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Wilson Way Multi-Use Trail


On Oct. 10, 2016, the Park Board honored the longtime service of retired Executive Director Jack C. Wilson by  naming the future multi-use bridge Wilson Way. President Hanberg spoke of the district’s numerous accomplishments under Wilson’s leadership for 17 years and noted Wilson’s commitment to ensuring access and community involvement throughout the park system.

The elevated walkway will create multi-use access into the park from Ruston Way. It is the long-sought “missing link” trail between the two and a critical piece of the goal to connect Tacoma’s downtown and beyond to Point Defiance Park. More than a bridge, Wilson Way will be a moment, with spans that cross 50 feet in the air to create a space for people to enjoy spectacular views of Puget Sound.

The bridge has 118 steps down to the boat launch and a series of slides next to the stairs that combine for a 59-foot elevation drop!

Metro Parks expects Wilson Way to be open in 2019.


Image by Stephanie Bower, Site Workshop