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.
Tacoma Metro Parks will use this grant to develop a new park, Foss Central Park, along the Thea Foss waterway in Tacoma’s city center. This new park will serve residents and visitors to downtown and the city’s Museum District and act as an event space for larger community gatherings. As part of the development, Tacoma Metro Parks will expand Foss Waterway Esplanade, including adding a playground, picnic area, event spaces, seating, and landscaping. The park development will protect and enhance shoreline habitat along the Thea Foss waterway. The park district will contribute more than $2.1 million in cash, voter-approved bonds, park impact fees, and donations of cash and materials.