Amy Ryken walking and meditating on place in Dickman Mill Park, Tacoma, WA

Narratives about Nature

Each week a confluence of planned and unplanned events determines what I study and reflect on. In this blog post I share excerpts from my daily notes for this week to make visible some of the activities I engage in to better understand the Ruston Way waterfront. Readers of this blog know that I have…

Outdoor Patio, Northern Fish, Tacoma, WA

Predation and Consumption

Restaurants both give us access to water views and distance us from the water. Water is an important aspect of the Ruston Way waterfront (Tacoma, WA); it is a preferred landscape feature that influences how we perceive, experience, and interact with nearby nature (Kaplan & Kaplan, 1998). In a conversation two weeks ago, while eating in…

Foundation of wood burning wigwam at Dickman Mill Park, Tacoma, WA

Legacy of Lumber Mills

The Dickman Mill Park (Tacoma, WA) site has been shaped and changed over time by both natural processes and human interventions. These changes are described on the fence around the wetland at Dickman Mill Park–the following narrative is etched on metal fence post bands: This place changes, over time, by fire, flood and tides, erosion,…

Word cloud showing words 75 community members used to describe how they, or others, use the Ruston Way waterfront.

Mixed-Use: Diversity of Users and Uses

Last week I wrote about the new mixed-use development at Point Ruston (Ruston, WA). This week I’ve been considering how the parks on Ruston Way (Tacoma, WA) can be viewed as one part of a continuous mixed-use development along the shore of Commencement Bay. The Ruston Way waterfront provides an opportunity to interact with nearby…

Point Ruston development. Un-cleaned area in foreground, remediated area in background.

Contamination and Eternal Time

Last week I wrote about my walks along Thea Foss Waterway. This week I walked the Tacoma waterfront along Ruston Way and the new .75 mile long Waterwalk promenade at the Point Ruston development. I’ve been thinking about the importance of considering the Ruston Way waterfront in the context of a continuous and coherent whole…