Capital Project Updates

Partnership Initiatives

Eastside Community Center
Metro Parks teamed up with Tacoma Public Schools, the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Housing Authority, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, and the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties to develop a new facility to meet the needs of the Eastside community.
Status: Center is open and the project is in the warranty phase. We are currently working with The Trust for Public Land for the addition of a new outdoor community gathering and play area.

Prairie Line Trail 
Metro Parks is coordinating with the City of Tacoma for an extension of the urban trail that follows the former Prairie Line Rail corridor from South 23rd Street through the UW Tacoma campus and extending to Dock Street along the Thea Foss Waterway. This phase will complete the trail from Pacific Avenue to Dock Street.
Status: The trail project is complete and open to the public.

Point Defiance Park Projects

  • Point Defiance Park – Waterfront Phase 1
    Complete the public pathway from Point Ruston to Point Defiance Park with a new trail and bridge over Pearl Street. Provide a new location for boat and trailer parking to support the existing boat launch. Finish the remediation work at the Point Defiance peninsula and establish a new park on the peninsula land.
    Status: The project opened to the public on July 6, 2019 and is now in the warranty phase.
  • Point Defiance Park -– Roundabout
    Design and build a roundabout at the entrance to Point Defiance Park, while updating the intersection at 51st & Pearl and providing a bike lane from 51st to 54th.
    Status: Project is complete and fully operational. Washington Department of Transportation anticipates future construction to expand ferry holding lane capacity. This work is scheduled to be underway in late July 2019.
  • Parking and Circulation Study
    This is a full comprehensive study for the vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic circulation and additional parking at Point Defiance Park. After study is completed, will be presented with alternatives for additional parking and improved circulation.
    Status: The design for the Loop Trail and Overlook Project is in final design and will move into the permitting and bidding phase in mid-2019. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2020.
  • Japanese Garden Design
    In cooperation with Tacoma’s sister city Kitakyushu, this project will reconstruct the Japanese garden in front of the Pagoda in the traditional style. This phase will complete the design as we work with Japanese Garden Designers from Japan.
    Status: On hold pending final design of the Loop Trail Project as this influences final design of the Japanese Garden Expansion design.
  • Green House Relocation
    Relocated greenhouse production operations to the Tacoma Landfill.
    Status: Project is complete.
  • Boat Lift Improvements
    Improvements will be made to the grates, guide beams, lift enclosures, switches and other improvements as a result of the inspection/design process.
    Status: All 3 lifts have passed final inspection and are operational. The project is in warranty phase with the Contactor continues to making adjustments when necessary to keep the elevators in top working order.
  • Point Defiance Owen Beach Improvements 
    Site improvements at Owen Beach that include new restroom building, renovation and addition of new shelter, new playground, kayak launch and beach accessibility, parking, landscaping and walkway improvements.
    Status: Project is in the final design phase with construction scheduled to begin in the spring and summer of 2020.
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 
    (also see the zoo’s capital projects page for more information)
    New Aquarium
    Design and construction of a new aquarium to replace the aging North Pacific Aquarium.
    Status: New aquarium is complete and open to the public.
  • Picnic Shelter
    Construct a picnic shelter to be placed in the location where Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium currently sets up tents for this purpose every summer. This is to be a permanent structure.
    Status: Project is complete

New Tacoma Neighborhood Council Area

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory Restoration and Expansion
Renovation and expansion of the conservatory. Steering committee formed and schematic design is underway.
Status: This project successfully received funding through the State Heritage Grant program. The grant funds will support upgrades to the existing conservatory and the installation of three historically accurate building entry facades. Architectural design work will continue in late 2019.

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory Restroom
Design Development through construction of a restroom connecting to the existing conservatory.
Status: The project is complete, completely operational and under warranty.

Foss Waterway Parks
In collaboration with the Foss Waterway Development Authority this project includes the design for two park sites along the Foss Waterway including a new boathouse facility for kayaks and shells.

  • Central Park – The project is in the final design and permitting phase. The City of Tacoma is currently working on final preparations for the construction of a stormwater pipe and outfall that will be completed prior to park development.
  • Waterway Park – Project is nearing the final design phase pending the completion of a Management and Operations Plan that will provide further direction as to how the facility will be programmed for use by public.

Neighbors Park
Play court resurfacing and ADA access.
Status: Design work will begin for this project in 2019 under the Neighborhood and Small Capital Improvement Projects program.


North Tacoma Neighborhood Council Area

Dickman Mill Park Expansion & Head Saw
An extension of the existing Dickman Mill Park. This is to restore and publicly display the historic Head Saw and provide plaza space with expanded decking for viewing.
Status: All Environmental permits have been submitted. Construction drawings are now being finalized. Reviews of interpretive signs will begin in March. The project is scheduled to begin construction in 2020.

South Tacoma Neighborhood Council Area

Meadow Park Facility Improvements
Identification and implementation of improvements, including irrigation control and upgrades to the restrooms, restaurant and pro shop.
Status: The Driving Range and smaller associated buildings (Ball Shed & Teaching Studio) are complete. Minor structural and ADA improvements are scheduled for the pro-shop building in 2020.

Meadow Park Hole #13 Bridge Improvements
Structural Analysis of Bridge, Bridge Improvement Design Recommendations, Survey Baseline establishment for bridge monitoring.
Status: Engineering is complete for structural upgrades to the bridge, construction is scheduled for 2019.

Oak Tree Site Upgrades & Art Project
Implementation of Development Plan to include new parking lot and seasonal restroom shelter, tool storage shed, trail and path upgrades, site furniture, tree removals, prairie expansions and native plantings to support Oak habitat, new nature playground, park ID and wayfinding/ interpretive signage. After the city completed the Prairie Line Trail, Metro Parks Tacoma will provide restoration to two adjacent areas to the trail (pump house parking lot, gravel pit and partnering with the COT with an art project).
Status: Project is currently under construction. Final landscape planting will be completed in the fall of 2019.

South Park
Play court resurfacing and ADA access.
Status: Park improvements will follow City of Tacoma street improvements to Puget Sound Avenue that are scheduled for construction during the summer of 2019.

South End Neighborhood Council Area

Charlotte’s Blueberry Park Garden/Playground
Design of community garden/park amenities. Continuation of public process to address possible addition of playfield, trails, and/or wetland enhancement.
Status: The community gardens portion of the project is complete. The new children’s play area was completed and open to the public in July in partnership with the Trust for Public Land.

Verlo Playfield
Basketball court resurfacing and ADA access. ADA access to tennis court, consider alternative use for tennis court area.
Status: Design work scheduled for 2019 under Phase 2 of the Districtwide Court Improvement project.

Stewart Heights Park
Court improvements.
Status: Construction was completed in July 2019.

Swan Creek Phase II – Master Plan Update and Construction
Update masterplan and pursue conditional use permit
Status: Design for Phase II improvements now underway to implement enhancements according to the recently adopted master plan update. Work will include improved access, trails, parking, restrooms, picnic pavilions, signage and site furnishings, off-leash area and overall landscape improvements.

North East Neighborhood Council Area

Browns Point Lighthouse 
Accessible pathways and promenade, additional parking, new furnishings.
Status: Project is complete.

Browns Point Playfield
Basketball and tennis court reconstruction due to large cracks, improve ADA parking and access route to basketball courts. Make necessary improvements to play equipment.
Status: Design work continues for court renovations and new children’s play equipment, with construction scheduled for 2020.

Central Neighborhood Council Area

Tacoma Nature Center Building and ADA Improvements
The scope of work includes ADA upgrades and improvements to the entry ramp, and entry door; relocation of a utility pole at Discovery Pond; replacement of exterior wooden stair treads; and utility routing to Coyote Flats. There will also be minor site and signage upgrades on the TNC property and a Facility Assessment to the main building. Dependent upon the result of the facility assessment, the scope of work may shift to address needs at the main building.
Status: Building assessment and preliminary design documents are being prepared to improve and upgrade a failing exterior envelope (roof, windows, siding, doors, and exterior landings) of the main TNC building.

West End Neighborhood Council Area

Titlow Lagoon Design and Phase 1
Provide matching funds for lagoon restoration in accordance with partnering agencies.
Status: Metro Parks continues coordination with South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group on the planning of future lagoon restoration project.

Titlow/Hidden Beach Improvements
Hidden Beach and natural area trail/path/beach access upgrades. Landscaping enhancements, natural area restoration, demolition of shelter and old restroom at Hidden Beach. Utility modifications at former TOA facility. Remove or perform bridge retrofits to TOA Railroad bridge.
Status: A series of public meetings have been conducted to solicit feedback regarding future site restoration options. Project consultant are currently working on revised design options. Phase 1 demolition of the former TOA structures is scheduled for the summer of 2019.

Titlow Garage
Renovation of existing shed building adjacent to Titlow Lodge to better serve the needs of parks operations and maintenance team.
Status: Complete.

Completed Projects

  • Wapato Park – Dock Replacement
    Replaced the two wooden dock structures for improved access and paddleboat/ kayak launching and events.
  • Aquatic Animal Care Center
    The Aquatic Animal Care Center will serve as a quarantine space, nursery and breeding facility for animals that will live in the new aquarium. Key physical elements are: concrete slab approximately 3500 square feet, steel structure to be purchased and installed on the slab, utility upgrades for power, water and sewer.
    Status: Project is complete.
  • Wright Park Bridge Replacement
    Demo and replacement of existing bridge over the pond and some ADA upgrades in the park.
    Status: Project is complete.
  • Swan Creek Property Acquisition
    Metro Parks is coordinating with Tacoma Housing Authority to purchase property next to Swan Creek Park for the purpose of providing more direct access to the park from Portland Avenue.
    Status: Project is complete.
  • STAR Center
    The scope of work includes HVAC improvements for the administration area, Tot Trek and Zip and Zoom.
    Status: Complete
  • PDZA Sea Lion Exhibit
    Design, permitting and construction of a sea lion exhibit where seals currently reside. This was former beluga whale exhibit.
    Status: Complete
  • PDZA Rocky Shores Underwater Viewing Window Improvements
    Remove eight existing windows and replace in-kind for puffin, otter, walrus and sea lion exhibit area. Included are new frames, bolts and sealants.
    Status: Complete
  • People’s Community Center Pool
    In partnership with the City of Tacoma, this project will rebuild and expand the pool at the center with a zero-depth entry, lazy river, water play zone, party rooms and more.
    Status: Project complete
  • Fort Nisqually Capital Development Plan and Program Plan
    The plans will help define the Fort’s long-term capital needs and identify program opportunities to advance the vision and mission.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • Marina Lighting
    Replacement of light poles in the Marina parking area.
    Status: 3/15/17 Project complete
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Jellyfish Gallery
    Construction of a new jellyfish exhibit.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Walrus Pool Upgrades
    Test exhibit for delamination and structural integrity and make necessary repairs. Cover existing shotcrete with a new coat consisting of a mix without rocks.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • NW Trek – Kids’ Trek
    Construction of a half-acre, nature-themed play area.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • NW Trek – Animal Facility Upgrades
    Electrical and other upgrades.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • NW Trek Infrastructure Upgrades 
    Upgrade shake roofs, and 3 tab roofs, electrical upgrades, concrete curbs and upgrading domestic water with meters.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • NW Trek Off-Exhibit Animal Housing
    Design and construct animal enclosures in the parks Animal Health Care Zone.
    Status: 3/15/17 Project complete
  • NW Trek – New Pedestrian Bridge
    Design and construction of a new pedestrian bridge to improve the visitor experience.
    Status: 3/15/17 Project complete
  • Vassault Soil Remediation 
    The Department of Ecology led remediation of contaminated soil in the lower ballfields.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • Optimist Soil Remediation 
    This is another Department of Ecology remediation project.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • Baltimore Soil Remediation 
    This is another Department of Ecology remediation project.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • Vassault Park Irrigation Pump
    The purchase and installation of a new centrifugal pump and installation of irrigation materials to improve coverage of several zones.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • Wright Park Arboretum 
    The Wright Park arboretum will undergo improvements as new tree signage will be installed and related programming materials are developed.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • Swan Creek Park Phase I 
    Several upgrades, including a 20-stall parking lot near the existing community garden and new park entrances.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • Swan Creek Mountain Bike Trails II 
    Additional trails to the mountain bike course. Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is performing design and leading volunteer construction efforts.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • Stewart Heights Pool Water Play Upgrade
    A new water toy was installed to replace the old one.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • McKinley Park Pond
    Upgrades to the pond wall, sealing the wall for water leakage and installing a liner behind the wall
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • Multipurpose Field at SERA Campus
    New synthetic field, lighting and parking.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • Wapato Hills Trail Improvements
    New master plan. New and upgraded trails, signage and trailheads
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete
  • SERA Athletic Complex Lighting
    Remove existing lights from two fields and replace them with new LED lights and poles
    Status:1/30/17 Project complete
  • Puget Creek Boardwalk
    A new boardwalk will be constructed through the lower wetland area, in cooperation with the Puget Creek Restoration Society.
    Status: 1/30/17 Project complete