Join the Fall Fitness Frenzy!

Come to 8 fitness classes in October at any community center and be entered to win prizes. Bring a friend for free!

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November 8 election ballot includes Tacoma park and recreation maintenance levy

There's a proposition coming on the November 8 ballot - the Park and Recreation Maintenance and Operations Levy. 


Prop. 1 asks Tacoma voters to restore the regular property tax levy that funds nearly a third of Metro Parks Tacoma operations to its usual rate. The current rate has dropped to the 2009 level due to a funding formula set by the state. If approved, restoring the levy rate would provide funding to address the Park District’s increasing maintenance, operations, and security costs. 


Ballots will be mailed to voters on Oct. 21, and must be postmarked for return by Nov. 8.


Metro Parks Prop. 1 is the last item in the voter guide (page 31 of a 32-page guide) and the last item on the ballot. Don't forget to vote!

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Race Ready

October 17- Nov 23: 7 am - 8 am


Whether you are completely new to running or looking for structured workouts and a coach, we have you covered with this 6-week session held Mon/Wed mornings at Dune Peninsula and in NE Tacoma.


Zoo Boo

October 15-16: 9 am - 3:30 pm

Costumes, animals, candy and fun! Free with admission and Zoo membership.

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Candlelight Tour

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum


October 14-15: 6 - 9 pm

Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Guests eavesdrop as more than a hundred historical interpreters bring to life the men, women, and children of the Hudson’s Bay Company. This year, guests will arrive in October of 1857.

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Hoot n' Howl

October 14-15 & 21-22: 5  - 9 pm (Friday & Saturday Nights)

Put on a costume and explore the park at twilight! Lights, animals and spookiness…oh, and candy too. Play games in the picnic pavilion, plus pumpkin checkers and tic tac toe…And snap those adorable spooky photos.

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Kids in the Kitchen

(Age 8+) Learn how to create great-tasting eye-catching confectionaries in this pastry arts course on the science and art of baking. Follow through step-by-step recipes that can be made again at home. This is a family style class where parents/adult family members/guardians are encouraged to participate and join along in the fun.

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Teen Late Night 

October 14: 7 - 10 pm (Eastside Community Center)

October 14: 8 - 11 pm (People's Community Center)

October 21: 8 - 11 pm (Center at Norpoint)

Late Night is a FREE event for teens! Eastside and Norpoint are grades 6-8. People's is for grades 9-12. Join us for late night fun with your friends! We’ll have open gym, sports, activities, and much more.

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Harvest Fests

October 29: 2 - 5 pm (STAR Center) Get info

October 29: 4 - 8 pm (Center at Norpoint) Get info

October 31: 4 - 6 pm (People's Center) Get info

Fun, free events to help you celebrate autumn. Perfect for all ages!

Ghost Gala

October 31: 8 - 11 pm (People's Center) Get info

Designed for High schoolers! Wear ALL WHITE and join us at the Ghost Gala.

Día De Los 

October 29: 11:30 am-7 pm

This traditional event honors and celebrates the loved ones who are no longer with us and will be held in Spanish with interpretation in English.

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Book Your Holiday Party Today!

Historic, unique and iconic, Metro Parks Tacoma facilities are a

great place to make memories! 

It’s never too early to start planning a party! Book your holiday get-togethers now at Point Defiance Pagoda, Titlow Lodge, or our Community Centers.

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MORE Holiday Events

Are you looking for spooky, fun, family-friendly events to keep your brood entertained and safe? We've compiled a list of fun things happening this month.

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