Art on the Peninsula
Dune Peninsula has two artwork installations: Alluvion, by Adam Kuby and Little Makers by Nichole Rathburn.
Thanks to approval of the 2014 Parks and Zoo Bond by Tacoma voters, the ASARCO Superfund site has been transformed into a major waterfront attraction.
Enjoy sweeping views on the 11-acre Dune Peninsula park, or walk, run and bicycle across the 605-foot-long, 50-foot-tall Wilson Way bridge which links Point Defiance Park to Ruston Way.
With space enough to accommodate public gatherings, Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park is 11 acres of newly landscaped park property on the breakwater peninsula surrounding the Tacoma Yacht Club boat basin. It is a unique location with an unparalleled perspective on both the bay and the sky above.
In 2018, the Park Board approved the name Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park for this highly anticipated space near the Tacoma Yacht Club. In addition, a winding, paved pedestrian loop on the peninsula has been named Frank Herbert Trail.
This paved pedestrian trail, named for the Tacoma native and famed author of the groundbreaking science fiction novel “Dune,” loops around the peninsula and connects to the Ruston Way Waterwalk as well as the trail that crosses Wilson Way and heads into Point Defiance Park. Medallions containing Herbert and “Dune”-based quotations will be embedded in the path at a later date.
The 605-foot-long bridge is the missing link between Point Defiance and Ruston Way. The bridge, which towers above a new parking lot for park users and boat trailers, includes a section in the middle that designers call “The Moment” because visitors can’t help but stop and take in the expansive views. The Park Board named the bridge after Jack C. Wilson, who retired in 2016 after 17 years as executive director of Metro Parks.
Affectionately described by staff as a real-life “Chutes and Ladders” experience, this series of six slides next to the east end of the bridge is the fun way to quickly get down to the marina complex below. Each slide has a set of stairs next to it for those who prefer a slower route.
Artwork Title: Alluvion
Artist: Adam Kuby
Artwork Title: Little Makers
Artist: Nichole Rathburn
This 35-ton slag pot is similar to the one used during the Asarco smelter operation. It marks the entry at Dune Peninsula, the new 11-acre park area at Point Defiance.