Parks & Recreation
Parks In Lakewood
American Lake Park
Veterans Drive SW and 92nd Avenue SW
This popular 5-acre park is located on the north shore of American Lake at 82nd Street SW and Veterans Drive SW. It offers seasonal restrooms, picnic shelter, picnic tables, a swimming beach, and children's playground equipment. The park also offers a public boat launch. American Lake Park has a beach along the north shore. There is no fee to swim or park. There is a daily boat launch fee as well as an option to purchase a season pass good from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For information on fees, please call (253) 589-2489.
Edgewater Drive SW
This 1-acre park provides public boat launch access to Lake Steilacoom and is a nice site for neighborhood picnicking. Parking is very limited. The boat launch at Lake Steilacoom is located in Edgewater Park. Launching is free; access and parking is limited.
Fort Steilacoom Park
Steilacoom Blvd. and Elwood Drive SW
At 340 acres, Fort Steilacoom Park is the largest park in Lakewood and provides a diverse mix of active and passive recreation. It features an expansive and scenic trail system traversing through woods and hills, looping around Waughop Lake, connecting to the Pierce College campus, and offering impressive views of the Puget Sound and Western State Hospital. This regional park has four developed baseball fields. The park also offers a number of partially developed softball and soccer fields and some playground equipment. Fort Steilacoom Park is very popular with runners, walkers, bicycle riders, kite-flyers, bird-watchers, and picnickers. You are welcome to walk your dog at Fort Steilacoom Park and in any other park in Lakewood if you keep it on a leash at all times and observe litter laws. Information about the off-leash dog area at www.ParkDogs.com
Harry Todd Community Park
North Thorne Lane and Woodlawn Avenue in Tillicum
This 17- acre park contains a baseball field, four basketball courts, tennis courts, children's playground equipment, two picnic shelters, picnic tables, fishing pier and swimming beach access at American Lake. Harry Todd Park is also home to the Commencement Bay Rowing Club, an all ages rowing club.
Corner of Fairlawn Drive and Bridgeport Way SW
Lakewood Game Refuge
Phillips Road, east of Oakbrook
This 100-acre open space area is managed by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and offers a trail system for walking and bicycling.
Neighborhood Parks in Lakewood
Lakewood Active Park
Just off Westwood Drive between Russell Road and Douglas Drive
This 2-acre park features a large open grass play area, playground equipment, picnic tables and basketball court.
Oakbrook 7th Addition Park
Corner of Onyx Drive SW and 97th Avenue
This small neighborhood park offers a picnic area and playground equipment.
Seeley Lake Park
Lakewood Drive and Steilacoom Blvd.
This 47-acre Pierce County Park property is located in the middle of Lakewood and presents a loop trail surrounding woods and wetlands. The trail is popular with local runners and walkers.
127th Street SW and Addison Avenue SW
This 3.5 acre park features a youth baseball field, open space areas, children's playground equipment and two half-court basketball courts.
Wards Lake Park
84th Street South and Pine Street
This 20-acre natural area is home to native plants, mature trees and wetlands. A passive park with a trail system, picnicking areas, playground equipment, seasonal restrooms, and fishing pier.
Military Road near 101st Avenue SW
This 3.5-acre park features a new ballfield, playground, picnic tables, a trail, open space areas and off street parking.
Tacoma-Pierce County Parks
Point Defiance Park is one of twenty largest urban parks in the nation. You can bicycle on miles of roads, walk or jog on beaches or trails, picnic, or stroll through some of the most spectacular gardens on the West Coast in this 698-acre park. Five Mile Drive winds through old growth forest and has several pull-offs for spectacular views. The park is open daily. Hours and fees at facilities within the park vary.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.......(253) 591-5337
Fort Nisqually Historic Site................(253) 591-5339
Camp 6 Logging Museum.................(253) 752-0047
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Take a trek to adventure at Northwest Trek, which offers an opportunity to view animals native to the northwest in their natural setting. Take a 50-minute naturalist guided tram tour through a 435 acre free-roaming area where elk, bison, deer, bighorn sheep, moose and much more wander freely. The core area hosts the predators including grizzly and black bear, cougar, wolf, a variety of wetlands animals and birds-of-prey. Northwest Trek is wheelchair accessible.
For admission fees and hours call (360) 832-6117 or (800) 433-TREK.
Pierce County Parks
Lakewood Parks & Recreation..................................(253) 589-2489
Lakewood Community Center...................................(253) 798-4199
County Parks Group Picnic Information...................(253) 798-4011
Harry Sprinker Recreation Center............................(253) 798-4000
Administrative Offices of Pierce County Parks.......(253) 798-4176
You can picnic, camp and enjoy beachcombing, swimming, clam digging and boating at nearby Cutts Island, Dash Point, Eagle Island, Kopachuck and Penrose Point State Parks which offer a wide range of facilities and are located on salt water. Call (360) 902-8844 for additional Information. For campsite reservations, call (888) 226-7688.
At 14,411 feet, Mount Rainier is the tallest volcano in the 48 contiguous states and is the highest mountain in Washington State. It dominates the horizon for hundreds of miles and boasts the largest single peak glacial system outside Alaska. On its slopes lie spectacular meadows of subalpine flowers and a skirt of old-growth Douglas-fir forest found few other places. Accommodations include the National Park Inn at 27,000 feet. Paradise Inn, at 5,400 feet, operates mid-May through early October. The park has 26 major glaciers, 34 waterfalls, 62 lakes and 600-year old forests. For overnight reservations, call Mount Rainier Guest Services at (360) 569-2400, or park information, call the National Park Service at (360) 569-2211.