Construction at Point Defiance Park could cause delays in April, May

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 29, 2014 

Visitors to Point Defiance Park's Five Mile Drive should expect delays due to construction in April and May.


Construction at Point Defiance Park could create delays for visitors in April and May, Metro Parks Tacoma announced this week.

The park is replacing a water main at the park

“This update is critical to insure adequate water service to protect these irreplaceable park treasures,” Tim Reid, president of the Board of Park Commissioners, said in the statement,

In 2008, a temporary water reservoir was added for fire prevention near Fort Nisqually while park and City of Tacoma officials developed plan for the aging water main.

According to the statement, “the new water line will run from North 54th Street to Fort Nisqually. Construction will begin in April and is projected to take approximately 60 days to complete. The route selected for the new line minimizes impact on the park, forest, and existing infrastructure.”

However, as many as 17 trees may need to be removed. “Metro Parks and its contractors will make every effort to reduce the number removed,” the statement reads.


Most of the work will take place along Five Mile Drive and park officials are requesting all road users to be cautious. 

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