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- Baseball / Softball
- Playground (5-12 yrs)
- Restroom / Seasonal
- Trail / Hard
- Trail / Soft
Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset
May 4 - 12:
Daily 10am - 8pm
May 13 - 27:
Weekends 10am - 8pm
May 28 - Sept. 2:
Daily 10am - 8pm
Sept. 3 - 29:
Weekends 10am - 8pm
4321 McKinley Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98404
McKinley Playfield is 5.9 acres.
RENAMING MCKINLEY PLAYFIELD
From January 6-31, 2014, the community was invited to vote on a new name for McKinley Playfield from this list:
- Eastside Community Park - It’s where we live and it’s our park
- Friendship Park - It is where everyone meets up and enjoys being with each other
- Harmony Park - It is where everyone (races, ages) in our community come together and play and learn together
- Ida Park - Ida is the first name of the wife of President McKinley, and most of the area is named after him
- Dave DeForrest Park - He served the Eastside and lived across the street from the park; he was a recognized city councilman who advocated for services for residents
- more information about Dave DeForrest
- Ron Vignec Park - He has served thousands on the eastside and worked tirelessly to improve our community; an icon with multicultural connections who brought the community together for peace
- more information about Ron Vignec
- Eastside Family Playfield - That’s what it is; for families located on the eastside; the name speaks to its location and purpose
- Legacy Park - Generations have used the park and will do so into the future; it is a place and way to pass on a rich heritage of community
- Joel E. Odegard Park - Captain in TFD at Engine 11 for years, lived in the area, business owner on McKinley; 1st President of McKinley Hill Boosters
- more information about Joel E. Odegard
- Verlo Family Park - Hard workers who coached sports and brought the Boys & Girls Club to the eastside; they invested time & money into kids and kids’ programs and impacted many lives
- more information about the Verlo Family / article / history
- Doug Delin Playfield - He had a heart for people on the eastside and was diligent to see improvements in the area, especially places where kids could play and benefit
- no additional nomination information received
Why we are re-naming the park:
In 1901, the large park on Tacoma’s east side which now overlooks the Tacoma Dome was named McKinley Park to honor the memory of the recently assassinated President McKinley. Soon after, the area around the park became known as McKinley Hill. The city even changed the name of East H Street to McKinley Avenue in 1909.
A couple of decades later, Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT) purchased land on McKinley Avenue and created the park currently known as McKinley Playfield in 1928.
Over the years, having two parks located so close to each other and both with McKinley in their names, has occasionally resulted in confusion. In 2013, Metro Parks Tacoma received a request to change the name of one of the parks to end this confusion. Since the naming of McKinley Park played a significant historic role in the naming of the McKinley Hill neighborhood which emerged around it, MPT has chosen to rename McKinley Playfield.
Through two community processes: one with elementary students from three east side schools and one with community stakeholders, nominations meeting agency criteria were finalized for the new name of the park in November, 2013. This provided the community an opportunity to bring forth nominations for names related to the current usage and meaning the park has for visitors as well as a chance to potentially honor influential members of the eastside community who have made a lasting contribution.
For more information, contact Roxanne Miles, firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 305-1068.
2006-2008 - New playground equipment installed, new sprayground installed and park improvements made including picnic tables, site furnishings, landscaping and field renovation. Reforestation was completed with the old poplar trees on the perimeter replaced with 20 new trees. Work was funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005.
BUILDING EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS
Installed Timers and Blankets for Hot Water Heater. Project is substantially complete and under warranty.