The Chambers Bay region encompasses parts of the west slope of Tacoma, Fircrest, University Place, Lakewood and Steilacoom. The area stretches north to Highway 16 and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, south to the town of Steilacoom, east to Tacoma’s Orchard Street and west to Puget Sound.
Chambers Bay has a flavor all its own, with friendly neighborhoods, recreation opportunities and a growing offering of amenities like those found in more generally commercial settings.
Yes, golf is big here in the home of the USGA Chambers Bay Golf Course, host of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship. But that’s not the only place to play a few holes on a warm Pacific Northwest afternoon. Meadow Park Golf Course and Fircrest Golf Club offer traditional options as well as special programs for all ages and interests.
Its unique location means this area is home to waterfront parks that offer a breath of fresh air year-round.
The central meadow at Chambers Creek Golf Course is also a favorite place to burn off some extra energy. Bring a Frisbee or ball, or simply relax and enjoy the view.
If you’re looking for a unique view of the water and the Chambers Bay shoreline, you’ll want to begin your journey at War Memorial Park and venture across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on foot. This park is just one stop along the five-mile Scott Pierson Trail which begins in the area Cheney Stadium and crosses the bridge into Gig Harbor.
Tacoma’s 75-acre Titlow Park has showcased its impressive views of the bridge and the Olympic Mountains for more than 100 years. Located at the base of 6th Avenue, the park is grassy and flat with space for lots of recreational activities. The lagoon is a favorite place to catch some time by the water, and there may even be a seal or sea lion sharing the beach. You’ll find courts for tennis and basketball, playfields, trails spraygrounds and playgrounds. And there are shelter rentals to host your fantastic summer picnic. Insider tip: Head to Titlow Park to catch what’s argued to be one of the best places in Tacoma to catch a sunset.
Sunnyside Beach in Steilacoom offers spectacular views of Puget Sound along 1,400 ft of saltwater shoreline. The bridge is visible in the distance, and beachcombers will love casting a hopeful eye on the sands here. Beginning divers find the waters here a great place to practice. The park offers trails, a playground, BBQ grills, picnic facilities and a volleyball court.
This area is the home to many homes with sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Most homes in the area were built in the 1940s through the late 1960s. On Tacoma’s western slope you’ll find some stunning mid-century modern view homes design by the award-winning architect Robert Price. Steilacoom features the most turn of the century historical homes of the area with a quaint small-town feel.
Chambers Bay suits varied lifestyles, from families to urban dwellers. From walkability and new look and feel of the new condos in the University Place town center, to the walkable neighborhoods and community rec center of Fircrest, there are so many different ways to live in one small area called Chambers Bay!