Wapato Park Improvements
Wapato Park – Dock Replacement
This will replace the two wooden dock structures for improved access and paddleboat/ kayak launching.
2008-2012 - Wapato Park Improvements including paved pathway, off-leash area for dogs, utility improvements (new fire protection-water line service to the Bathhouse and the sanitary sewer connection to the north picnic shelter), irrigation system enhancements, parking lot repairs. Design was by SiteWorkshop. Work was funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005 and an RCO grant. City of Tacoma contributed for irrigation ($6,747).
2011 - City of Tacoma Easement for Alaska Street Improvements as part of the City's $6 million project to improve Alaska Street from 56th to 72nd Street. Work in the easement included grading that gently sloped the hillside between the street and park, an ADA accessible pathway from Alaska Street into the park, and landscaping with native vegetation.
2008-2009 - Lakeshore plantings completed to reduce erosion, reduce use by water fowl and reduce water mixing from wind. Work was funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005 and grants from Pierce Conservation District, Dept. of Ecology and CTED.
2008 - Treatment of the lake with alum by Tetra Tech to reduce the number of blue-green algae outbreaks for the next 5 years.
2008 - Miranda Property Acquisition & Demolition - This was the last private home on the lake. Work was funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005 and an RCO Grant.
2008 - Bathhouse Restoration - This project repaired the Bathhouse following significant fire damage from arson and provided upgrades to the restrooms, roof, exterior walls, doors, windows, concession space, heating, plumbing, ventilation, security and other building systems. Work was funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005 and fire insurance.
2007 - Vuu Property Acquisition - This was one of the two remaining residential properties within Wapato Park. Work was funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005.
2006-2007 - Management of Water Quality Report completed by Tetra Tech following the collection of water quality data from Wapato Lake over a one year period. Water quality samples quantified phosphorous, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, Secchi disk, Chlorophyll a and phytoplankton. Lake levels and outflow data were also collected and external loading was tested at three locations. A phosphorous modeling program was developed for the lake to assist in predicting the effectiveness of alternative future management recommendations. Wapato Lake is laden with high levels of phosphorus, resulting in seasonal toxic algae outbreaks. Recommended Phase I alum treatment, shoreline plantings and public education projects by Metro Parks will improve water quality in the near term while longer-term approaches addressing source issues within the surrounding watershed can be studied and addressed.
2005 - Master Plan - A new master plan for Wapato Park based on the ideas of a Wapato Park Master Plan Citizens Steering Committee and attendees at three public meetings, a final design was developed for the future of Wapato Park and approved by the Board of Park Commissioners at their November 10, 2005 Board meeting.
• Wapato Park Master Plan Graphic
• Contents (PDF 507 KB)
• Project Overview, Vision Statement, Design Principles (PDF 1778 KB)
• Master Plan for Wapato Park, Implementation (PDF 1308 KB)
• Community Process, Historical Overview, Existing Conditions (PDF 1894 KB)
• Concept Plan, Improvement Projects (PDF 1582 KB)
• Appendices - Cost Estimate, Annotated History, Meeting Minutes (PDF 676 KB)
Project Administrator: Kristi Evans, (253) 305-1054
BUILDING EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS
Installed domestic water fixtures. Lighting retrofit to be completed.