Children’s Nature Exploration Area

Category Overview

Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.

Project Highlights

The Tacoma Metropolitan Park District used this grant to create a unique nature-themed playground at the Tacoma Nature Center. The nature center serves a regional audience with more than 65,000 visitors annually. The playground, called the Children’s Nature Exploration Area, will serve children ages 2-12. It provides a wide variety of play elements all designed to mimic the natural environment. Play elements include recirculating pond, treehouse, climbing rock, snag climb, log slide, log crawl, picnic area and walking trails.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Tacoma MPD Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $350,000.00 Applicant Match: $456,476.00 Project Type: Development County: Pierce Legislative District: 27 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1094

Location Details

1919 S. Tyler Street, Tacoma, WA 98405 Take Interstate 5 to State Route 16 west to S. 19th Street East, turn right onto Tyler Street, and immediately turn left into the parking lot of the Tacoma Nature Center.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.