Where can you find a playground that’s safe for toddlers? We asked this question over on our Facebook page, and as usual, our readers delivered. If you need a playground that’s fenced near Tacoma, or you just want to find somewhere where you can keep your, “Runners,” in sight, we think you’ll love this handy guide.
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The Fircrest Tot Lot Fircrest Parents rave about this little spot in Fircrest. It’s fully fenced, and it has a sandbox full of trucks. It’s also right by the community pool and wading pool, both of which have public hours. If you have a kiddo who likes to run off on you, this little playground will save the day! I seem to have misplaced my tot lot picture, so just trust me, Tacoma Moms….Go Here! The address is 527 Ramsdell St, Fircrest, WA 98466, but it’s right by the community center; you might be better off just navigating there.
Crescent Creek Gig Harbor This was the other park that got multiple raves on our Facebook page. Heather summed it up- I also have a runner. My favorite Park is in Gig Harbor – Crescent Creek. It’s seriously amazing for that age & a very safe area. She does add one caution-The nature center is fenced and pretty cool, but it does make me nervous occasionally because you can’t see all the play area from the ground and there are some pretty tall things to climb & balance on.
Clarks Creek South Puyallup While not fenced, the playground here is on a large grassy area at some distance from the parking lot, and the parking lot is at the end of a dead end street. There are also trails here and a dog park if your little one likes to look at puppies. Good spot for a group gathering (the Only time there is a crowd here). Note: This north end of this park with the tennis courts is across the street from DeCoursey, with the duck pond.
Norpoint NE Tacoma/Federal Way There is a fun playground and sprayground behind the Norpoint Center. It has some equipment (and a zipline!) I think is better suited for older kids, but it does have one, small structure for littles. Moms like that it’s away from the road and has clean bathrooms. If you need to cool off this weekend, it would be a fun one to visit!
Rainier Woods Puyallup–This is a neighborhood park (You might know it as Cherokee Park). It’s back from the street a bit, and I do believe it’s all fenced, though it would be possible for a kiddo to get into the small parking lot. It’s next to some grassy areas and a baseball field.
Manorwood Park Puyallup This is a teeny neighborhood park with a good sized grassy area, a jungle gym, and two ride on toys. It’s not fenced, but this is a quiet neighborhood, with a 25 mph speed limit, and you’ll likely have the place to yourself (it IS open to the public, btw). There are only about a dozen parking spaces. Someone told me they had found some scary garbage in the woods behind it…..I haven’t noticed anything of the sort, but stick to the play set if that concerns you.
Cheney Stadium Tacoma There is a fenced playground here that is open to the public on game and non game days (honestly, though-don’t go on a game day unless you want your kiddo in a mosh pit). My kids had a lot of fun here-the gate does tend to get left open, so stand with your back to it. I’m not sure if you have to pay for parking on non game days; I’m guessing not, but I don’t know for sure. If you know, weigh in!On game days it’s open from 10AM util 1 hr before gates open and on non game days it’s open from 10AM-6PM. Most of the equipment isn’t toddler friendly, but there are a couple smaller pieces.
Chambers Bay University Place has great walking/running trails, and The Playground by the Sound is lots of fun. Moms like that it’s easy to keep everyone in sight here.
Discovery Pond Playground at the Tacoma Nature Center There is only one entrance to the playground, so it’s not too hard to keep an eye on your littles at this fun spot. Do be prepared for them to get wet and messy. Be sure to also check out the nature center inside and the trails around Snake Lake.
Cedar View Bonney Lake Only partially fenced, but readers think the colorful equipment here is fun and like the grassy area and play structures at this convenient spot.
- Normandy Park City Hall- Reader Kim offered this one, writing It’s almost out of your territory, but there’s Normandy Park City Hall Park. There is a preschool that uses the playground during the school year, so it’s fenced and has equipment for small and slightly older kids. Outside the fence there’s a large field for the bigger kids who like to run.
- Seattle Children’s Playgarden One of our awesome fb readers says this one will keep even the most determined escape artist contained!
In general, I think neighborhood parks are good bets. They’re typically smaller, often fenced, and usually in a quiet area-all good things if you have a busy little one on your hands! Look on your city website to find one you haven’t tried yet! Most cities have at least one or two pocket or neighborhood parks tucked away from the crowds.
Another great idea this time of year? Hit your closest school playground! They’re still big kid free (for a little bit), and they’re almost guaranteed to be safe and fenced.
If all else fails, find a buddy and take turns with chase duty. Hey, you’re getting some exercise! And, please don’t feel bad….running off (because they know you’ll follow) is a perfectly normal toddler behavior!