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Browns Point Lighthouse Park

Features You'll Find:
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  • SWIMMING
    • Beach
  • BOATING & FISHING
    • Boat Launch / Walk Up
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES
    • Historic
    • Trail / Hard
  • BUILDINGS & PICNIC SITES
    • Picnic / Drop in
  • NATURAL FEATURES
    • Puget Sound
    • Viewpoint
    • Waterfront
Hours:

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

Restroom Schedule

201 Tulalip St. N.E.
Tacoma, WA 98422
(253) 927-2536

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Waterfront access and an attractive picnic site along with a restored lightkeeper's cottage that can be toured or rented.

Browns Point Lighthouse Park (4.03 acres) lies on the tip of historic Browns Point, and provides the community waterfront access, enticing beachcombers year round and sunbathers and picnickers during the summer. A large green space makes this a nice spot for a picnic as you watch the deep-sea ships entering Tacoma's busy portal.

HISTORY
On December 12, 1887, two years before Washington became a state, a fixed white light lens lantern was placed on a white post on Point Brown. It was about twelve feet above sea level and 50 yards from the low water end of shore. In 1901 the first lighthouse and a house for the lighthouse keeper were built. The lighthouse was a wood frame structure on wood pilings off shore. At low tide one could walk to the lighthouse, but at high tide it was necessary to take a rowboat. Read more about the history of Browns Point Lighthouse Park.

Points Northeast Historical Society LogoPOINTS NORTHEAST HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Browns Point Light House Park "Adopt a Park" partnership between Points Northeast Historical Society and Metro Parks was established in October 2000.

Tours:
You can take a step back in time as you tour the History Center, Boathouse, replica surfboat, original fog bell and the Light Keeper's Cottage.

Rentals: Experience even more of the life of a lighthouse keeper by signing up for a one-week tour of duty and staying in the Light Keeper's Cottage. Keepers learn local history and conduct tours of the lighthouse grounds and facilities. Relax and watch sailboats, walk on the beach, fish from the shore, enjoy sunsets and reading in antique rocking chairs from the porch.

Parking Lot: MPT does not have an ownership position in the two lots to the south of the Lighthouse property that the Brown's Point Improvement Club is on. The Browns Point Improvement Club only allows their parking lots to be used for BPIC events.

PARK IMPROVEMENTS
Current/2014/2015
- The 2005 Bond program stated that $500,000 would provide accessible pathways and an accessible promenade, demolish the existing garage, add parking, and provide new park furnishings. We have completed the garage demo and reroofed the building and cottage. The remainder of the budget will allow us to go through a community process to develop a preferred design, permit and build the desired improvements. Construction is anticipated to be completed by December 31, 2015.
2007-2011 - Chimney restored and windows restored and replaced. Removed the small, non-essential garage which improved open space, eliminated maintenance costs and added parking space. Replaced deteriorated roofs on the Keeper's cottage, history center, boathouse and bellhouse with new cedar shakes. Work was funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005 and a grant received by the Points N.E. Historical Society.

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