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 July 24, 2017
Construction update (pdf) 7-17-17
Waterfront Phase I – Triangle
- This week we will continue back filling the stair landing, doing ultra block wall construction and grading above the wall, and landscaping above the trail. Also, excavation and hauling, amending slopes in the boat trailer parking lot, and in lot B finishing up irrigation and pouring vehicular concrete and curb and sidewalk..
- Visitors will see and hear excavation equipment, haul trucks moving soil in and out of the area, landscaping equipment amending slopes and placing irrigation lines, and machines transporting and placing ultra block wall on the bluff.
- Neighbors will see and hear excavation equipment, haul trucks moving soil in and out of the area, landscaping equipment amending slopes and placing irrigation lines, and machines transporting and placing ultra block wall on the bluff.
- Traffic impacts some Lot B slow downs with trucks hauling in and out.
Work hours: 7 am-5 pm
Waterfront Phase I - Peninsula
- This week we will continue with installation of water mainline, sail mound stairs A & C concrete pour, laying perimeter irrigation.
- Visitors will see and hear excavation equipment (excavators, dozers, compactors, and haul trucks), concrete trucks and equipment, landscaping machines.
- Neighbors will see and hear excavation equipment (excavators, dozers, compactors, and haul trucks), concrete trucks and equipment, landscaping machines.
- Traffic impacts: Traffic impacts will be minimal. Yacht Club is gated with a gate traffic control worker and there is slow driving through the peninsula.
Work hours:7 am-5 pm
Pearl Street Roundabout
- This month: Construction has not started yet.
- Visitors and neighbors may see and hear third party utility companies onsite.
- Traffic impacts: None
Environmental Learning Center
Work hours 7 am-4 pm Monday-Friday, with the potential for Saturday work
- Environmental Learning Center Update 6-27-17 (pdf)
- This week waterproofing and siding will be installed on west side of building. Roof work continuing. Framing on exterior and interior walls continuing.
- Visitors will see and hear: siding installation and workers on lifts on the west side of the building.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is collaborating with Tacoma Public Schools’ Science and Math Institute (SAMI) on an environmental learning center to serve SAMI students and staff, as well as Zoo visitors and staff. Get ELC construction updates >
- This week: Forming of surge tank, dearation tower, and balance tank. Retaining walls will be prepared for concrete.
- 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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