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George B. Kandle Park

Features You'll Find:
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    • Basketball
    • Bike Rack
    • Parking Stalls
    • Parking Stalls / ADA
    • Restrooms / Seasonal
    • Restrooms / Year Round
    • Trail / Hard
    • Community Garden
    • Picnic / Drop in
    • Playground
    • Pool / Outdoor
    • Spraygrounds

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

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2323 N. Shirley St.
Tacoma, WA 98406

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Kandle Park includes walking trails, a new playground & sprayground, skateboard area, wave pool with four 25 meter lap lanes and a separate spraypool.
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  • Kandle Pool
    Tacoma's NEWEST Outdoor Pool is not just any pool …it's the first wave pool in Pierce County, and one of only a handful in Washington!

    The pool features a gradual beach-like entry, so it’s easy for people of all ages and abilities to get in on the action. A separate shallow tot pool and sprayground ensure a fun time for the whole family.   Get Pool Information
  • Sprayground
    Come splash, play and cool off! Admission is free. Sprayground Hours

George B Kandle (1851 – 1926)
George B. Kandle was a newborn when his family traveled from Missouri to settle in the Oregon Territory in what was to become Pierce County. At the young age of 21 he was elected Pierce County Auditor, a position he held for four terms. Kandle also served as a member of the Tacoma City Council, was chosen to represent his district in the first legislature of the new state of Washington in 1889, and served as Tacoma’s Mayor from 1890 to 1892. According to his daughter Leona, the position he enjoyed most was Pierce County Commissioner. A position he held for six years. When not involved with government positions he ran a thriving real estate and insurance business.

George and his wife Mary Cornelia, one of Tacoma’s first school teachers, had two daughters: Leona Maude and Lottie Iola. Upon her passing, Leona left the bulk of her estate to the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma to establish a public playground to be named in honor of her father.

A contemporary of Kandle’s wrote, “Because of his earnest and consistent life, his kindly and generous spirit and his friendly manner, he was accorded a high place in the esteem and good will of his fellow man.”
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Kandle Pool

Events Happening Here:
  • 19 Jul
    Kandle Park Sunset Cinema
    Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole...

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