We were getting ready to go out today when my friend called to ask, "Areyououtsidewhynot?" A very good question, for anyone with the good fortune to be free this afternoon.
We settled on Titlow Park as our destination and drove down to the West end of 6th Ave, below the Narrows Bridge.
If there's anything wrong with this park, it's that there are too many things to do there. I used to have difficulty with the kids there when they were younger, because one would want to look at the ducks, another would want to play at the playground, and I couldn't be in arms reach of both.
Titlow is a wonderful place to be on a day like today. There are two separate playgrounds, a newer one shaped like a pirate ship and designed for younger kids, and another old-school one, with metal slides that give the kids a nice rush of fear as they hurdle to the ground at high speed. My kids always seem to be drawn to the old one.
The park also has a lot to offer if playgrounds aren't your thing, there's a nice hiking trail, beach access (which we've somehow never used), a tennis court, a great view of the bridge, picnic tables with bbq facilities, and lots of beautiful open space. It's also a great place to watch trains on their way to the Port of Tacoma.
There were quite a few ducks in the creak, in a few weeks I expect there will be many ducklings to watch.
Titlow has been home to a community pool for more than 50 years. Unfortunately, Metroparks Tacoma can no longer maintain the pool and is planning to replace it. Several meetings are scheduled this month to receive community input on the replacement pool, which will probably not be located at Titlow Park.
8201 6th Ave