Metro Parks Tacoma has announced that more Point Defiance Park improvements are slated for this year, including a major renovation of Owen Beach, which makes up approximately 1,000 feet of Point Defiance Park’s three-mile shoreline.

Continuing the Destination Point Defiance Master Plan improvements designed to enhance visitor experiences for the 3 million visitors who come to the park each year, renovation of Owen Beach is expected to begin this year after the Labor Day holiday. Construction is expected to last approximately one year as the waterfront destination undergoes $4 million in site improvements.

In addition to a new restroom building, picnic pavilion, and children’s play area, construction updates are designed to improve traffic flow, parking, and recreation spaces. The updated design also includes repositioning the lawn and moving pathways and the parking lot inland, based on the latest projections for sea level rise in the coming decades.

Additional projects planned to begin construction this year include:

  • Loop Trail: A new paved trail will enable pedestrians and cyclists to safely access the park’s many amenities separate from vehicles on Five Mile Drive and connect to the new Wilson Way bridge for access to the Ruston Way waterfront.
  • Zoo Parking: Improvements to the overflow parking area will maximize use of the available space and enhance the safe use of this parcel.
  • Point Defiance Marina: Updates and improvements are planned, including paint, siding and decking, among other things.

For more information on the project, visit this website.