Metro Parks Tacoma

Parks Appreciation Day: April 27, 2019 • 9 am-12 pm

Parks Appreciation Day LOGO 2016Get involved in this year's event and add your name to the growing list of those who appreciate the value parks bring to our communities.

The event runs from 9 a.m. until noon at five Tacoma sites, plus many more sites throughout Pierce County (listed below). People of all ages are welcome. Volunteers are needed to:

  • Spread mulch in flower beds.
  • Lay gravel on trails.
  • Cut back invasive Himalayan blackberries.
  • Pull out English ivy.
  • Pick up litter, or help with other landscaping.

Large groups and organizations:
Please call (253) 202-5978 and let us know you're coming so we can plan ahead.

Families and individuals:
No need to pre-register, just show up at a site and help out! 

2019 Site Details

City of Bonney Lake
David Wells:

  • Midtown Park / 20901 SR 410 E

City of DuPont
Amy Walker:

  • Location TBA

City of Fife
David Cantlin:

  • Brookville Gardens / 6518 Velley Ave. E

City of Fircrest
Jeff Grover:

  • Location TBA

City of Gig Harbor
Ben Coronado:

  • Crescent Creek Park / 3303 Vernhardson St.
  • Donkey Creek Park
    Austin Estuary / 8714 N. Harborview Dr.
  • Grandview Forest Park / 3488 Grandview St.
  • Soundview Forest (new park) / 2888 Harborview Dr.
  • Veterans Memorial Park / 3580 50th St. Court
  • Wilkinson Farm Park / 4118 Rosedale St.

City of Lakewood
Nicolette York:

  • Fort Steilacoom / 8714 87th Ave. SW
  • Harry Todd / 8928 N Thorne Ln. SW
  • Springbrook Park / 12601 Addison St. SW

City of Puyallup
Tyler Eidson:

  • Location TBA

City of University Place
Tony West:

  • Adriana Hess Wetland Park / 2917 Morrison Rd. W

Key Pen Parks
Veronica Grandt:

  • Gateway Park / 360 Trails / 10415 State Route 302 NW
  • KP Civic Center / 17010 S Vaughn Road, Vaughn
  • Rocky Creek Conservation Area / SR 302 at 150th Ave. on Crews Rd.
  • Volunteer Park / 5514 Key Peninsula Hwy

Kopachuck State Park
Dennis Mills:

  • Kopachuck State Park / 10712 – 56th St. NW

Metro Parks Tacoma
Richard Madison:

  • Alderwood Park / 208 Browns Point Blvd.
  • Charlotte’s Blueberry Park / 7402 East D St.
    (Meet at the entrance to the park off of D Street.)
  • McKinley Park / 907 Upper Park St.
  • Point Defiance Park / 5400 N Pearl St.
    (Meet in the Visitors Center parking lot just across from the tennis courts.)
  • Wapato Park / 6500 S Sheridan Ave.

Pen Met Parks
Eric Guenther:

  • Harbor Family Park / 70th Ave and 32nd St. NW
  • McCormick Forest Park / 10301 Bujacich Rd NW, South. of Sehmel Dr.
  • Narrows Park / 1600 Lucille Pkwy. NW
  • Rotary Bark Park / 10200 Bujacich Rd. NW, South of Fire Station
  • Sehmel Homestead Park / 10123 - 78th Ave. NW

Pierce County Parks
Jennifer Sergent:

  • Orangegate Park / 84th St. East at 46th Ave. East, Tacoma
  • Parkland Prairie / Tule Lake Rd. South at Yakima Avenue South, Tacoma
  • Spanaway Park / 14905 Bresemann Blvd. South, Spanaway

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  • Wear warm, appropriate clothing, depending on the weather.
  • Bring tools such as small hand tools, loppers, pruners, gloves, rakes, shovels, small pitch forks and even wheelbarrows (make sure and label them!).
  • You are encouraged to carpool to the site you chose.
  • Most of all bring your enthusiasm, smiles and be ready to burn some calories and have fun!


  • An estimated 1,000 people volunteer
  • Approximately 3,000 hours received enhancing parks yearly
  • An estimated $64,860 of equivalent value received yearly


  • An estimated 2,500 people volunteer throughout Pierce County
  • Approximately 7,500 hours received enhancing parks
  • An estimated $162,150 of equivalent value received
  • Over 200 cubic yards of debris removed
  • Over 150 bags of litter collected
  • Over 15 yards of gravel spread
  • Over 600 yards of mulch/chips spread
  • Over 2,000 plants/trees/shrubs planted

It's gratifying to know you are part of a major county-wide effort with nearly 2,000 other people working in their local parks at the same time.