What's Building on the Waterfront?
There is always something going on near the water. Projects are being planned, construction is taking place, ideas and input are being requested. Check here regularly to see what is happening!
The Parks on the Foss initiative is a public/private partnership involving:
FWDA (Foss Waterway Development Association)
City of Tacoma
Metro Parks Tacoma
Port of Tacoma
Individuals, companies and family foundations.
If you are interested in finding out more about the parks or donating to them, please contact FWDA.
Melanie Dressel Park is in the planning stages. This small (3/4 acre) but special park is where downtown workers could eat lunch amid a boardwalk, a bridge with a viewing platform over the shoreline and an elaborate playground with a tower and slide. It will be located
at 1147 Dock St., south of the 11th Street Bridge and the Foss Marina parking lot.
It was named for the longtime Columbia Bank leader, who died unexpectedly in 2017 at age 64 and was widely regarded as a leader and approachable executive.
The Foss Waterway Development Authority in conjunction with Metro Parks, Pierce County, and Columbia Bank are looking for additional funds to complete the park. Construction is expected to begin in 2020 once the additional funds are raised.
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Waterway Park is slated to start in 2022 at a cost of $8,525,000. It will be located at Dock and D streets on Thea Foss’ southern end near the East 21st Street bridge. It will be four acres and is planned to support “human-powered” watercraft (kayaks, canoes, dragon boats and paddleboards. To accomplish that goal, it will include a launch and storage for up to 200 craft. It also would have a boathouse to store rowing shells and sculls, and a workshop and restrooms.
There will be green space for picnics and an off-leash dog park.
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Tacoma Seattle Fast Ferry
Feasibility Study is Complete!