Enhancing the Experience that is Point Defiance
Destination Point Defiance is a long-term initiative by Metro Parks Tacoma to enhance the experience and honor the character of Point Defiance Park.
Planning for this initiative started in 2005 and included more than 100 community meetings. The outcome is a comprehensive plan for Point Defiance Park that focuses on improving access, enhancing activities and stewarding resources. Lend your voice to or learn more about the process by joining a Community Conversation the third Thursday of each month.
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Point Defiance Park is unique among urban parks because it contains miles of trails into old-growth forest; miles of beach; walking, running and biking areas; native and flower gardens; a zoo and aquarium; a living history museum; boat moorage and access; a restaurant and plays host to numerous community gatherings. Ensuring that visitors can access all of these activities, safely, is a paramount goal.
|The scenic Puget Sound shoreline will soon become more accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists with the opening of the Point Ruston Waterwalk and an interim 5-foot asphalt path connecting Point Ruston to the Point Defiance Marina.|
|Trailhead and Wayfinding Signage|
|The old-growth forest and native gardens at the Park offer hiking and walking for all skill levels and abilities. Recent trail signage throughout the forest makes exploring simple.|
A visit to the Park can include walking, running, hiking, biking, boating, learning, animal viewing, hands-on activities, dining, and so much more! Plans include new programming and attractions, as well as providing amenities at and access to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and preserving and enhancing Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.
|Seasonal Visitors Center|
|The Visitor Center Lodge opened in 2012 to offer visitor assistance, a gift shop and exhibits. A seasonal shuttle provides transportation to eight different park destinations. Open March 25-October 1, 2013. |
|The Science and Math Institute (SAMI)|
|Located in Point Defiance Park, this Tacoma School District high school is dedicated to integrating science and math into everyday learnning. Tacoma voters recently approved a bond that will support the construction of classrooms at the Park.|
The natural resources and distinct character of the Park will be preserved and honored through a number of projects within Destination Point Defiance. Special consideration has been given to environmental protection, innovative green infrastructure, and historic preservation.
|Forest Stewardship Plan|
|The 560-acre forest at the Park contains about 500-acres of old-growth forest. This rare urban forest is both a gem for visitors and a necessity for the continued health of the ecosystem. The recently updated Forest Stewardship Plan will ensure that the forest is maintained now and for the future.|
|Renovation of Historic Pagoda|
|The Pagoda has undergone significant restoration and structural improvements after an arson fire damaged it in 2011. The upper floor has been restored and updated, and the lower floor now accommodates meetings, classes, celebrations and events.|
- Curtis Hancock (253) 305-1052
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