PenMet Parks Finalizes Community Recreation Center Feasibility, Concept Design, and Proforma Report

On January 5, 2021, PenMet Parks Board of Commissioners accepted the final Feasibility, Concept Design, and Proforma Report (36 Mb PDF) for PenMet Parks future Community Recreation Center. This project’s vision is to create an inclusive facility that supports the well-being of the whole community; a place where memorable experiences will be created.

The PenMet Parks Board of Commissioners reviewed the preliminary draft of the Feasibility, Concept Design, and Proforma Report during a public meeting on December 1, 2020. This report also includes site options for the future Community Recreation Center.

The design team – led by BLRB Architects and Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture (BRS), began the study in the summer of 2020. The public was engaged throughout the process, which included a series of open meetings and a Steering Committee comprised of community members. The study includes an operational analysis and business planning proforma of expenses and revenue potential. This planning is based on educated financial assumptions and projections through detailed market analysis and evaluation of PenMet goals. The proforma provides insight and performance information that reflects how PenMet expects to operate the facility from a financial perspective.

This study’s outcome is that there is a high level of confidence that PenMet can support a new community recreation center with the program outlined in this report. Based on the $22 million construction budget, the report recommends building an initial phase of the Community Recreation Center at around 64,000 square feet.

Public comment is welcome. After reviewing the report, you can share your thoughts or ask questions by emailing info@PenMetParks.org.

Next steps:

Project Documents:

Feasibility and Concept Design (36 Mb PDF)
Site Options
Final (inclusive of 1 & 2) Addendum #3
RFQ Questions and Answers

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Hale Pass Project Timeline and Update

Renovations on the Arletta Schoolhouse at Hale Pass Park are anticipated to start in January 2021, beginning with a Request for Proposal to replace and relocate the well currently on the site. Other upgrades scheduled to begin in spring of 2021 address ADA access for the building and restrooms, ingress and egress, upgrades to plumbing and electrical systems, and building structural improvements. Plans also include revising the building layout so that visitors will not need to exit through a classroom or a restroom. The kitchen and restrooms also will receive significant upgrades.

Driftmier Architects have performed site visits and assessment work. A Hale Pass Renovation Update was shared with the Park Board on March 26, 2020. The assessment documents are available below.

Following several reviews of the assessment, PenMet staff has worked with Driftmier Architects to develop a renovation plan, including schematic design drawings and a cost estimate. The Park Board received briefings on various aspects of the project, including schematic designs and the budget, on March 26, July 7, July 21, and November 17. The current estimate for the project is approximately $1,000,000.
The current estimate is for the work to be complete by the end of July.

The entire park covers over 4 acres, including a ball field, picnic shelter, tennis courts, forest land, and the Arletta Schoolhouse.

Arletta Schoolhouse Plan Set 201028
Hale Pass Renovation Update 200326
HP Schematic Design (Before-After)
HP Facility Assessment Draft 200316
Hales Pass Renovation RFQ Pre-Submittal Mtg
Hales Pass Renovation RFQ Q&A
Public Meeting Handouts
Project Scope RFQ-PA

PenMet Parks drafting Community Recreation Center Feasibility, Concept Design, and Proforma Report

PenMet Parks is reviewing a preliminary draft of the Feasibility, Concept Design, and Proforma Report (10 Mb PDF). This report, prepared by the design team with significant community input, studied various space types and layouts and contains a recommended program and staffing mix within the project budget, is financially sustainable, and can be expanded in phases.

The PenMet Parks Board of Commissioners reviewed the preliminary draft during a public meeting on December 1, 2020. The design team – led by BLRB Architects and Barker Rinker Seacat (BRS) – plans to incorporate feedback from that meeting into an updated draft that will be reviewed during a public Park Board study session at 4 pm on December 15.

The study began in the summer of 2020. The design team worked closely with the PenMet Board, PenMet staff, community stakeholders on the project Steering Committee, and members of the public. Conducting the project in this manner allows for the development of a facility that directly reflects the indoor recreation programming needs of the PenMet community.

During the program study, there were four steering committee meetings, along with two public meetings to gain insight into the PenMet community’s wants and needs. These meetings were conducted in a virtual environment due to COVID-19. Although this added a challenge to the process, it also spurred opportunities to hear more voices through interactive presentations and activities. These efforts will continue throughout the project so that PenMet ensures the center continues to accurately reflect the community’s needs inside and out.

The study includes an operational analysis and business planning proforma of expenses and revenue potential. This planning is based on educated financial assumptions and projections through detailed market analysis and evaluation of PenMet goals. The proforma, which is currently in development, provides insight and performance information that reflects how PenMet expects to operate the facility from a financial perspective.

The outcome of this study is that there is a high level of confidence that PenMet can support a new community recreation center with the program outlined in this report. Based on the $22 million construction budget, the report recommends building an initial phase of the Community Recreation Center at around 66,400 square feet.

Public comment is welcome. After reviewing the 63-page report, you can share your thoughts or ask questions by emailing info@PenMetParks.org.

Next steps:

  • 4 pm, December 15, 2020: Board of Park Commissioners discussion of the second draft
  • 6 pm, January 5, 2021: Board of Park Commissioners is scheduled to vote to approve the final report and proceed to the schematic design phase

Project Documents:

Feasibility and Concept Design
Final (inclusive of 1 & 2) Addendum #3
RFQ Questions and Answers

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Community Recreation Center: A Promising Future

Community Recreation Center phasing plan

Peninsula Metropolitan Park District seeks proposals from fundraising consultants interested in working with our organization to assess the philanthropic community’s interest in supporting a capital campaign; and develop a capital campaign centered around our future community recreation facility (CRC) at 2416 14th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335, a former golf driving range (~17 acres).

View/download the Request for Qualifications (RFQ).

Background and Overview

coming soon…

Budget

The budget for the project is anticipated as $xxx,xxx

Community Recreation Center Steering Committee

With PenMet Parks recognizing the need for both indoor and outdoor passive and active recreation in the greater Gig Harbor community, PenMet Parks is seeking vital input from community user groups, local businesses, and individuals for the next phase in developing the PenMet Parks Community Recreation Center.

Applications are due Friday, August 7th by 3:00 p.m.

This input comes in the form of PenMet assembling a Steering Committee to contribute their knowledge and feedback to community needs. The Steering Committee, made up of a diverse representation of the Community of the Greater Gig Harbor area, will be presented with the project details, goals, and preliminary design elements. This process will include information on project funding, timing, and regulations that impact the project. Once the committee is familiar with the project, there will be multiple meetings to discuss the project elements and give the design team input.

Download the Steering Committee Application Form if you or someone you know would like to apply to be on the committee. You may also email info@PenMetParks.org to receive an application. Please return applications to the contact information on the form.

Read updates regarding this project.

Project Documents
Steering Committee Application & Overview

Sale and Purchase of Community Recreation Center Property Completed

As the sale and purchase of the property have come to a close, PenMet Parks will begin to program camps, classes, and activities in the spring of 2020 for the interim usage of the building currently located on the south end of the property. As of February 2020, Harbor Soccer Club has ended its lease of office and administrative space at the site and will be moving to a new location.

PenMet Parks is currently in the development of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the next phase of the architectural design of the PenMet Parks Community Recreation Center. The primary intent of an RFQ is to advertise The District’s interest in finding the best agency for the design project. After a thorough review, interview, and selection process, the design firm will then work with PenMet Parks and various constituents to develop “construction-ready” plans for the new facility. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is anticipated to be issued in the spring of 2020.

The netting and poles previously used to contain golf balls on the property will be removed in the coming months. Updates will be made to the Miniature Golf Course to allow for continued use.

The District is hosting an open house on January 28th, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the PenMet Parks Community Recreation Center (2416 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 – Former Performance Golf Center site)