In the Pacific Northwest: a new park for boats

Waterway Park doesn't really exist yet, but rowers, kayakers and other nonmotorized boaters will soon be using it.

Tacoma City Council members approved a contract last month for construction of a kayak float at the head of the Thea Foss Waterway that will provide boaters with long-awaited access to an easy launch site. The new float will include a pier and a low-profile launch pad that will accommodate everything from rowing shells and kayaks to dragon boats and outrigger canoes.

It's scheduled to be completed by the end of April. Additional tasks will include cleaning up environmental contamination and creating a storage facility for recreational boaters.

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