Playgrounds in Tacoma are set to open July 8th.
I’ve been working hard at tracking playground openings, and I’m super excited to let you know that Metro Parks Tacoma playgrounds will open on July 8. As with other playgrounds, no more than five children from different households may play at one time. You are asked to bring hand sanitizer for your children to use, and, of course, openings and closures could change depending on phases and orders from the Governor.
Note that Metro Parks Tacoma pools and spraygrounds will not open this summer.
Read on for more. Note that all information has been provided to us directly by Metro Parks Tacoma. I have a link at the bottom of this post if you want to read more details. Also note that this post is specific to playgrounds in Tacoma run by Metro Parks Tacoma. Other nearby playgrounds run by different agencies may have different rules. Pierce County Parks Department playgrounds are open as are playgrounds in the City of UP.
Playgrounds and the Summer Meal Program in Tacoma
Summer Meals: Continued access to meals is important for youth development in our community. Last summer, Metro Parks served over 9,000 meals to Tacoma children ages 18 and under as part of its Summer Playground program. This year, the program will launch under a Grab & Go model. This service may be expanded to include a playground component; however that will be dependent on Pierce County entering Phase 3 and access to service providers with COVID-19 safety training and experience. Metro Parks would like to thank Safeway Nourishing Neighbors for their support of this program. Learn more at
Metro Parks Tacoma Pools and Spraygrounds Stay Closed; Other Services Reduced
Outdoor Pools: Kandle & Stewart Heights Pools will not open this year. Swimming is a subsidized operating expense. Capacity limits and a late start in these operations would significantly add to current budget shortfalls.
Community Centers: All community centers will remain closed for the summer. We are exploring possibilities for opening in the fall. Operations are dependent on directives within future phases of the state’s reopening. At this time, capacity limits would not enable the centers to function at levels that can offset operating expenses.
Spraygrounds: Will remain closed this year. Typically, these seasonal assets are brought online for weekend only service beginning in May. Every spring, staff install features that have to be removed at the end of summer season. They use weekdays in May for system testing and repairs prior to full-time operations in June. The District does not have adequate staffing to initiate or sustain sprayground operations this year.
Park lawns: Will not be groomed to normal levels this summer. Parks will operate with only one-third of their normal crews this summer, so mowing will happen less frequently. The District will also reduce irrigation by approximately 49 million gallons both as a cost-saving measure and to reduce the need for mowing.
Park operations, facility openings/closures and program offerings are subject to change in accordance with Pierce County’s phased reopening status. available on the District’s website.about all Metro Parks facilities and programs are
Parents are urged to check theregularly to ensure they are aware of all recommended guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.