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Naming the Peninsula

11 Acres of Waterfront to Open for Public Enjoyment in 2018

In 2018, 11 acres of new park will open atop the breakwater peninsula next to Tacoma Yacht Club. The site will offer spectacular views of Puget Sound as well as a trail network, event lawn and more. It’s a part of Point Defiance Park with strong ties to Tacoma’s industrial history and the ASARCO copper smelter. Its next chapter will be as a place for the entire community, one of unstructured play, excitement and contemplation.

The park district recently invited everyone interested in Point Defiance Park to suggest a name. The deadline for suggestions was August 4, 2017.

Next steps

A committee of Metro Parks staff will review suggestions and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, which will select the final name. Going forward, the name may or may not include “The Peninsula” but it will include “… at Point Defiance Park.”

Although this month’s process is focused on determining a name for the entire peninsula at Point Defiance Park, individual elements of the peninsula also may be named later. These include the pavilion, habitat basin, viewpoints and possibly more. The peninsula name is expected to be chosen with these future possibilities in mind.


Names must fit the criteria established in Metro Parks’  policy on Naming Parks, Recreation Areas, Facilities and Features. Consideration must be given to names that call attention to:

  • Site history, geography, geology or archaeology
  • A historic event, person or place
  • An outstanding individual who has made a substantial or lasting contribution to Metro Parks, Tacoma or Washington

Metro Parks also will give preference to suggestions that meet some or most of the additional criteria below. As the committee considers names, new criteria may emerge, or the committee may see ways to combine good ideas. Several names suggested in recent years will be considered as well. Criteria:

  • Memorable
  • Positive
  • Distinctive
  • Timeless
  • Describes the space
  • Indicates a visitor’s experience
  • Evokes a personal experience
  • Tells the story of the place
  • Sparks curiosity

Submission deadline was 5 p.m. August 4, 2017.

Questions? Email or call (253) 305-1092