Better access to Browns Point Lighthouse Park in the works

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Access to Browns Point Lighthouse Park will be limited starting this week when construction begins on a two-month project designed to make the 4-acre park easier for everyone to enjoy.

The gravel parking area and the steep grade between it and the beach used to be tough for visitors to negotiate. But Metro Parks Tacoma is about to undertake a project that will include a new paved parking lot and promenade built to Americans with Disabilities Act standards, plus new landscaping, picnic tables, benches and trash receptacles.

While construction is underway, parking will be restricted to overnight guests at the lighthouse keeper’s cottage, which is managed by Points Northeast Historical Society.

Parking is not permitted on Tulalip Street Northeast, the park’s entrance road. However, pedestrians are welcome to enter the park. The beach on the west side of the park, between the lighthouse and the Browns Point Improvement Club will remain open throughout the construction period. Fences will mark other areas that are off limits. Restrooms will not be available during construction.

When construction is complete, the park will have a paved, 12-stall parking lot, including one stall designated for people with disabilities. A switchback-style ramp, built to Americans with Disabilities Act standards, will connect the lot with a new promenade on the park’s north shore, between the lighthouse and the boathouse. The wide shoreline promenade also is designed to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Money for the project comes from bonds approved by Metro Parks Tacoma taxpayers in 2005 and 2014. Puget Paving & Construction Inc. was contracted to complete the work.

Browns Point Lighthouse Park is located at 201 Tulalip St. N.E., at the tip of Browns Point, acro ss Commencement Bay from Point Defiance Park.

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