Dickman Mill Park

2423 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98402

Directions

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

Located on Ruston Way along the Commencement Bay waterfront, Dickman Mill Park opened in July 2001.

Additional Information

Dickman Mill Park History

The Dickman Lumber Mill operated at this location continuously from the 1890’s 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.

Park Improvements

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.

Features

drinking-fountain
Drinking Fountain
water
Puget Sound
restroom
Restrooms / Year Round
trail
Trail / Hard
binoculars
Viewpoint
water
Waterfront