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Old Town Dock Improvements

Dock Restoration Work

Restoration work on the dock was completed on May 15, 2013 and a grand community celebration of the reopening was held on June 16, 2013. The dock had been closed since July 2008 due to safety concerns. The restoration project replaced 60 of the dock's rotting piles (three new steel pilings were added), pavilion and deck and added handrails, benches, lighting and short-term moorage floats (two slips that can moor vessels up to 40-feet and 60-feet and new low, free-board floats extending off the main dock can accommodate kayakers). The $2.3 million cost was split between City of Tacoma from general operation bonds and Metro Park Tacoma from their 2005 Parks Improvement Bond Measure.


Droplets is an illustrated scavenger hunt - a challenge to discover the history, importance and beauty of this location. Each of the 24 vignettes is like a window, providing a glimpse of the sheer number of true stories that have unfolded on or near this site over the years. Old Town Dock has been host and witness to a wide variety of industries, events, neighborhood dynamics, natural history, celebrations, tragedies and everyday narratives - all on one small patch of land. These stories are as commonplace as raindrops, yet as precious as the water that sustains and defines our city.

Public Restroom

This phase of the project was completed in June 2014 and provided for a new public restroom and site improvements. Major components of this project include two new public restrooms, sidewalk improvements, new crosswalks across Ruston Way, a new rain garden, new landscaping and irrigation. A plaza area outside the restroom will have a drinking fountain, benches, and a hose bib to allow for human-powered water craft to be carried to the location and hosed off.

Old Town Dock aerial photoOld Town Dock Restroom photo