Swan Creek Park
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- Bike Trail / Biking / Bicycling
- 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
The Mountain Bike Course will be closed to the public on July 23 from 7 am-noon and July 30 from 6 am-5 pm for permitted mountain bike events.
Swan Creek Park is a 290 acre greenspace nestled on the boundary between East Tacoma and Pierce County with a salmon bearing stream, wooded canyon, upland forest, paved and natural trails, a new community garden, and new mountain bike trails.
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:
The park is popular for bird watching, hiking, walking, picnicking and other recreational uses, and is also used for driver training by public safety and utility departments. And now it's the home of Tacoma's first trail system for mountain bikes!
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- 2820 Pioneer Way E. Canyon Entrance
Amenities: parking lot, picnic tables (maintained by Pierce County Parks)
- Coming from River Road (near I-5): When you are on Pioneer Way East coming from River Road, watch for the Clay Art Center and Barker's Barn (both on the right side of the road). There is also a small Swan Creek Park sign posted right before the park entrance parking lot. On the left, across from the park entrance, is a large fenced freight distribution center. If you reach the Waller Road stop light, 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.
- Gathering Place
Amenities: parking lot, seasonal restroom, picnic shelter & tables
- Coming from Interstate 5: Head south on Portland Avenue and turn left into the Salishan neighborhood on East 44th Street. Turn left on East Roosevelt Avenue, then right on East 42nd Street.
- 56th Street
Amenities: curbside parking
- Coming from Interstate 5: Head south on Portland Ave and turn left on East 56th Street. Trail head is located after the First Creek Middle School entrance on the left.
- Lister School
Amenities: curbside parking
- Coming from Interstate 5: Head south on Portland Avenue and turn left on East 44th Street. Turn right on East T Street.
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
Swan Creek Park includes Tacoma's first ever mountain bike trails! Developed and operated in partnership with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the newly completed Phase 1 includes an easy perimeter trail, advanced trails and a technical skill building zone. Users can access this portion of the park from 56th Street or the Lister School entrances.
Non-motorized bikes of all types are welcome in the uplands area of the park, except on the soft pedestrian trails outside of the mountain bike park. The old roadway system is multi-use, open to pedestrians and all types of bicycles. Outside of the mountain bike course, bikes must remain on paved routes. Please be mindful of other users while enjoying your ride.
Remember to always wear a helmet when biking; protection is especially important when riding on trails with obstacles and more difficult features.
Want to get involved with the Mountain Bike Trails care and events? Check out www.evergreenmtb.org.
Connect with the Swan Creek MTB Coalition on Facebook
Mountain Bike Trails Phase 2
Outdoor gear retailer REI has given the Greater Metro Parks Foundation $20,000 to help build the second phase of the mountain bike trail system in Metro Parks Tacoma’s Swan Creek Park. READ MORE
TRAIL VOLUNTEER WORK PARTIES
Join a Washington Trails Association volunteer work party to help take care of the expansive trail network throughout this park.
SWAN CREEK PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
- Provide free, accessible, nutritious food to community members experiencing food insecurity
- Enhance the recreational experience of park users and encourage outdoor activities by providing enticing fruits for consumption
- Beautify the urban landscape with flowering plants and trees, while implementing a sustainable urban canopy
- Provide our community with an edible urban design system that can be mapped and promoted as a unique program, worthy of positive attention for our region.
THE TACOMA FOOD FOREST: Art, Edibles + Sustainable Culture
August 27, 2016; 10 am to 2 pm
This event presents the artwork of 15 regional artists/team at the Food Forest.
Connect with the Friends of the Swan Creek Food Forest on Facebook
Questions? Contact Site Coordinator: Ulysses Martin (253) 304-7049 or Design Lead: Kelda Lorax (253) 370-9446
Link to Swan Creek Food Forest article in The News Tribune on July 30, 2014.
SWAN CREEK'S WOODED CANYON is a wildlife wonder - a space to learn, explore, appreciate and protect. Although much of its 373 acres haven't been developed, it is still a park and park rules apply so please:
- Smoke only off park property
- Visit only during daylight hours
- Leash and scoop when you have a pet with you
- Don't bring unauthorized motorized vehicles into the park
- Avoid camping and campfires
- Enjoy nature viewing opportunities but do not feed the wildlife or damage plants in the park
- When endangered salmon are spawning feel free to look, but DO NOT DISTURB. These fish have traveled thousands of miles to lay eggs in this stream where they were born.
These guidelines are for everyone's enjoyment and safety.
VOLUNTEER WITH THE 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
HELP KEEP THIS PARK CLEAN, GREEN & SAFE
Learn more about how you can volunteer your time, services and support to enhance this park.
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)
SWAN CREEK MASTER PLAN
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. Learn more Swan Creek history. . .
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