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Jack C. Wilson Active Kids Fund

Your gift of $125 helps a family of five participate in Metro Parks Tacoma classes and programs for one year!

Tacoma activities across nearly 3,000 acres of parks and facilities, building skills and keeping active on sports teams, exercising creative expression in art classes, and exploring the natural world at our nature center and botanical conservatory. The Greater Metro Parks Foundation helps overcome financial barriers to healthy recreation participation through ensuring that scholarships are available to Tacoma families in need. These scholarships reduce Metro Parks’ program registration fees by 50-75%. GMPF’s Active Kids Fund ensures that children in hundreds of Tacoma families can play, learn, and grow through valuable Metro Parks programs.

Families who struggle to pay for activities such as sports leagues, swimming classes, nature education, and art instruction miss out on opportunities to interact with peers and positive role models in safe environments that emphasize teamwork, experiential play, and creative expression.

Each year, MPT receives more requests for scholarship assistance. A majority of Tacoma families struggle with poverty, making it challenging for low-income children to participate in recreation programs. Overall, 63.5% of Tacoma students are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch, a common measure of student poverty. This high percentage significantly exceeds the overall Washington State percentage of 45%.