Date: 2016 - Present


Point Defiance Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. The Destination Point Defiance project improves park facilities and expands accesses to the waterfront. Washington Rock is providing materials for a rail bypass, the zoo, and the breakwater peninsula. The bypass reroutes passenger trains away from the shoreline while the breakwater peninsula adds 11 acres of new park land. The zoo is replacing its aquarium, renovating two exhibits, and building a new Environmental Learning Center. Read about the latest updates on the Metro Parks Tacoma website.


Breakwater Peninsula
22,900 tons of Quarry Spalls
7,200 tons of Landscape Rock
2,300 tons of Gravel Borrow and Backfill
1,900 tons of various Crushed Rock Materials
1,300 tons of Riprap
400 tons of Pea Gravel
390 tons of Custom Fish Rock
30 tons of Sand

Rail Bypass
99,900 tons of Type 4A Rail Ballast
81,000 tons of 1¼" Minus
3,500 tons of Type 5 Rail Ballast
2,900 tons of Quarry Spalls
1,100 tons of Gravel Borrow and Backfill
600 tons of CSBC
150 tons of Sand


As of June 2017, Washington Rock has delivered over 36,700 tons of material for the breakwater peninsula and 189,300 tons of material for the bypass project. The perimeter of the breakwater is entirely fortified with our rock. The News Tribune and KNKX podcast Sound Effect featured stories about plans for Point Defiance Park. Progress on the project was featured in a televised King 5 News story.