You and your dog can get off-leash in the South End at wonderful Wapato Park’s dog park. We started going with Dandie as soon as she was fully vaccinated and got the go-ahead from our vet, and we continue visiting regularly with our grownup pup. We see every kind of dog, meet friendly people too, and love watching all those mutts chase and play. Of course, there is a fair amount of butt-sniffing involved; welcome to the dog park.
Wapato Off-Leash Dog Park Key Features
Water available spring-summer (shuts off during the winter months)
Separate small dog area for dogs 25 lbs and under
2 "All Dog" areas connected by gates
- Area near the entrance is level and open and connects to a partially wooded hillside enclosure with trails
Poop bags available in case you forget yours
Dog park is located at the Northeast side of Wapato Park
Meet and Greet or Take a Stroll
Rarely does Dandie find a lack of playmates at this park, but if it’s a slow day, there’s plenty of room for fetch or a walk. Near the entrance there’s a covered area with a picnic table where you can sit and find shade, and it’s also where you’ll find running water in the spring and summer months. Hang out here to give your dog a chance to meet and greet all the canines coming and going. Even if your pup isn’t big on getting scrappy and wrassling with other dogs, you haven’t wasted a trip; just take a stroll instead. You can make a big loop of the lower section and head-up to the hillside enclosure as well. The layout of this park gives you the chance to keep moving, or get settled to watch dogs play.
If you brought a small-sized dog who prefers to keep company with other little pups, head into the small dog arena where you’ll also find a covered area and picnic table, room to play fetch, and the opportunity to walk a loop around the edges of this separate section.
Do Your Duty
It’s up to us to keep dog parks a great place to play. You know what I’m getting at - bring those bags! I like the sign down at Ruston Way with a grinning dog that says, “I poop, you pick it up. Any questions?” Exactly! Scoop that poop! It’s not someone else’s job.
On-Leash Wapato Lake Loop
If you want to spend some time on leash training or just go for a nice on-leash walk, take the gate out of the fenced dog park area, and head toward Wapato Lake. The paved loop around the lake is nearly 1 mile, and can be extended if you take the Pipeline Trail too. There will be birds, kids at a playground, pedestrians, and sometimes bikes as well, so this is a great opportunity for socializing your pal, or just getting more exercise in the fresh air.
Bring your dog out to romp at Wapato; we’ll see you there!
We’ve rustled up 25 events around Tacoma throughout September. There are gatherings to wake us up and guide us toward equity. There are events to call for action, calls to deepen our understanding of diversity, to demand solutions for our beautiful Salish Sea, to hear and acknowledge Native voices, to celebrate our immigrant community. And there are events that invite you to dance all night to ‘90s jams or to eat Norwegian pancakes until you can eat no more. They’re all mixed up together in this list, because that’s what life is like. At least, that’s what it’s like here in Tacoma.
It’s finally here! The Peace Little Free Library is up and open. Duggan, Brooks & Books are grateful to the Tacoma Community House, Rotary Literacy Committee, Brendan Nelson, and Aaron Skwirut for all their help and support in getting this library to its home in the Hilltop Neighborhood of Tacoma. Read all about it!
It’s August and summer is still singing its song. Join the chorus, hum a harmony, bang a gong, it’s up to you. We’re here with 25 Tacoma events to inspire you to get out and into the world while the sun is still strong. Street fairs, arts fests, homeowner education, history pubs, kid markets, literary shenanigans, volunteering and camping in the great outdoors - you can’t go wrong if you just go.
Kimberly Thomas, M. Ed. grew up in Tacoma, graduated from Lincoln High, and works for equity in education. She has a message for us! Brew a cup of coffee and sit down for a conversation with Kim. We’ll explore gentrification. We’ll talk about Kim’s mixed feelings about homeownership, and - on the lighter side- her favorite places in Tacoma.
July is all about celebration in Tacoma! We celebrate Tacoma Pride (yes, it’s finally time for the Tacoma Pride Festival!), We celebrate cultural diversity, food, music, art, history, and a brand new park; we celebrate summer. So here you go, over 21 ways to celebrate the Tacoma community this month.
It’s Tacoma events round-up time again and we’ve gathered 21 June events for your consideration. You can dance your heart out to ‘90s jams, walk for the Humane Society, sit-in on storytelling, salute the sun on Summer Solstice, join the Summer Reading Club, and shop so many fresh, local, outdoor markets! Take a look, Tacoma.
We’ve compiled another list of 20 Tacoma community events that we absolutely hope will inspire you to reach out into the city we share. You’ll find an abundance of markets, chances to taste wine and beer, cooking classes, kids crafts, outdoor excursions, Japanese American Remembrance events, a food forest, a fix-it fair, and more!
Sharing Books, Creating Community. Duggan, Brooks & Books is excited to feature the Emergency Food Network's Little Free Library in Lakewood! Read our interview with Emergency Food Network's CEO Michelle Douglas and find out how you can support the library!
Sharing Books, Creating Community. Get all the Duggan, Brooks & Books book drive details, meet Julia and her family’s M Street Little Free Library, and find out how, where, and what you can give to support community, literacy, and neighborhood love in Tacoma!
It’s spring in Tacoma; the season of damp dirt, delicate blossom, deep digging, seed scattering, light jackets, unbuttoned cardigans (oh my!), the season of the Lincoln High School Plant Sale, the season when the daffodils go on parade. What else? How about the opening day of the McMenamins Elks Temple, a big Norwegian pancake feed, the Tacoma Sister City Film Festival, and the 4th Annual Black Earth Celebration. Take a look!
Sharing Books, Creating Community. Get all the book drive details, learn what Brooks Dental Studio and Duggan Homes have to do with Little Free Libraries, meet Leigh and her family’s Cushman Branch, and find out how, where, and what you can give to support community, literacy, and neighborhood love in Tacoma!
Sharing Books, Creating Community. Learn what Brooks Dental Studio and Duggan Homes have to do with Little Free Libraries, meet Melo Hogan and her family’s Eastside Community Library, and find out how, where, and what you can give to support community, literacy, and neighborhood love in Tacoma!
March is here, and this is the month when winter turns to spring. Find 20 ways to weather the remaining days of winter, to welcome the new season, to get out, get about, and get to know Tacoma. Take yourself on a date. Go dancing. Make flowers. Hear stories. Meet makers. Change your mind.
We’re back for the 9th month in a row to spread the Tacoma love all around! With over 30 events in this list there’s something for lovers of the indoorsy and outdoorsy, lovers of music, of film, lovers of peace and quiet, lovers of local makers, of discussion, of disruption, of justice, lovers of literacy, of gal pals, lovers of lovers (all kinds), lovers of Tacoma!
Here we go again! Plunge into the Salish Sea, visit the newest wing of the TAM, take a family nature walk, strengthen and calm with yoga, discover local makers at the Night Markets, repair at a Fix-it Fair, clean-up the beach with your community, and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the City of Tacoma. There’s more. There’s a whole list to help you celebrate the start of 2019.
This list is full to the brim with holiday markets, art exhibits, a fix-it fair, and ideas for the darkest day of the year. If you’re feeling the community spirit, or looking for some local gifts this month, just come back to this list to see what’s cookin’.
November is for curling up with a good book and a warm drink, but it’s also for getting out the door for community fundraisers, holiday markets, concerts, tree lightings, fix-it fairs, Tarot readings, and volunteer opportunities. There are so many ways to give back, get involved, and get to know Tacoma!
Tacoma, Tuesdays, Trivia, Tacos, Talent. It’s the truth, there’s stuff to do, things to eat, things to drink. We have 15 of those things listed right here. You’re very welcome.
You know how we’re always seeing logos and hearing phrases about Tacoma as the “gritty city”? You’ve caught on that Proctor and Stadium aren’t the neighborhoods keeping that nickname around, right? Take a day and explore South Tacoma and the South End where some of that good grit still abides; we’ll help.
October, the month of harvest fests and haunts, of chilly outdoor escapades, of art and film extravaganzas. Seasons change, but community continues, it never ends here in Tacoma, so take a look at over 16 opportunities to be part of it.