The Woods at Golden Given
Located at 104th St E and Golden Given Rd in Parkland, The Woods at Golden Given is Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity's largest neighborhood to date. The Woods, completed in December 2017, consists of 30 homes and integrated common spaces including a community house, sports court, children's play areas, community garden, and wetlands overlook.
Single-family, cottage-style homes
Homes at The Woods are ENERGY STAR® certified. The neighborhood includes a central open space, common house, and shared community amenities including playgrounds, community garden, sports field, and wetland with boardwalk.
Sustainable and low-impact development
Sustainable building practices and low-impact development features at The Woods include rain gardens, tree retention and recycling, wetland mitigation, storm drain improvements, and pervious pavement.
The Woods received the following awards and certifications:
- ACEC Washington - 2014 Silver Award - Social, Economic, and Sustainable Design Considerations
- Washington Aggregate & Concrete Association - Excellence in Concrete Construction 2013 (for pervious paving)
- Salmon-Safe Certification for large-scale residential development
Habitat Connects, the grassroots leadership and environmental education program designed and developed for residents at The Woods, was made possible by a multi-year grant from the Russell Family Foundation. Habitat Connects is being rolled out to the Tillicum and Swan Creek neighborhoods as well.
In partnership with Tacoma Power, this year-long study at The Woods helped determine the performance and economics of ductless heat pump vs baseboard heating systems.
A percentage of homes at The Woods were set aside for purchase by qualified Veteran and Active Duty military personnel and their families.
Metro Park's Tacoma Nature Center partnered with Habitat to provide youth events for families at The Woods, such as planting a kid's only community garden plot. Other youth event partners included Citizens for a Healthy Bay and Tahoma Audobon Society.