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Visit Ruston and Tacoma Waterfront Parks as Summer is Approaching

Visit Waterfront Parks as Temperatures Rise

Metro Parks of Tacoma has more than 100 parks within the city that they manage. All of these parks offer something unique to the community. Public parks encourage physical exercise, play, and the company of friends, family, and neighbors. Bigger attractions like Northwest Trek and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium bring visitors from all over the state, where kids and adults can learn interesting and useful information about the world we live in and all it’s creatures.

Captivating the imaginative, active and intellectual aspects of living is important and when combined with healthy exercise and positive social interaction it brings happiness to individuals and the community as a whole making our world a better place to be, and our public parks definitely contribute to that equation. That is a great reason to be thankful for Metro Parks and all their hard work to maintain and improve our parks.


Here on the waterfront we are blessed with a number of unique and interesting parks that are worth spending some time at:

Thea’s Park   – 535 Dock St

Jack Hyde Park & Chinese Reconciliation Park   – 1741 N Schuster Pkwy (Water Access and Kayak/Paddleboard Rentals)

Hamilton Park   – 2321 Ruston Way

Dickman Mill Park   – 2423 Ruston Way

Cummings Park   – 3939 Ruston Way (Beach Access)

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium   – 5400 N Pearl St

Soon to come Peninsula Park!

Point Defiance Marina   – 5912 N Waterfront Dr (Water Access and Kayak/Paddleboard Rentals)

Also keep in mind the Point Ruston Waterwalk, soon to open seasonal spray ground and Ruston Playground at the Grand Plaza where you can also find the large mural by Jake “Dkoy” Wagoner that is sure to give the kids some excitement.

List of All Parks in Tacoma


Helpout your Local Parks

One way you can lend a helping hand to improve our public parks and show your appreciation is to volunteer on April 21 for Parks Appreciation Day, The event begins at 9 A.M and goes till Noon. Adults and Kids of all ages are welcome to attend. If you plan on attending be sure to bring work gloves, basic hand tools will be provided but you can feel free to bring some of your own tools as well. Some of the activities that will be done under the supervision of Metro Parks staff members will be:

-Laying gravel on trails

-Spreading mulch in flower beds

-Cutting back invasive species of plants

-Removing English Ivy

-Pick up litter

-Help with landscaping


The Participating Parks are:

Swan Creek Park, East 42nd St. and East Roosevelt Ave. (Volunteers will meet near the community garden.)

Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St. (Meet near the Visitors Center.)

McKinley Park, 907 Upper Park St. (Meet at the Upper Park Street entrance.)

Charlotte’s Blueberry Park, 7402 East D. St. (Meet at the entrance.)

Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St.

STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St. (Meet in the parking lot.)

Titlow Park, 8425 6th Ave., (Meet at lot near the sprayground.)

Browns Point Playfield, 4915 La Hal Da Lane NE.


*Please note that large groups of volunteers should register in advance by emailing:


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