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Parking for Point Defiance boat launch users

Boaters launching from Point Defiance Marina on weekends are able to park their trailers at:

  • Multiuse Parking Lot, adjacent to the boat launches. Boaters should be aware that this is an active construction site so the number of spaces will fluctuate daily, and the lot may be temporarily closed from time to time. Signs and other equipment will mark the area where it’s OK to park, and launch attendants will be happy to give directions
  • Point Defiance Elementary School, 4330 N. Visscher St., with free shuttle service.

Both lots are open 4 am to 8 pm.

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Parking instructions to boaters

  1. Check in with the launch attendant and pull forward to the yellow line.
  2. Launch your boat.
  3. Park your trailer in the multiuse lot next to the launch.

If the multiuse lot is full or closed:

  1. Drive to Point Defiance Elementary School, 4330 N. Visscher St. Note: This alternate lot will be available beginning June 16. It will be available seven days a week through Sept. 3.
  2. Look for the “Shuttle” sign and wait for the next shuttle to take you back to the launch.
  3. Once you bring your boat in, tie it up at the launch and go to the shuttle pick-up area.
  4. The shuttle will take you back to the school. Drive back to the launch and retrieve your boat.

Boaters also should know:

  • Boaters should be aware of low tides, which make it difficult to launch certain sizes of boats from certain lanes.
  • Both lots are open from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week for boat launch customers only (beginning June 16 for the Point Defiance Elementary lot).
  • No overnight parking allowed in either lot.
  • Boaters park at their own risk.
  • Boaters may not move any parking boundary equipment in place at either lot.
  • Boaters are asked to follow signage at the lots and to park in the designated areas. Out of courtesy for neighbors, boaters also are asked to park inside the lot and not on the streets.

Find out about long-term and overnight parking


View the Open house presentation slides (pdf) or watch the video below:

Watch Now: Parking & Circulation Presentation at Open House 2-10-18


How do we handle increasing traffic?

With multiple improvements coming to Point Defiance Park we know that more visitors will be coming into the park. Metro Parks wants to increase safety and alleviate congestion. That’s why we are doing a major Parking & Circulation Study to look at:

  • Pedestrian & Bicycle Circulation
  • Vehicle Circulation
  • Parking Management Solutions
  • Multimodal Mobility

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Download the entire presentation slide deck (pdf)

Tom Dargan, project manager
(253) 305-1017
tomd@tacomaparks.com.