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Safety Enhancements Coming to Fireman's Park

Safety Enhancements Coming to Fireman's Park

Safety Enhancements Begin at Fireman’s Park

From December 2018 through March 2019, safety enhancements will be underway at Fireman’s Park and will include the removal of trees, bushes and rocks.

The enhancements will include:

  • Better visibility for park goers
  • More flat grass spaces
  • Less mobility obstacles
  • New Fall Prevention Barriers

Artwork and monuments will be removed from the park during the work period and will be re-installed once work is completed.

A community meeting was held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, for residents to speak with City staff, provide feedback and ask questions.

If you have questions or concerns, you can contact the project manager, Darius Thompson, at (253) 573-2410 or by email at darius.thompson@ci.tacoma.wa.us.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is going on at Fireman’s Park?

The City is conducting a site reclamation project to address public safety concerns and adding safety enhancements to increase visibility and create a more welcoming space for all residents and visitors.

The City’s Public Works Department is planning to remove rocks, timbers, bushes and trees and flatten the lot and plant grass. Fencing will be added on the Schuster Slope side of the park as a temporary fall protection barrier.

When will the work begin?

The City anticipates the project will begin in the middle of December and be completed by the end of March 2019.

Will the artwork and monuments be removed?

The City will remove the artwork and monuments during the project to protect them during the project. It is the City’s plan to reinstall all art and monuments at the completion of the project.

Will the back of the buildings be closed? 

The construction project in Fireman’s Park is expected and planned to be within the work zone of the park’s footprint. No impact to the adjacent building’s access is expected at this time.

Will parking on “A” Street be affected?

The City does not anticipate an impact to parking. The City’s contractor will keep parking open at all times. A work zone  will be established in the Park  where the Contractor will park their vehicles and equipment during construction.


Will construction impact traffic or parking?

There could be minimum traffic delays due to trucks entering and leaving the work zone area. There will be no impact to parking the contractor will keep parking open at all times.

Will parts of Pacific Avenue close during renovations?

The City does not anticipate Pacific Avenue will be affected by the work at the Park. The project at Fireman’s Park should not result in any part of Pacific Avenue being closed.

Will these renovations reduce homeless people in park?

Fireman’s Park was identified for improvements as a result of safety and security concerns in the area.  Bringing the park to street grade should make the park safer for all users by allowing better visibility to activity in the park.  

Will the City be adding additional landscaping?

At this time, the City is planning to plant grass. The City has not allocated additional funding in the 2019-2020 biennium for site activation work at Fireman’s Park, although funding may be allocated in future funding cycles.

Is it possible to fence off an area for service dogs to run?

The project plan will bring the park to street grade. The City will be working on identifying funding for additional improvements in future funding cycles. A dog park is most likely not an option for this location due to maintenance, management and liability issues.

Is it possible to get more lights and cameras on the alley behind the building?

Improvements such as lighting and cameras are the responsibility of the building owner. The City does offer a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) survey aimed at suggesting safety improvements for private property.  If you are interested in arranging a CPTED survey, please contact 311 or visit us online.