Green Tacoma Day at Alling Park

Join Metro Parks Tacoma at Alling Park on Green Tacoma Day! Volunteers are needed to plant trees within the park.

Alling Park was established in 1912 and is one of the oldest parks in Tacoma. What was once Alling Fruit Farm is now a place for the community to play, shoot hoops and picnic.

Frank Alling (1839 -1912) and his wife Nellie (1842 – 1908) moved to Tacoma in 1873 and purchased a large homestead near Wapato Lake. Frank was respected as an accomplished horticulturalist. Settling down on his homestead claim he developed part of it into a fruit and flower farm, naming it “Allington Fruit Farm” which became one of the beauty spots of the community and in which he took great pride. In 1891 Alling shipped twenty-six boxes of fine apples to Hong Kong. It was the first shipment of Washington apples to the Orient. The varieties sent were Baldwin, Rubicon, Red Cheek and Newtown Pippin apples.

Youth 16-17 years old may attend alone but will need to have their parent/guardian fill out a youth waiver onsite. Youth 15 and under are welcome to participate with a responsible adult and a completed waiver. 

Questions? Want more information?
Contact Richard Madison, Tacoma Metro Parks

The Basics


Connect with nature Saturday, October 13th!
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tacoma’s parks and open spaces need your help! These natural resources provide people with clean air, clean water, and access to nature. Keeping them healthy is a community effort. Join hundreds of volunteers this fall as we work to keep Tacoma green and volunteer at one of ten different event sites around the city. Volunteers will pull invasive weeds, remove litter, and plant and mulch trees and shrubs.
It’s easy to volunteer!
Register your group, family, or as an individual for a fun morning of service. We will supply gloves, tools, water and snack bars. We will teach you everything you need to know about tool use, safety, forest health, and the importance of the work you will be doing. No experience necessary, just come ready to have fun and learn something new!

Be sure to sign in at registration when you arrive.

For your safety and comfort please bring:

  • Clothing that can get dirty (because it will!)
  • Work gloves
  • Long pants and long sleeves (helps protect against prickly plants)
  • Sturdy shoes that can handle some mud (closed toed shoes are required such as work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, etc.NO sandals, flats or heels)
  • Rain gear and warm layers -OR- sun protection (check the weather!)
  • Sack lunch and snacks (to refuel)
  • Full water bottle (we will have a jug on-site for re-fills)
  • Travel mug for tea/coffee (Thanks to Starbucks for providing coffee!)
The event will happen rain or shine!


If you are coming as a group, the group leaders are expected to have an active role in our events. Please get in touch with your site leader before the event to make sure everything is in order. On the day of the event, make yourself known to the staff and arrive early in order to help guide your group members.


1134 S. 60th St.
Tacoma, WA 98408

No upcoming volunteer events for this location