The STAR Center focuses on universal design to accommodate and welcome individuals of all abilities. The single-story facility will have friendly amenities to wheelchair users and their small children, like lower customer service windows, drinking fountains, lower lockers, private accessible shower stalls and family restrooms. The campus will have accessible trails to enjoy exercise and nature at the same time.
The South End Recreation and Adventure Campus (SERA) comprises more than 75 acres in Tacoma’s South End neighborhood. Established as a park and recreation area in 1973, SERA is home to Gray Middle School, the Boys & Girls Club's Topping Hope Center, and the Metro Parks Tacoma sports complex, and the beautiful new STAR Community Center.
Open since April 2012, the 32,000 square foot STAR Center is meaningful to the parks district, GMPF, and the community for many reasons. The facility features state-of-the-art fitness rooms, a groundbreaking indoor/outdoor playground, studio, performance hall, and a teaching kitchen. Its proximity to the middle school and Boys & Girls Club provides shared resources to the community.
Importantly, STAR is home to the Adaptive Recreation and Specialized Recreation Programs, both priority programs for GMPF.
Metro Parks Tacoma has a proud tradition of providing engaging activities to people with all abilities: Specialized Recreation has worked with local citizens with special needs since 1954, and Adaptive Recreation and the STAR Center demonstrate the district’s continued commitment to support populations of all abilities. Since 2009, Metro Parks has worked with active military, veterans, and citizens, offering fun and active opportunities for those with physical disabilities to find paths to wellness and community. The STAR Center and the SERA Campus use universal design to make accessibility a priority for our community and GMPF is proud to support the next steps of this vision.
By donating today to Adaptive Recreation or Specialized Recreation, you help to strengthen and grow these essential programs.