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Destination Point Defiance

Monday, June 29
Traffic Alert: SAMI portables to be moved. Get details
Week of July 5:
Expect fencing to go up in the Triangle area.

Waterfront Phase I about to begin

Metro Parks Tacoma’s Waterfront Phase I project is about to begin. This array of work will lead to:

  • A stormwater facility to protect Puget Sound
  • New and improved vehicle/trailer parking
  • An elevated walkway linking Ruston Way with Point Defiance Park
  • A new park on the peninsula
  • ...and more!

Waterfront Phase I is part of Destination Point Defiance, an even broader initiative that will also lead to a new aquarium, viewpoint upgrades and still more improvements for the park.

The work starts in July and will affect parking and traffic. Please be patient – we’re working hard to improve the Point Defiance Park experience for you.

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. The work is on track to begin the week of July 5 at the Pearl Street entrance.


Meanwhile, we’re nearly finished updating the Point Defiance Park Master Plan

Since January, Metro Parks planners and consultants have worked with citizens to update the Master Plan for Point Defiance Park. Thanks to your input, planners have refined their ideas and tentatively plan to present options to the Park Board for review on July 27.

Click here to see the latest maps, and look for more details in the coming weeks.

Four Major Project Areas

mp-small Master Plan
Your input can help shape the future of Point Defiance Park.
waterfront-small Waterfront Phase I
Envision an even more accessible, active and thriving waterfront.
zoo-small Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Planning is under way for a new aquarium and exhibit renovations.
pagoda-small Park Wide Projects
We will continue to address a mix of projects throughout the park.


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