Sunrise Beach Dr. NW repairs start May 3rd

Pierce County will repair a section of the Sunrise Beach Dr. NW shoulder starting May 3. The 80-foot-long work area starts about 400 feet north of the Sunrise Beach Park entrance. The work will take about five days.

Expect minor delays, drive slowly, and use caution in the area. Expect to see heavy equipment and work trucks backing up along the road and using the park entrance to turn around. Learn more at www.piercecountywa.gov/sunrisebeachdr.

Peninsula Metropolitan Park District names permanent Executive Director Ally Bujacich to take the helm of the maturing park district

GIG HARBOR, WA – March 22, 2021 – The Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) Board of Commissioners has selected Ally Bujacich as their new Executive Director. Please join them in welcoming Ms. Bujacich into the PenMet Parks family. Bujacich is a local, long-time resident who is intimately familiar with Gig Harbor and the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Ally’s caliber and experience step up to lead the PenMet Park District,” said Park Board President Amanda Babich. “We are at a critical moment and we need skilled, vetted leadership to successfully take PenMet Parks into a new era of operation.”

Bujacich has worked with the University of Puget Sound as their Director of Capital Development, the Gig Harbor Boat Shop as Community Development Director, and most recently as Project Manager with Absher Construction. Bujacich brings a unique background spanning project management, facilities management, and community development that provides her a distinct perspective and understanding of a wide range of organizational and work functions, including strategic planning, master planning, capital project and major maintenance planning, operations, budget development, emergency response, community outreach, community partnership building, and a commitment to excellent customer service.

Babich adds, “Ally is a strong communicator who is customer-focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, as a Project Management contractor for PenMet Parks for the last six months, Ally has gained a solid understanding of our overall operation and Board expectations. Exercising due diligence, she has made an immediate positive impact on how we approach and manage our capital assets, address project management, and financial oversight.”
Bujacich is a graduate of Peninsula High School and received a B.S. in Construction Management with a Minor in Business Administration from Central Washington University. She has also earned LEED AP, Associate DBIA, and AIC Associate Constructor professional designations and is an APPA Leadership Academy graduate.

“As a resident of Gig Harbor, I am inspired by the vital ways that PenMet Parks positively impacts the place where we live, work, and play. I am honored to lead the organization in its mission to enhance the quality of life by providing parks and recreation opportunities for our community, and excited for what lies ahead” stated Bujacich.

Following the conclusion of a temporary loaned employee agreement with Metro Parks Tacoma for Interim Executive Director services, the Board will finalize the selection of Bujacich at its regular meeting on April 6, 2021. Bujacich will begin the position on April 12, 2021.

PenMet Parks Updates Safe Start Guidelines for Sports

PenMet Parks (PMPD) aims to provide a safe and healthy sports program in accordance with state and federal law. PMPD will implement and comply with the following COVID-19 worksite specific safety practices in addition to our regular health and safety practices to keep our athletes, coaches, families, and staff safe during this season. The PMPD Covid-19 Health Policies have been guided by CDC Guidance for Youth Sports Programs and the Washington State Department of Health general guidance for youth sports.

Please review our safe start guidelines here.

Inclement Weather Advisory: Parks Closed to Vehicular Traffic

Parks are currently closed to vehicular traffic due to snow. View the current weather forecast from National Weather Service and see below for additional resources and snow safety tips. The safety of participants is a priority when determining if programs should be canceled due to inclement weather. Please check our News & Announcements page for updates.

  • Be cautious of any new hazards and risks. The 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 situation, call 9-1-1.

For questions or to report downed trees or other hazards, please email info@penmetparks.org

Inclement Weather Advisory

Snow and cold temperatures are in the forecast from early Thursday, February 11, through Sunday, February 14. View the current weather forecast from National Weather Service and see below for additional resources and snow safety tips. The safety of participants is a priority when determining if programs should be canceled due to inclement weather. Please check our News & Announcements page for updates.

  • Be cautious of any new hazards and risks. The 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 situation, call 9-1-1.

For questions or to report downed trees or other hazards, please email info@penmetparks.org

Our Website Has a New Look!

Thank you for taking the time to visit with us! On Friday, January 29, 2021, our website has been updated to enhance your user experience. Our goal is to provide you with an excellent user experience when registering for activities and accessing information when visiting www.PenMetParks.org.

We continue to make updates in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, or experience trouble with accessor links, we are always here to help! Please email us at info@penmetparks.org or reach us by phone at 253-858-3400.

Some updates that you may notice:

  • Faster page load times
  • Enhanced accessibility to Board Meeting information and minutes
  • Updates to our calendar of events including listing 4 of our upcoming events on the homepage, the ability to toggle between List, Month, and Week views
  • Improved access to venue and ballpark rental information
  • Park and property descriptions and history
  • Our contact us page provides easy access to get in touch with our team
  • Easy access to our current capital projects and information on updates
  • The addition of Adaptive Recreation for adults with special needs or disabilities, access to booking a tee time/reservation at Madrona Links Golf Course, and our Community Recreation Center Mini-Golf Course and teen activities.

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

Youth Sports Leagues

PenMet will continue to follow our Safe Start Plan for youth sports. Facial coverings are required for all coaches, volunteers, and athletes at all times. No spectators allowed except for one parent/guardian/caregiver for each minor-aged participant allowed. Spectators must always maintain a physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person and wear facial coverings. No spectators allowed for participants 18 and older.  For questions, please contact Spencer Manjarrez at 253-649-0347 or smanjarrez@penmetparks.org

  • Facial coverings – required for all coaches, volunteers and, athletes at all times
  • One spectator per participant – Do not gather in groups
  • Maintain a 6 ft distance – Except when in the field of play
  • Practice safe hygiene at all times – Wash hands and use hand sanitizer

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department continues to update its website with the latest and most accurate information, including what to do if you feel sick or have come into contact with someone with the COVID-19/coronavirus. https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus

Mid-Winter Programs

In response to COVID-19 activities are operating at reduced capacity, masks are required and health screenings will be administered upon check-in.
For questions, please contact Brycen Toney at 253-649-0351 or btoney@penmetparks.org

Please help us keep our records up to date. It is extremely important that you review and update your account contact information. Although our offices are closed to the public at this time, please feel free to contact us via phone at 253-858-3400 or email at recreation@penmetparks.org.

Parks and Facilities

PenMet shelters and halls are closed, effective November 17.

Athletic fields are open for team practices only, scrimmage against other teams or training or practices with other teams is not allowed. Limited to 50 or fewer. No spectators allowed except for one parent/guardian/caregiver for each minor-aged participant allowed. Spectators must always maintain a physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person and wear facial coverings. No spectators allowed for participants 18 and older. We encourage teams to reserve field and court space. For reservations please contact Aiden Krug at (253) 313-5090 or akrug@penmetparks.org

Playgrounds are open, please play on equipment in groups of 5 or less. Keep children from different households 6-10 feet apart. Restrooms are open.

Parks, trails, beach access, racquet courts, and golf courses remain open for outdoor recreation, but please remember that these are not places for group activities. If it’s crowded, choose another trail, beach, or park to visit. Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others. Read more about physical distancing at www.tpchd.org/coronavirus.

Our staff has been working hard to ensure that our facilities and services re-open in the safe, clean, and high-quality outdoor environment you have come to expect from PenMet Parks. We will re-open with limited group activity to help keep visitors safe and adhere to guidelines developed by our local health authorities and PenMet Parks Board of Directors. Respectfully, we ask our park visitors to help in the efforts to stay healthy and safe. Upon your arrival, please review our park signage with helpful guidance and safe physical-distancing reminders.

PenMet Parks is asking the public to honor closures as part of the community’s collective response and individual responsibility to keep everyone safe. PenMet Parks will continue to monitor park usage and activity at all locations to ensure visitors are practicing safe physical distancing.

Guidelines for visiting parks during COVID-19

We believe that outdoor activities are essential for mental and physical well-being but during the COVID-19 outbreak please remember that they are great places to be for solitary recreation, not group activities. If it’s crowded, choose another area. Remember to maintain a distance of 6-10 feet from others.

Taking personal responsibility for yourself and your family can go a long way toward helping you stay healthy:

  • Pack trash and belongings in, and pack them out.
  • Go before you go. Use the restroom prior to your visit.
  • Do not gather in groups. Maintain the recommended 6-foot distance, step aside if a person needs to pass. Keep in mind that crowds close parks.
  • Allow others to spend time by limiting your time.
  • Come prepared: Bring your own drinking water, carry out your trash, and be prepared for restroom closures.