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Ruston Way

Features You'll Find:
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    • Art & Artifacts
    • Bike Rack
    • Bike Trail / Biking / Bicycling
    • Drinking Fountain
    • Environmental Education
    • Historic
    • Parking Stalls
    • Parking Stalls / ADA
    • Restrooms / Seasonal
    • Restrooms / Year Round
    • Trail / Hard
    • Barbecue
    • Picnic / Drop in
    • Beach
    • Diving
    • Boat Launch / Walk Up
    • Fishing Pier
    • Boat Moorage
    • Kayak or SUP Rental
    • Playground
    • Puget Sound
    • Viewpoint
    • Waterfront

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98402

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This two-mile long scenic waterfront with panoramic views of Commencement Bay is a great place for walking, jogging, rollerblading and fishing.

Ruston Way Map

This undeveloped open space helps manage stormwater, provides wildlife habitat and protects water quality. The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma have entered into an agreement to determine how the needs of the community can be served by these spaces through the fostering of volunteer stewardship, quality vegetation, and natural resource management plans.


New recycle/garbage bins installed in pilot program on Ruston Way.RECYCLING PILOT PROGRAM - Apr. 1-Dec. 31, 2015
Six Smart Belly (recycling)/Big Belly (garbage) stations have been installed between Old Town Dock and Les Davis Pier. Staff is working with Tacoma Refuse for collection, weight measurement and contamination assessment to analyze the feasibility of successfully managing recyclables in an open park setting. The garbage can is a solar compacting unit with the ability to accommodate five times the quantity of a traditional garbage can. Both cans have a sensor system that records capacity data and provides real-time station status and service alerts to increase efficiency of operations.


runner on ruston way

Ruston Way Tree Program (pdf)
The goal of this project is simply to provide a plan to be implemented over time that will preserve and enhance the overall aesthetic of Ruston Way while
resolving hazardous conditions caused by tree failures and sidewalk lifting. Specific objectives are:
1. To replace diseased and hazardous trees as needed while maintaining the large canopy character of Ruston Way.
2. To solve the long-term problem of tree roots lifting sidewalks.
3. To increase the number of tree varieties for improved sustainability, without compromising the consistent linear boulevard quality of Ruston Way.
4. To increase the canopy coverage in planted areas, by improving tree health and/or planting more trees.
5. To address concerns regarding view blockages without compromising the overall aesthetic of Ruston Way.

Children's Bell sculpture on Ruston WayThe Children's Bell
City of Tacoma completed restoration work on this piece in April 2014. Originally installed on Ruston Way in 2000, this 4' tall bronze bell is decorated with children around the border and is meant to be rung and accessible by people with disabilities. It was a gift to the citizens and children of Tacoma from Washington PAVE and other private donors to celebrate the life, spirit, and accomplishments of PAVE Founder and Director Marty Gentili (May 26, 1942-February 28, 1993).




Seal PupDo not disturb seals and sea lions - it's the law! If you see a seal on the beach, give it room - at least 100 yards. Dogs should be leashed and kept away. Do not feed seals fish bait as the next bait they find may have a fish hook in it. Chasing, tormenting, molesting, capturing or feeding these animals is harassment and is prohibited. If you see a marine mammal being harassed contact NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline (1-800-853-1964). Harbor seals utilize shoreline locations as resting places (haul-outs) for several hours every day to regulate body temperature, interact with other seals and sleep. Seal pups are born in the spring and summer and need time ashore. If animal has been on the beach for 48 hours or is clearly in distress (injured) contact NW marine Mammal Stranding Network (1-800-853-1964).

Park Attractions to Explore:

Cummings Park

Dickman Mill Park

Hamilton Park

Jack Hyde Park

Les Davis Pier

Judge Jack Tanner Park (formerly Marine Park)

Old Town Dock

Thea's Park

Ruston Way Waterwalk

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