Point Defiance Park open house set for Feb. 10 Metro Parks will ask for input on Owen Beach, give updates on improvements

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A new aquarium, new recreation areas, a connection to Ruston Way, a roundabout … a lot of improvements are coming to Point Defiance Park. There are so many projects underway this year that Metro Parks wants to update park visitors face-to-face.

A free open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the park’s new Environmental Learning Center next to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is your chance to learn more and ask questions.

Owen Beach improvements will be one of the highlights. Staff will present ideas and ask attendees to give input on the Point Defiance Park Parking and Circulation Plan before the plan moves forward for adoption and a final design phase. An online survey will be posted to DestinationPointDefiance.org for those who can’t attend. 

“Metro Parks hopes that having the open house on a Saturday will be convenient timing for citizens,” said Park Board President Andrea Smith. “Many of our public meetings take place on weeknights, but we know they sometimes introduce schedule conflicts and child-care issues. You can bring your whole family to this open house, and enjoy the park afterward.”

The day’s full schedule will be posted to DestinationPointDefiance.org and to Facebook close to the event.

By the time of the event, construction of the new traffic roundabout at the park’s Pearl Street entrance may be underway. The park’s Mildred Street entrance will be the easiest route to the Zoo and Environmental Learning Center (reach it from Pearl Street by turning west onto North 51st Street and following the curve at the street’s end). The Pearl Street entrance will remain open, however; drivers should follow the detour signs. All of the park’s attractions are open to the public throughout the roundabout construction period.

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