Browns Point Lighthouse Park
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BOATING & FISHING
- Boat Launch / Walk Up
- Trail / Hard
BUILDINGS & PICNIC SITES
- Picnic / Drop in
- Puget Sound
Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset
201 Tulalip St. N.E.
Tacoma, WA 98422
Waterfront access and an attractive picnic site along with a restored lightkeeper's cottage that can be toured or rented.
CURRENT PARK IMPROVEMENTS
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to improve Browns Point Lighthouse Park.
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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
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.
- Open Saturdays between 1 and 4 pm from March thru November
- Free admission
- Contact Points Northeast Historical Society, (253) 927-2536
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.
We do not permit special events or outdoor weddings at Browns Point Lighthouse Park because it does not have the basic support amenities such as adequate parking, rentable picnic shelters/wedding gazebos, permanent restrooms, etc. If you choose to conduct your ceremony in the park (simple “I dos, no equipment set-up, etc.) you do so at your own risk. Please know that whatever else may be happening in the park may be disruptive to your ceremony – dogs catching Frisbees, kite flyers, etc. We cannot restrict the general public from using the park during regular park hours unless the activity is illegal. We also have future park improvements that will most likely take place before the end of 2015 which could cause areas of the park to be fenced off.
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.