A Pool Party – for the dogs?

Yep, you read that right. Once a year, Metro Parks offers dog lovers a chance to bring their pooches to a pool for a wet and fun time. Now I am not a fan of the smell of wet pooch, but the fun many breeds have in the water is about the same amount of fun my 2yr old has in the water, pure bliss and glee.  So, why not? Go out and let your pooch splash free.

September 8th at 10am and 1:30 at the Steward Heights pool. 402 E 56th Street

$10 first dog, $5 the second, humans are free

Please bring well-socialized dogs only to this event. Maximum pool depth: 4 feet, 3 inches.

People are not allowed in the pool during the party, but will be able to watch from the deck. Stewart Heights Pool closes for the summer on September 3. Pool chemicals will be turned off a few days prior to the Pool Party so that irritation is minimized for the dogs. Scoop bags will be provided. Dogs must be on leashes when they are out of the water.


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

April Pools Day

If you like to swim and want a way to get a free swim, look no farther. The East Side pool (3524 East L Street) in Tacoma is having a pool safety day with a free swim after.  You must participate in the safety class to participate in the free swim.  But with summer quickly approaching, pool safety basics are a must!

Preventing drowning, the second leading cause of death in children, could be as simple as spending a free afternoon at your local swimming pool.

For the 18th year in a row, Eastside Pool will be celebrating April Pool’s Day by providing free water safety activities followed by an open swim on Saturday April 21, hopefully changing the statistics and saving lives.

Brush up on water and boating safety skills and learn drowning prevention strategies by participating in games and water safety stations. After participating, families can enjoy a free open swim.

Children under the age of seven and those who cannot meet the height requirement must have an adult in the water within an arm’s length at all times while the child is in the water.

Saturday, April 21
1:15-1:30 p.m. Check-In
1:30-2:30 Free water safety program
2:30-4:30 Free open swim*

*Must participate in the water safety program

For more information, contact:
Eastside Pool
(253) 591-2042