Benefits of Parks and Recreation Services

Benefits of Parks and Recreation Services

Get fit, stay healthy, find peace of mind or learn something new. Our programs and facilities help create a quality of life that suits you.

Active Living

At Metro Parks Tacoma there are many ways to participate in active and healthy activities. Run on our trails, walk in the parks or participate in fitness, wellness and active living programs at one of our community centers.

Special events like monthly fun runs are suited for all members of the community from serious runners to walkers and families.

Our Adaptive Recreation program provides recreational, social, and athletic opportunities for people with physical disabilities along with their friends, and their families.

Nature and Environment

Find peace of mind in nature! Tacoma is blessed with an abundance of natural areas, from 760-acre Point Defiance Park with its old-growth forest, to Wright Park’s arboretum, to the centrally located Snake Lake trail system, you’ll find trails and undisturbed natural areas in all corners of our town.

By taking a nature walk or visiting our nature-themed facilities—W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, Tacoma Nature Center, Northwest Trek and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium—you will establish connections with our natural environment for the sake of finding and sustaining a relaxed state of mind.

Culture and Heritage

Learning and growing are always essential elements in increasing and maintaining quality of life. Our many music, art, theatre and culinary programs encourage the expanding of knowledge and increasing awareness of our culture and heritage.

Visit the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum or attend events like Ethnic Fest to help broaden an understanding of how history influenced our community and how our diverse cultures benefits the community and the well-being of all living in Tacoma.

Take advantage of everything Metro Parks Tacoma has to offer and let your life benefit from the experience. Sign up for a class or visit a park and become better for it.