Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit: Master Plan and Phase I Improvement Project

DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve

PenMet Parks has developed a draft master plan to guide the final design for improvements to public access at Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit. The Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Master Plan is among the highest priorities in PenMet Parks’ Capital Improvement Plan and Budget.

Project Summary

The scope of this project will address the blockhouse, ADA accessibility upgrades including parking stalls and drop-off area, accessible pathway to the beach, ADA-compliant restroom facilities, and other site improvements. PenMet Parks is partnering with the Pierce Conservation District and will coordinate this project with their Shoreline Restoration Project.

The master plan and design were adopted by the Board of Commissioners on March 19, 2024. The concept design is included, below.

Learn more about the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit.

Project Schedule

Project PhaseAnticipated Schedule
Planning and Pre-DesignFall 2023 – Spring 2024
Design, Permitting, and ProcurementSpring 2024 – Fall 2025
ConstructionFall 2025 – Spring/Summer 2026

Project Cost and Funding

A project budget of $1,895,788.72 was approved by the Board of Park Commissioners through Resolution RR2023-002. Funding for this work comes from the capital project fund.


To develop this master plan, PenMet Parks worked with District residents through two public meetings and four stakeholder meetings that included the Washington Water Trails Association, Harbor WildWatch, Peninsula School District, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Puyallup Tribe, Fox Island Community Recreation Association (FICRA), and others. Four concept design alternatives were developed for the project. From there, a preferred alternative was identified and is shown, above. The master planning process included development of a project program, which is included, below.

Background Documents

The Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit was acquired in 2010 by PenMet Parks with a grant from the Recreation Conservation Office (RCO). The purchase agreement and long term obligations required by the grant are included, below, along with property covenants as part of the purchase and sale agreement with the Tacoma DeMolay Chapter. For further information on the RCO grant for purchase, please visit the Recreation and Conservation Office Property Acquisition Project Snapshot.

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