Sprinker Outdoor Improvements

Project Update
  • Starting February 13, 2024:  Paving of the east parking area will begin. The front entrance will be temporarily closed for approximately 3-4 weeks. Access to the building will be through the West entrance ice arena doors.
  • Starting October 9, 2023: The C Street S. entrance and parking area in front of Sprinker will be closed to the public. Parking is accessible via the Military Road entrance only.  
  • Starting Sept. 5, 2023: The Sprinker Skateboard Park will be closed to the public during construction.
  • Starting March 1, 2023: The outdoor campus and SPIRE Rock will be closed to the public until the project is completed. The indoor space, outdoor tennis courts, and skatepark will remain open to the public during construction.
  • March 2023 - Feb. 18, 2024: Bresemann Forest will be closed for public access.

Construction is expected to continue to spring 2024. Here are the amazing features to look forward to:

  • A regional spray park and nature-based playground for kids of all ages and abilities.
  • A Futsal Court where 5 on 5 soccer teams can compete or players can practice and improve their techniques.
  • An adult outdoor fitness center allowing parents to exercise while kids take lessons or play.
  • Refurbished basketball courts.
  • Two synthetic turf ballfields.
  • A connection to the Parkland Community Trail, a project that will connect all schools and parks north of Sprinker to Pacific Lutheran University.
  • Picnic shelters and a community event lawn.
  • A renovated park entry including a plaza for events.
  • ADA upgrades throughout.
  • Parking and safety improvements.

Click the image on the right to see what's coming to Sprinker soon!

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Sprinker Groundbreaking Site Plan as of March 2023
Thanks for attending our groundbreaking celebration!

Sprinker Groundbreaking Celebration 2023

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About the Project

Pierce County Parks is working to improve outdoor features at Sprinker Recreation Center.  In 2017, a Master Plan for Sprinker site improvements was created based on public surveys and open houses. The Master Plan expands the variety of uses at the park, increases capacity, enhances pedestrian and neighborhood connections, improves sustainability and creates a safe, inviting experience for everyone. 

Using public input from fall 2019 and Spring 2020, a preferred design was developed. For a closer look at the preferred design, check out these other resources:

Sprinker's Local Match Fundraising Goal Has Been Met! 

Thank you to all of the generous donors and to our partners at ForeverGreen Trails who made this possible. Because of you, Parks is able to access $1 million in grant funding to #SpruceUpSprinker !

The remaining improvements proposed in the 2017 Master Plan, including a 4-field complex in the northwest corner, will be constructed in a future phase, as funding is secured. 

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

Sprinker has been approved for the following Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grants which will help to offset the costs:

  • Youth Athletic Fields
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund, and
  • Local Parks Category of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
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 the public outreach summary for more detail or view the full set of materials (43 MB) from the October 2019 meeting.

Project Contact

Ted Yoder, Construction Project Manager
(253) 798-4076 | email