Starting January 25, 2024 : The southern section of Orangegate Park, south of 84th St E and Pipeline Road E, will be closed to the public. The closure is in effect January 25, 2024, until further notice. Construction of the Pipeline Trail is underway and heavy equipment is onsite. To maintain public safety, the area will be closed for all park users, including equestrian users. Temporary wire fencing with high-visibility orange safety fencing will be installed across trails and access points. Permanent fencing around the Orangegate Park boundaries will be installed in late winter/early spring. Click the image on the right for details. The closure area will be re-evaluated in May 2024 and some portions of the park may re-open to the public if a determination is made that public access can be safely accommodated.
December 2023 – Clearing and excavation work begin in Orangegate Park and will close areas of the park as work progresses. Park users should follow all signs and stay out of fenced areas.
November 2023 – Survey entire project area, begin construction of trail from 72nd & Waller SE toward Orangegate Park.
Construction is expected to continue into 2024. During this time there will be construction activity throughout the corridor, but it will not be active every day along each segment. A timeline will be shared with those property owners who have access through the project area.
If you would like to learn more about our improvement work happening at Orangegate Park, click here.
Pipeline Trail Groundbreaking Celebration
In September 2023, we celebrated this upcoming project with a groundbreaking ceremony. Speakers for the event included Pierce County Parks Director Roxanne Miles, Tacoma Public Utilities Board Chair Carlos Watson, Pierce County Councilmember Marty Campbell (District 5), and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier. Huge thank you to our partners at Tacoma Public Utilities, ForeverGreen Trails, and Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition for your continued support and for joining the celebration!
About the Project
Pierce County’s Pipeline Trail will be a paved trail along the Tacoma Water Pipeline between 72nd St E and 94th Ave E. This trail will connect the existing Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail in South Hill to the recently constructed Pipeline Trail within the City of Tacoma, providing residents with expanded non-motorized commuting and recreational opportunities, supporting healthy active living.
The preliminary design is complete for Pierce County’s Pipeline Trail. Engineering and design are underway for the construction of Phase 1, connecting Tacoma’s Pipeline Trail at 72nd St. E. and Waller Rd. E. to Orangegate Park, with construction beginning in 2023.
Future efforts will include the completion of Pipeline Trail to South Hill with integration into Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail and Heritage Recreation Center. Further out, Pierce County has prioritized continued trail and bike infrastructure development to connect Foothills Trail, another 21 miles of existing Regional Trail. This longer-term connection has long been a vision of Regional Trail advocates with the "Tahoma to Tacoma" vision connecting communities from Commencement Bay to Mt. Rainier National Park.
Virtual Open House
Thanks to everyone who has joined us for an outreach event. We’ve had great turnouts with a lot of good questions and conversation. For a summary of each outreach event, please click on the links below.