Foss Central Park

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

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Tacoma MPD Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $ 500,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 2,109,450.00 Project Type: Development County: Pierce Legislative District: 27 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1740

Location Details

From I5 take Exit 133 to City Center and take the Tacoma Dome off ramp. At the bottom of the ramp turn right onto S 25th Street and proceed to the next light and turn left onto S "D" Street. At the second light turn left onto Dock Street and proceed approximately 1 mile to the site on the right.

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.