Public can help map Point Defiance Park’s future

Walk-through gardens are part of Point Defiance Park.
Walk-through gardens are part of Point Defiance Park.

Metro Parks Tacoma is inviting the public to participate in the master plan process for Point Defiance Park.
The agency has begun refining the Park Board-approved Concept Plan of 2008 into a master plan for future development and uses of the park. The plan will be presented to the public April 23 before going to the board for consideration.
“We want to make sure everyone in our community is aware and involved as we make long-term decisions about one of the region’s favorite destinations. This includes the thousands who retire out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and join our community,” said Roxanne Miles, Metro Parks’ strategic advancement manager and Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator.
The public can give input by:
• Attending the remaining open house with Metro Parks planners on April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Education Building.
•Commenting at The site has information, maps and an interactive online tool.
•Getting Facebook updates at
•Calling or e-mailing chief planning manager Doug Fraser at 253-305-1019 and
• Contacting Miles at 253-305-1068 for a presentation to groups before April 23. I can also coordinate with you for translated materials or an interpreter at the presentation.
•Mailing a letter to Metro Parks Tacoma, Attn: Destination Point Defiance, 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma WA 98405.
“This is an exciting point in Tacoma history for Metro Parks and the park district – a rare chance to map the future of a community treasure,” Miles said.