Public access along the Tacoma road is a heated issue as the city updates its shoreline management plan. Now City Councilman David Boe, an architect, has drawn sketches of what he thinks a waterfront walk should look like.
It includes a new sidewalk on the hillside along industrial properties Sperry Ocean Dock and Temco, the new Chinese Reconciliation Park and the salt marsh between them. It’s wider than the current path and includes two new pedestrian overpasses that get people onto it at each end: Jack Hyde Park and Thea’s Park.
It avoids taking pedestrians either directly along the water or on the Bayside Trail higher up the hillside, both of which Boe said are unsafe because they’re out of sight.
Boe said when he presented them to the council at a Tuesday meeting that these are preliminary conceptions. They don’t come with a price tag, let alone a way to pay for them — although Boe said replacing the sidewalk might cost $6 million, not counting the more expensive overpasses.
UPDATED with more sketches.