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Take precautions during heat, take advantage of Metro Parks facilities

August 1, 2017

With high temperatures predicted this week, Metro Parks Tacoma is extending hours for its outdoor pools through Friday, Aug. 4, and encouraging residents to take advantage of its spraygrounds and air conditioned community centers.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department advises drinking plenty of fluids, dressing appropriately, avoiding strenuous activity and staying indoors if possible to avoid heat-related illness. The department also advises frequently checking children and adults who are at risk. Symptoms include headache, fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting and dizziness or fainting. Learn more on the department’s website.

The Metro Parks locations below can be great places to avoid the heat. Tacoma Fire Department also has information about cooling centers such as libraries; visit the Tacoma Fire’s News and Information site for details and more tips.

Ten Spraygrounds – all locations operate from 10 am to 8 pm:


Outdoor Swimming Pools

Full Session    12-5 pm daily
Half Session     2:30-5 pm daily
Evening            5:30-7:30 pm daily

Community Centers

Each of our community centers offer a space where community members are welcome to gather with other community members and escape the heat. Bring a book, deck of cards or board games to play at tables and chairs in our community spaces.


Hours vary by location – visit website for more information

STAR Center Exterior

STAR Center (404-3939)
3873 S. 66th St.,
Tacoma, WA  98409

Outside Cascade

Center at Norpoint (404-3900)
4818 Nassau Ave N.E.
Tacoma, WA  98422

Portland readerboard-sign

Portland Ave. Community Center (591-5391)
3513 Portland Ave
Tacoma, WA 98404
AUGUST 1- 4:
11 am -6 pm

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People's Community Center (591-5321)
1602 S. MLK Jr Way
Tacoma, WA 98405

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Hunter George, Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer, (253) 305-1065;

Michael Thompson, Public Information Manager, (253) 305-1092;