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Destination Point Defiance

Coming to Point Defiance: Hammerheads,
new recreation space & more!
 
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Traffic revisions, fencing, and construction equipment are signs of big improvements coming to Point Defiance Park under Destination Point Defiance.

Destination Point Defiance is a long-term comprehensive planning initiative started years ago to enhance the park’s experience and honor its character.

The capital improvement bond approved by voters in 2014 is funding much of the related construction work along with grants from the state RCO program, Washington State taxpayers, donors and other sources.

Some of the biggest projects have begun! They include:
 

 

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Construction Impacts: What's Happening

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August 22, 2016

New Aquarium

  • This week mass earthwork excavation will begin to cut down the hill for the Aquarium site.
  • Visitors will see and hear heavy equipment and dump trucks.
  • Park neighbors will see and hear dump trucks going in and out of the Pearl Street entrance.
    Work hours: 6 am to 4 pm

Waterfront Phase I – Triangle

  • This week we will continue excavating material on the bluff.  Excavation and embankment on top of the triangle will also begin, and the parking lot will continue to be shut down.
  • Visitors will see and hear large earthmoving equipment.  Minor demolition will take place, and clearing of the remaining area will continue.
  • Neighbors will see and hear large earthmoving equipment.  Minor demolition will take place, and clearing of the remaining area will continue.
  • Traffic impacts: The boat trailer parking lot will be reduced in size.
  • Caution is advised:  Large rock trucks have limited visibility to pedestrians and vehicles. Please take heed of all construction signage and personnel directing traffic for safety.
    Work hours 6:30 am to 6 pm

Waterfront Phase I - Peninsula

  • This week we will continue with embankment on the peninsula.  The sails for the park will be constructed up to subgrade, and more work around Reach D and C1 will take place.
  • Visitors will see and hear large earthmoving equipment, in-water work from the parking lot and in-water work from a barge.  Rock delivery trucks will be present as well.
  • Neighbors will see large earthmoving equipment, in-water work from the parking lot and in-water work from a barge.  Rock delivery trucks will be present as well.
  • Traffic impacts: Traffic entering the yacht club property will be flagged through the entrance to ensure no conflicts with equipment take place.  Lot A and Waterfront Drive will be closed to vehicles at all times, pedeestrian access will be limited to off-work hours.  Access to Dock B & A will be limited through a temporary connection at Dock C during working hours.
  • Caution is advised:  Large rock trucks have limited visibility to pedestrians and vehicles. Please take heed of all construction signage and personnel directing traffic for safety.

    Thousands of cubic yards of dirt moving on peninsula
    Waterfront Phase I crews moved a record 7,300 cubic yards of dirt on Thursday, August 18. The target was 3,000 cubic yards a day. As of August 19, 110,000 cubic yards of dirt have been moved out to the peninsula.

    The next big phase will start in a couple of weeks. At that point, 15 truck-and-trailer combinations will be in constant rotation all day to haul 60,000 cubic yards of clean dirt off-site.

    The increase in trucks will require a person to flag traffic near the Pearl Street entrance. Metro Parks will monitor traffic into the ferry terminal and take additional measures to ensure smooth traffic flow if needed.
    Work hours 6:30 am to 6 pm

Environmental Learning Center
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is collaborating with Tacoma Public Schools’ Science and Math Institute (SAMI) on an environmental learning center to serve SAMI students and staff, as well as Zoo visitors and staff.  Get ELC construction updates >
 

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Map of construction and parking changes

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