Numerous articles have been written about the Thea Foss Waterway and her namesake, Thea Foss.


Click on any of the following links to learn more about the area

and to find some suggestions for things to do when you visit Tacoma.

sea magazine

January 2008

GO World Travel

A Weekend In Tacoma, WA

What's Next for Tacoma?

(Arcade NW - 5/26/15)

A Model For Success

(Water & Wastes Digest- 9/10/14)


Murray Morgan Bridge Restored

South Sound Magazine - 2/14/13


Finding Thea

(A 24-minute Documentary)

Watch a trailer here.


In the News

Certain public documents maintained by the FWDA may be downloaded on our Public Notices & Documents page.


The Foss Waterway Development Authority office location will be permanently closed and telephone service will be disconnected as of December 18, 2020.  However, staff will continue to work remotely and will be available via email until December 28th.  You may direct inquiries to Norm Gollub at or to Louise Dreyer at until December 28, 2020.

As of January 1, 2021, all services formerly performed by FWDA will be conducted by the City of Tacoma or other agents, as noted below.  You may also use the City’s Tacoma First 311 system to be directed to the appropriate individual for your circumstance.

  • Development site interest:  Tacoma Community and Economic Development at 253-591-5039


  • City of Tacoma service requests (such as burned out street lights, graffiti, trash along Dock Street):  Tacoma First 311 (phone, app, or tablet/computer)


  • Special event permits and common area maintenance along the water side esplanade (litter, landscaping, etc.): Foss Waterway Owners Association care of HOA Community Solutions, 253-985-3812, Extension 102 or


  • Public access moorage at 535 Dock Street: Foss Waterway Seaport Museum at 253.272.2750 ext. 101.


  • Parks on the Foss:  Metro Parks Tacoma at 253-305-1022.