George B. Kandle Park
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- Bike Rack
- Parking Stalls
- Parking Stalls / ADA
- Restrooms / Seasonal
- Restrooms / Year Round
- Trail / Hard
- Community Garden
BUILDINGS & PICNIC SITES
- Picnic / Drop in
- Pool / Outdoor
Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset
2323 N. Shirley St.
Tacoma, WA 98406
- Play Area Accessibility Information
- 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
Come splash, play and cool off! Admission is free. Sprayground Hours
- Park Improvements
2009-2013 - Kandle Park & Pool Master Plan, irrigation throughout the park, extensive landscaping, walking trails, a new playground, skate dots, mini-sprayground, additional parking, 7,500 sf zero-depth wave pool, four 25 meter lap lanes, spray toys, separate spraypool, support buildings, and ADA improvements to the pool including installation of pool bars for accessible access.
Funding came from the 2005 Voter Approved Park Improvement Bond Measure, WA State Dept. of Ecology ($2,257.27) and a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Land, Water and Conservation Fund Grant ($100,000).
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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