Metro Parks Seeks Name For Point Defiance Park Area

Next year, the ASARCO Superfund site will step into a new chapter of its life with a new 11-acre park area. The $60 million project was partially funded by a 2014 voter-approved bond to revamp and beautify the copper smelter site. The park area will open atop the breakwater peninsula next to the Tacoma Yacht Club, and will feature a network of trails, an event lawn and more.

Metro Parks is asking the public to help them name the peninsula, and a committee of park staff members will review the suggestions and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, which will select the final name. A notice announcing the park naming noted, “Going forward, the name may or may not include ‘The Peninsula’ but it will include ‘… at Point Defiance Park.’

But don’t ponder for too long. Entries must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, August 4. You can submit your name suggestion at To ensure your submission is received, or to ask questions, email

Consideration will be given to names that call attention to:

  • Site history, geography, geology, or archaeology
  • A historic event, person, or place
  • An outstanding individual who has made a substantial or lasting contribution to Metro Parks, Tacoma, or Washington

The parks committee also will give preference to names that reflect these qualities:

  • Memorable
  • Positive
  • Distinctive
  • Timeless
  • Describes the space
  • Indicates a visitor’s experience
  • Evokes a personal experience
  • Tells the story of the place
  • Sparks curiosity

For more park naming criteria, see the full policy list at

is an assistant editor at South Sound magazine. Email her.
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