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Metro Parks Tacoma on track to finish Master Plan for Point Defiance Park

January 16, 2015

Public input again sought for final phase of process; 4 public meetings scheduled

Metro Parks Tacoma planners are about to begin the final phase of the Point Defiance Park Master Plan process, and they need public input to help.

Several years ago, Metro Parks Tacoma planners engaged the public in discussions about the future of Point Defiance Park. Their work culminated in a 2008 Concept Plan that captured a wealth of public input about the direction the park should take. Since that time Metro Parks staff have continued working with the public, advisory groups and foundations to advance the Plan and to refine programs within the park including feasibility and pre-design for the zoo & aquarium projects.

“We’ve kept the community engaged from the start, and now we’re ready to bring the process to a conclusion,” Park Board President Tim Reid said. “We’re looking to ensure the Master Plan meets the public’s needs and desires.”

The 2014 Capital Bond is the catalyst to advance additional improvements within the park, starting with the creation of a formal park Master Plan. This effort is directly tied to a unique opportunity for Metro Parks to enter into a Development Regulation Agreement, (DRA) with the City of Tacoma that will streamline the process of undertaking multiple projects in the park for years to come and save costs. The park planners intend to finish the Master Plan process by the end of spring this year and to then forward a DRA to the City of Tacoma. It is hoped that the City will approve the DRA this fall.

The Master Plan process in the first half of 2015 is meant to affirm the shared vision and direction for the park established in 2008 and to refine the Concept Plan in light of the 2014 bond and other developments.

Citizens are being asked to review the Concept Plan, and to then participate in the process.


To ensure that a high level of public engagement continues, the park district is providing multiple ways for citizens to give input.

All may be found at, which directs to a go-to Web page for news and information about Point Defiance Park projects.

The page includes background information on the park’s major project areas, news about projects, a list of ways to give input and a calendar of events.

Metro Parks planners also have scheduled four open houses to provide opportunities for the public to participate, learn, and give input. Each will begin at 6 p.m. at the Pagoda in Point Defiance Park:

  • January 29: Review of the 2008 Concept Plan for Point Defiance Park.
  • February 26: This will build on the January 29 meeting
  • March 26: This will build on the February 26 meeting.
  • April 23: A review of the semifinal master plan that will be submitted to the Board for approval in late spring.

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Established in 1907 by Tacoma voters, Metro Parks Tacoma was the first independent park district created in Washington State.