8/12/2011 @ 3:11pm
Well, as good as Stowe's tower may be, and as much as I like Thorax's paisley crack fairy, and appreciate the Melvillian literary storyline on Troy's work, I am voting for "RAT ON A STICK". (Seeing how that is part of one of our family slogans, I have no choice.) Therefore, I vote for Monlux.

by NineInchNachos
on 8/12/2011 @ 3:16pm
PSA: cook your plague rats throughly to stop the spread of disease

by ChrisTopher
on 8/12/2011 @ 3:20pm
I vote Stowe. Nice crisp and clean line work.

by jamesstoweart
on 8/12/2011 @ 3:48pm
Thanks bub, that means a lot coming from you. Your line work is superb.

by Jesse
on 8/12/2011 @ 4:35pm
I'm not voting this week There's too much good stuff and I can't decide which one I like the most.

by Erik
on 8/12/2011 @ 4:37pm
I vote for Britton.

Re: the Frost Park Foutain repairs:

Frost Park fountain repairs scheduled to begin Monday

Repairs to the fountain at Larry Frost Memorial Park in downtown Tacoma are scheduled to begin Monday. The park is a memorial to fallen Tacoma police officer Larry Frost, who was 29 years old when he was shot and killed on Sept. 9, 1977. In recent years, a group of local artists has gathered on Fridays at noon for friendly chalk art competitions. But its cascading fountain that stretches from Commerce Street to Pacific Avenue hasn't worked for a long time.
By Todd Matthews

Aug 12 2011
Repairs to the fountain at Larry Frost Memorial Park in downtown Tacoma are scheduled to begin Monday, according to city officials.

The park, located at the corner of South Ninth Street and Pacific Avenue, is named after fallen Tacoma police officer Larry Frost, who was 29 years old when he was shot and killed on Sept. 9, 1977. In recent years, a group of local artists has gathered on Fridays at noon for friendly chalk art competitions. But its cascading fountain that stretches from Commerce Street to Pacific Avenue hasn't worked for a long time.

That will begin to change next week, according to interim City Manager Rey Arellano. In his weekly report of Aug. 11 to Tacoma City Council, Arellano notes, "The Frost Park repair project will begin on Monday, August 15th with pressure washing followed by an acid wash. Once the pools have been cleaned, they will need to dry out before the epoxy/paints can be applied and sealed. Depending on the weather, completion is scheduled the week of August 22nd."

In April, the Tacoma Daily Index reported City officials were considering whether to direct money toward repairing the fountain. According to city officials, the list of needed repairs is long: multiple leaks in the walls and floors of the pool; potential underground pipe damage; water pump repairs; pressure washing; and a waterproof sealant.

"Public Works received an updated estimate for repairs of about $40,000," noted then Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson in his April 14 weekly report to City Council. "It is anticipated to be completed by the end of summer. The repairs to the Frost Park pool would require Streets and Grounds to use about $40,000. The 2011 maintenance and operation budget allocated $20,000 for the grounds section. This would eliminate their ability to purchase supplies needed to plant and maintain other City landscaped areas and parks."

Still, during City Council's April 5 study session, Anderson noted that if the city wanted to spend money on the repairs, $40,000 would be "found in the capital program in one of the general accounts and [staff] will transfer the money from there, capital money, over to the repair."

$40,000 is super cheap for the amount of visual improvements that would be made on one of the busiest and noticed area of downtown.

by jamesstoweart
on 8/12/2011 @ 4:38pm
Vote for the children! There are lots of really great child chalker entries this week. If you are undecided vote for the best kid. That is what I plan to do.

In fact, I vote for Jared... he is quickly becoming a little junior Brian. Crazy visuals, great color and lots of surface area!

by eConsultant
on 8/12/2011 @ 5:36pm
+1 vote for Stowe

by Duaflex
on 8/12/2011 @ 5:59pm
I also vote for Stowe! Nice work.

Britton, you were a close second!

by kathy
on 8/12/2011 @ 6:20pm
Cool stuff this week...
Britton, love your drawing...
Mark, superb as usual...
I like Brian's as well...
but I've gotta go with Stowe. That just POPS off the pavement!
I vote for Stowe.

by Bjr
on 8/12/2011 @ 6:53pm
Today was awesome day glad i made it just in time to chalk some random doodles . Just chalk N around nice work Stowe and Britton. Stowe awesome idea about voting for the kid chalkers and I`m impressed with Jareds work getting better every week.

by troysworktable
on 8/12/2011 @ 7:00pm
This is a tough decision, due to some great art from a large number of chalkers, but I vote for Britton's Hoganesque knight.

by Earthdaughter
on 8/12/2011 @ 9:09pm
It always makes me feel good when I get to the Chalk Off! Such energy and talent. The decision is always so difficult. But I do agree with Kathy that Stowe's tower just grabs me. So my vote is for Stowe.

by jenyum
on 8/12/2011 @ 9:50pm
I vote for Britton.

by KevinFreitas
on 8/12/2011 @ 10:27pm
Wow, not an easy choice! Mark's cracks me up and Tara out did herself this week. Stowe's is crisp and i want a comic in that style and Larry and Brian's randomness is refreshing. Love the paisley tribute too! My vote goes to Britton tho. Well done everyone!

by Adam the Alien
on 8/12/2011 @ 10:54pm
It's a really, really tough choice, but I've gotta vote for Stowe's crisp castle drawing. I'm a sucker for good use of black.

Sorry I couldn't make it today, I couldn't justify leaving my workstation after losing much of the week to technical difficulties. Looming deadlines and whatnot.

by KevinFreitas
on 8/13/2011 @ 11:49am
It's official folks, Mr. James Stowe wins it this week!

Here's the breakdown in votes:

Stowe 7
Britton 4
Monlux 2
Jared 1 (2)
Nicole & Andrea 1
Troy 1

Fantastic work everyone! Thx for chalking, for voting, and to Poppy for the great prize!

by Bjr
on 8/13/2011 @ 1:05pm
See everyone next week same chalk place maybe not the same chalk time .