Located on Ruston Way along the Commencement Bay waterfront, Dickman Mill Park opened in July 2001.
A Brief History of the Park
The Dickman Lumber Mill operated at this location continuously from the 1890s until 1974. It was the last in a long tradition of lumber mills on Tacoma’s “Old Town” waterfront to close down. Following a fire in 1979, the remnants of the mill slowly deteriorated. Metro Parks acquired the site in the early 1990s and the site was rehabilitated and developed as a new public park.
At Dickman Mill Park, all that’s left of Tacoma’s heritage as the “Lumber Capital of the World” are some concrete foundations, remnants of the docks and a sign explaining the history of one of the busiest mills on the waterfront.
Generous Gift to Restore the Head Saw
Cambia Health Solutions, the parent company of Regence BlueShield, is making a significant community gift to Metro Parks Tacoma to restore a 15-ton throwback to Tacoma’s history – the last known “head saw” in Washington.
Now the saw is destined to return to its original home on Tacoma’s waterfront, which today features more than 2 miles of parks and is one of the most popular attractions in the region. The project is expected to take two to three years to design, obtain permits and build.