UPDATE:Many additional restaurants have moved into Point Ruston since this was first posted. Readers recommend you get a treat at Dolce Si! There is also now a seasonal splash pad.
The playground at Point Ruston’s Waterwalk is a little playground with two big bonuses-an eye popping view and a smooth stretch of pavement perfect for beginning bike riders.
The playground itself is a small, ferryboat themed structure and a nice set of swings. My boys both enjoyed it briefly. Kids who are into imaginative play will want to stay longer. I saw several young cuties who looked like they could easily spend an hour playing, “Captain.”
The best thing about this playground? As the saying goes, “Location, location, location!” If you’ve lived in the Tacoma area as long as I have, you’ll remember this as the spot where the Asarco smokestack used to be (Yes, they’ve done LOTS of environmental clean-up, and more is ongoing).
The Waterwalk is at the end of Ruston Way that’s closest to the zoo. The condos and apartments are private, but the rest of the area is fully open to the public.
The lovely stretch of pavement by the bay is called the Waterwalk. It’s wider than Ruston Way, and it’s been recently paved, so it’s nice and smooth-just great for strollers, bikers, and skaters.
Oh, and the view isn’t too shabby either! We even saw a baby seal on our visit. There are also some interesting art pieces and picnic tables.
There is now tons of parking, and the bathrooms are inside near the Fish n Chips place.