With almost 700 acres, the park has miles of woodland trails through old growth forest and gardens, scenic views and a waterfront. The Japanese garden was built as part of Tacoma's Sister City relationship with Kitakyushu, Japan.
Recreational facilities include a public fishing pier and picnic area. Rental boats and fishing gear are available at the boathouse. Driftwood-strewn beaches below the bluffs are ideal for a stroll or a picnic.
Horticulturists and home gardeners visit the park for its outstanding rose, dahlia, camelia, annual, rhododendron, and Japanese garden display and a vantage point at the western edge of the park, you can view the Second Tacoma Narrows Bridge. (The first one is several fathoms below the water's surface.)"
In the morning mist that lies
Over Akashi Bay,
My longings follow with the ship
That vanishes behind the distant isle.
Akashi no ura no
Fune o shi zo omou.