PenMet Parks Welcomes New Directors in Key Leadership Roles

Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) is pleased to welcome two new directors to the organization: Sherman Enstrom as the Director of Finance and Administration, and Denis Ryan, CPWP-M, CPRP as the Director of Park Services. The extensive knowledge and experience Enstrom and Ryan bring to these key roles will advance PenMet Parks’ mission to enhance the quality of life by providing parks and recreation opportunities for our community.

“Each of these leaders bring the talent and expertise necessary to propel PenMet Parks toward the future,” said Executive Director Ally Bujacich. “Their skills, experience, and unwavering commitment to excellence will directly benefit the community by enhancing the ways we deliver parks and recreation services.”

Sherman Enstrom, Director of Finance and Administration

As Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Enstrom provides planning, oversight, leadership, and day-to-day management of the District’s financial and administrative operations, including sustained financial stability, compliance with regulatory requirements, effective risk management practices, efficient administrative operations, technology services, and human resources.

Managing public finance is Mr. Enstrom’s career strength and passion. He is a strong steward of agency fiscal resources and is skilled at implementing innovative strategies to reach objectives. He has demonstrated expertise in financial modeling, strategic planning, staff development, human resources management, and capital and operating budget management. At PenMet Parks, Mr. Enstrom will lead the Finance and Administration to best serve the community.

“I feel privileged to be a part of the PenMet Parks team and to serve the community,” Mr. Enstrom said.

Mr. Enstrom has years of fiscal and administrative leadership experience from several public and private agencies, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer at the Port of Bremerton. He holds an MBA in Finance, a B.S. in Finance, and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting. He began as the Director of Finance and Administration at PenMet Parks on January 3, 2022.

Denis Ryan, Director of Park Services

Mr. Ryan’s leadership and professional expertise in areas such as public works, parks and open space, facility operations, roadway maintenance, safety, emergency response, and fleet management will play a crucial role in advancing the Park Services division and the District’s mission and goals. Mr. Ryan is skilled at designing and implementing systems to improve services and procuring and managing contracts. He possesses experience with facilities management, asset management, preventative maintenance, project management, and grant writing. As PenMet Parks prepares for the future, Mr. Ryan’s vision and focus on collaboration, planning, and continuous improvement will be invaluable.

In his role as Director of Park Services, Mr. Ryan oversees the planning, acquisition, design, construction, maintenance, and operations of the District’s physical assets. The Director of Park Services provides oversight and leadership for the administration of the Park Services division, including strategic planning, budgeting, personnel management, and contract procurement and management.

Mr. Ryan is passionate about parks, and is eager to apply his knowledge to serve the greater Gig Harbor community.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the PenMet Parks team, and am looking forward to serving the community in delivering the desired goals and service,” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan holds a B.S. in business management and has numerous credentials and certifications. He is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP), a Certified Public Works Professional with an emphasis in Management (CPWP-M), and a certified Public Works Manager. Mr. Ryan most recently served as the Public Works Operations Supervisor in the City of Camas, Wash. He began as the Director of Park Services on December 6, 2021.

For more information, please visit www.penmetparks.org, email [email protected], or call (253) 858-3400.

Community Recreation Center Open House

Join us for an evening of discussion about the design of the planned PenMet Parks Community Recreation Center. PenMet Parks is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 6:00 pm.

There will be an update on the design progress and opportunities to ask questions.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm and run until around 7:00 pm.

We look forward to your participation!

Open House Agenda:

  • CRC Design Progress Information Session
  • Q&A

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83168086081?pwd=dEV1dHM5Q3RPSC8vdUV0cXFqTXoxQT09
Passcode: 313625

Or Telephone: US: +1 253 215 8782 

Webinar ID: 831 6808 6081

For information or questions, please contact [email protected] or 253-858-3400

Strategic Planning Professional Services

PenMet Parks is a mission-driven metropolitan park district that is intentionally positioning itself to optimally meet the current and future needs of the community. The elected Board of Park Commissioners provides leadership and policy direction, and has
adopted strategic goals and objectives for 2022 as recommended by the Executive Director.

The District is currently in a period of transition. Many of the adopted goals and objectives are foundational in nature in order to establish sustainable and functional systems that will elevate the parks and recreation services PenMet Parks provides for the community. The District is developing a 65,000 square foot indoor Community Recreation Center, which will result in additional organizational growth and transformation. We anticipate community demand for high-quality park and recreation services will continue. Within the last year senior staff leadership roles in all divisions of the organization have been permanently filled.

PenMet Parks desires to create a multi-year strategic plan to serve as a guide as the District moves forward into its next era. PenMet Parks last created a multi-year strategic plan in 2004, and it annually develops strategic goals and objectives. In addition, the District updates its Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan periodically, with the last update in 2018 and the next update planned for 2022. Each of these processes provide an opportunity to identify functional shorter-term goals and objectives to advance the mission, vision, and strategic initiatives that are developed as part of the strategic plan.

The strategic planning process should reaffirm the mission of PenMet Parks, develop a compelling vision statement with community stakeholder input, define the District’s core values, and identify overarching strategic initiatives that must be undertaken in order to achieve the vision. The strategic plan will be used as a tool to steer the District, including decision making, policy development, developing annual strategic goals and objectives, developing planning documents including the PROS plan, and creating and implementing divisional work plans. The plan is expected to be a living document that informs decision-making at all levels of the organization. It is imperative that the plan is developed and communicated to foster a strategic culture of ownership and accountability in all facets of the organization.

The District plans to embark on a significant planning and community engagement effort later in 2022 to define and prioritize community need related to parks and recreation services as part of its PROS plan update. The strategic plan will establish PenMet Parks’ mission, vision, core values, and strategic initiatives to be used as the foundation for that effort. The PROS plan will continue the work of the strategic plan by translating the organizational strategic initiatives into functional goals and objectives.

Click here to view Request for Proposal

WEATHER ADVISORY UPDATE FOR JANUARY 6, 2022

Sunrise Beach Drive NW closure:

Sunrise Beach Dr. NW is closed in the 10210 block due to a landslide as of 5:35 p.m. Jan. 6.

For Updates, please visit:
https://www.piercecountywa.gov/6190/Inclement-Weather-Updates?fbclid=IwAR2PBVANFcb65Vkb9_KtlUSDWfpyBNG1ODIRm_0Kio9i0wYqR0UTMtKTEO4

For questions or to report downed trees or other hazards, please email [email protected].

WEATHER ADVISORY UPDATE FOR JANUARY 3, 2022

Thanks to our team and the warmer weather, we are pleased to announce all parks and facilities are open!

View the current weather forecast from National Weather Service (https://www.weather.gov/sew/) and see below for additional resources and snow safety tips. The safety of park patrons is a priority. Please check our News & Announcements page for updates. (http://ow.ly/BNxE30s5l4P)

  • Be cautious of any new hazards and risks. Park terrain may look different after a severe weather event has occurred.
  • Be careful of your surroundings as rocks may be slippery, and trees may have fallen.
  • Do not go near downed power lines; avoid areas of flooding, mudslides, and washed-out roads.
  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1. If there are any injuries or an emergency, call 9-1-1.

For questions or to report downed trees or other hazards, please email [email protected].

WEATHER ADVISORY UPDATE FOR JANUARY 1, 2022

Saturday, January 1, 2022 – The Fox Island Fishing Pier and Sehmel Homestead Park are open to vehicle traffic.

All other parks remain closed to vehicle traffic. Updates will be posted regarding weather impacts to parks and facilities.

View the current weather forecast from National Weather Service (https://www.weather.gov/sew/) and see below for additional resources and snow safety tips. The safety of park patrons is a priority. Please check our News & Announcements page for updates. (http://ow.ly/BNxE30s5l4P)

  • Be cautious of any new hazards and risks. Park terrain may look different after a severe weather event has occurred.
  • Be careful of your surroundings as rocks may be slippery, and trees may have fallen.
  • Do not go near downed power lines; avoid areas of flooding, mudslides, and washed-out roads.
  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1. If there are any injuries or an emergency, call 9-1-1.

For questions or to report downed trees or other hazards, please email [email protected].