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Oak Tree Park

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Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

S. 74th & Cedar Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

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Oak Tree Park is a 25 acre parcel that comprises one of the last remnants of the Garry oak habitat that used to dominate this part of the city.
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This park was established in 1996. The playground which is not owned or maintained by Metro Parks Tacoma is located at S. Cedar & S. 74th Street.

Oak Tree Park is a pilot project of the Green Tacoma Partnership, a collaborative effort to inventory and assess Tacoma's green spaces and develop a plan for their protection and restoration. The Green Tacoma Partnership is coordinated by Tahoma Audubon and Forterra.


Oak Tree Park interpretive signGarry oak woodlands are special ecosystems that established themselves on areas of gravelly soil left behind by glaciers 15,000 years ago. Native Americans actively maintained oak prairies in the Northwest for thousands of years to keep the evergreen forests from moving in, thus protecting the camas bulbs and other prairie plants important to local tribes.

Although Garry oak habitat ranges from southern British Columbia to northern California, by 2013 it had been reduced by nearly 90 percent. Development, in addition to invading Douglas fir and other native and non-native plants, continue to threaten the oaks' future.

Many plant and wildlife species that rely on native oaks have become so rare that Washington State has declared Garry oak woodlands to be Priority Habitat. Want to do your part to restore and maintain this important resource? To find out how you can help, connect with Metro Parks' CHIP-In! program.

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Learn more about how you can volunteer your time, services and support to enhance this park.


Location:  We will meet at the East Entrance to the park, which is where Pine Street dead-ends two blocks north of So. 80th Street. 

Directions:  Take Tacoma Mall Blvd to So 80th St, go west on So 80th St to Pine, turn right.  Go two blocks to the dead end. 

From Spanaway or areas south, take I-5 north to the 84th St exit.  At the light turn left on to So Hosmer St.  At the next light, 84th St, turn left again (west) and cross over I-5.  Go about a half mile to Pine St, turn right (north).  Follow on Pine St to the dead end. 

From areas on the west side, take So Tacoma Way to 84th St, turn east, like you are heading to I-5.  Turn left on Pine St and follow it to the dead end.   

Snacks and water will be provided.  Gloves and tools too.  But, if you have your favorite pair of gloves or garden tool you are more than welcome to bring them.  

project-status-iconPARK IMPROVEMENTS
Current/2016 - Site Upgrades & Art Project:
Identification and implementation of improvements, including irrigation control and upgrades to the restrooms, restaurant and pro shop.
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Current/2014 - Landscaping & New Play Equipment; MPT is also working with the City of Tacoma to help develop the segment of the Water Ditch Trail adjacent to the park
Project Administrator: Kristi Evans, (253) 305-1054
Current/2013-2014 - Trails & Signage: This project consists fo improving and building a network of soft surfaced pedestrian trails to expand the recreational use of this park. Trails damaged by illegal motorized vehicle use will be narrowed and/or removed. Unsuitable, ghost and dead end trails will be blocked and re-vegetated. Trailheads will be improved and marked and way finding signage will be added to select main trails. Signs should be installed by September 2013 and trail construction should be complete by April 2014. Work is being funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005.
Design: Miskimens Designs

2007-2012 - Oak Tree Park Design Study Report, landscaping. Work was funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005 and First Commercial Property Corp. for Glen Mar Mobile Home Park ($30,000).

Events Happening Here:
  • 13 Oct
    Green Tacoma Day
      Connect with nature Tacoma’s wetlands, parks and open spaces need your help! These natural...
    10:00 am
  • 20 Oct
    Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party
    Help restore your local park's natural area every third Saturday. Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to...
    09:00 am
  • 20 Oct
    Family Nature Walk - Oak Tree Park
    Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons...
    10:00 am

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