Destination Point Defiance
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:
- The new aquarium, which will replace the aging North Pacific Aquarium.
- A shared-use Environmental Learning Center to be built by Tacoma Public Schools inside the Zoo.
- A new 11-acre park on the peninsula at Point Defiance Park.
Construction Impacts: What's Happening This Week
This week the contractor continues excavation of soil to create an access road to the aquarium construction site and is removing large trees and stumps. Traffic near the main picnic area has been re-routed through the parking lot. (see map below).
Visitors and park neighbors may notice:
Construction vehicles entering and exiting construction area, along with typical large equipment noise and chainsaws. The contractor’s work hours are 7:30 am-4 pm.
The picnic shelter in that area is still accessible and is available on a first-come first-served basis. The playground is open.
Construction Impacts: What's Coming UpSome of the biggest projects will begin this spring and summer, including:
- The new aquarium, which will replace the aging North Pacific Aquarium
- A shared-use Environmental Learning Center to be built by Tacoma Public Schools inside the Zoo
- A new 11-acre park area on the peninsula at Point Defiance Park. Much of the work on this project started in 2015.
Four Major Project Areas within Point Defiance Park
| Master Plan|
Community input helped shape the long-term plan for Point Defiance Park.
|Master Plan Focus Areas|
New park on 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.
| Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium|
Planning is under way for a new aquarium and exhibit renovations.
| Parkwide Projects|
We will continue to address a mix of projects throughout the park.