Dawson Playfield Park Improvements

Dawson Playfield's is a popular neighborhood park located on 1605 - 90th St. East in Tacoma. Current amenities at Dawson Playfield include a covered picnic shelter lighted softball field (non-regulation), outdoor basketball and tennis courts, playground equipment, restrooms, uncovered picnic tables, and a walking track

In 2017, we asked you to tell us how to improve Dawson Playfield. “Should we rebuild the tennis courts for $150,000 or should we build something else?” The tennis courts at Dawson Playfields are past their useful lifecycle and need to be replaced. Drainage issues and a high groundwater level have contributed to the condition of the courts caused wide cracks on the playing surface.

Together with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, we worked to gather community input on how best to spend $150,000 to improve Dawson Plafield. Two meetings were conducted in the park, the first on July 29, 2017 to obtain ideas from the park users and the second on August 12, 2017 to vote on the proposed ideas. The options and the result of the community vote are shown in the table below.

Dawson Playfield 2017 Voting Results

RankOptionsVote Total
% of
Estimated Timeline
from 1/1/18
1Spray Park9540%$500,00036-60 months
2Futsal Court5222%$150,0012 months
3Junior Basketball Court3314%$100,0012 months
4Big Kid Playground3113%$80,000-$120,00012-18 months
5Exercise Station125%$75,000-$100,00012 months
6Paved Walking Path94%$100,00012-18 months
7Tennis Courts52%$150,00012 months

In April of 2019, Johnson & Sutherland Landscaping Architecture was hired to complete design of the park improvements.

What's Next?

  1. Pierce County Parks and Recreation is conducting a study of what it will take to building the top three options as well as refine the cost estimates and lay out a schedule for construction.
  2. In 2019, the department will conduct 2-3 open houses to continue the conversation on the conceptual design of the improvements and other park improvements identified in 2017. 

Questions or Comments: 
Benjamin Barrett, Capital Projects Manager
(253)798-4081  |  email