A beloved Puget Sound beach emerges from a $6.3 million redesign that brings resiliency to the forefront

Climate change has ushered in a summer of farewells and reintroductions at Point Defiance Park, the 760-acre crown jewel of Tacoma, Washington’s municipal park system.

On May 20, motorized vehicles were permanently banned from traversing the outer loop of Five Mile Drive, a bluff-hugging scenic byway that wraps around the outer tip of the sprawling urban park jutting into the South Puget Sound like an outstretched pinkie finger. The closure ended nearly a century of pleasure driving along the one-way road, which winds counterclockwise through a dense stand of old growth forest within the quieter, wilder “back” of the park located at a remove from the attractions—marina,

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