Downtown to Defiance: Tacoma celebrates completing its Missing Link

On Sunday, Sept. 22, Metro Parks Tacoma will open a new trail linking the Commencement Bay waterfront to Point Defiance Park with a big celebration as this marks the closure of Tacoma’s own “Missing Link”.

The “Downtown to Defiance” event celebrates the culmination of a decades-old dream to create a seven-mile waterfront trail connection from downtown Tacoma to the region’s most popular park, the Point Defiance Park. Located along the Puget Sound, completing Tacoma’s  Missing Link connects the Ruston Way promenade, the Point Ruston Development, Town of Ruston, City of Tacoma , Point Defiance Park and the future 11-acre waterfront park on the peninsula.

On Sunday, Sept. 22, walkers, runner, skaters and bicyclists are invited to participate in various walks, runs or rides for all ages and abilities along the trail. There will many activities and festivities along the way, so grab a a Downtown to Defiance passport and collect stamps at the many stops as you go!

Re-register here!

Schedule of events:

Tacoma Dome
7:30 a.m. Pre-event gathering and bike staging at Tacoma Dome Flag Plaza.
8:00 a.m. Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club 25-mile and 45-mile bike rideRegister here to claim your free cinch pack, also register with the Wheelmen's Club on-site the day of the event.
8:05 a.m. VeloFemmes Women's Ride: Open to all women riders.(
8:15 a.m. Community members leave Tacoma Dome, along with elected officials on a 14-person human being pedal-powered pedalounge.

Point Defiance Park

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Activities at Point Defiance bowl
11 a.m. Point to Point kid’s ride with Kidical Mass. An out and back ride from Point Defiance to Point Ruston. Free iced fruit bar from Hilltop Pop Shop for all participants.
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