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Naming the Peninsula

A name has been chosen

On Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 the Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Commissioners concluded a lengthy public process by naming the 11-acre waterfront site on the breakwater peninsula in honor of science fiction writer Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel “Dune” and its five sequels.

The board approved the name Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park for the highly anticipated space that’s still under construction around the Tacoma Yacht Club boat basin. In addition, a winding, paved pedestrian loop also being built on the site has been named Frank Herbert Trail. Both are tentatively scheduled to open to the public later in 2018.

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About the Naming Process

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


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

Questions? Email or call (253) 305-1092