Metro Parks Tacoma

Parks Appreciation Day

Parks Appreciation Day LOGO 2017Mark your calendar! This year we're celerating on two dates:
Saturday, April 21, 2018,  9 am to Noon
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9 am to Noon

Kids can climb a tree!

Point Defiance Park
Saturday, April 21; 10 am-1 pm
Professional arborists will be on hand to help youth ages 5-12 safely climb the giant Sequoia located adjacent to lower bowl pond by the restrooms.


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We're celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Parks Week and your local parks in one fun event.

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. 

 Parks Appreciation Day ProclamationWHAT IS IT?

  • Parks and recreation programs bring tremendous benefits to people of all ages and our community.
  • They contribute to helping us live longer, better lives through active pursuits, new life skills, educational programs and safe activities.
  • Great parks and programs also help build a stronger community, connecting individuals, families and groups through the power of play.
  • Recreation programs and engaging, exciting facilities help keep kids active and off the streets. There are also benefits for the environment and the economy.
  • April 21, 2018 will be the 17th Year of the Event
  • County-wide throughout Pierce County


  • 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!


  • You can improve your community.
  • You can help beautify your neighborhood park.
  • You can get active and enhance your own health and well-being.
  • You can help bring communities, businesses and neighborhoods together towards one common cause.
  • You can increase family and children awareness of nature and their environment.
  • You can make a difference, because together we can achieve more.


  • 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