It isn’t exactly Sea-Tac Airport, but Tacoma next week will open a significant addition to the area’s aeronautical assets.
A long-sought seaplane float will be formally dedicated at noon Wednesday on the west side of the Thea Foss Waterway near Thea’s Park.
The float will be only the second such facility in Pierce County. The other is located on American Lake.
The float was a joint project of the Tacoma Waterfront Association and the Foss Waterway Development Authority. The pre-owned dock was donated by Tacoma’s Marine Floats Inc., and the association and the authority raised funds for planning of the float’s installation and for rehabilitation and modification of the dock.
The 56-foot-long float is attached to an existing float bordering the Foss Waterway. A conventional dock secured to pilings would have been unusable for aircraft. Floatplanes need a large unobstructed area to clear their wings.
The association expects the float to be used by visiting seaplane owners and by commercial seaplane operators who could operate charter or scheduled flights to destinations such as the San Juan Islands, Lake Chelan and Lake Union.
A one mile walk south of the dock along the waterfront will bring a visitor to the Museum of Glass and a mile farther south is the LeMay America’s Car Museum.