Destination Point Defiance
|Coming to Point Defiance: Hammerheads,
new recreation space & more!
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.
Construction Impacts: What's Happening
Week of October 16, 2017 View PDF Version
Waterfront Phase I – Triangle
- This week we will continue with planting near the boat trailer parking lot and bluff, placing concrete for the trail and grading.
- Visitors will see and hear earth work and crews placing concrete and plantings.
- Neighbors will see and hear earth work and crews placing concrete and plantings.
- Traffic impacts Traffic impacts will be minimal.
Work hours: 7 am-4 pm
Waterfront Phase I - Peninsula
- This week we will flip traffic and continue drainage on the Reach A side. We will begin Ultrablock Wall construction and begin grading for the soil nail wall. We will continue with paving on the park on the peninsula.
- Visitors will see and hear ultrablock delivery, pavement placement and soil installation.
- Neighbors will see and hear ultrablock delivery, pavement placement and soil installation.
- Traffic impacts:Traffic at the entrance to the peninsula will be flagged.
Work hours: 7 am-4 pm
Pearl Street Roundabout
- This month: Construction has not started yet.
- Traffic impacts: None
Environmental Learning Center
- On Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, SAMi students attended their first classes in the new Environmental Learning Center—a one-of-a-kind $19 million classroom and office complex built inside Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
Construction and technology installation teams will spend time in the center over the next few weeks to add the final touches to the 30,000-square-foot building. Classes in the building will start on a staggered schedule. Students will continue to use spaces throughout Point Defiance for classes too as they have done since the school first opened in partnership with Metro Parks Tacoma.
- Learn more about the ELC >
- This week: Water tests in progress for two large exhibit tanks. Mechanical and life support equipment continues to be installed. Roof installation is beginning with setting of glulam beams.
- Visitors will see and hear general construction noise.
- Park neighbors will see and hear general construction noise.
- Traffic impacts: increased delivery traffic, concrete delivery and pumping.
Work hours: 5 am-6 pm
Map of construction and parking changes
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