Point Defiance: 100 Years and Beyond  
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Point Defiance Park is an essential part of living in Tacoma and the South Sound.
Park memories
Hare & Hare report to park commissioners - 1911
  The park's trails, roads, beaches and waters offer a refuge from city life and an opportunity for an astounding variety of recreation. We'll look at how Tacomans have played in the park over the decades.

Drew Perine/The News Tribune
Massive ferns and old-growth trees along the Triangle Trail Inner Loop make a prehistoric backdrop to the Defiance runners, which was formed in the 1980s by a group of physicians.

Our big backyard
By CRAIG HILL  •  The News Tribune
Shortly before he died in a car accident in 1975, North America’s most famous runner fell in love with Point Defiance Park.

That day in Tacoma, Steve Prefontaine leapt over a small stream in the park’s upper Rhododendron Garden as beams of light peeked through the trees. He almost tripped over his jaw.

“This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever run,” the Olympic athlete told his running partners. “You don’t know what you have here.”

Actually, they did. And they still do.

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• Trail lovers hope to join Point, Rainier
• Hidden history
• Tidy up, please!
• Point Defiance Scrapbook

Childhood adventures and love that come late in life get hearts pumping at Point Defiance.
• Good sports
• Horse hooves give wings to summer daydreams
• Fish-bowl beginnings lead to lifelong love of the sea

Activities map
Learn where to rent a kayak or just where to site you sand castle with a full-page color guide to the park.
Places to play (PDF)

The regulars
Even on land, a group of anglers hooks camaraderie (and a few lies) during daily Boathouse visits.
• Whoppers told here
• More than 100 years of outdoor fun

Dig in to an oldtime salmon bake or catch a historic reenactment during upcoming events at the Point.
Point Defiance Events

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