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McKinley Park

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    • Bike Rack
    • Restrooms / Year Round
    • Trail / Soft
  • DOGS
    • Off Leash Dog Park
    • Playground

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

907 Upper Park St.
Tacoma, WA 98404

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Pathways among the trees and new playground equipment draws residents from the surrounding neighborhood to enjoy the beauty of one of Tacoma's first parks (1901).

Park is 26.71 acres.

Three-year I-5 construction project happening around McKinley Park
Starting in August, 2014, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin a three-year, $168 million construction project to expand and improve Interstate 5 between South M Street and East L Street in Tacoma.


McKinley Park Trail Map TRAIL MAP
Volunteers clear brush in McKinley Park FRIENDS OF MCKINLEY PARK are the volunteer natural area sponsors for this park. They help existing park service with litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, native plant planting, organized work parties and more.
Learn more about how you can volunteer your time, services and support to enhance this park.
Goats helping clear invasive plants at McKinley Park GOAT VISITS
September 2010 & 2011
 - During their one week visits, the herd of 240 goats helped protect the park's natural area as they consumed nearly 6 acres of English ivy, Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom - invasive plants that are overtaking many naturalized forests. The goat visit was made possible through a City of Tacoma Innovative Grant awarded to the Friends of McKinley Park.
Chloe and Ruger - McKinley Off-leash

Approximately 7 acres of the lower trail area of McKinley Park. Just the lower portion is fenced, providing a barrier between the off-leash area and I-5.
McKinley Park Map

Only leashed dogs will be allowed to visit McKinley Park beginning in 2017, in compliance with the McKinley Park Stewardship Plan and the City of Tacoma's Critical Areas Protection Ordinance. Learn more.
Chloe & Ruger

McKinley Park restroom building RESTROOMS
This park does not have restrooms during the off season.


This park boasts four streams and four wetlands. The largest of the wetlands was enhanced and expanded. It is considered a wetland of local significance by the City of Tacoma and provides many valuable benefits to the community.

Wetlands are, by definition, transitional areas between land and water. Wetlands support specialized plants, offer refuge and habitat for many species of fish, birds, and wildlife. Wetlands contain rich nutrients, absorb stormwater during floods, and clean water by filtering out pollutants and sediment. Wetlands are important ecosystems that can help restore the balance for both wildlife and people.



project-status-iconMcKinley Park Pond
Upgrades to the pond wall, sealing the wall for water leakage and installing a liner behind the wall
Project Administrator: Kristi Evans (253) 305-1054
Status: 12/31/15
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 View McKinley Park Master Plan.

McKinley Park's strawberry hillHISTORY
On April 11, 1901 the Tacoma Land and Improvement Company donated 22 acres on the east side of the City.  Landscaping crews worked to transform the rough, steep hill into a scenic park where a natural spring fed a lily pond and pool. Read more about the history of McKinley Park.



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