Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma sits 30 miles south of Seattle and is at the southern tip of the Strait of Juan DeFuca. Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington State with a population of 200,000—just a bit smaller than Spokane. The space between Tacoma and Seattle is filled with suburban communities—and skateparks.

Tacoma has been steadily working on its skatepark system since 2006. It has two skateparks within its city limits and two more planned. The master skatepark plan will provide one skatepark for every 2,000 casual skateboarders in the city. Because the surrounding towns and suburbs are flush with skateparks, there is little need to meet the skatepark needs of skaters outside the city.

Heidelberg Davis Skatepark (AKA “Foss Skatepark”)

Opened: 1996
Size: 8,000 Sq Ft
Material: Steel and poured-in-place concrete structures
Price: Free
Hours: Closes at Dusk
Helmets: Not required
BMX: Allowed (though does not present structures that seem to appeal to bikers)

Notes:
• “Foss,” as it’s known to locals, is one of the oldest skateparks in Washington.
• Local advocates have created small improvements within the park. The manual pad addition is showcased in our DIY chapter.
• While Foss is not significant in its design or construction, it features a 16-foot wide steel miniramp that remains a constant draw in the area.

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Norpoint

Opened: (2000), 2010
Size: (3,000 Sq Ft), 10,000 Sq Ft
Material: Poured-in-place concrete
Price: Free
Hours: Closes at Dusk
Helmets: Not required
BMX: Allowed

Notes:
• The skatepark was originally built in another portion of the city park and was a small, awful design with lots of construction flaws. In 2008, master plan development of the larger park provided an opportunity to redesign the skatepark. It now sits in a better location and features modern, compelling design features.

Stewart Heights (AKA “South 56th)

Opened: (1996), 2008
Size: 10,000 Sq Ft
Material: (Prefabricated paper polymer), Poured-in-place concrete structures
Price: Free
Hours: Closes at Dusk
Helmets: Not required
BMX: Allowed

Notes:
• Originally built as a prefabricated skatepark, a master plan development provided the opportunity to rebuild it. Although the new concrete design has demonstrated to be not as popular as the ramps it replaced, a second-phase addition should improve its visitation.