Facility Profile - October 2012
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Park & Pool

A Playful Makeover
Kandle Park & Pool in Tacoma, Wash.

By Deborah L. Vence

Lenss noted that that the skate dots, designed for avid skateboarders, are "what individual skate features are called. We have three 'dots,' along with other skateable elements scattered throughout the park. The skate elements include: a skate bowl, curved embankment, and a beginner skate dot (intended for small kids learning to skate), and skateable benches and walls," she said.

In addition, the park—which is adjacent to Downing Elementary and a Boys and Girls Club—includes a community garden, basketball courts, public restrooms and walking paths. The fully accessible playground provides equal play opportunities for all children, regardless of age or ability.

"We actually had a design charrette with the kids at the Club during schematic design," Lenss said.

And, so far, since the opening of the park and pool, "Reception has been overwhelmingly good. Earnings and attendance exceeded Metro Parks' expectations," Lenss said. "On warmer days, the pool facility was functioning at full capacity with people waiting in line to get in."

The park project was partially funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November 2005, and a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Land, Water and Conservation Fund Grant, Lenss said.

The full project team comprises the following:

  • Architects: SHKS Architects, Seattle
  • Landscape Architect: Site Workshop, Seattle
  • Pool Designer: Water Technology, Inc., Beaver Dam, Wis.
  • Structural Engineer: Swenson Say Fagét Engineers, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Mechanical Engineer: Greenbusch Group, Seattle.
  • Electrical Engineer: Travis Fitzmaurice & Associates, Seattle
  • Civil Engineer: KPFF, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Geotechnical: GeoEngineers, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Contractor: Wyser Construction, Snohomish, Wash.

Metro Parks Tacoma: www.metroparkstacoma.org