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Garfield Park

Features You'll Find:
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  • SPORTS
    • Baseball / Softball
    • Basketball
    • Soccer
  • BUILDINGS & PICNIC SITES
    • Picnic / Drop in
  • PLAYGROUNDS
    • Playground (5-12 yrs)
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES
    • Trail / Soft
Hours:

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

400 N. Borough Rd.
Tacoma, WA 98403

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Find fields, courts, play & fitness equipment and more inside this park. Hikers enjoy exploring the gulch and waterfront via the connecting trails.

The developed park area is approximately 5 acres in size. The first parcels were acquired in 1912 with additional acreage added through 1927.

Length of the outer track is 1,391.7 feet (a quarter of a mile is 1320 feet) (this is 424 meters)

FIELD PARTIALLY CLOSED TILL FALL 2016 TO ALLOW TURF TO GROW

Metro Parks will install new drainage lines at Garfield Park beginning July 18. The work will close the playground for two days. Most of the field will be closed until fall to allow the turf to regrow. The walking path and play area will remain open, and the work should not affect the day camps that operate at Garfield.

Metro Parks has worked with nearby Annie Wright Schools to minimize disruptions. Anyone with questions or concerns may contact Project AdministratorTom Dargan at (253) 305-1017.

Garfield Park partial closure 2016

 
 























PARTNERS
Through a CHIP in agreement, Annie Wright School supplements existing park service with litter pickup and removal, lawn mowing and trimming, hard court blowing and maintenance, in-field preparation and maintenance and all utility costs associated with the park. In return, Annie Wright gets priority use of the field. The school currently utilizes the park for their PE and athletic programs. For more information, visit Annie Wright's website.

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HELP KEEP THIS PARK CLEAN, GREEN & SAFE
Learn more about how you can volunteer your time, services and support to enhance this park.

NOT AN OFF-LEASH DOG PARK
In an uncontrolled area like Garfield Park, off-leash dogs represent a safety hazard for park users and have added to an already difficult turf management problem. Organized off-leash dog parks can be found at Point Defiance, Wapato, McKinley and Rogers Parks.

PARK IMPROVEMENTS
2007-2011
- Design Study Report developed to guide future improvements of the park. KOMPAN donated and installed ten new pieces of equipment and replaced the sand based safety surfacing with Fibar Woodcarpet. KOMPAN added two fitness areas to the playground equipment - Core Circuit Stations along the running track for cardio-core cross training and an X-Ercise Zone cluster of fitness equipment designed for stretching and dynamic movement for seniors. Resurfaced basketball court, replaced standards, new soccer field, baseball backstop, improved field drainage, re-designed entry area, re-graveled pathway, fencing, native landscaping and site furnishings. Work was funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005 and a $170,000 donation from Annie Wright. The students described the park as "an outdoor classroom space providing oportuntites for healthy mind and body experiences, an outdoor science lab and important play space."
 


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