Hey, Tacoma, need a great park for kids of all ages? Contributing writer, Tabitha, says she’s found one! Need another reason to try it out? We’re headed for 80 degrees, and it’s got a sprayground!
Franklin Park is a newly renovated, 20 acre park, located on 12th and South Puget Sound Ave. in Tacoma. It features something for all ages; play equipment, a sprayground, trails, and sports fields.
The playground has fairly new equipment. It’s colorful, and the toys are spread out so everyone’s not so cramped. The park has two big toys. One side is geared towards 2-5 year olds. It’s very colorful and lower to the ground. The other side’s big toy is geared towards 5-12 year olds. It’s taller and has more climbing features. If you have multiple children, especially in different age groups, this park makes it easy to keep an eye on all of them. The park isn’t fenced in, but you can easily view the whole playground from one spot. There is some shade available at the playground.
The park also features walking trails, baseball and football fields and a basketball court. There is a picnic shelter and picnic tables and benches throughout the park. Restrooms are available year round.
Franklin Park’s sprayground is open daily(10AM-8PM) during the summer, and it’s a favorite for all ages. Kids run around and play while keeping cool, and parents can sit back and watch. There is plenty of seating around the water, and you can even use the small concrete wall to sit in a pinch. Admission is free!
Btw, if you’re like me and you’ve been curious about the water quality or usage amounts, you’ll be glad to know I found out that it’s recycled and then sanitized through filtration and UV lights.
If you go: The park is located at 1201 S. Puget Sound Ave. Tacoma, WA 98405 Limited parking spots are available alongside the park.
Sprayground photo is used with permission and courtesy of Metro Parks Tacoma. The other lovely pics and post are from our contributing writer
Tabitha Black- local mom, lifestyle, travel and family blogger at Love, Tabitha Be sure to check her out!
Speaking of spraygrounds and playgrounds, don’t forget we’re hosting a reader play date at Les Gove in Auburn Tuesday morning! It’s got a fantastic playground with a sprayground next door, and we’ll have free chocolate milk while supplies last courtesy of Smith Brothers, and, oh, yeah-the, “Tower princess,” will be there for a FREE meet and greet and the cutest photo ops ever!
I promise it will be worth the trip to make a summer memory your kids will be talking about forever! You can read more here. You can get free tickets here. We’ll be at the picnic shelter behind the playground-look for our banner. We can’t wait to meet you! Bring a friend (or two)!