Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park

A new park on the shores of Commencement Bay allows visitors to explore the history of the expulsion of the Chinese community from Tacoma and to better understand the impact of the 1885 event. Art and interpretive elements are interwoven in the design to create a physical setting for the telling of the story and the reconciliation process. Design of the park includes the shoreline, which now consists of restored near-shore aquatic and terrestrial habitat. The addition of an intertidal marsh, a restored cobble beach and shoreline vegetation integrates the Chinese garden with its unique Pacific Northwest environment and reinforces the concept that classical Chinese garden design is founded on an appreciation of the natural landscape.

Client: City of Tacoma
Location: Tacoma, WA