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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.


July 15, 2015
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department today lifted the advisory recommending that people not swim or wade at Brown’s Point Lighthouse Park. Water samples collected this week indicate there is no longer a public health concern.

For further information, please contact Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department at (253) 798-6470

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/2015 - Design work will begin in the Fall of 2015 to implement the Development Plan that resulted from three community meetings held in the spring of 2014. Work is being funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005 and November 2014.
Project Manager: Sarah Hamel, PE 
(253) 305-1056


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Browns Point Lighthouse Park Development Plan Photos June 30, 2014

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