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Traffic Alert - Point Defiance

Traffic Alerts: Animal Loop Road

  • April 10-May 3, 2017
    Animal Loop Road, which is adjacent to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, will be open to one-way traffic only. Traffic on this road will be open southbound only. (See map below)
  • May 4-5, 2017
    Animal Loop Road will be closed in both directions to allow for installation of a bridge across the road. Closure will be in effect from 5:30 am - 5 pm.

All park attractions remain open as progress continues on multiple capital projects.
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  • Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Five Mile Drive and Owen Beach: use the the Pearl Street entrance. 
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: use the Mildred Street entrance.
  • See Map Below

Thank you for your patience

Traffic Alerts: Entire Park

Sunday, April 30, 2017
11th annual Tacoma City Marathon

On Sunday morning, from about 8 am - 12 pm, there will be marathon runners in Point Defiance Park. Please use caution and be mindful of runners in the park. View marathon route.

The Zoo and all other attractions are open regular hours, and all roads will be open as usual.

A Tacoma Police Officer will be stationed at the 5-Mile Drive outer loop gate while marathon runners are in Point Defiance Park. At no time will a vehicle be allowed inside the outer loop of 5-Mile Drive (emergency vehicles excepted). We expect this gate will open to traffic as usual at 1 pm.

All attractions are open as usual. Get hours and information at: