MAY 2018
Metro Parks Today
News and Notes
News and Notes: May 2018
Do you have thoughts to share about the future of Titlow Park? There’s an app for that.

OK, maybe you’ve heard that one. But a public input app? That’s new for Metro Parks, and if you have a smartphone or tablet, you can try it out starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 12, during Metro Parks’ outdoor public meeting at Titlow Park.

The app is called Collector for ArcGIS. It’s free, and you can download it now through the app stores. It would be best to download it before going to the event.
In other warm-weather news:
  • Point Defiance Lodge is now on the National Register of Historic Places. You are invited to a public celebration of this landmark status at 10:30 a.m. May 27. You can meet a historical interpreter portraying Metro Parks’ first park superintendent and learn about the building’s history. The building now is Point Defiance Visitors Center, which opens Memorial Day weekend. It’s across the road from the Pagoda, just inside the park near the Pearl Street entrance at 5715 Roberts Garden Road. Click here to read more.

  • Point Defiance Park’s roundabout construction at the entrance continues. Check for the latest maps and tips on how to navigate the park during construction. The park and its attractions are open while the work continues.

  • Metro Parks is working with the state Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Get Hooked Foundation on a fun event called Fish Tacoma! The event will be held between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. June 16 at Wapato Park, 6500 S. Sheridan Ave. The idea is to introduce young people to trout fishing. WDFW plans to bring in 2,000 to 3,000 rainbow trout, so there’s a great chance of catching. Click here to learn more and register online. There’s a special gift for the first 150 who register.
  • Construction of Eastside Community Center continues. You can visit to learn more about this exciting project or visit Portland Avenue Community Center to check out a display that shows the new center’s amenities and progress.
Michael Thompson is
public information manager
of Metro Parks Tacoma. Contact
him at (253) 305-1092 or
Park Board Notes
 Conservation keeps our resources from going down the drain
A message from Park Board President Andrea Smith
When you see kids keeping cool in a sprayground, do you wonder how much water it takes to keep the sprayground open?

When you watch little ballplayers running the bases in a park, do you dwell on how much money it costs to water the outfield, and whether the watering procedure is efficient?

Most people probably don’t. Metro Parks Tacoma does. As an independent government agency, we must safeguard the public’s interest, in terms of both spending and conservation of valuable resources such as water .
Andrea Smith was re-elected to a second six-year term in November 2017. She is serving her second yearlong term as board president.
Capital Improvement Projects
Capital Improvement Projects
News Around the District
National recognition comes to Point Defiance Visitors Center
The Point Defiance Lodge, the home of the park’s Visitors Center, is now on the National Register of Historic Places. May 27 celebration kicks off summer season at Point Defiance Park.
Just in time for Mother’s Day: the first bison calf of the season is born
It’s baby animal season at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. The first two bison calves of the season were born a few days ago, a perfectly timed entrance with Mother’s Day just around the corner.
Alternative parking available for boaters using Point Defiance launches
Free shuttle to and from launch area runs weekends through June 17, then daily until Labor Day.
Find out how to save our Puget Sound icon - the orca
Orca researcher Ken Balcomb leads an evening of learning and dialogue at the University of Washington Tacoma
Giant sand sculpture will highlight World Ocean Weekend
International sculptor to create three-dimensional Pacific Seas Aquarium-themed artwork for event June 2 and 3 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
Historic Spotlight
Greenhouse at Point Defiance Park
This greenhouse dominated the landscape at the entrance of Point Defiance Park in 1901. It remained in this location until the 1920s when it was removed and this area became more as it appears today with a pond and an expanse of lawn.
Upcoming Events & Public Meetings

Friday, May 11
Saturday, May 12
Sunday, May 13
Tuesday, May 15
Thursday, May 17
Friday, May 18
Saturday, May 19
Sunday, May 20
Saturday, May 26
Sunday, May 27
Saturday, June 2
Sunday, June 3
Friday, June 8
Saturday, June 9
Sunday, June 10
Thursday, June 14
Friday, June 15
Saturday, June 16
Sunday, June 17
Friday, June 22
Saturday, June 23
Sunday, June 24
Wednesday, June 27
Thursday, June 28
Friday, June 29


Board of Park Commissioners Meeting 
Monday, May 14
Monday, June 11 & 25
6:00 pm
Capital Improvement Committee
Wednesday, May 16 & 30
Wednesday, June 13 & 27
5:00 pm

Committee of the Whole
Tuesday, May 29
Monday, June 18
5:30 pm

Titlow Park Open House - Outdoors!
Saturday, May 12
10 am-1 pm
Tour Titlow Park and give feedback to project planners using a new smartphone app.
Metro Parks Tacoma | (253) 305-1030 |