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Thea Foss Waterway Site 11 Esplanade Phase 2


The Thea Foss Esplanade is part of a public access network under the Foss Master Plan which is a component of Tacoma’s Shoreline Master Program and an element of Tacoma’s Comprehensive Plan under the State of Washington Growth Management Act.

The redevelopment of the Foss includes private investment in mixed use development, public access along the shoreline and circulation and access to Tacoma’s downtown core. 

Construction of the public esplanade provides barrier free non-motorized transportation alternatives for pedestrians, bicycles and provides access to human powered watercraft for non-motorized water based transportation. 


The Thea Foss Waterway Site 11 Esplanade - Phase 1 project was constructed in 2010.  Phase 1 which started at the Seaport Museum completed a 304 foot long section of the Site 11 Esplanade ending at the Foss Harbor Marina. Phase 2 will construct the remainder of the Site 11 Esplanade and replace approximately 350 feet of old deteriorated wooden walkway.

The project also includes street furniture, lighting, railing and installation of 17 concrete piles along the Foss Waterway.  




Federal Grant  $1,510,000 
City of Tacoma $614,000
State Grant $250,000
Total Funding $2,374,000


The Contractor has completed the concrete decking for the Esplanade. The Contractor is installing trash receptacles and railings.  The City anticipates the opening of the Esplanade will be June 12, 2015. Pedestrian detour routes are in place.

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You can contact City Project Manager Darius Thompson (253) 573-2410, with questions, concerns or comments. You are also invited to contact Darius to get email updates on public meetings, events and notices.