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.

August 2023 eNews — Celebrate with us!

PenMet Parks. Parks for All. Parks for Life.

August 2023

Summer fun continues for everyone!

We are celebrating!

Construction for the new Community Recreation Center (CRC) will commence this summer and we are ready to celebrate with you! Everyone is welcome to join us for the groundbreaking festivities on Thursday, August 24, at 4:30 PM, at the main campus of the Community Recreation Center, 2416 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor.

The CRC will be more than a recreation facility. With an indoor jogging track, multi-sport courts, an indoor turf field, and multiple gathering spaces the 58,000-square-foot building will support many activities and programs. It will be a transformational, community hub bringing together families, friends, and neighbors of all ages to play, connect, and grow. The miniature golf course will be renovated, and the Cushman Trail expanded as part of the project, creating a comprehensive recreation campus for our community.

Outdoor Events

Free Friday night movies in August

Sit back, relax, and savor FREE Friday summer movie nights under the stars at the Sehmel Homestead Park Amphitheater. The Corndoggery will serve up their famous hand-dipped corn dogs. Check out their online menu and pick your favorite.

Pre-movie entertainment and activities begin an hour before the show and include yard games, bubble fun, chalk art, and energizing movement with guest performances by crowd favorite, Mr. Pleasant.

You may also want to arrive early for family pickleball available from 4-7 PM at the multi-purpose courts.

The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will collect non-perishable food and personal care items for FISH Food Bank.

Music in harmony with nature

Enjoy our final FREE summer concert featuring National Park Radio at the Sehmel Homestead Park Amphitheater on Wednesday, August 16 from 6-8 PM.

The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will collect non-perishable food and personal care items for FISH Food Bank.

Family Fun Fest & Bike Bash

Sehmel Homestead Park

Sunday, August 20 from 11 AM-4 PM

Sponsored by Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, join us for a fun day of live music and hands-on learning for everyone in the family.

Leave the parking to us!

Shuttle service is available from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM from Gig Harbor High School.

  • Local favorite The Shy Boys
  • Food trucks and entertainment
  • Local Makers market
  • Bike safety education
  • Adaptive bicycle opportunities
  • Bounce house

Food and supplies drive

The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will collect non-perishable food, personal care items, and school supplies.

Court sports update

Open play schedule in August

PenMet Parks is piloting a trial period dedicating days and times to certain sports and activities, as well as preserving open times for general play. This experimental schedule is based on your feedback and will run through August 31.

For Seniors

No reservations are required for Senior Social Events

Free Senior Social: First Friday program

Join PenMet Parks for fellowship, games, enrichment activities, and other, unique special events. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.  

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

Friday, August 4 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Local author DL Fowler, “The Lincoln Guy,” will discuss his novels and research about the life of President Abraham Lincoln. “Lincoln Raw: A Biographical Novel” and “The Turn: A Bond That Shaped History” make for fascinating historical perspectives.

Please join us and bring a friend!

Free Senior Social: Third Friday program, Games Galore

Join our staff for a variety of board games and cards to choose from for fun, socializing, and gameplay.

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

Friday, August 18 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM

It’s time for Bunco! This fun and fast-paced dice game gives players the opportunity to enjoy some friendly competition and maybe win a prize. We’ll also have a Fall Senior Program preview.

Get in the groove with Gentle Hatha Yoga

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

Tuesdays from 3-3:45 PM

This group class guides participants through gentle stretch movements in an inclusive setting. The goals are to proceed toward developing strength, flexibility, and mindful promotion of the connection between movement and breath. This class is designed for mixed-level participants and will include some modifications using chair-based poses. All levels are welcome. Register for individual classes or for the whole month.

Hatha Flow Yoga

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

Thursdays from 3-3:45 PM

Hatha yoga is another type of practice that guides participants through stretch movements and focused balance poses, as well as fluid pose transitions. Much like gentle yoga, the goals include developing strength, flexibility, and the same mindful connection between movement and breath. This class is recommended for those who are comfortable with a mixture of standing and sitting poses. All levels are welcome. Register for individual classes or for the whole month.

Specialized Recreation

Harbor Social Club

Arletta Schoolhouse

at Hales Pass Park

Thursdays from 10-11:30 AM

Each week we move our bodies by walking, rolling, and dancing. We will also be creative at crafting while maintaining friendships. All physical abilities are welcome.

Adaptive Drumming Circle

Hales Pass Park Picnic Shelter

Tuesdays from 10-11:30 AM

Occupational therapist Denise Tremblay leads sessions with music, movement, and creative activities. Drumming can have a positive effect on the cardio, muscular, and sensory nervous systems and naturally elevates mood.

Check Out These Classes, Camps and Activities

NEW this fall! Adulting 101 workshops for teens

Adulting 101 is a comprehensive series collaborating with local subject matter experts to help teens with the skills needed to transition into adulthood. Teens ages 12-18 will learn an array of skills from budgeting, investing, and interviewing to essential clothing care.

Financial assistance is available for all ages

Financial assistance ensures more access to PenMet Parks fee-based programs for all ages. We offer financial support and payment plans to those in need of assistance to participate in our activities, events, and leagues.

Applications are available online, in person, or over the phone. Contact us if you have questions at [email protected].

PROS Plan

PenMet Parks is developing the 2024 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan to guide the District’s parks and recreation priorities over the next several years. The plan was developed based on feedback from residents, partners, and stakeholders through an array of meetings, open houses, surveys, and online forums to garner public input.

The next steps include a final presentation to and adoption of the PROS Plan by the Board of Commissioners. PenMet Parks will then work to allocate resources to execute the objectives within the PROS Plan over the next 6 years. Thank you for your commitment and engagement during this important planning process.

Park high use alert

From Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13, Sehmel Homestead park hosts the Harbor Soccer Club’s annual Tyee Cup Tournament. The Park welcomes more than 160 teams and their fans.

July 2023 PenMet eNews

PenMet Parks helps you enjoy the best of the PNW this summer with classes, camps, and special events for all ages.

In this issue…

  • Concerts and outdoor movie nights
  • Adult and senior classes
  • Specialized recreation
  • There’s STILL time to register for summer camps!
  • Picnic areas and shelters — ready for your next event
  • One last look: Rosedale Park

Summers are for Music

Music in harmony with nature

Enjoy more free music at Sehmel Homestead Park Amphitheater in July (and August)! Join us on Wednesdays from 6-8 PM. Here’s the line up:

The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will collect non-perishable food and personal care items for FISH Food Bank at each of the concerts.

Summer Movie Nights

Friday night movies in August at Sehmel Homestead Park

Sit back, relax and savor free Friday summer movie nights under the stars at the Sehmel Homestead Park Amphitheater. Times vary, so be sure to double-check.

The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will collect non-perishable food and personal care items for FISH Food Bank at each movie night event.

For Seniors and Adults

Get in the groove with Gentle Hatha Yoga

Tuesdays, 3-3:45 PM
Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

This group class guides participants through gentle stretch movements in an inclusive setting. The goals are to proceed toward developing strength, flexibility, and mindful promotion of the connection between movement and breath. This class is designed for mixed-level participants and will include some modifications using chair-based poses. All levels are welcome. Register for individual classes or for the whole month.

Hatha Flow Yoga

Thursdays, 3-3:45 PM
Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park Hatha yoga is another type of practice that guides participants through stretch movements and focused balance poses, as well as fluid pose transitions. Much like gentle yoga, the goals include developing strength, flexibility, and the same mindful connection between movement and breath. This class is recommended for those who are comfortable with a mixture of standing and sitting poses. All levels are welcome. Register for individual classes or for the whole month.

Senior Social, 55+

Friday July 7, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park Let’s DANCE! Join us for demonstrations and basic beginner lessons in swing and line dancing. Bring your friends and your dancing shoes for a fun time. Refreshments served.

Senior Social, 55+

Friday July 21, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park This month we discover Mahjong! If you’ve never played, there will be a lesson table or two. If you already love this game, you’ll enjoy matching your strategies against other players. If you have a Mahjong set, please bring it. All levels of experience welcome!

ALL our senior socials are FREE – and drop-ins are welcome.

Specialized Recreation

Harbor Social Club, 15+
Thursdays, 10-11:30 AM

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

This class is for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Everyone is welcome. Get together with your friends for some movement and crafts. Take a walk, sit-ercise, or just dance! Each week we move and create while hanging out with old friends and making new ones.

Drum Circle
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 AM

Hales Pass Park Picnic Shelter

Sessions are led by occupational therapist Denise Tremblay and adapt music, movement, and creative activities to encourage group participation. Drumming can have a positive effect on the cardio, muscular, and sensory nervous systems and naturally elevates mood.

There’s STILL time: Summer camps

There are so many activities to choose from. It’s not too late to sign up, make new friends, and learn something to last a lifetime.

Teen Ultimate and Frisbee Golf
July 5-7

For 12-16 year olds. Three awesome days of fun playing Ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee Golf!

Junior Chef Camp!

July 10-13 OR July 24-27

Teaming up with Ocean5, learn all you “knead” to know about the secrets to making the perfect cookie dough, pizza and sourdough bread! A week filled with flour-dusted adventures for 8–12-year-olds, 9 AM – NOON.

Great+Full:
Girls Running Group

Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Begins July 6

This group helps with endurance, communication, and self-discipline for both experienced and novice 9-14 y/o runners.

Archery Camp
July 5-7 and July 17-20
1-4 PM

Learn to shoot a bow and arrow with Brad Owen, 3rd Level Instructor with USA Archery. This camp features an intro to various types of archery gear, how to shoot properly, prepare for competitions, and arts and crafts.

Financial Assistance is available

The PenMet Parks Recreation Scholarship Program reduces financial barriers and helps ensure everyone has access to our fee-based programs. Apply today!

PenMet Parks: Picnic shelters

From views of the Narrows Bridge with access to the beach to playgrounds and ballfields, our park picnic areas and shelters are truly one of a kind. Whatever your celebration, we have the perfect location for your next outdoor gathering.

Rosedale Park & Community Hall

One last look: An aerial sunset over Rosedale Park and Raft Island.

June 2023 PenMet eNews

It’s SUMMER at PenMet Parks

Concerts, movies, camps, and classes. Enjoy the best of the PNW this season.

There’s STILL time! Activities for all ages.

There are so many activities to choose from. It’s not too late to sign up, make new friends, and learn something to last a lifetime.

Just for Kids

Scholarships are Available

The PenMet Parks Recreation Scholarship Program reduces financial barriers and helps ensure everyone has access to our fee-based programs.

SUMMERS ARE FOR MUSIC

June 24 Fleetwood Mac on the Big Screen

Join us at 8 PM in the Sehmel Homestead Park Amphitheater for a free outdoor showing of Fleetwood Mac’s 1997 special MTV concert to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their “Rumours” album.

The Kiwanis Club is hosting a food drive to benefit FISH Food Bank. Bring non-perishable food and help fight hunger in our community.

Summer Concerts: Music in Harmony with Nature

Get into the groove with (more) free music at Sehmel Homestead Park Amphitheater on Wednesdays in July (and August)! Our series kicks off on July 12 with acoustic singer/songwriter, Gina Belliveau.

Kiwanis will also collect non-perishable food for FISH food bank at each of these events.

District PROS Plan — We need YOU

Rosedale Park & Community Hall

Share your thoughts in our virtual community

When PenMet Parks developed our Strategic Plan in 2022, the community offered essential guidance. Now, the District needs your ideas for the new PROS Plan! We invite you to share your thoughts.

visit our PROS Plan virtual community

Summer Movie Nights

Coming in August: Friday Night Movies in the Park

Sit back, relax and savor free Friday summer movie nights under the stars at the Sehmel Homestead Park Amphitheater. See laugh-out-loud comedies and feel-good films that take you on sun-soaked adventures, making unforgettable memories.

Kiwanis will collect non-perishable food for FISH food bank during each movie night.

We can fix it

Our maintenance request system is available 24/7. Check it out and create an account today.

Remember, if it’s an URGENT park issue or after-hours, call us! (253) 255-0555

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

Arletta Schoolhouse is newly renovated and now available as the perfect venue for meetings and gatherings! With a capacity of 78 people (chairs for 60), the space hosts a wide range of events — from birthdays to reunions and more.

One last look: An early morning view of Mount Rainier from Sunrise Beach Park.