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MILE LONG WATERWALK
One of the most popular amenities at Point Ruston is the nearly mile-long scenic “Waterwalk”
trail system along Commencement Bay. The Waterwalk at Point Ruston offers an open space for visitors and residents
to jog, stroll, rollerblade or hang out with friends. This gorgeous mile of shoreline connects to many more miles of
walkways in both directions. Today, you can walk all the way from the Chinese Reconciliation Park at the South end of Ruston Way
to Owen Beach. Point Defiance Park, our neighbor to the west offers over 700+ acres and 25 miles of old growth trails to explore.
The Grand Plaza
The Grand Plaza is the centerpiece of Point Ruston,
the Pacific Northwest’s premier waterfront destination.
Over one acre in size, the Grand Plaza at Point Ruston features
panoramic waterfront views, a state-of-the-art children’s sprayground,
and a waterfront amphitheater perfect for events and concerts.
Paths on the
Parallel to the smooth paved walking path of the Waterwalk,
there is also a crushed rock jogging path that meanders alongside
the armory at the water’s edge. This jogging path adds another
softer terrain to enjoy with the Commencement Bay at your side.
Bring your pooch down to the waterfront to enjoy in a variety of
dog-gone tiring activities. Some of our favorites are playing on
the beaches of Ruston Way, running along the Waterwalk,
and meeting other dogs at the Grand Plaza.
Situated next to Point Ruston’s Grand Plaza,
the Point Ruston Ferry Big Toy and swing set is
sure to provide hours of enjoyment for your kiddos.
The Big Toy is modeled after the iconic M/V Point Ruston,
which is located at the eastern end of the Waterwalk.
Commencement Bay offers waterfront beauty by
foot or by kayak. Access the Puget Sound directly
from the Point Ruston Waterwalk and enjoy a
paddle along the shoreline overlooking Mt. Rainier.
In addition to Kayaking, Commencement Bay offers
a variety of great waterfront activities, such as
Stand Up Paddle Boarding. We suggest putting your
SUP in the water at the entrance of the Waterwalk and
paddling out and around the neighborhood
toward Pt. Defiance Park.
Wheels on the
The Ruston Way waterfront has been a popular biking
location for decades, if not centuries. Today, the Point Ruston
Waterwalk connects the Ruston Way waterfront to
Pt. Defiance Park creating nearly 7 miles of paved bike paths
taking you from Downtown Tacoma to Pt. Defiance.