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Owen Beach Improvements

New restrooms, a children’s play area and a second picnic shelter are among proposed changes on the drawing board for Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park.

Metro Parks has $4.6 million in funding for the project, including $2.25 million from the state Recreation and Conservation Office. Other costs will be covered as part of the $198 million capital improvement bond approved by Metro Parks voters in 2014.

The tentative timeline:

  • Late 2017: Finish design
  • Summer 2018 to spring 2019:Construction
  • Summer 2019: Grand re-opening
Objectives: Principles:
  • 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
  • Improve public experience
  • Respect historic cultural and natural atmosphere
  • Balance needs of people and habitat
  • Design infrastructure for the next 50 years
  • Sustainable design – economic and environmental

Parking and Circulation
These aim to improve access to the beach.
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Stormwater and Utilities
Much of the work under consideration for Owen Beach would be hidden.
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Concessions and other amenities

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Shoreline improvements
Many of the ideas shown here are meant to improve access to the beach without hurting the natural appearance that brings so many people there.
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Remember that elements from several designs can be included in the final, preferred design.

Questions/Comments? Contact Project Administrator Kristi Evans at (253) 305-1054.