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Just north of the intersection between Ruston Way and Alder Way, you will come across two waterfront restaurants sitting on pilings above Commencement Bay. Between these two restaurants you will find a small memorial to Tacoma's fallen firefighters.
The most obvious land mark here is Fireboat Number 1, which was built in 1929 and served Tacoma until 1983, when it was last used as a training vessel for the crews on the boats that replaced it. This boat is located on the far northern end of the waterfront complex that makes up the two restaurants, the firefighter's memorial, and the fire boat.
The small park around the plaza offers a little bit of a view out over commencement bay, but the primary occupant of the public plaza is the memorial area.
On the water side of the memorial plaza, and slightly to the south, is a small rock garden plaza that overlooks Commencement Bay to a more complete extent.
How to Get Here: Ruston Way north to a parking lot that serves this small park, plus Duke Ruston Chowder House (3327 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5309) and Katie Downs Waterfront Tavern (3211 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5334). The nearest street intersection is Alder Way & Ruston Way. The nearest bus route is #11 at approximately North Proctor Street and 34th Street. It is necessary to walk east on 36th street and down hill on Alder Street.
Note that this park and plaza are connected to a number of other parks along Ruston Way by the Ruston Way walkway, which runs through this park. For more information about this walkway, see my Ruston Way walkway tip.
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