Special Things are Happening at the Tacoma Yacht Club
Tacoma Yacht Club is toasting the past and cheering the future of their marina area. Tacoma Metro Parks and the EPA are spending 60 million dollars transforming the west end of Ruston Way peninsula, which happens to be where Tacoma Yacht Club (TYC) calls home.
This will involve fashioning a new grass park that will connect an existing walking-bike path from Point Ruston development. This path will be an addition to the current path starting from the Tacoma Dome, along the Thea Foss Waterway onto the Ruston Way waterfront (restaurant row). Soon coming will be a dramatic 60’ high pedestrian bridge, overlooking the Marina and Point Defiance boat launch, that connects the Ruston Way trail to Point Defiance Park. The Peninsula Park and amphitheater will highlight music entertainment while the Tacoma-Vashon ferry glides past a descending sunset view of Commencement Bay, Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier. The ultimate goal will be a boating destination for those seeking a day cruise or a spectacular place to watch the scenery with an easy stroll back to your yacht.
While many are focused on the Park Departments project for the public, TYC is also enjoying major improvements. One of the oldest membership clubs in the area, TYC was founded in 1889, making it rich in history, camaraderie and tradition. Its original clubhouse was located on Maury Island and through the years TYC has resided in five different buildings; the current clubhouse was funded and built in 1971 by its members, along with full marina facilities to house over three hundred boats, from small dinghies to 100-foot plus yachts.
As a result of the peninsula project, a new boat launch pier is being constructed that will be equipped with a lift provided by TYC that has a haul out capacity of 10,000 pounds. All parking and driving surfaces will be elevated from 7 feet to 11 feet above the existing elevation, enhancing a grand entrance into the soon to come, newly remodeled clubhouse. The membership of TYC has seized upon the opportunity afforded by the Peninsula Park project to update its utilities and structures. This will be funded by the members of TYC and reflect a newer style that will enhance the park setting in which it resides. Inside, club manager JC Carranza continually promotes exciting new programs that will satisfy those who are looking for a venue to host a special occasion. For club members, a full-service dining experience awaits with entrees freshly prepared by award-winning chef Hudson Slater.
An upcoming Open House March 26th, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 offers an opportune time to visit. These are truly exciting times for TYC and Metro Parks Tacoma as they beautify an already outstanding location. Come take a look as they toast to the past and look to the future!