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Wapato Hills Park/Skip and Laura Vaughn Playfield

Features You'll Find:
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  • SPORTS
    • Baseball / Softball
    • Basketball
  • NATURAL FEATURES
    • Natural Areas
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES
    • Parking Stalls
    • Parking Stalls / ADA
    • Restrooms / Seasonal
  • BUILDINGS & PICNIC SITES
    • Picnic / Drop in
  • PLAYGROUNDS
    • Playground (5-12 yrs)
  • SWIMMING
    • Spraygrounds
Hours:

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

Sprayground Hours
Restroom Schedule

6231 S. Wapato St.
Tacoma, WA 98409

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Wapato Hills Park in South Tacoma features the Skip and Laura Vaughn playground & sprayground next to a large undeveloped area.
 undefinedWapato Hills Walking Path:
  • It is approximately one-quarter mile around this park.
Parking
  • Limited public parking available. Visitors who park in "permit required" street parking are advised that they may be ticketed by the City of Tacoma. Citizens can continue to contact 253-591-5500 or jkammerzell@cityoftacoma.org to request a no-fee parking permit that is valid for parking along the east side of Wapato Street (abutting the park).

SPRAYGROUND
Come splash, play and cool off! Admission is free. Sprayground Hours

PARK IMPROVEMENTS:

project-status-iconWapato Hills Trail Improvements
New master plan. New and upgraded trails, signage and trailheads. Read about this project.
Status: 2/11/16
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HISTORY:
Park Established: 1994
Park land acres: 14.22

The property was purchased in 1919 as a future reservoir site, however in 1968 it was declared as surplus property. Options for the area that were discussed after that included convention center, auto shopping mall, private school or sports center. In 1978 the Tahoma Audubon Society recommended the area be considered open space and preserved. In 1994 the Wapato Task Force was set up and suggested to the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Public Utility and Metro Parks Tacoma that the 80 acre area be divided into two sections with Metro Parks Tacoma developing 10 acres of the territory into a neighborhood park and the other 70 acres being preserved as open nature space.

A new playfield was dedicated September 15, 2002 to Skip and Laura Vaughn. Vaughn led a six-year fight to raise $5.6 million to purchase the land and worked tirelessly to help develop the four-acre playfield which features a combination soccer/softball field with backstop, restrooms, basketball court, spray plaza, walking trail and an extensive playground. The site is also home to the Tacoma Power Memorial to fallen linemen.

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