Charlotte’s Blueberry Park has long been a popular spot for picking blueberries, but residents have expressed hope for a children’s play area to make the park more inviting.
Thanks to community engagement and design planning completed in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, the playground is fast on its way, with expected completion in summer 2019. The playground, situated next to a community garden that Metro Parks recently installed, will have slides, a small climbing structure, balance beams, music play and more. An elevated lookout will let children see over the blueberry bushes. Subdued colors will help the play area blend in with its surroundings. This project was possible thanks to a generous grant from Kaiser Permanente.
“It’s a great addition in a part of town that needs a great addition,” said President Aaron Pointer of the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners. “Thank you to The Trust for Public Land for their interest in the people of Southeast Tacoma.”
The 20-acre park, named after longtime advocate Charlotte Valbert, was Berg’s Blueberry Farm from 1952 to 1968. Today it includes more than 3,000 bushes representing five varieties of blueberries, all free for the picking by any visitors. The park serves more than 3,600 residents within a 10-minute walk, including more than 900 children.
Learn more about the park, and learn how to volunteer to take care of it online at www.metroparkstacoma.org/charlottes-blueberry-park.