Swan Creek Park
Features You'll Find:Hover over an icon for more details
- Bike Trail
- Parking Stalls
- Trail / Hard
- Trail / Soft
- Community Garden
- Natural Areas
- Stream / River
Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset
Roosevelt & E. 42nd St.
Tacoma, WA 98404
ABOUT THIS PARK
Total acreage is 373 acres - 290 owned by Metro Parks Tacoma and 83 owned by Pierce County. Municipal Ownership Map
This park has two major sections:
- Swan Creek and its associated wooded canyon
- An upland area with a second growth Douglas fir forest and an old housing project site complete with roads and utilities.
- Trail Map Brochure / Trail Map Sign
- Another trail head entry is at 2820 Pioneer Way E. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for directions to this park entrance.
FRIENDS OF SWAN CREEK WATERSHED
Friends of Swan Creek Watershed is a diverse group of adults and youth who work together to provide educational and volunteer opportunities in Swan Creek Park & Watershed.
Students can engage in monitoring of the spawning salmon by doing visual counts, looking at the outtake flow, and marking the reds.
Swan Creek Park's plant diversity makes for an ideal class for plant identification. For more information contact Sue Bernstein at
|EVERGREEN MOUNTAIN BIKE ALLIANCE|
It is illegal to operate all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and other motorized recreational vehicles on park properties.
All users must enter and leave park property through established entrances and exits.
Penalties up to $250 per violation apply. (Section 8.27.200 of the Tacoma Municipal Code)
CURRENT PARK IMPROVEMENTS
The Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005, provides $1,000,000 for improvements to Swan Creek. Improvements will be prioritized to address the most immediate and practical needs identified in the bond program as well as the longer term objectives identified in the master planning process.
• Schematic Site Plan (May 24, 2012)
• Schematic Design: Gathering Area (May 24, 2012)
• Street Level Drawing: Orchard & Walk, Picnic Shelter, Gathering Circle, Orchards/Berries, Garden (May 24, 2012)
• Street Level Drawing: Meadow, Parking, Walk, Garden Gathering Shed, Garden (May 24, 2012)
Design Project Manager: Doug Fraser, 253-305-1019 (prev. Dick Ramsey)
Ongoing Management: Joe Brady, (253) 305-1014
Status 01/24/14 - Construction on the final phase of bond improvements is targeted for July.
Protecting the Torrey peavine (Lathyrus torreyl) habitat - Members of our Natural Resources trail crews are trained to recognize the plant and report back with each new sighting. By this method we have established a known population range in the park and it helps us identify other locations where we might expect to find more. Precautions are taken to conserve and protect this rare treasure.
Current/2012-2013 - Trail Improvements
The focus will be on the Swan Creek canyon and adjacent uplands - improving and building a network of soft surfaced pedestrian trails to expand the recreational use of the park.
• Trails damaged by illegal motorized vehicle use will be narrowed and volunteer paths will be widened.
• Steep sections of trail in the canyon may be rerouted or upgraded with steps and handrails.
• Washed out sections of trail may be stabilized and widened and boardwalks may be rebuilt or improved.
• Unsuitable, ghost, and dead end trails will be blocked and re-vegetated.
• Trailheads will be improved and marked and way finding signage will be added to select main trails.
Status 01/10/13: Trail construction work by WCC has been completed for the year. Some planned trail work is yet to be done. Trail signage has been installed.
Project Manager: Mary Anderson, (253) 591-2038
Current/2012-2013 - E. 56th Street Improvements
The Lister School entry will have limited improvements including a directory sign, new swing gate, and park entry sign. At some future date it may be re-designed to become the primary vehicle entry into the park. The South 56th Street entry is being discontinued in favor of an alterntive location further west near the First Creek Middle School that can be combined with a future trail head feature for the Pipeline Trail.
• Drawing: S. 56th Entry (May 24, 2012)
• Drawing: Lister School Entry (May 24, 2012)
Status 04/18/13: Work is complete.
Current/2012-2014 - Greenspace Habitat Restoration & Forest Management
Work includes purchase of a Bobcat T590 Compact Track Loader (or similar type), various attachments and an associated trailer to implement the capital improvement and manage it through time. This project will result in approximately 71 acres being cleared of invasive plants. Improvements are expected to be made between April 2013 and October 2014. After the work is completed, the meadows and associated understory vegetation will need to be managed with periodic mowing and associated maintenance tasks (blowing/debris removal, etc.) several times per year.
05/17/13 Status - $8000 from the Greenspace Fund is being added to this project to allow for completion of all the boardwalk improvements and signage (including th enew mountain bike trails. The trail/boardwalk work will be completed by EarthCorps staff. All nine boardwalks to be upgraded are located in the canyon and will use the same specifications as those completed at Titlow Park. Work needs to avoid the fish window but is expected to be completed no later than mid-November.
Current/2013 - Design Development
Gathering Place Improvements: new parking inside the gate (pervious pavement), new entry sign, reduction of an asphalt roadbed, improvements to the shelter, enclosure for portable toilets, development of a native-grass turf area, installation of picnic tables, installation of removable bollards that allow for emergency & maintenance access only
Lister Entrance Improvements: new entrance gate and sign to establish this as a defined park entry point, enhancements to the pedestrian path over to the Gathering Place
Unique Entrance Signage: signs will use natural elements such as rock and timbers commensurate with a regional park at East 42nd/Gathering Place (Secondary Entrance), Lister (Secondary Entrance) and South 56th (Tertiary Entrance)
Project Manager: Roger Stanton, 253-305-1082
Current Status: There will be a public meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 30 at Portland Ave. Community Center (3513 Portland Ave.) to review these plans for improvements.
2012 - Community Garden - Reactivation of the irrigation water service at this site; re-construction of irrigation hydrants to provide hose watering access to all garden plots; relocation leveling and painting and modifications to the existing garden shed; installation of a chain link perimeter garden fence; and other incidental purchases and improvements associated with the Community Garden. The garden was completed and more than half occupied during its first year (2012).
July 25, 2011 - Swan Creek Master Plan accepted by the Board of Park Commissioners.
• Recreation Area: A Proposal - 1979 / by Swan Creek Park Action Committee
• Report - 1982 / by Swan Creek Advisory Committee
• Management Plan - 1995 / by Lee & Associates (not adopted by Board)
• Salmon migration and the efforts of Bill & Mary Haire to save the stream article in Outdoor Magazine - 2005
• Cross County Commuter Connector (4-C) Trail Report - 2007 / by Parametrix
• Fish & Wildlife Habitat Assessment Report - 2008 / by Pierce County Public Works & Utilities
• SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) Documents - 2011
• Opportunities & Constraints Analysis - 2011 / by MIG
• Planning Process - 2011 / internship paper by Kelly Wyman UPS Graduate
Local Native Americans used Swan Creek and the surrounding property for hunting and holding councils up until the mid-19th century. At one time the land was part of the Puyallup Reservation. The first 152 acres for this park were purchased in 1966.
DIRECTIONS TO PIONEER WAY TRAILHEAD
2820 Pioneer Way E. Canyon Entrance
- Coming from River Road (near I-5): If you are on Pioneer Way E. coming from River Road, watch for the Clay Art Center and Barker's Barn (both on the right side of the road) and the mattress/furniture company on the left. The park entrance is just past that, on the right. If you reach Waller Road, you've passed it.
- Coming from Puyallup: If you are coming from the Puyallup area on Pioneer Way E., watch for Waller Road on the left. The park entrance is just past that, also on the left.
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