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 September 18, 2017
Waterfront Phase I – Triangle
- This week we will grade for the bluff trail paving, continue connecting irrigation mainline, place logs on the slope and prepare for plant delivery.
- Visitors will see and hear minimal activity this week as it is mostly out of the public view.
- Neighbors will see and hear minimal activity this week as it is mostly out of the public view.
- Traffic impacts Traffic will not be impacted with work taking place this week.
Work hours: 7 am-4 pm
Waterfront Phase I - Peninsula
- This week: We will continue with the 54″ drainage installation, we will continue grading and placing concrete sidewalks, continue with sail mound rock placement, and finish swale work.
- Visitors will see and hear a large excavation for the drainage pipe, and small equipment and crews throughout the peninsula performing work.
- Neighbors will see and hear a large excavation for the drainage pipe, and small equipment and crews throughout the peninsula performing work.
- 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
Work hours 7 am-4 pm Monday-Friday, with the potential for Saturday work
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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