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Owen Beach Improvements

DPTD_logo_bw JPGOwen Beach
at Point Defiance Park
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407

Project Manager
Kristi Evans
(253) 305-1054

New restrooms, improved parking and a second picnic shelter are among proposed changes on the drawing board for Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park.

Site Workshop is working with Metro Parks Tacoma, with the support of an RCO grant, to update and build upon the existing assets at Owen Beach with sensitivity to what makes it special today. Through a broad framework of equity, ecology, and cultural sensitivity, the design team is preserving the essence of the place--the beach--while upgrading the site and infrastructure to serve future generations of Puget Sound residents. Key focus areas include existing shelters, park and beach access, play, multi-modal circulation, parking efficiency, and restroom upgrades. The project will expand space for events, improve stormwater treatment, and improve ADA access and circulation.

Project status: 100% Design Development

Milestones (Future dates are estimates only)

  • Beach Pop-up Meeting: Aug 26, 2016
  • Community Meeting #1: Dec 7, 2016
  • Community Meeting #2: Feb 10, 2018
  • Design & Permitting: Q3 2017-Q3 2019
  • Construction Documents: Q2-Q4 2019
  • Construction Begins: Q2 2020


  • $3.1m Construction Budget
  • State RCO Grant & 2014 Park Bond


  • Improve existing facilities
  • Renovate and add restrooms
  • Renovate and add picnic shelter
  • Concession/Kayaks
  • Parking and access
  • Create engaging and appropriate playspace
  • Upgrade utilities and fire safety
  • Improve beach access

Guiding Principles

  • Design for a more equitable experience with greater access & mobility options
  • Restore ecological functions and aesthetics
  • Respond to the cultural and social history of the tribes & all park users

Additional Documents

Design Documents - May 2019

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