March 2024 eNews

PenMet Parks. Parks for All. Parks for Life.
  • Happy Anniversary, PenMet Parks
  • 2023 PenMet Parks Annual Report
  • Spring-Summer Activities Registration
  • Important Registration Reminders
  • Summer Camp Fair March 9
  • Coming Soon: A NEW Season for Flag Football
  • Parks Appreciation Day is May 4
  • Recreation Programs Spotlight
  • Financial Assistance is Available

Visit our Calendar of Events to Learn More

Parks For All. Parks For Life: 2004 to 2024

The Peninsula Metropolitan Park District was formed on May 18, 2004, by a vote of the people on the Gig Harbor Peninsula, in unincorporated Pierce County. This year, we celebrate twenty years of being deeply rooted in our community, and boldly growing into the future.

Today, PenMet Parks serves approximately 40,000 residents in unincorporated Pierce County, managing nearly 650 acres of parkland within our boundaries that span over 50 square miles and delivering recreational programs and events for all ages and abilities.

See you at the park!

We are Stewards

In 2023, PenMet Parks served more people than ever before and enhanced the quality of life in our community by providing exceptional parks and recreation services for all. The District delivered critical services and advanced the strategic goals that are based on our communities’ priorities.

Reflecting our value of responsibility and our commitment to transparency, the 2023 Annual Report provides an update on the District’s programs and finances.

With Thanks to our Sponsors

New for 2024, our sponsors help PenMet Parks create memorable events year-round for all in our community and contribute to the PenMet Parks Financial Assistance Program.

Saturday, March 30

10 AM to 2 PM

Sehmel Homestead Park

Registration begins March 1

We hear from a reliable source that a certain bunny will be in Gig Harbor this spring! Join us for PenMet Parks’ Spring Egg Hunt event. It’s a festive occasion, as children eagerly search for eggs at this long-regarded local family tradition. This delightful event brings the community together for seasonal fun and celebration.

Schulte & Co | NEIGHBORHOOD EXPERTS

This year, Paige Schulte & Co., Neighborhood Experts Real Estate is serving as a PenMet Parks Premier Sponsor. We share a passion for ensuring everyone in our community benefits from parks and recreation opportunities, through hands-on education, events, and activities, regardless of age or abilities.

Friday, March 29

7 – 9 PM

Sehmel Homestead Park

Glow up your night at the Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt! Search for hidden eggs, then join us at the fun-filled after-party. Enjoy a DJ, games, treats, and more. Don’t miss this chance to create epic memories under the stars! Save the date and bring your flashlight for an unforgettable adventure!

This event is for ages 12-17 and pre-registration is required. Pay-as-you-will registration fee.

Saturday, March 9

10 AM – 1 PM

PenMet Parks Administrative Office

Discover the excitement of the upcoming 2024 summer camp season at our dynamic and engaging summer camp fair! Dive into a world of adventure and learning as you connect with PenMet Parks’ passionate staff and instructors. From thrilling outdoor expeditions to captivating arts and sciences programs, this event is your gateway to crafting a summer filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories for your family. Start planning now for a season of fun, growth, and exploration!

Registration Begins in March

With spring upon us, and summer just around the corner, PenMet Parks is preparing for another season full of programs and events for everyone. Spring registration opens March 13 for District residents, and March 20 for non-residents.

Please note: Summer camps and events have their own guide this year. Look for that to come later in March.

PenMet Parks is committed to reducing financial barriers for fee based programs. We provide financial assistance for all ages and activities for qualifying households. Financial Assistance awards up to 75% off programs up to $400 per person, per calendar year.

We have recently updated some policies at PenMet Parks. The pricing policy includes priority registration for District Residents and a price difference for program fees. Refunds now include an administrative processing fee.

Youth Flag Football

Flag football returns to spring season! The season begins on May 11, and ends on June 15. Also new this year is a high school division. Practices and games will be on Saturdays, ensuring a fun season that leaves time for other activities.

Registration opens Wednesday, March 13 for District Residents and March 20 for Non-Residents.

Enjoy the night off and leave the kids to us! This program features a new theme each month and is filled with fun activities, dinner, and a movie. Sign up two or more siblings and get $10 off!

Upcoming Activities:

Babysitting Classes

Come learn how to be responsible and safe in any situation. Learn how to be safe, comfortable, and confident when staying home alone or babysitting

Upcoming Activities:

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Save the Date!

Join us on May 4! It will be a day of community service at parks throughout Gig Harbor. Help us prepare for the busy spring and summer season!

Community Recreation Center

On February 21, we achieved in important milestone in the construction of the Community Recreation Center. The first steel columns were installed, following a period of site preparation. It is an exciting new phase in the development of this facility. Learn more on our website.

February 2024 eNews

PenMet Parks. Parks for All. Parks for Life.
  • This weekend: Teen Masquerade Ball
  • Flash Sale for the February 10 Family Sweetheart Dances
  • An Estate With an Environmental Impact Workshop, February 18
  • Financial Assistance for All Ages
  • Recreation Programs and Youth Sports Spotlight
  • Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Park Master Plan Update
  • Meeting Changes and Closure Reminders

February 10

2-4 PM, 4:30-6:30 PM, 7-9 PM

Ocean5, Gig Harbor

Our FLASH SALE is on now! Register now for our Family Sweetheart Dances on February 10 at Ocean5 in Gig Harbor.

For a limited time, tickets are just $15 per person. Join us for a heartwarming Valentine-themed celebration filled with music, dancing, crafts, and sweet treats. It is a GREAT event for families with children ages 12 and younger. Ages two and younger are FREE.

An Estate With an Environmental Impact

An Interactive Workshop Presented by the

Gig Harbor Land Conservation Fund

February 18, 4-6 PM

Volunteer Vern Pavilion at Sehmel Homestead Park Learn about ways that you can plan for a future gift to support environmental causes in the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula areas. Advisors from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation will provide helpful estate planning information, and walk everyone through an exercise that will help you connect your passions of our natural environment with intention and action!  

We have recently updated some policies at PenMet Parks. The pricing policy includes priority registration for District residents and discounted program fees. Refunds now include an administrative processing fee.

PenMet Parks is committed to reducing financial barriers for fee-based programs. We provide financial assistance for all ages and activities for qualifying households. Financial assistance awards up to 75% off programs, up to $400 per person, per calendar year.

Youth baseball season is coming to PenMet Parks. As with our other sports programs, youth baseball leagues are for boys and girls from pre-K through eighth grade. This season, players will work to improve their skills and engage in teamwork on the field. So, get your gear ready and swing for the fences.

Registration opens February 7 at 9 AM for District residents and February 14 at 9 AM for non-residents.

Kid’s Night Out

February 3, 5-9 PM

February 24, 5-9 PM

Enjoy a night off and leave the kids to us! This program features a new theme each month and is filled with fun activities, dinner, and a movie. 

Teen Trivia Night

February 2, 7-9 PM

Grab your friends and join our Teen Advisory Committee as they host a teens only Trivia Night*! We will be using KAHOOT! to test your knowledge on pop culture and current events with prizes each round.

*Pre-registration is required

World Travel Opportunity:

Informational Presentation by Collette

February 28, 1:30 – 3 PM PenMet Parks is partnering with Collette, a travel/tours agency, to present an unforgettable travel experience. Come learn all about our 2025 Shades of Ireland tour and begin planning your journey to The Emerald Isle.

Developing a master plan for the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Park is among the highest priorities in PenMet Parks’ Capital Improvement Plan. It will guide improvements to public access at the park by addressing the existing structure, ADA accessibility upgrades, parking lot, and other site improvements. Four concepts have been developed for this project. Input received from the community during public forums has provided essential feedback to the project team. Visit our project website to see the timeline, design concepts, and other important documents.

New Location Beginning in February

Starting February 6, the Board of Commissioners will meet at the PenMet Parks Administration Building located at 2416 14th Ave NW in Gig Harbor. The Board of Commissioners’ regular business meetings are open to the public and typically held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6 PM.

The PenMet Parks’ administration office will be closed in observance of Presidents Day, February 19

January 2024 eNews

  • Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Community Open House, January 24
  • Family Sweetheart Dances, February 10
  • Financial Assistance for All Ages
  • Recreation Programs and Youth Sports Spotlight
  • Community Recreation Center Construction Update
  • Closure Reminders

Visit our Calendar of Events to Learn More

Community Open House

Nichols Community Center

Join us for an interactive discussion as PenMet Parks develops a master plan for the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit. This project represents a comprehensive process that is designed to engage local residents and stakeholders. There are many natural features to carefully consider in developing a master plan for this 3.56-acre park located on the northeast tip of Fox Island. Community input will help guide how to allow low-impact public access to the park. During the plan development process, special care will be given to protecting vegetation and wildlife of this special waterside ecosystem that includes 1,500 feet of marine shoreline. There is no need to register for this event. Learn more about the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit by visiting our website.

2-4 PM, 4:30-6:30 PM, 7-9 PM

Registration begins January 3

Just before Valentine’s Day, join us at Ocean5 for our Family Sweetheart Dances and a heartwarming gathering where parents, children, and loved ones come together to enjoy music, dancing, crafts, and sweet treats. Reserve your space to create lasting memories in a warm and inclusive atmosphere.

This is a great event for families with children ages 12 and under.

 Fee: $25 per person. 

Winter Registration is Now Open!

Financial Assistance for All Ages

PenMet Parks is committed to reducing financial barriers for fee-based programs. We provide financial assistance for all ages and activities for qualifying households. Financial Assistance awards up to 75% off programs up to $400 per person per calendar year.

Pricing and Refund Policy Updates

We have recently updated some policies at PenMet Parks. The pricing policy includes priority registration for District Residents and a price difference for program fees. Refunds now include an administrative processing fee.

Youth Programs

Explore art, STEM, and diverse programs in our vibrant youth community—where creativity, discovery, and friendship come together for endless opportunities.

Upcoming Activities:

Teen Programs

Discover diverse creative experiences and engaging activities in our vibrant teen community—where creativity and connection fuel growth opportunities.

Upcoming Activities:

Adult & Senior Programs

Explore a variety of thoughtfully designed activities crafted for adults and seniors. Every program is carefully tailored for each distinct life stage. Our programs prioritize well-being, fitness, educational workshops, and social events that foster a supportive community and enhance the overall quality of life.

Upcoming Activities:

Specialized and Adaptive Programs

Inclusion takes center stage with our specialized and adaptive recreation programs. Discover a diverse range of activities tailored to accommodate varying abilities, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to thrive and enjoy the transformative power of recreation.

Upcoming Activities:

Community Recreation Center

Construction of the new indoor Community Recreation Center is underway! This 58,000 square-foot indoor recreation facility will feature a full-size indoor turf field, multi-sport courts for basketball, pickleball, and volleyball, an elevated walk/jog track, community spaces, and an outdoor multipurpose lawn. As part of the project, the miniature golf course will be renovated and the Cushman Trail will be extended, resulting in a comprehensive recreation campus for our community. At the building site, contractors are working on site infrastructure, footings and foundations, and the start of building construction this winter. Check out our progress by viewing a weekly time-lapse video of the construction site. Learn more on our website.

Holiday Closure Reminders

The PenMet Parks administration office will be closed in observance of the January holidays. These include:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King Day, January 15

December 2023 eNews

PenMet Parks. Parks for All. Parks for Life.

December 2023

In This Issue…

  • We’re Moving!
  • Holiday Giving Tree and Toy Drive
  • Financial Assistance for All Ages
  • Recreational Guide and Reader Survey
  • Registration Begins December 12
  • Open House-Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve
  • Rosedale Hall Renovation Update
  • Sweetheart Family Dances in February

Visit our Calendar of Events to Learn More

PenMet Parks’ New Location
We’re excited to announce we are moving. On Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5 we will provide customer service via phone, email, or by appointment during this office move. We will resume full service on Wednesday, December 6, 8:30 AM, at our new administrative office, located at 2416 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335, just a quarter of a mile from Tubby’s Trail Dog Park.

Holiday Giving Tree
Help us bring joy to families in need this holiday season! PenMet Parks is hosting a Giving Tree for Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH at our administrative office. Unwrapped gift donations may be dropped off M-F, 8:30 AM – 5 PM, beginning Wednesday, December 6 at the new office, 2416 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.

Classes and Activities for All

Financial Assistance for All Ages.


Financial assistance ensures broader access to PenMet Parks fee-based programs for all ages and activities. Applications are available online, in person, or over the phone. Contact us with your questions.

January-March 2024 Parks and Recreation Guide
We are proud to offer a wide variety of Parks and Recreation opportunities for the community. Take a look at the latest programs, activities, and events for youth, teens, active seniors, and individuals with disabilities.

Complete the online
reader survey and be
entered to win a voucher
for 50% off a PenMet
Parks Program (up to
$200 value).

Winter program registration begins Wednesday, December 12 at 9 AM. You can register online, over the phone, or in person. We welcome you
to the new administrative office on December 12, from 9-11 AM for light refreshments and to meet your Recreation Services team who are ready to support you with registration. Check out the online January-March 2024 Recreation Guide for all the winter program options.
As of December 6, the new address is 2416 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor WA 98335.

Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve
Community Open House
Wednesday, December 13 at 5:30 PM
Nichols Community Center

Join us for an interactive discussion as PenMet Parks develops a master plan for the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve. This project
represents a comprehensive process that is designed to engage local residents. There are many natural features to carefully consider in
developing a master plan for this 3.56-acre park located on the northeast tip of Fox Island. Community input will help guide how to allow low-impact public access to the park. During the plan development process, special care will be given to protecting vegetation and wildlife of this special waterside ecosystem that includes 1,500 feet of marine shoreline. There is no need to register for this event. Learn more about the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve by visiting our website.

Teen Programs


Teen Masquerade Ball
ID #6271, $12, Ages 12-17
Saturday, 1/27/24, 7-9 PM
Gig Harbor High School Commons

Join us at the Annual Teen Masquerade Ball for an evening of costumes, dancing, and refreshments. Bring your own mask or borrow one from us. All middle school and high school aged teens are welcome to participate. Pre-registration is required.

Wondering how to engage your kids this winter break? Look no
further! Winter Day Camps are designed to ignite your child’s
imagination and creativity while keeping them active during this
school break. Camps are the perfect blend of fun and learning during this upcoming chilly season.

We have recently updated some policies at PenMet Parks. The pricing policy includes priority registration for District Residents and a price
difference for program fees. Refunds now include an administrative fee for processing. Learn more about the pricing policy and the refund policy on our website, in the Recreation & Events section.

Rosedale Hall Renovation

Rosedale Community Hall is beloved by local residents. Through the decades, it has played a pivotal role in the community, serving as a
school, a church, an exercise studio, and hosting countless local groups and events. This fall, PenMet Parks began a quality renovation, with
work focusing on structural improvements, ADA upgrades, new restrooms, and replacing aging systems. The goal is to restore this community gem while maintaining its unique character. The renovation is expected to be complete in summer 2024, and we look forward to an improved facility for all to enjoy. Learn more on our website.

Family Sweetheart Dances
Saturday, February 10
2-4 PM, 4:30-6:30 PM, 7-9 PM
Ocean5, Gig Harbor
Registration begins January 3

Just before Valentine’s Day, join us at Ocean 5 for our Family Sweetheart Dances and a heartwarming gathering where parents, children, and loved ones come together to enjoy music, dancing, crafts, and sweet treats. Reserve your space to create lasting memories in a warm and inclusive atmosphere. This is a great event for families with children ages 12 and under. Fee: $25 per person.

November 2023 PenMet Parks eNews – Fall is in Full Swing

PenMet Parks. Parks for All. Parks for Life.
  • Trunk or Treat at Sehmel Homestead Park
  • Vote November 7: Levy Renewal
  • Cookies with Mr. and Mrs. Claus
  • Financial Assistance
  • Classes and Activities for all Ages
  • Pricing Policy
  • Youth Basketball (Registration Opens Nov 4)
  • PROS Plan

This November PenMet Parks residents will vote on a renewal of the District’s parks and recreation levy. This renews the same expiring levy from 2017.

Use of Levy Funds: The current levy, which is expiring this year, generated $15.5 million in funding over six years. As voters consider renewing this levy, learn more about how PenMet Parks has used those funds to advance our community’s priorities.

District residents can visit the levy renewal information page on the PenMet Parks website to learn more and also to read our most frequently asked questions

Cookies with Mr. & Mrs. Claus

Saturday, December 9

From 10 AM – 2 PM

(Low Sensory Hour 1-2 PM)

Sehmel Homestead Park

Join PenMet Parks for this annual holiday family tradition at Sehmel Homestead Park in Gig Harbor.

Receive a take-home cookie decorating kit, get pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, and make-n-take holiday-themed crafts. To add to this fun day, enjoy festive holiday music, and drop off your letters to Santa.

Cost: “Pay as you will” donation-based tickets.

How to Register: Registration begins on November 1. Learn more The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will be accepting non-perishable food to donate for the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank.

Classes and Activities For All

Financial Assistance is Available

Financial assistance ensures broader access to PenMet Parks fee-based programs for all ages and activities. Applications are available online, in person, or over the phone. Contact us with questions at [email protected].

Below are just a sample of our classes and activities for all ages. Check out our September-December 2023 Recreation Guide to learn more.

Adult Programs

Mosiac Art Class: Pendants

ID#6018 $50, Ages: 18+, Saturday, 11/4 from 1-4 PM Volunteer Vern Pavilion

Join local artist Barbara Henderson in creating decorative mosaic art using glass, beads, and a variety of mosaic techniques. Suitable for beginners and intermediate artists, this course offers step-by-step instructions, and a featured project to showcase your creativity.

Trail Walking Club: Winter Walkers

ID#6334 $5, Ages: 18+, Thursdays, 11/2-12/14 from 8:30-9:30 AM, Various Park Locations

Would you like to get out and about in nature with other walkers? Join us as we explore different PenMet Parks trails over six weeks. Walking locations include Sehmel Homestead Park, McCormick Forest Park, Cushman Trail, and more.

Teen Programs

Adulting 101 Workshop: Basics of Investing

ID#5872, $5, Ages 12-18, Saturday, 11/18, from 10 AM-NOON, Arletta Schoolhouse

Adulting 101 is a new series to help teens with the skills needed for their transition into adulthood. Learn how to make informed financial decisions, develop responsible spending habits, and lay a strong foundation for the future. Pre-registration is required.

Friendsgiving Murder Mystery

ID#5868, $10, Ages 12-18 Saturday, 11/17 from 7-9 PM, Arletta Schoolhouse

We invite you to the Friendsgiving Murder Mystery! This thrilling and immersive experience is designed for teens who love puzzles, mysteries, and a dash of suspense. Dinner will be provided. Pre- registration is required.

Super Sitters: Babysitting Course

ID#5970, $85, Ages 11-15, Saturday, 11/18 from 9 AM – 2 PM, Volunteer Vern Pavilion

Come for a day of fun while earning your Super Sitters Certificate! This class will cover leadership and the business of babysitting, basic care for children, understanding children of different age groups, safety and first aid. 

Safe at Home: Super Sitters Introduction

ID#5971, $40, Ages 8-12, Saturday, 11/18 from 2-4 PM, Volunteer Vern Pavilion

Come learn how to be responsible and safe in any situation. We will cover family communication, first aid, internet, gun, phone, and door safety. Learn how to be safe, comfortable, and confident when staying home alone. 

Youth Programs

Kids Afterschool Art Club: Trash to Treasures 

ID#5878, $55, Ages 6-11, 11/16-12/14, Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 PM, Volunteer Vern Pavilion

Does your kiddo love arts and crafts? This is the club for them! Each week we will be using everyday items one might have chosen to throw away or donate to create a work of art. At the end of the program your child will have five masterpieces to take home. Just in time for the gift giving season!

Toddler Time: Barnyard Buddies

ID#5864, $5, Ages 4 or Under, Saturday, 11/11 from 8-9:30 AM, Arletta Schoolhouse

This program offers play, learning, and bonding experiences for guardians and their young children. It is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and build lasting connections with other families. Join us for an exciting adventure as you and your toddler explore the world of Barnyard Buddies, where they can engage in interactive activities, learn about farm animals, and enhance their sensory exploration and fine motor skills.

PenMet Parks Launches in-District Discount and Priority Registration Program

In October 2023, the PenMet Parks Board of Commissioners approved a pricing policy that benefits District residents. This new policy applies to all the District’s fee-based programs and services offered after April 1, regardless of when registration or reservations occur. This policy includes the following:

  • Differential pricing for those who reside within the District. In-District residents will pay 20% less than non-residents.
  • Priority registration for District residents enrolling in recreation programs. District residents benefit by registering one week prior to non-residents.

Visit the PenMet Parks website for more information on the pricing policy, including answers to frequently asked questions.

Youth Basketball Season at PenMet Parks

Youth Basketball Season Registration Opens November 4

This promises to be another fun youth basketball season. Through youth sports, PenMet Parks is dedicated to help players build their skills and to help future generations learn the values of community, leadership, and character development in a fun and safe environment. Our youth basketball leagues are for boys and girls from Pre-K to eighth grade.

Download our Youth Basketball season flyer. Learn more on our website.

Be a Volunteer Coach

Want to help players have fun and improve their skills? Here’s what it takes to be a coach: 

  • Volunteer two-three hours per week.
  • We supply all equipment.
  • Choose your practice day.

Head coaches receive a fee waiver for your child’s registration.

Referees: We Need YOU

It takes a village to run PenMet Parks’ youth sports programs and we need you to make it happen. Referees will help oversee games, making sure players follow the rules and keeping the game fair. If you are 15 or older, you can be a referee.

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan Adopted

On October 17, the PenMet Board of Park commissioners adopted the 2024 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan.  The purpose of the PROS Plan is to identify community priorities for parks, recreation, and open space. The PROS Plan was last revised in 2018 and is updated periodically, but at least every six years. The PROS Plan was updated with input our community shared through open forums and surveys with District residents and other community members.

The PROS Plan guides PenMet Parks when making decisions or taking actions regarding planning, acquiring, developing, or enhancing parks, open space, or recreational facilities and programs. Learn more by visiting the PROS Plan information page on our District website.

October 2023 eNews – It’s “Scarecrow” Season at PenMet Parks

October 2023 PenMet eNews

It’s “Scarecrow” Month at PenMet Parks

In This Issue…

  • Scarecrow Festival is Saturday, October 7
  • Scarecrow Contest (At Scarecrow Festival)
  • Levy Renewal Informational Events
  • Financial Assistance
  • Classes and Activities for all Ages
  • PROS Plan
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Youth Basketball (Registration Opens Nov 4)

Scarecrow Festival

Saturday, October 7

From 11 AM – 4 PM

Sehmel Homestead Park

Presented by Schulte & Co, The Neighborhood Experts, this event is a Fall tradition, featuring a full day of family fun for everybody.

  • Annual Scarecrow Contest (Learn more below)
  • Hay rides and petting zoo provided by Miracle Ranch
  • Pumpkin carving demos
  • Music from the Shy Boys, and entertainment all day long
  • Food trucks
  • Local Makers market
  • Bounce house, carnival games, and more

In lieu of an admission fee, attendees are encouraged to bring personal care items or non-perishable food to the event. The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will host a collection station to give these donations to the Peninsula FISH Food Bank.  

Scarecrow Contest at the Festival

Along with all the food, festive music, and FUN at this year’s Scarecrow Festival at Sehmel Homestead Park, we will again hold our annual Scarecrow Contest.

Download the Scarecrow Contest flyer — the contest is FREE and open to everyone. Learn more and fill out a contest entry form!

Last year’s Scarecrow Contest winner, Crumbl Cookies!

Levy Renewal Informational Events

In October

This November PenMet Parks residents will vote on a renewal of the District’s parks and recreation levy. This renews the same expiring levy from 2017.



PenMet Parks is hosting several presentations to provide information and answer questions regarding this levy renewal. District residents can visit the levy renewal information page on the PenMet Parks website to learn more and to view the schedule of upcoming levy renewal informational events.

Tuesday, October 3 from 1-2 PM at the Arletta Schoolhouse in Hales Pass Park.

Wednesday, October 18 from 6-7 PM at the Volunteer Vern Pavilion in Sehmel Homestead Park

Classes and Activities for All

Financial Assistance is Available

Financial assistance ensures broader access to PenMet Parks fee-based programs for all ages and activities. Applications are available online, in person, or over the phone.

Contact us with questions at [email protected].

Below are just a sample of our classes and activities for all ages. Check out our September-December 2023 Recreation Guide to learn more.

Senior Programs

Senior Bowling Meet-Up

ID#6081

October 12, 3-4 PM

Ocean5

Meet us once a month at Gig Harbor’s Ocean5 for a great time. All skill levels are welcome. Sign up by October 8 so we can reserve the right number of lanes. Bowling balls are provided by Ocean5, and bowling shoes are not required. NOTE: There is a $5 (plus tax) fee charged by Ocean5 when you check in.

Adult Programs

Mosiac Art Class:

Pendants. ID#6018

$50, Ages: 18+

11/4, Saturday, 1-4 PM

Volunteer Vern Pavilion Join local artist Barbara Henderson in creating decorative mosaic art using glass, beads, and a variety of mosaic techniques. Suitable for beginners and intermediate artists, this course offers step-by-step instructions, and a featured project to showcase your creativity.

Teen Programs

Teen Laser Tag League ID#5844, $75, Ages 12-16 10/4-11/8, Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 PM

Ocean5 Each week, teams will compete head-to-head to find out who is the ultimate laser tag champion. Sign up to join in all the fun. 

More Teen Programs

Adulting 101 Workshop:

Basic Budgeting

ID#5871, $5, Ages 12-18

Saturday, 10/21 from 10 AM-NOON

Arletta Schoolhouse Learn how to make informed financial decisions, develop responsible spending habits, and lay a strong foundation for future financial well-being. Interactive lessons, practical exercises, and real-life scenarios teach budgeting fundamentals and build confidence in managing their finances.

Youth Programs

Kids Afterschool Art Club: Trash to TreasuresID#5878

$55, Ages 6-11, 11/16-12/14, Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 PM

Volunteer Vern Pavilion Does your kiddo love arts and crafts? This is the club for them! Each week we will be using everyday items one might have chosen to throw away or donate to create a work of art. At the end of the program your child will have five masterpieces to take home. Just in time for the gift giving season!

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan Update

The Board of Park commissioners will consider adopting the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan in October. The PROS Plan was developed from input our community shared through open forums and surveys with District residents and other community members.

The PROS Plan will guide PenMet Parks when making decisions or taking actions regarding planning, acquiring, developing, or enhancing parks, open space, or recreational facilities and programs. We look forward to sharing the PROS Plan with you as we set out to implement it in a strategic way over the next six years.

You can learn more and offer your input at the next Board of Park Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, October 3 at 6 PM at the Arletta Schoolhouse in Hales Pass Park.

Keep an eye out on our website for the approved PROS Plan after the October 17 Board of Park Commissioners meeting

Trunk or Treat

Friday, October 27

from 5-8 PM

Sehmel Homestead Park

PenMet Parks is hosting a family-friendly “Trunk-or-Treat” event the weekend before Halloween.

We are inviting local businesses and non-profit organizations to become Trunkers, by hosting trunks and giving treats to our little ghouls and goblins.

No registration is required. See you at the park.

Contact us to learn more about how you can become an official Trunker for Trunk or Treat.

Youth Basketball Season at PenMet Parks

Youth Basketball Season Registration Opens November 4

Our youth basketball leagues are for boys and girls from Pre-K to eighth grade. We are dedicated to inspiring future generations learn the values of community, leadership, and character development in a fun and safe environment. Learn more.

Be a Volunteer Coach

Want to help players have fun and improve their skills? Here’s what it takes to be a coach: 

Two-three hours per week.

We supply all equipment.

Choose your practice day. Head coaches receive a fee waiver for your child’s registration.

Referees: We Need YOU

It takes a village to run PenMet Parks’ youth sports programs and we need you to make it happen. Referees will help oversee games, making sure players follow the rules and keeping the game fair. If you are 15 or older, you can be a referee.

September 2023 eNews — a new season of classes and activities

PenMet Parks. Parks for All. Parks for Life.

Welcome Fall 2023

Classes, Activities, and Fun for Everyone

In This Issue…

  • Scarecrow Festival Returns
  • CRC Groundbreaking Wrap-up
  • Levy Renewal Informational Events
  • Rosedale Hall Renovations
  • Financial Assistance is Available
  • New Classes for Seniors and Teens
  • Trunk or Treat

Scarecrow Festival

Saturday, October 7

From 11 AM – 4 PM

Sehmel Homestead Park

Presented by Schulte & Co, The Neighborhood Experts, this event is a Fall tradition, featuring a full day of family fun for everybody.

  • Hay rides and petting zoo provided by Miracle Ranch
  • Pumpkin carving demos
  • Music from the Shy Boys
  • Food trucks
  • Local Makers market
  • Bounce house and more

Suggested admission of personal care items or non-perishable food to donate through the Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor to the Peninsula FISH Food Bank.  

Presented by

Scarecrow Contest at the Festival

As in past festivals, we welcome creative, whimsical, and lovable entries for our Scarecrow Contest for both vendors and attendees.

Download our Scarecrow Contest flyer and complete the Scarecrow Contest entry form.

Take a look at last year’s winner.

With thanks to our sponsors: Tapco Credit Union, Sign Gypsies, Peninsula Light Co., and Ocean5

Community Recreation Center Groundbreaking

Work is now underway to build the District’s 58,000 square foot indoor Community Recreation Center (CRC). On Thursday, August 24, PenMet Parks marked this historic occasion with a groundbreaking ceremony before a standing-room-only audience of more than 100 well-wishers.

As construction took place in the background, the PenMet Parks Board of Park Commissioners honored the efforts of our Washington State legislators and the community for their support to bring this vision to life. When complete, the CRC will be a community hub bringing together families, friends, and neighbors of all ages to play, connect, and grow.  To learn more about the CRC, visit the CRC page on the PenMet Parks website.

Levy Renewal Informational Events

In the November 7, 2023 general election, the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) Board of Commissioners will ask District residents to vote on a renewal of the parks and recreation levy.

PenMet Parks is hosting several presentations to provide information and answer questions regarding this levy renewal.

Other events will be scheduled later in October and before election day. District residents can visit the levy renewal information page on the PenMet Parks website to learn more and to view the schedule of upcoming levy renewal informational events.

Rosedale Hall Renovations

This Fall, PenMet Parks is bringing to life the vision of a quality renovation to this treasured community center. Construction will focus on structural integrity, accessibility, upgraded restrooms, and replacing aging systems. When complete, the renovation will feature new interior and exterior finishes, ensuring that Rosedale Hall serves our community now and for generations to come. 

Classes and Activities Spotlight

Financial Assistance is Available

Financial assistance ensures broader access to PenMet Parks fee-based programs for all ages and all classes. Applications are available online, in person, or over the phone. Contact us with questions at [email protected].

Fall welcomes a new season of camps, classes, and activities. Below is just a sample of our offerings. Check out our September-December 2023 Recreation Guide to learn more.

New For Active Seniors

Senior Bowling monthly meet-up

Thursday, September 14 at 3 PM

Ocean5, Gig Harbor

 To learn more about senior programs, such as our weekly Senior Socials, check out our website and download the monthly activities calendar.

Teen and Youth Programs

Teens (Ages 12-18)

New! Teen Tabletop Club:

Dungeons & Dragons, ID# 5890

$75, 11/16-12/14, Thursdays 4:30-5:30 PM, Volunteer Vern Pavilion

New! Adulting 101 workshop series, IDs vary

$5, once-a-month on Saturdays, 10 AM-NOON, various locations

Teen Laser Tag League, ID# 5844

$75, 10/4-11/8, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 PM, Ocean5, Gig Harbor

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Youth

New! Kids Afterschool Art Club: Trash to Treasures, ID#5878

$55, ages 6-11, 11/16-12/14, Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 PM

Volunteer Vern Pavilion

Junior Hikers, ID#5875

$35, ages 6-9, 9/23-10/28, Saturdays, 9-10:30 AM

Various PenMet Park locations

New! Toddler Time, IDs vary $5, up to age 3, once-a-month on Saturdays, 8-9:30 AM

Flag Football Season at PenMet Parks

At PenMet Parks, flag football offers a fun, non-contact sport for boys and girls, grades Pre-K through middle school. Practice begins the week of September 18, with team play starting October 14. There is still time to register for the season.

To learn more, contact our PenMet Youth Sports team

Calling all Trunkers:

Trunk or Treat

Friday, October 27 from 5-8 PM

Sehmel Homestead Park

PenMet Parks is hosting a family-friendly “Trunk-or-Treat” event the weekend before Halloween.

We are inviting local businesses and non-profit organizations to become Trunkers, by hosting trunks and giving treats to our little ghouls and goblins.

Contact us to learn more about how you can become an official Trunker for Trunk or Treat.