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Swan Creek Park Improvements


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View the presentation from the August 30, 2018 public meeting


Next Steps:

  • Final Master Plan update package to Metro Parks - Late September
  • SEPA and Conditional use permit submittal late October/Early November
  • Schematic design kickoff early fall 2018
  • Public meeting #3 Late fall/early winter 2018

Project manager: Kristi Evans
(253) 305-1054

Swan Creek Master Plan

Off Leash Park (Planned)
In 2016 closed the McKinley off-leash area to comply with the Habitat Enhancement plan for the critical area buffer regulated by the City of Tacoma. We had hoped to move it quickly to Swan Creek Park. Unfortunately a series of events has changed the timeline. It was decided we should refresh the masterplan for the Lister Uplands portion of Swan Creek Park before starting on the next phase of capital improvements. Some of the delay is also centered around grant opportunities.

The good news is the public process should start in summer 2018. Please sign up for our email list to be sure you're notified of public meetings and other events related to Swan Creek Park.

Swan Creek Property Acquisition
Metro Parks is coordinating with Tacoma Housing Authority to purchase property next to Swan Creek Park for the purpose of providing more direct access to the park from Portland Avenue.

  • 2012-2014 - Greenspace Habitat Restoration & Forest Management
    Work includes purchase of a Bobcat T590 Compact Track Loader (or similar type), various attachments and an associated trailer to implement the capital improvement and manage it through time. This project will result in approximately 71 acres being cleared of invasive plants. Improvements are expected to be made between April 2013 and October 2014. After the work is completed, the meadows and associated understory vegetation will need to be managed with periodic mowing and associated maintenance tasks (blowing/debris removal, etc.) several times per year.
    05/17/13 Status - $8000 from the Greenspace Fund is being added to this project to allow for completion of all the boardwalk improvements and signage (including th enew mountain bike trails. The trail/boardwalk work will be completed by EarthCorps staff. All nine boardwalks to be upgraded are located in the canyon and will use the same specifications as those completed at Titlow Park. Work needs to avoid the fish window but is expected to be completed no later than mid-November.



  • Swan Creek Park Phase I
    Several upgrades, including a 20-stall parking lot near the existing community garden and new park entrances. Project complete.
  • Swan Creek Mountain Bike Trails II
    Additional trails to the mountain bike course. Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is performing design and leading volunteer construction efforts. Project complete.
  • 2013 - Trail Improvements - The focus was on the Swan Creek canyon and adjacent uplands - improving and building a network of soft surfaced pedestrian trails to expand the recreational use of the park. Signage was added to select main trails.
  • 2013 - E. 56th Street Improvements
    The Lister School entry improvements included a directory sign, new swing gate, and park entry sign.
  • 2012 - Community Garden - Reactivation of the irrigation water service at this site; re-construction of irrigation hydrants to provide hose watering access to all garden plots; relocation leveling and painting and modifications to the existing garden shed; installation of a chain link perimeter garden fence; and other incidental purchases and improvements associated with the Community Garden.
  • July 25, 2011 - Swan Creek Master Plan accepted by the Board of Park Commissioners:

    Schematic Site Plan (May 24, 2012)
    Schematic Design: Gathering Area (May 24, 2012)
    Street Level Drawing: Orchard & Walk, Picnic Shelter, Gathering Circle, Orchards/Berries, Garden (May 24, 2012)
    Street Level Drawing: Meadow, Parking, Walk, Garden Gathering Shed, Garden (May 24, 2012)