Thea Foss Waterway Walkway

This walk allows you to experience a part of Tacoma you don't see from the busy streets in downtown. The Thea Foss Waterway Walkway is between the water and railway lines so you don't even notice the heart of Tacoma so nearby. If you do want to get into the city, a pedestrian walkway, the 500 foot Chihuly Bridge of Glass, is located along the route which can take you over the tracks and freeway into town. This 1.5 mile walk is not complete. Although sections are under construction or just in the planning stage, the route is walk-able the entire length on sidewalks. The esplanade is being built for pedestrians, bicyclists, roller skaters, for public events, artwork, you name it. For us native Washingtonians, it is amazing to witness how public access and public space have been developed here to reconnect the downtown with the waterfront. The big plan is also to connect this to Ruston Way, which will then make it the longest waterfront walkway in the nation, the Dome to Defiance. The route has parking at both ends. The north end is Thea Park. On the south end, there are two parking areas, both underneath Highway 509 on both sides of the Foss Waterway. The future hope is that this trail will follow both sides of Thea Foss Waterway.
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South end of the Thea Foss Waterway
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Outside the Museum of Glass
Globe in Thea's Park
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Museum of Glass
At the end of the trail (for now) in Thea's Park
Map of the south end showing the two parking lots
Map of the north end showing Theas Park starting location
Showing the 1.5 mile route along Thea's Waterway