Metro Parks Tacoma

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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 several projects or programs that reach more people because of creative partnerships. Those examples are:

  • Science and Math Institute at Point Defiance Park -- Tacoma Public Schools
  • Swan Creek Park -- Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
  • Elementary Sports Program -- YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Tacoma Public Schools
  • Adaptive Recreation -- Warrior Transition Battalion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Specialized Recreation -- Pierce County
  • Superfund cleanup/park transformation -- U.S. EPA, State Department of Ecology, City of Tacoma
  • Partner Foundations -- Greater Metro Parks Foundation, The Zoo Society, Fort Nisqually Foundation, W.W. Seymour Conservatory Foundation, Northwest Trek Foundation.

Winners in the population categories will be announced in late 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.


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 eight core values will guide future decisions, business and operations, and the manner in which MPT treats staff, customers and the community:

  • Innovation
  • Excellence
  • Equity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Sustainability
  • Accountability
  • Safety
  • Fun