Thea Foss Waterway- 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

The Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma will use this grant to develop Central Park, a new park along the Thea Foss Waterway, in the center of Tacoma. The district will extend the Foss Waterway esplanade, and create a playground, picnic area, event spaces, seating, and landscaping. This three-quarter acre park area will serve as a significant local park along a mile-long working waterway and within an area of expanding residential and commercial uses. In addition, Central Park is another link in the 6-mile-long Dome to Defiance Trail that connects downtown Tacoma to Point Defiance Park along the city’s waterfront. It will be one end of the Prairie Line Trail, which runs from Dock Street up through the University of Washington Tacoma campus and beyond to South Tacoma neighborhoods. Park development also will protect shoreline habitat along the Foss Waterway. The park district will contribute more than $1.2 million in voter-approved bonds and donations of cash.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Tacoma MPD Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 1250000 Project Type: Development County: Pierce Legislative District: 27 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1865

Location Details

From I-5 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.