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Free presentation will showcase possibilities for Point Defiance

Want to see some cool new ideas for Point Defiance Park?

This afternoon, Metro Parks officials will unveil hundreds of possibilities for the park’s waterfront area that were generated during a two-day brainstorming session last week. The free presentation is set for 4 p.m. at the Ruston School, 5219 N. Shirley St.

Groups of people interested in the park’s future worked in nine teams to explore possible changes and improvements to areas of the park from Owen Beach to Ruston Way.

“The ideas are diverse and extremely creative,” said project manager Curtis Hancock.

Some of the thoughts have been incorporated into designs so people can envision them more easily, but no decisions or plans have been made, park officials say.

The thoughts will be gathered into a giant “idea book” that will form the basis for development of potential improvements or additions to areas of the park’s waterfront, Hancock said.

Several public meetings will be conducted early next year to discuss those possibilities.

Similar ideas will be developed for other sections of the park. Eventually, they’ll be used to formulate a new master plan for Point Defiance.

For more information, call Hancock at 253-305-1052or e-mail curtish@tacomaparks.com.