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 November 20, 2017
Waterfront Phase I – Triangle
- This week we will grade for the asphalt trail, start the timber stairs, and continue the ultrablock wall at the bluff. Additionally we will grade for pedestrian gravel pavement.
- Visitors will see and hear small crews grading and working to finalize landscaping.
- Neighbors will see and hear small crews grading and working to finalize landscaping.
- Traffic impacts Traffic impacts will be minimal.
Work hours: 7 am-4 pm
Waterfront Phase I - Peninsula
- This week we will continue placing sidewalks on the peninsula and grading above the ultrablock wall.
- Visitors will see and hear landscape work, concrete placement and earthwork.
- Neighbors will see and hear landscape work, concrete placement and earthwork.
- Traffic impacts:Traffic impacts will be minimal.
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: Pipe rough in, elevator progressing, interior curb placement
- Visitors will see and hear increased traffic and general construction noise.
- Park neighbors will see and hear increased traffic and general construction noise.
- Traffic impacts: increased traffic.
Work hours: Monday-Saturday, 6 am-midnight
Map of construction and parking changes
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