Much of the data in the PROS Plan is provided countywide and by Management Region* to provide a more localized look at the park system and its needs.
*Pierce County divides the park system into Management Regions based on community plan boundaries and providing service efficiencies for maintenance and operations.
|Park Classification & Name||Acreage||Region|
Regional Parks serve the whole county, providing a variety of unique recreation facilities that attract visitors from the entire region. They may include formal and informal recreation areas, specialty facilities, and significant habitat and historical resource protection areas. Generally, Regional Parks are greater than 200 acres in size.
|Chambers Creek Regional Park||730||West|
|Chambers Bay Golf Course||340|
|Chambers Creek Park||185|
|Chambers Creek Canyon||205|
|Spanaway Regional Park||328||Central|
|Lake Spanaway Golf Course||129|
|Sprinker Recreation Center||44|
|Carbon River Valley Regional Resource Conservancy||1,723||North|
|Carbon River Valley||488|
|Fairfax Town Site||155|
County Parks serve more than one community and are designed to accommodate many activities and people of a wide variety of ages, abilities, and interests. They are developed for both formal and informal recreation activities and for protecting habitat. Recreation features vary by park. County Parks are generally 40 to 200 acres in size.
|Ashford County Park||84||South|
|Heritage Recreation Center||47||South|
|North Lake Tapps Park||135||North|
|Meridian Habitat Park||36||South|
|Plateau Park (aka Buckley-Bonney Lake Park)||80||North|
Local Parks serve neighborhoods and communities and are designed to accommodate varying activities and people with a wide variety of ages, abilities, and interests. Recreation features will vary by park and include formal and informal activities. Local Parks are generally 5 to 40 acres in size.
|South Hill Community Park||40||South|
Special Use Parks
Special Use Parks include stand-alone recreation facilities not located within larger parks. These include single-purpose sites that generally serve a regional audience, such as community centers, BMX tracks, and golf courses.
|Lakewood Community Center||4||West|
|Swan Creek Park - Pioneer Way||40||Central|
|Swan Creek Park - Waller Road||37||Central|
Resource Conservancy Lands
Resource Conservancy Lands are conservation areas designed to protect unique or significant natural features, such as rivers and streams, wetlands and marshes, environmentally sensitive areas, and wildlife habitats. Where appropriate, Resource Conservancy Lands may secondarily support passive, nature-oriented outdoor recreation, such as trails and picnic areas.
|Parkland Prairie Nature Preserve||5||Central|
|Seeley Lake Park||46||West|
|Buckley Forestland Preserve||221||North|
|Hundred Acre Wood||109||South|
|Nisqually Interpretive Center||68||Central|
|South Pierce Wetland Preserve||156||Central|
|Swan Creek Park -Waller Road Nature Preserve||23||Central|
Linear Parks and Trails include built or natural corridors that provide recreation or non-motorized transportation facilities and green buffers between communities. Trail classifications are included in Chapter 6, Trails Plan.
|Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail||2||South|
|Puyallup River Levee Trail||2||North|
|Half Dollar Park||2||South|
Unclassified sites include land that has been acquired by Pierce County Parks, but which may not meet the Department's mission and may be transferred to a more appropriate custodian. These sites receive minimal maintenance.
|Browns Point Lighthouse Parking Lot||1||West|
|Lake Tapps Habitat||17||West|
|Ohop Trail Extension||14||South|
|Puget Creek Beach||2||West|
Cemeteries are included in the parks classification system, because they become the responsibility of the County when they are without caretakers, per RCW.
|265th Ave Cemetery||6||North|
|Lake Tapps Pioneer Cemetery||1||North|
|Old Settlers' Cemetery||4||West|
|Trail Classification & Name||Miles||Zone|
Regional Trails provide the spine for the trail network. Regional Trails link parks, open spaces, public facilities, cities and towns, and other destinations of interest. They are intended to be a multi-modal network extending into neighboring counties and jurisdictions, serving as recreational and commuter corridors.
Connector Trails provide convenient connections through urban areas and from neighborhoods providing links to destinations, such as parks, schools, and trails.
|Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail||1.6||South|
|Pipeline Trail - Half Dollar to Heritage Recreation Center||0.8||South|
Intrapark trails are established trails within park boundaries that serve walkers, joggers, bikers, and others.
|Ashford County Park Trails||1.4||South|
|Chambers Creek Regional Park||6.4||West|
|Dawson Playfield Walking Path||0.3||Central|
|Frontier Park Trails||0.6||South|
|Lidford Playfield Walking Path||0.3||Central|
|Meridian Habitat Park Walking Paths||0.6||South|
|Parkland Prairie Nature Preserve Trail||0.4||Central|
|Seeley Lake Park Trail||1.0||West|
|Spanaway Regional Park - Bresemann Forest Trails||2.3||Central|
|Spanaway Regional Park - Spanaway Park Walking Paths||2.3||Central|
|Swan Creek Park - Pioneer Way Trails||0.4||Central|
Pierce County Parks manages parks throughout the County. The primary service area of Pierce County Parks is where there are no other park providers - in unincorporated Pierce County. In addition to Pierce County and state and federal parks, there are 23 cities and towns and four park districts that provide parks in Pierce County. The map to the left shows the different parks providers serving Pierce County.
Cities and park districts are the primary providers of neighborhood parks and recreation. Pierce County is the primary provider of:
- Regional and County parks and trails,
- Open space, and
- Regional specialized facilities, such as equestrian center, golf and disc golf courses, an ice rink, BMX track, and tournament-quality athletic fields.