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Waterfront and Peninsula

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Destination Point Defiance LogoWaterfront and Peninsula

With the help of Tacoma voters, the ASARCO Superfund site is being transformed into a major waterfront attraction. The $60 million project broke ground in 2015 and is projected to be finished in 2018.

This group of related projects are called Waterfront Phase I.

These improvements will benefit the park today and set the stage for future work.

The peninsula naming process:  Learn more >

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Find Point Defiance Park on Google Maps:

  • Roundabout, parking and infrastructure
    A roundabout will be one result of Metro Parks’ work with the City of Tacoma and State Department of Transportation to redesign the Pearl Street entrance. The team also will add a ferry traffic lane and improve ferry traffic flow.  Read more >
  • Wilson Way: A bike- and pedestrian-only link to Ruston Way
    More than a bridge, this will be a moment: a space 50 feet high with spectacular views of Puget Sound. Wilson Way is the long-sought “missing link” between Ruston Way and the park’s trails and a key component of the vision to link Tacoma’s downtown to Point Defiance Park.  Read more >

  • 11-acre park on the peninsula
    This project remediates contaminated soil and creates 11 acres of new recreation space with unobscured views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and Vashon Island.

    Artist Adam Kuby has been commissioned to create  Alluvion, a signature artwork for the new 11-acre park on the peninsula.

    Earlier rendering of the concept:











More plans, more improvements to come
Waterfront Phase I projects also are positioning the area for future improvements.

The Triangle’s next major chapter has begun as Metro Parks begins a process to develop improvement plans that turn the ideas of the 2015 master plan update into reality.

The possibilities include a new visitor center, small shops and lodging that will not only accommodate overnight visitors but provide revenue to offset some of the cost of maintaining and operating the park, a shuttle service headquarters and more. They will build on the foundation laid by Waterfront Phase I and years of previous planning with the public and other organizations.

Detailed plans for the next improvements will come out of a public process.

Project Administrator
Roger Stanton
(253) 305-1082