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Titlow Park

Features You'll Find:
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    • Baseball / Softball
    • Basketball
    • Football / Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Beach
    • Spraygrounds
    • Bike Rack
    • Bike Trail / Biking / Bicycling
    • Drinking Fountain
    • Historic
    • Parking Stalls
    • Parking Stalls / ADA
    • Restrooms / Seasonal
    • Trail / Soft
    • Boat Launch / Walk Up
    • Kitchen
    • Meeting Space
    • Picnic / Drop in
    • Picnic / Reservable
    • Weddings / Rentals
    • Lake / Pond
    • Natural Areas
    • Puget Sound
    • Waterfront
    • Playground (2-5 yrs)

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

Sprayground Hours
Restroom Schedule

8425 6th Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98465

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Trail Closure
Nov. 30, 2016-Jan. 11, 2017

A shoreline trail at Titlow Park will partially shut down to allow contractors to begin demolition of a vacant beach house and remove contaminated soils. Read more >

Titlow Park is a large grassy flat park located near a lagoon and Puget Sound at the base of 6th Avenue.

The extensive beach frontage and estuary lagoon serve as the focal point to park visitors. Other site amenities include tennis and basketball courts, playfields, trails, spraygrounds, playgrounds and picnic areas. The historic Titlow Lodge, formerly the Hotel Hesperides, constructed in 1911 is a central feature of the park.


There are two main trails shown on the map below:
• Hidden Beach Trail (blue) 1.3 miles
• Lagoon Loop (red) 0.75 miles 
• The park is 75 acres  






Titlow Park wayfinding map

CONDUCT IN THIS PARK (Tacoma Municipal Code 8.27)

Barred Owl in tree at Titlow Park - photo by Connie Hardy

Tacoma Police Dept. - Emergency call 911. Non-emergency call (253) 798-4721

  • Smoking is prohibited within all areas of the park.
  • Fires are allowed only in park installed or portable barbecues.
  • Feeding or disturbing any bird or animal in the park is prohibited.
  • Dogs must be on a leash. Please clean up after your pet.
  • Display, possession, or consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
Seal Pup


Do not disturb seals and sea lions - it's the law!

Harbor seals utilize shoreline locations as resting places (haul-outs) for several hours every day to regulate body temperature, interact with other seals and sleep. Seal pups are born in the spring and summer and need time ashore.

If you see a seal on the beach:

  • Give it room - at least 100 yards.
  • Dogs should be leashed and kept away.
  • If animal has been on the beach for 48 hours or is clearly in distress or injured contact NW marine Mammal Stranding Network 800-853-1964.
  • Do not feed seals fish bait as the next bait they find may have a fish hook in it.
If you see a marine mammal being harassed:
Learn more about the history of Titlow Beach Lodge.
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Since the creation of a Master Plan for Titlow Park, a variety of improvements have been made - from trail and habitat restoration to a new playground and spray ground.


January 2017
Kay’s house, once the home of a Titlow Park caretaker and his wife, is being removed along with its underground septic system and storage tanks as part of a $597,000 project to restore the shoreline, improve fish and wildlife habitat and expand the public recreation area.

The nonprofit South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group received a $522,000 grant to spearhead the project. The group has hired a contractor to raze the single-story house, its garage, an attached boathouse, and a bulkhead, plus remove soil contaminated by airborne pollutants from the former copper smelter in Ruston. Debris will be removed by barge. After the demolition and excavation, workers will landscape and plant the shoreline with native species.

The house is west of the railroad tracks, south of Hidden Beach and north of the Titlow lagoon channel. In the late 1940s, it was one of a small community of cottages west of the tracks and south of Hidden Beach.

Plans to remove the house are part of Metro Parks’ 2010 Titlow Park master plan, which was created through a public process. Besides demolition, the plan calls for eventual creation of a picnic meadow and viewing deck on the site. This project does not include funds for those improvements, which would come later.

Money for the project comes from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, by way of the Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program, administered by the state Recreation and Conservation Office. Get more details >

Park Attractions to Explore:

Titlow Lodge

Events Happening Here:
  • 11 Feb
    Family Nature Walk-Titlow Park
    Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons...
    10:00 am
  • 29 Apr
    Tiptoe through the Tidepools
    Bring your family to explore the beach, learn about tide pool life and have lots of fun during some of...
    01:00 pm
  • 13 May
    Family Nature Walk-Titlow Park
    Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons...
    01:00 pm

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