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Apr. 23, 2009 at 6:55am

Photos ~ Extended Foss Waterway Promenade

Park under 21st Street bridge coming together

The park along the Foss waterway under the 21st St. cable stay bridge is coming along nicely with the promenade set to soon extend all the way to meet with Dock Street at the base of the new "D" St. overpass. I've only seen this project referred to by the folks over at The Biz Buzz as "21st park" so I'm looking forward to seeing what else comes of it. No kayak floats yet after a bunch of delays but with my new found biking to work this will make my ride in just that much more scenic.

comments [12]  |  posted under dock street, park, path, promenade, tacoma, trail, waterfront, waterway

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by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 4/23/2009 @ 8:13am
It will make for a pretty swanky hobo jungle as well.

by Erik Hanberg on 4/23/2009 @ 9:35am
Thanks for the pics. I didn't know they were working on that section.

That's going to look really good when it's done.

by tacoma1 on 4/23/2009 @ 9:47am
When done, this will make a nice walk from downtown to Freighthouse, Tacoma Dome, Sounder Station etc.

The new Dock St overpass is absolutely beautiful, connecting a walking path to it makes so much sense I can't believe that it is actually happening. Areas like this help to define a city. I for one am tired of reading that Seattle and Portland are walkable cities, with nary a mention of T-Town.

Hopefully, the path will eventually connect with Ruston Way too!


by KevinFreitas on 4/23/2009 @ 9:55am
@tacoma1: That would be so great. Seems like we're slowly getting there. Also can't wait for McKinley Park to get some love so one could walk/bike continuously from McKinley to Point Defiance park.

by Erik on 4/23/2009 @ 11:57am
Yeah. This is really cool. A great civic imporvement. Now we want to continue to expend the walkway all the way through the new development in Ruston!

by KevinFreitas on 4/27/2009 @ 6:53am
Work is progressing pretty fast as the cement path is now filled in all the way to the end of Dock Street. Hopefully they'll have it open soon and while they're still working on landscaping. Alt bike path anyone?

by fredo on 4/27/2009 @ 7:42am
This new construction looks nice and will undoubtedly add to Tacoma's livability. OTOH there is a huge backlog of deferred maintenance in the previously developed parts of town, areas where people actually live.

by Nick on 4/27/2009 @ 9:21am
This is definitely awesome!

I have to agree with Fredo though (not to be a downer, 'cause having a complete waterfront is a huge deal to me). Tacoma's lack of maintenance on existing infrastructure has gone beyond inconvenient into the realm of actually costing me money (replacing tires/wheels on my car). I'll leave that rant for another thread though.

So yay for more walkable waterfront!

by KevinFreitas on 4/27/2009 @ 10:59am
Maybe think of it this way: more walkable waterfront, more attractive to tourists and potential residents, more money in the local coffers for deferred maintenance. :)

by fredo on 4/27/2009 @ 11:35am
KF-How could the city measure the marginal increase in tax revenue resulting from infrastructural improvements such as the one under discussion?

by KevinFreitas on 4/27/2009 @ 12:32pm
Doubt they could but sometimes those intangibles have to be put in place alongside responsible maintenance of existing infrastructure. Otherwise, a city may always simply be treading water.

by fredo on 4/27/2009 @ 12:38pm
KF-you say "put in place alongside". Don't you mean "put in place instead of?" :)

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