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Metro Parks hosts free summer lunch program for children in parks

June 12, 2018

 Bag lunches will be distributed at eight Tacoma sites, plus Fife

Metro Parks Tacoma announces the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children as part of the Summer Playground Program that will take place on weekdays June 18 through August 24, except for July 4.

Meals will be made available at no charge to any attending children 18 years of age and younger. All lunches meet or exceed USDA standards for nutrition and are provided first-come first serve beginning at noon.

Each day, meals will be provided until 1 p.m. or until supplies run out. In addition to the six playground program sites, Metro Parks offers lunches at two additional sites.

Kids playing tug of war

The Summer Playground Program operates at six park sites in Tacoma. This is a free, drop-in program that runs for 10 weeks of the summer, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning June 18.

Playground leaders engage kids in the park and encourage games, sports, activities, spray-play in the spraygrounds and even arts and crafts so that kids interact with positive adult role models and have fun.

Metro Parks Tacoma encourages participation by all regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or ability. Last year, Metro Parks served more than 20,000 meals.

Metro Parks Tacoma also partners with Fife Parks Department to offer free lunches from noon until 1 p.m. and afternoon snacks from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at Colburn Park through Fife’s free, drop-in playground program. This 4-day-a-week program begins June 25 and continues through Aug. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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Except for July 4, Metro Parks Tacoma’s free playground program and lunches will be offered at these locations:

Franklin Park
1201 S. Puget Sound Ave., Tacoma Wa 98405
Lunch:  Monday-Friday 12-1 pm

Portland Ave. Park
3513 Portland Ave., Tacoma WA 98404
Lunch:  Monday-Friday 12-1 pm

South Park
4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA 98409
Lunch:  Monday-Friday 12-1 pm

Verlo Playfield
4321 McKinley Ave., Tacoma WA 98404
Lunch:  Monday-Friday 12-1 pm

Wapato Park
6500 S. Sheridan Ave., Tacoma WA 98408
Lunch:  Monday-Friday 12-1 pm

Wright Park
501 S. I St., Tacoma WA 98405
Lunch:  Monday-Friday 12-1 pm


Meals only will be offered at the following locations:

SERA Playground
3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma WA 98409
Lunch:  Monday-Friday 12-1 pm

Titlow Lodge
8425 6th Ave., Tacoma WA 98465
Lunch:  Monday-Friday 12-1 pm

Meals will be provided at the following site
from June 26 to August 17 (except July 4):

Colburn Park (Fife)
5506 20th St E., Fife, WA 98424
June 25 – August 16 (Mon-Thurs, No meals or program July 4)
Lunch served 12–1 pm
Snack served 2–2:30 pm

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        email:

For more information from Metro Parks Tacoma, please call 253-305-1022 or visit Direct inquiries can be emailed to