Tacoma Public Schools, Metro Parks Tacoma and community partners have come together to launch Beyond the Bell and Club B., a comprehensive program providing afterschool activities at all of Tacoma's elementary and middle schools, as well as offering field trips to regional parks and city attractions on days when school is not in session.

Late Night serves middle and high-school youth by providing safe and healthy opportunities for them to interact with their peers and build relationships with positive adult mentors. This free, drop-in program takes place on select Friday nights from at MPT’s four community centers.

Current Initiatives Include:

Late Night

The Active Kids Fund ensures that low-income community members have equitable access to MPT’s award-winning programs. The Active Kids Fund provides financial assistance (a fee reduction of 50-75%) to low-income kids, families, and individuals to remove financial barriers to participation in MPT’s classes, programs, and experiences.

Jack C. Wilson Active Kids Fund

TPF recently completed raising funds that are supporting the replacement of worn and outdated site furnishings (benches and picnic tables) along the Ruston Way Waterfront. It is estimated that more than 5 million people visit this iconic gathering place each year. The new site furnishings are expected to be installed by summer 2023!

Ruston Way Site Furnishings

We are grateful to the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, and the Oscar and Olivann Hokold Foundation for their support of this project. 

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This success is a direct result of the support we receive from the community and from our partnerships with other local agencies. Local citizens value their parks and we’re proud to be able to provide award-winning levels of service!

Metro Parks Tacoma wins National Gold Medal Award


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Notice that summer camps at the Tacoma Nature Center are full EXCEPT for those families with financial needs such as children and youth experiencing foster care and homelessness. 

Registration is now open for summer Camps throughout Metro Parks Tacoma!

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