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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 early 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 will begin this spring and summer, including:

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Construction Impacts: What's Happening This Week

Waterfront and peninsula improvements have begun as crews remove trees and brush that cover the steep bluff on the west bank of the Tacoma Yacht Club basin. The area has a history of instability and landslides; after the slope is cleared, it will be reshaped and stabilized.

An access road to the aquarium construction site has been created near the main picnic area. Traffic has been re-routed through the parking lot. (see map below).

Visitors and park neighbors may notice:
Construction crews to the right of the Pearl Street entrance. On some days in the next few weeks, visitors may see workers in protective clothing since they are working with areas contaminated by the Asarco smelter's operation.

The picnic shelter across from the Zoo is still accessible and is available on a first-come first-served basis. The playground is open.

Construction Impacts: What's Coming Up

Some of the biggest projects will begin this spring and summer, including:

Four Major Project Areas within Point Defiance Park

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Community input helped shape the long-term plan for Point Defiance Park.

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New recreation space on the peninsula, trail linking Ruston Way, boat trailer parking and more
Envision an even more accessible, active and thriving waterfront.

As part of Waterfront Phase I, Metro Parks Tacoma has joined forces with the City of Tacoma to host an innovative water treatment system designed to improve Puget Sound water quality.

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Planning is under way for a new aquarium and exhibit renovations.

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We will continue to address a mix of projects throughout the park.

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