The South End Neighborhood Council (SENCo) Strategic Neighborhood Action Plans (SNAPs) Project

Your South End Neighborhood Council is leading the effort to modernize the South End neighborhood plan from the 1900’s by re-evaluating South End needs and improvements while prioritizing community engagement in the planning process.

Monthly Walking Tours

In an earlier project phase, we partnered with UWT Professor Matt Kelley’s AMP team to map community-identified South End areas of ‘use and avoidance.’ Using these data, we numbered off the ‘avoided’ areas and developed monthly Walking Tours to identify improvement opportunities at the ground level, where we take copious notes and pick up litter along the way. These Walking Tours start at 9am on the Saturday after SENCo General Meetings (1st Monday of the month), and are open to all!

South End Walking Tour Schedule

Walking Tour #1 LARCHMONT Saturday, February 12 at 9am. Meet at Larchmont Elementary School 8601 East B Street.

Walking Tour #2 FERN HILL Saturday, March 12 @ 9am. Meet in the bus turn-out on Yakima at Fern Hill Elementary 8442 South Park Avenue.

Walking Tour #3 STAFFORD Saturday, April 9 @ 9am. Meet at Stafford Elementary, 1615 South 92nd Street.

Walking Tour #4 BIRNEY Saturday, May 7 @ 9am. Meet at Birney Elementary, 1615 South 92nd Street.

Walking Tour #5 HOSMER (part 1 of 2) Saturday, June 11 @ 9am. Meet at SE corner of S 84th & Hosmer.

Walking Tour #6 HOSMER (part 2 of 2) Saturday, July 9 @ 9am. Meet at SE corner of S 84th & Hosmer.

Walking Tour #7 BAKER Saturday, August 6 @ 9am.

Walking Tour #8 PACIFIC AVENUE Saturday, September 10 @9am. Meet at NW corner of Fred Meyer parking lot (7250 Pacific Ave).

Walking Tour #9 BLUEBERRY PARK Saturday, October 8 @ 9am. Meet at Blueberry Park (7402 East D Street).

Walking Tour #10 72ND ST Saturday, November 12 @ 9am. Meet at NW corner of Fred Meyer parking lot (7250 Pacific Ave).

Walking Tour #11 PARK AVE Saturday, January 14 @ 9am. Meet at IDEA School (6701 Park Ave S).

Walking Tour #12 WAPATO PARK Saturday, February 11 @ 9am. Meet at Wapato Lake Bath House off Sheridan entrance (S 68th St & S Sheridan Ave).

Walking Tour #13 56TH SEWARD/MANN Saturday, March 11 at 9am. Meet at the Park and Ride on the SW corner of S 56th St and S Alaska Ave.

Walking Tour #14 ALLING PARK Saturday, April 8 at 9am. Meet at Alling Park sign on S 61st St and S Sheridan Ave.

Walking Tour #15 PARK AVE Saturday, May 6 at 9am. Meet at SUBWAY at 6402 S Yakima.

Upcoming Walks: #16 Stewart East 6/10, #17 56th and Pacific 7/8, #18 Steward West 8/12, #19 Mann 9/9, #20 Seward 10/11, #21 Whitman West 11/11, #22 Whitman East, #23 Lincoln South, #24 Lincoln North, #25 Jenny Reed

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SNAPs 5 Phases Timeline

Phase 1 – 2020 Community Survey and Kickoff Meeting 

   An online survey of community needs was conducted from October 2020, to January 2021 after an online community meeting in November 2020. This initial community feedback is integrated into the planning process and SNAPs updates. 

Community Survey Word Cloud #1: Vision for the South End
Community Survey Word Cloud #2: Biggest Concerns

Phase 22021 Neighborhood Focus Groups, Mapping, and Planning   

  In partnership with Tacoma City Council, University of Washington-Tacoma, City of Tacoma Neighborhood and Community Services, and Safe Streets organizations, came together for South End community members to determine how past plans and projects were completed, re-evaluate each neighborhood planning area,  and create a draft set of project improvements for SNAPs inclusion. 

Focus Group Links:
6/12/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group Meeting #1
6/12/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group #1 Chat
7/10/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group Meeting #2
7/10/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group #2 Chat
8/14/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group Meeting #3
8/14/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group #3 Notes
10/2/2021 SNAPs Zoom Focus Group #4 Chat

Phase 3 – 2022-2024 SNAPs Review and Walking Tours

Review of mapping data, and monthly Walking Tours identified by community in the mapping tool for further feedback.  

Phase 4 – 2025 SNAPs Finalization 

  Finalization and formal adoption of the draft SNAPs plan as a living document.

Phase 5 – 2025 and Beyond! SNAPs Implementation 

   The SNAPs Committee will formulate a long term strategy to continuously implement and advocate for Neighborhood Action Plans to continue in a living document that benefits the future of the South End. 

More SNAPs Information

SNAPs Background
SENCo is working on a new new action plan to help us focus our energy on improvements needed in the South End today.

SNAPs Dashboard
Check out the SNAPs ‘Heat Map‘ & Dashboard where we are building on the data we collect as we move through the planning process. These data will inform SENCo priorities.

SNAPs Surveys
Take Part 1 of the SNAPs survey here. Your input is greatly appreciated.
Take Part 2 of the SNAPs survey here. Add your comments to the map.
Share survey links with your South End neighbors & friends!

SNAPs Project Documents
1999 South End Neighborhood Action Plan
2020 Community Survey Results
AMP South End Neighborhood Heat Map (Created in 2021)

SNAPs Participation
Community members can join the SNAPs process at any time.
All are welcome, and in keeping with the SENCo’s commitment to promote an equitable and anti-racist community, Black and Indigenous community members, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, youth, seniors, immigrants, and refugees are especially encouraged to participate.

If you are interested in participating, or have further questions, please reach out to us at


The 1999 Neighborhood Plan had a list of projects; which projects were completed or not completed? 

SENCo has audited the previous project list and compiled a report of accomplishments and remaining opportunities. TLDR: about 65% of the total projects were at least partially completed. Impressive!

How were the neighborhood boundaries decided? 

SENCo and community partners evaluated a number of map sources, including the Safe Streets neighborhood watch groups map, police sector maps, census tracts, precinct maps, city council district maps, zoning, and other data sources, in determining the appropriate neighborhood areas map for the Neighborhood Plan update. The previous map from 1999 has been further refined and added six new neighborhood areas for a total of 16. 

When is the next opportunity to input on the plan?

All are welcome anytime to give feedback or join a monthly Walking Tour!

How can I be involved in planning and advocating for my neighborhood? 

Attend a neighborhood council meeting and sign up for email updates! Email

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