Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Park

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Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Park Master Planning Project

All are invited to attend a Open House on January 24, 5:30 PM, at the Nichols Community Center. Learn more and join us.

Shoreline Restoration Study

Along the sandspit beach at the park there is about about 600 feet of failing bulkhead. PenMet Parks is partnering with the Pierce County Conservation District to address removal of this failing shoreline armor to reconnect marine riparian vegetation and restore sediment processes that support the sandspit. 

Learn more about the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Park Shoreline Restoration Study.

Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Park Master Plan and Phase I Improvement Project

The development of a master plan to guide the final design for the highest priority improvements to public access at Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Park. Design and construction of phase I improvements.

Learn more and get involved in the master plan development process.

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Property Description

The Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit was acquired in 2010 by PenMet Parks and is actively managed to preserve natural features and allow low-impact public access with special care given to protecting vegetation and wildlife. The park is just over five acres on the northwest tip of Fox Island, offering passive recreation opportunities including viewpoints, wooded trail system, picnicking, parking, restrooms, and water access for non-motorized water-craft.

Part of the Cascadia Marine Trail System

This park is one of PenMet Parks’ waterfront sites for use with non-motorized watercraft by the Washington Water Trails Association (WWTA). Specifically, Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit is one of three of the PenMet Parks within the Cascadia Marine Trail, also including Sunrise Beach Park and Narrows Park.

When You Visit

Please remember that this sandspit (also known as Bella Bella Beach) is a special place. You can help make sure everyone can enjoy it by:

  • Parking only in designated areas along the fence or in the parking lot, and refraining from parking on Bella Bella Drive.
  • Leaving natural items where you found them.
  • Keep pets on a leash at all times.
  • Alcohol, open flames, and fireworks are prohibited.
  • Do not trespass onto neighboring properties.

Although there is limited public beach access in the greater Gig Harbor/Fox Island area, the use of the sandspit is intended to allow low-impact activity with special care given to protecting vegetation and wildlife. Off-leash dogs running on the sandspit and vegetation (prohibited) is a serious concern expressed by the biologists consulted.

Remember, access to the nature preserve is dependent on how the site is impacted by its use and how the rules are followed. With overuse, abuse, and continued complaints, PenMet Parks will not be able to maintain the integrity of the preservation.

PenMet will be observing the effects of this use and will adjust the rules and attendance limitations as necessary to continue the protection of the property and adhere to good neighbor standards.

Parking is allowed in the area above the entrance. There will be no parking on the roadway in the immediate area of the preserve as indicated by signs, access will be by drop-off or walk-in from legal parking locations elsewhere. It is important to respect the private property owners in the area by only parking lawfully.

The Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit (Bella Bella Beach) sees increased use during the summer, and for good reason. Its beautiful setting, incredible views, and opportunities for saltwater access create a unique environment to enjoy long, warm days. During these high use times, usually Memorial Day through Labor Day, PenMet Parks provides an on-site attendant to provide the best experience for patrons and neighbors of the DeMolay Sandspit.

PenMet Parks has engaged a private staffing firm to act as an on-site park attendant to educate visitors on park regulations, enforce regulations, and serve as a resource for patrons during the peak summer season at the sandspit on an as-needed basis since 2018. The on-site attendant also monitors and manages parking to help ensure cars park in designated areas, not on the roadway. In 2022, PenMet Parks contracted with Seattle’s Finest Security & Traffic Control to provide this service from Memorial Day through Labor Day. New this year, the firm will also lock the gates each night at both the sandspit and the Fox Island Fishing Pier.

If you have any questions or wish to share feedback, please call PenMet Parks at (253) 858-3400 or email [email protected]. For assistance with urgent park issues outside of normal business hours, please call (253) 255-0555.

Property Features

General

Open spaces with ample beach access

Picnic

Picnic tables in grassy areas

Sports

Fishing, skim boarding, paddle boarding, kayaking

Buildings & Venues

Portable restrooms on site

Natural Features

Whale watching and beach access

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