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Destination Point Defiance


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Coming to Point Defiance: Hammerheads,
new recreation space & more!
 

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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.

Help Metro Parks improve traffic circulation inside the park

 

Construction Impacts: What's Happening

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Week of March 20, 2017                    Construction Update (pdf)

Waterfront Phase I – Triangle

  • This week we will continue decking the bridge girders to allow access safely for workers.   
  • Visitors will see and hear cranes and personnel working on the bridge.
  • Neighbors will see and hear cranes and personnel working on the bridge.
  • Traffic impacts will be minimal.
    Work hours: 7 am-4:30 pm

Waterfront Phase I - Peninsula

  • This week we will continue down Reach A, and will place liner around the yacht club.
  • Visitors will see and hear large earthwork equipment moving along Reach A, as well as forklifts and cranes around the yacht club.
  • Neighbors will see and hear large earthwork equipment moving along Reach A, as well as forklifts and cranes around the yacht club.
  • Traffic impacts will be minimal. The entrance to the yacht club will have a flagger in place.
  • Special concerns: There is heavy construction traffic and little room on the access road for vehicles. Pay close attention when driving in the area.
    Work hours: 24 hours

Environmental Learning Center

Work hours 7 am-4 pm Monday-Friday

  • This week we will continue down Reach A, and will place liner around the yacht club.
  • Visitors will see and hear large earthwork equipment moving along Reach A, as well as forklifts and cranes around the yacht club.
  • Traffic impacts will be minimal. The entrance to the yacht club will have a flagger in place.
  • 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 >

New Aquarium

  • This week we will continue framing exterior walls and installing roofing and mechanical pipes.
  • Visitors will see and hear typical construction noise. Building can be seen from zoo and street.
  • Traffic Impacts: one lane of Animal Loop Road will be closed for the week of March 20.
    Work hours: 7 am-4 pm
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Map of construction and parking changes

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