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
Imagine a Park
  The park's centennial year provides an occasion to look back but also a chance to look forward to its next century. The park district is undertaking a new master plan, the first since 1911. We'll look at the challenges and threats the park faces, but also the huge opportunities it enjoys.

Drew Perine/The News Tribune
Our kingdom for a slag heap? A reclaimed peninsula of land jutting off the Asarco property could one day feature a beach and promenades connecting to Point Defiance Park.

What next?
By KRIS SHERMAN  •  The News Tribune
The grassy bowl still invites picnickers. Owen Beach beckons beachcombers and kids. The forest shelters wildlife and soothes human visitors.

But besides the obvious pleasures that lure parkgoers, Point Defiance Park shows warning signs of neglect.

Buildings deteriorate, parking overflows, an aging water system can’t muster enough pressure to fight a large forest fire. The park’s list of needs includes $76.2 million in basic repairs and improvements. There is no way to pay for most of them.

There’s also no clear vision for a property whose only official master plan dates to 1911. A lack of foresight, political indecision and chronic funding problems have tarnished the park.

“The facility is showing its age, and there are more and more challenges that we face every day,” says Jack Wilson, executive director of Metro Parks.

We love Point Defiance. We take it for granted. We shouldn’t.

Continue reading WHAT NEXT

    A blueprint
Metro Parks wants a long list of repairs and upgrades for Point Defiance Park. Take a look at color poster.
• Perils & Possibilities (PDF)

Volunteers
Boosters consider creating a friends group at the Point to raise money and enlist others to help.
• Volunteers will shape future of the Point

Improvements
Proposed solutions including cost and timelines for ten of the park's current problems.
• 10 ways to improve Point Defiance Park

Your thoughts
Get a pencil and tell us what you love and what you'd change about Point Defiance. You can draw your vision, too.
• Dream and sketch

Happenings
Keep celebrating the park's centennial with a family movie, a salmon bake at Owen Beach and more.
• Point Defiance Events

More Information
View the 2003 Point Defiance Park Revitalization as well as information on upcoming meetings on the planning process.
• Point Defiance Master Plan

 
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