Summer Parks Program

Tired of hearing your kids say “Im Bored”? Finally run out of chores, or have been threatened with mutiny if they have to vacuum, mow the yard or weed the garden one more time? Never fear, Metro Parks is here!  I know, pretty funny. But the parks program is a blast, YOU don’t have to plan it – just show up.  The program runs between June 25th and August 17th, some parks offer free lunches or snacks too! This is not a Drop-OFF program, so you should stay and supervise your child unless told otherwise.

USDA Summer Meal Program:

Lunch served at Noon-1 pm and snack served 4-4:30 pm  Monday-Friday

Participating Parks

11:30 am to 6 pm

  • Jefferson Park, 801 N Mason Ave.
  • Jane Clark Park, 4825 N 39th St.*
  • McKinley Playfield, 4321 McKinley Ave
  • Portland Ave. Park, 3513 Portland Ave.*
  • South Park, 4851 S Tacoma Way
  • Wright Park, 501 South I St.
    (Wright Park will have a mobile computer lab (KBTC grant) on Tue/Thur from1-3pm) *On Fridays at Jane Clark and Portland, wading pools will close at 4 pm

Weekends: Sat/Sun

  • Jefferson Park
  • McKinley Playfield
  • South Park
  • Wright Park

Organized Activities:

Includes daily organized games, sports, arts & crafts, water activities

Playground Arts:

Specialized art mediums:  tiles, sketching, painting, wood mosaics, water colors, chalk art etc.

Special Events

Family Fridays:

July 20 and August 10
6 -8 pm
Bring your family out for an extended day of fun at one and enjoy activities such as a scavenger hunt, tennis baseball, box hockey, face/off, capture the flag, etc.

Extended Fridays held at:

  • Jane Clark Park
  • Jefferson Park
  • McKinley Playfield
  • Portland Avenue Park
  • South Park
  • Wright Park

End of Summer Showdown:

August 16,  10am – 6 pm
Heidelberg Athletic Complex

Participants from the Playground Program sites throughout Tacoma are invited to join us at the Subway Playground Cup!
Click Here to Learn More


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