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About Metro Parks Tacoma


Gold Medal Finalist

Metro Parks Tacoma is one of four finalists in its population category for the national Gold Medal Award - the most prestigious award in the recreation and parks industry!

This video, which accompanies our application, highlights a variety of significant accomplishments including:

  • Opening the Pacific Seas Aquarium and Eastside Community Center in 2018.
  • Transforming a contaminated Superfund site into an incredible waterfront park that opens this summer.
  • Creating the Elementary Sports Program and Whole Child Access Pass to overcome geographic and economic barriers that make it harder for children to participate in recreational opportunities.
  • Expanding environmental and conservation education from pre-school through high school, and implementing programs such as the Ocean-Friendly Restaurant campaign to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

Winners in the population categories will be announced in September at the National Recreation and Park Association conference. For more information, here is a link to the announcement about our selection as a finalist.

On behalf of the Board of Park Commissioners and the staff of Metro Parks Tacoma, we thank all of our partners, volunteers, participants, customers, and donors for helping us achieve the honor of being recognized among the best systems in the country.

About Metro Parks Tacoma

Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT) is a CAPRA-accredited, independent park district that leads efforts to build a healthy, sustainable community.

Good parks, open space and program services contribute to economic development by fostering economic benefits and promoting tourism.

  • Environmentally, they provide green infrastructure and help manage climate change.
  • Socially, they revitalize communities, create safer neighborhoods, help children learn and grow, improve public and environmental health, and support smart growth.
  • Culturally, open space and program services can nurture a sense of place in the community, and provide opportunities to engage the public of diverse backgrounds.


Creating healthy opportunities to play, learn and grow.







Metro Parks Tacoma envisions a vibrant, active and engaged community.






These core values guide our decisions, business and operations, and the manner in which we treat staff, customers and the community: