Destination Point Defiance
|Coming to Point Defiance: Hammerheads,
new recreation space & more!
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.
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Construction Impacts: What's Happening
Week of February 13, 2017
Waterfront Phase I – Triangle
- This week we will continue with bridge work for pier 4 gathering moment and begin on work for girder set.
- Visitors will see and hear a crane along with falsework installation taking place.
- Neighbors will see and hear a crane along with falsework installation taking place.
- Traffic impacts Minimal impacts should be noticed for this work.
- Work hours: 7 am-4 pm
Waterfront Phase I - Peninsula
- This week we will continue with slag excavation and embankment down Reach B. We will place liner for the remediation work as well as begin utility installation at the the Yacht Club entrance. Lot A material will continue to be hauled to the Yacht Club parking area. Drainage and final utilities through the Yacht Club parking will continue.
- Visitors will see and hear several exclusion zones, several pieces of equipment for earthwork, and traffic control personnel.
- Neighbors will see and hear several exclusion zones, several pieces of equipment for earthwork, and traffic control personnel.
- Traffic impacts: Traffic impacts will be noticed at the entrance and existing access to the yacht club. Flaggers will be in place.
- Special concerns: Work will take place 24 hours a day due to tidal work.
Work hours: 24 hours
Environmental Learning Center
- February 7 update with photos (pdf)
Work hours 7 am-4 pm Monday-Friday
- 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 >
- This week we will continue with foundation drainage, waterproofing, and rebar forming off-site.
- Visitors will see and hear construction trucks, a crane and construction site noise.
- Park neighbors will see and hear construction trucks, a crane and construction site noise.
- Traffic Impacts: increased truck traffic through the Pearl Street entrance.
Work hours: 7 am-4 pm
Map of construction and parking changes
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