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New Water Main Ensures Protection of Old-Growth Forest and Fort Nisqually

Periodic Delays in Park Travel May Occur During Construction – April through May

The Point Defiance Park water main is scheduled for replacement to ensure protection of old-growth forest and Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. 

Construction will begin in April to replace the undersized and aging water main currently servicing the outer reaches of Point Defiance Park. The nearly 765-acre park is home to 500 acres of old-growth forest, filled with 200’ trees dating back to the time of Shakespeare. Nestled adjacent to the forest is historic Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.

“This update is critical to insure adequate water service to protect these irreplaceable park treasures,” President Tim Reid of the Board of Park Commissioners commented regarding the upcoming project.

In 2008, a temporary water reservoir was added adjacent to Fort Nisqually as precautionary fire suppression resource while Metro Parks and City of Tacoma leadership collaborated to develop a permanent solution to update this vital main supply line. 

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. 

Up to 17 trees may be need to be removed to complete installation of the larger service main; potentially affected trees have been signed and marked with white paint. Metro Parks and its contractors will make every effort to reduce the number removed, if determined to be possible during the installation process. 

Once completed, the new line will be managed by Tacoma Water as a public water supply for the park. 

The majority of work will be adjacent to the main road or Five Mile Drive. Park patrons are advised to exercise added caution when walking, biking or driving through that portion of the Drive near the off leash dog area, Fort Nisqually, the seasonal overflow parking area and the Vassault Street exit. 

The area will be signed for construction work. The contractor and Metro Park staff will be monitoring traffic safety during the project. 

Point Defiance Park
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
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