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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.
Oak Tree Park Wayfinding Sign

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.

PARTNERS
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.

A NATIVE OAK ECOSYSTEM

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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HELP KEEP THIS PARK CLEAN, GREEN & SAFE
Learn more about how you can volunteer your time, services and support to enhance this park.

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:
  • 15 Jul
    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
  • 22 Jul
    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
  • 19 Aug
    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

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