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Wright Park

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  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES
    • Art & Artifacts
    • Bike Trail / Biking / Bicycling
    • Drinking Fountain
    • Environmental Education
    • Gift Shop
    • Historic
    • Parking Stalls
    • Restrooms / Seasonal
    • Trail / Hard
    • Trail / Soft
    • Wi-Fi
  • SPORTS
    • Basketball
    • Horseshoes
    • Lawn Bowling / Bocce Ball
  • NATURAL FEATURES
    • Lake / Pond
  • BUILDINGS & PICNIC SITES
    • Picnic / Drop in
    • Weddings / Rentals
  • PLAYGROUNDS
    • Playground (2-5 yrs)
    • Playground (5-12 yrs)
  • SWIMMING
    • Spraygrounds
Hours:

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

Sprayground Hours
Restroom Schedule

501 South I St.
Tacoma, WA 98405

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Wright Park is ideal for a leisurely stroll or taking your kids to the playground or sprayground. This 27 acre arboretum is home to a rich collection of more than 616 trees, including 30 state champions.There are 138 different species of trees growing in the park.

The loop trail around the park is 9/10 of a mile

TREES

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

LAWN BOWLING (& BOCCE BALL!) GREEN
Bowls is a precision sport in which the goal is to roll slightly radially asymmetrical balls (called bowls) closest to a smaller white ball (the "jack" or "kitty" or "sweetie"). Check out the Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club's Facebook page or web site for more information about this sport. This area is also used for the related, emerging popular sport of Bocce Ball.

LAWN BOWLING COURT RESERVATIONS

To reserve the court for lawn bowling, bocce ball or croquet please contact: leahj@tacomaparks.com or call 253-305-1006.

*Available for use April 1st-September 30th

The gates are locked to avoid damage to the green. Any unauthorized cutting, removal, or destruction of the turf is prohibited. To protect the green, only flat soled shoes should be worn, croquet cannot be played here and dogs are not allowed in this area.

RENTALS
W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory rentals

PARK CONCESSIONS

The Frankfurter is located near the playground, in the building attached to the restrooms. It is a private vendor who has contracted with Metro Parks Tacoma to operate in the park. Read More (pdf) Hours: 11 am- 4:30 pm

  • Open on fair-weather days until Memorial Day weekend.
  • Open 7 days per week from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


PLAY AREA ACCESSIBILITY INFO

PARK IMPROVEMENTS
2005-2011
- Wright Park Master PlanSchematic of final proposed layout for Wright Park
Phase I improvements created a longer view of the park and featured design elements that improve safety and security: the south entry and bowling green, north entry, renovation of the maintenance building, relocation of the basketball court and renovation of the pond.
Phase II improvements included a new playground and sprayground, landscaping, bike racks, picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles, a water fountain and four interpretive/way finding signs. The old restroom and playground were removed to create a new outdoor performance area and pathway.
Work was funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005 and fundraising by the Greater Metro Parks Foundation ($823,475).

  • Statue at Entry to Wright ParkHISTORY
    In 1886 the Tacoma Land Company, under the leadership of its president, Charles B. Wright, donated a parcel of land approximately 20 acres in size to the City of Tacoma for the sole purpose of being developed as a public park. His mandate was that 'upon condition nevertheless that said land shall forever be exclusively used as and appropriated for the uses and purposes of a public park.' From this original 20-acre parcel the park quickly grew to its current size of 27 acres filling out 10 city blocks. Read more about the history of Wright Park

  • "Wright Park is the only considerable breathing space reserved to the people thronging the central part of this city." It is the city's responsibility to preserve a place "where the people can get recreation, where children from the congested districts can congregate without danger, and where mothers, nurses, and invalids can find a healthful resort during mid-day without being cramped for space or menaced by shows and their consequent temptations to spend their spare time within the walls of a packed building rather than in the health giving environment of trees, plants and flowers."
    - This quote comes from a document written by the Board of Park Commissioners in 1909 in response to different organizations wanting to build in the park.
  • Park Attractions to Explore:

    W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory


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