Point Defiance Missing Link

Category Overview

Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.

Project Highlights

The Tacoma Metropolitan Park District used this grant to assist with the costs of constructing approximately one-half mile of 18-foot wide trail and a pedestrian bridge over Pearl Street. This Missing Link project is the final segment to create a 7-mile waterfront pedestrian connection from downtown Tacoma along Ruston Way to Point Defiance Park. Additional improvements installed include parking, lighting, utilities, landscaping, signage and trail amenities. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project is non-motorized trail use.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Tacoma MPD Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $2,500,000.00 Applicant Match: $2,000,000.00 Project Type: Development County: Pierce Legislative District: 27 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 12-1549

Location Details

From Interstate 5 take exit 132 (Route 16 West) to the Pearl Street exit. Take right on Pearl (north) and proceed 3.25 miles to the northern terminus within Point Defiance Park. Project worksite is immediately to the right.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.