Sprinker Outdoor Improvements

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Project Update

Thanks to your input, the Sprinker Recreation Center Outdoor Improvements Project is moving forward!  We’ve developed a preferred design for outdoor improvements to Sprinker that include:


  • The park entry plaza
  • A central park core
  • A community event lawn
  • Synthetic turf ballfields
  • A connection to the future Parkland Community Trail, which is another Pierce County Parks project,
  • And renovations to the parking lot

For a closer look at the preferred design, check out these other resources:

What’s Next:


  • In the spring/summer 2020, we’ll work with the state to finalize recreation grant funding to help construct these improvements.
  • We will then work on refining the details of the design, including what specific features in the park will look like. We’ll reach out to the community to participate in this conversation starting in late 2020 or early 2021, before we move into final design, permitting, and the first phase of construction.

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About the Project

Pierce County Parks is working on designs to improve outdoor features at Sprinker Recreation Center.  In 2017, a Master Plan for Sprinker site improvements was created. The goal of the Master Plan is to expand the variety of uses at the park, increase capacity, enhance pedestrian connections, improve sustainability and create a safe, inviting experience for everyone. 

We are going to be renovating lots of outdoor features and planning to add new ones, like a spray park, open central plaza with picnic shelters, more walking paths and synthetic playfields for year-round play. Using public input from fall 2019 and spring 2020, we’ve developed a preferred design.


We’re excited to build all of these planned outdoor improvements, but due to funding limitations, we won’t be able to build this project all at once. We expect Phase 1 to be constructed in 2022 and 2023. The first phase is expected to include the entry plaza, parking lot renovation, and park core –including the playground, spray park, fitness area, renovated restroom building, basketball courts and futsal court. Phase 1 will also include renovating the ballfields north of the skate park to have full synthetic turf fields with soccer and lacrosse overlays.


The remaining improvements, including the 4-field complex in the northwest corner, will be constructed in a future phase, once we’ve secured the required funding. 


The construction budget for the Phase 1 improvements is approximately ten million dollars. These funds are comprised of Parks Impact Fees, State Recreation Grants, Real Estate Excise Tax, and Parks Sales Tax.

Sprinker's Preferred Design

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Outreach Summary

From October 2019 to early 2020, we took early design ideas to the public and collected input to understand which program elements are most important to the community. Thanks to all who participated!


Here’s what we heard:

  • Participants were especially interested in the following features:
    • Walking trails
    • Open lawn areas and flexible event spaces
    • Picnic areas
    • Spray park
  • Other elements that were important to community members include:
    •  Multi-purpose synthetic turf fields
    • Parking lot improvements
    • Formal park entryway

Check out our public outreach summary for more detail or view the full set of materials (43 MB) from our October meeting.


Project Contact

Benjamin Barrett

Capital Projects Manager
(253) 798-4081 | email