Thirty years of public and private redevelopment have transformed the Ruston Way waterfront from a deteriorated industrial waterfront into an enjoyable “Peoples Parkway.” Presently, the following major improvements are under way:
• Chinese Reconciliation Park located at the southern end of Ruston Way. The park features a beautiful Chinese pagoda, landscaping and pathways.
• Old Town Dock restoration located at the end of McCarver Street. The existing dock was closed in 2008 and is slated to re-open in 2013 as a functional, aesthetically pleasing dock that provides access to pedestrians and boaters.
• Point Ruston piling removal at the northerly end of Ruston Way (former the Asarco smelter site). Decking and 2,300-plus creosoted pilings are being removed. Once completed, plans call for Ruston Way Parkway to be extended to Point Defiance Park.
Two of these improvements resulted from partnerships between developers and government agencies. Such partnerships provide improvements that we can enjoy for years.