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Facilities Opening at Some City-Operated Parks

Facilities Opening at Some City-Operated Parks

With Pierce County in Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start plan, the City’s Street Operations Division is reopening some park facilities on Monday, July 27, 2020.

Signs will be posted to remind the community how they can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while visiting local parks. Check out the sign here.


These tips include:

  • Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wear a Mask
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Pack out your garbage

For more information on Metro Parks Tacoma, visit: metroparkstacoma.org/updates

List of Reopening Facilities at City-Operated Parks

Starting Monday, July 27, the following facilities will be open:


Gas Station Park (4802 S. Park): Play equipment open and gates to the park open.
Gateway Park (North 30th Street): Picnic tables open.
McCormick Park (930 Fawcett Avenue): Gathering space open and gates to the park open.
Sawyer Tot Lot (7402 South Cedar Street): Play equipment open.
South Grant Avenue and South 23rd Street: Picnic table open.
War Memorial Park (629 North Jackson Avenue): Picnic tables and shelter area open.


NOTE: Viewpoint Park (85 Norpoint Way Northeast): Parking lot and picnic area will remain closed until further notice. 



Pause on  Irrigation and Water Features in City Maintained Parks


As a way to help reduce budgetary expenses, the Public Works Department is continuing to scale back on irrigation zones that water lawns at the following City-operated parks. As a result, grassy areas may not be as green and will go dormant as the summer season continues. However, the department will continue to turn on zones that water shrubs and tree beds. In addition, water features in the following City-operated parks will not be operational during this time. 


For more information on City services, contact the TacomaFIRST 311 Customer Support Center by dialing 311 within Tacoma city limits or (253) 591-5000 from anywhere else or email csc@cityoftacoma.org.  


List of Irrigation and Water Features Being Paused in City-Operated Parks

Broadway Plaza - Pantages Theater (Broadway and South 9th Street): Irrigation
Broadway Plaza (Broadway and South 11th Street): Water Feature
Dock Street and East 15th Street: Irrigation
Fireman’s Park (South 8th Street and A Street): Irrigation
Frost Park (South 9th Street & Pacific Avenue): Irrigation and Water Feature
Gateway Park (North 30th Street and Starr Street): Irrigation
Harborview Park (929 Fawcett Avenue): Irrigation
Ledger Park (715 St. Helens Avenue): Irrigation
McCormick Park (930 Fawcett Avenue): Irrigation and Water Feature
Norton Memorial Park (South 1st Street and Tacoma Avenue South): Irrigation
Pearl Street Medians (6th Avenue through North 42nd Street): Irrigation
South Grant Avenue and South 23rd Street: Irrigation
South Tacoma Way and Pacific Avenue: Irrigation
Tacoma Park (929 Tacoma Ave South): Irrigation
Tollefson Plaza (Pacific Avenue and South 17th Street): Irrigation and Water Feature
War Memorial Park (629 North Jackson Avenue): Irrigation


Drinking Fountains at City-Operated Parks 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to frequently sanitize drinking fountains to maintain the safety of the community, drinking fountains will not be activated at the following locations.


Broadway Plaza (Broadway between South 11th and South 13th Streets)
Lincoln Business District (South 38th Street and South Yakima Avenue)
War Memorial Park (629 North Jackson Avenue)