Dawson Playfield

1605 90th St E. (Portland Ave. E, & 90th St. East)
Tacoma, WA 98445 (Map)

The multiple sports opportunities available at Dawson Playfield make it a popular neighborhood park for families and youths. Located at East 90th Street and Portland Avenue in Tacoma, Dawson Playfield is ideal for a relaxing picnic, play dates on the play structures, a friendly game of basketball, and a leisure walk around all of the activities.


Pierce County is excited to announce the completed renovation of Dawson Playfield in August of 2021.

The park includes:

  • A covered picnic shelter (without cooking facilities)
  • Renovated softball field (non-regulated) – including a new backstop and ADA pathway to seating.
  • Resurfaced outdoor basketball. Junior Hoops have been added with playground-style bucket hoops that will provide basketball fun for the younger set without being taken over by older players.
  • Expansion of the playground including "big kid swings" plus climbing and spinning elements.
  • Restrooms
  • Uncovered picnic tables
  • Newly paved 5' wide walking path around the playfield

Park Hours

Dawson Playfield is open from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.


New Picnic Shelter Reservation System – Beginning November 1, 2023

Booking a picnic shelter in Dawson Playfield is easier than ever with the new reservation system. The new system features the ability to view dates, reservation fees, and enter contact and payment information.  

In addition, the reservation system is easy to use and provides detailed information and a picture of the shelter, allowing you to visualize the shelter before booking. Deposit and reservation fees are included in every price on the site to prevent any surprise costs at the end of the transaction.  Once the booking is complete, customers will receive a confirmation email and a permit. 

The picnic shelter rental is available from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., April through September each year.  

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View the picnic shelter availability for summer reservations:

Rental Fees:

  • $95/day - Picnic Shelter 
  • $50/day - Basketball Court
  •  $75/day - Softball Field

Damage Deposit Fees:

  • A damage deposit of 50% of the shelter fee will be charged. The damage deposit is to be paid in addition to the rental fee at the time of reservation.
  • Damage deposits are refundable as long as the picnic shelter and surrounding area are clean after the event and no damage occurs. Failure to meet these conditions will result in forfeiture of your damage deposit and may also include the applicant being responsible for additional charges and forfeiture of future reservation privileges.

Reservations for the basketball court, softball field, and/or large group special events require submitting our online Special Use Request Form. 

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Pierce County Parks staff are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to assist with reservation questions at (253) 798-4177 or [email protected].  Forms are accepted up to six months in advance. Reservations are processed in the order received Monday through Friday, during regular business hours.