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Destination Point Defiance

This week:
  • 8/26/15 Update: The parking area has reopened. Triangle parking area to close Aug. 25, 26 for installation of pipe needed for stormwater treatment facility (Click here for more information.)

Update on next steps for Point Defiance Master Plan

We’re in the home stretch of a decadelong process to update the Point Defiance Park Master Plan. After dozens of meetings, hundreds of citizen comments, and a lot of planning, staff presented the draft update to the Park Board on Aug. 10.

DPD draft master plan cover 7 31 15Staff have adjusted the schedule for the Master Plan Update’s last steps to better align with the City of Tacoma’s technical processes regarding a related Development Regulation Agreement (DRA) and are recommending the Park Board vote be postponed until early November.

Under this revised schedule, the Park Board vote would come after the City completes its State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process. SEPA is a framework for agencies to consider environmental consequences of proposals, such as the changes proposed in the Point Defiance Master Plan Update.
Here is the latest proposed schedule:
  • Sept. 21: Public Hearing Notice for SEPA
  • Oct. 13: Tacoma City Council Public Hearing
  • Oct. 20: Close of SEPA Public Comment Period on SEPA
  • Oct. 27: City of Tacoma Economic Development Committee Recommendation
  • Nov. 9: Second Master Plan Reading and vote by Park Board
  • Nov. 10: Tacoma City Council first reading of proposed DRA
  • Nov. 17: Tacoma City Council second reading of proposed DRA
If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to call Debbie Terwilleger, Director of Planning and Development, at (253) 305-1086.

Please click here to read the draft Master Plan update.

Waterfront Phase I work continues

Metro Parks Tacoma’s Waterfront Phase I project began July 6. 

The project 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.

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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