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The Playground at Point Ruston

Community Gathering

Meet, play and get to know one another at the Point Ruston Playground

Kids of all ages love playing on the ferry boat-themed playground at Point Ruston, located along the Waterwalk, and near the Grand Plaza. It’s a great place to climb, swing, pretend, and play for children and their friends in the shadow of Mount Rainier. Parents and grandparents will appreciate that, with little effort, a day out on the waterfront can easily include a trip to Pt. Defiance Park and the Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

The Point Ruston Ferry playground is just one of several public amenities built on Tacoma’s Puget Sound shoreline. Public amenities are helping to transform this stretch of waterfront into a popular and convenient recreation area for families of all ages. The ferry-themed playground was designed with a nod to the area’s maritime and industrial history. Today, the Point Ruston neighborhood includes reminders of its industrial past sprinkled along the pedestrian paths, play areas, and shopping and dining places.


The Waterwalk’s play area adds another new community gathering point for people from all walks of life. Families with kids can meet, play together and get to know one another in a relaxed and aesthetically pleasing setting.

This characteristic is one that can be found in the world’s most endearing communities. When you have a central gathering spot, in this case the Point Ruston playground, parents and kids can get together, marvel at the water views and enjoy the cheerful playtime. After the kids are done swinging and pretending to be Captain for a morning, they can stroll down the Waterwalk to check out tiled sea creatures and a 30-foot wide octopus mosaic along the way. Intriguing and whimsical, these art pieces are a reminder of how sea life is vital to the regional aquaculture and economy.

Here’s a fun little review by Sounds Fun Mom, check it out! And here is a fantastic write up by Parent Map on how to incorporate the Point Ruston Playground into a day of fun along the Ruston Way Waterfront.

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