Playground Report: Wapato Hills in South Tacoma
Contributor Tabitha found a playground she says is great for bigger kids or your younger thrill seekers!
Wapato Hills is a neighborhood park located in South Tacoma; it features a sprayground, playground, basketball court, and a field. Perfect spot for some family fun! Families with older children will especially love this park!
My 8 year old instantly fell in love with the playground structure. The equipment is geared more towards ages 5-12, as the equipment is very tall, open, and gives them a challenge-perfect for a child who likes to climb or hang. A younger child might enjoy the park as there is a shorter slide and swings. The play structure is fairly new and well kept. It is not fenced in, but it is easy to view the whole playground from one spot and the streets adjacent aren’t busy.
The park does feature a sprayground, but keep in mind it is one of the older ones and doesn’t have any designs. If you have multiple aged kids, this is a great opportunity to let the little ones play in the water while still being able to watch your older child on the big toy.
Wapato Hills Park also has a beautiful large basketball court with trees surrounding it, a baseball field, and a large grass field for running around. Restrooms are open daily April through October. The landscaping at the park is beautiful with a short walking trail around the grass field and playground. There is also a longer trail that goes into the woods. I did not feel comfortable doing this one alone. **
Directions: This is NOT Wapato Park with the pagoda. This is Wapato Hills.
The address is 6231 S. Wapato St. Tacoma, WA 98409
Plan Ahead Note: The one downside to this park is that there is very limited public parking, so while I know this sounds a bit bonkers, the best thing to do is to plan ahead. Here’s the scoop from the friendly folks at Metro Parks Tacoma. I promise they’ll be glad to help you out.
Limited public parking is available. Visitors who park in “permit required” street parking are advised that they may be ticketed by the City of Tacoma. Citizens can contact 253-591-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a no-fee parking permit that is valid for parking along the east side of Wapato Street (abutting the park).
**Note from SFM: If you’d like to explore the trail here with others, Metro Parks Tacoma regularly hosts guided nature walks here.
Tabitha Black- local mom, lifestyle, travel and family blogger at Love Tabitha.