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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public comment is welcome. After reviewing the 63-page report, you can share your thoughts or ask questions by emailing [email protected].

Next steps:

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

Project Documents:

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

Follow updates regarding the Community Center project.

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 [email protected]

  • 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]

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.

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

PenMet Youth Sports, Programs, Parks and Facilities

Youth Sports Leagues

Athletic fields are open to 50 or less with one spectator per participant under 18+ years. Practices, games, and scrimmages are dependent on the current Pierce County Case Rate. Download the PenMet Parks Fall Sports Safe Start Plan.

  • Masks must be worn at all times – Except when in the field of play
  • 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

Fall and Winter Programs

PenMet is now enrolling for Fall and Winter programs, camps, and classes.

We have implemented COVID-19 safety and sanitization guidelines into our programs to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our participants. View our program safety guidelines.

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 [email protected].

Parks and Facilities

Athletic fields are open to 50 or less with one spectator per participant under 18+ years. Practices, games, and scrimmages are dependent on the current Pierce County Case Rate. 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.

We encourage teams to reserve field and court space. For reservations please contact Aiden Krug at (253) 313-5090 or [email protected]

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.

What’s open and what’s closed

PenMet Parks: Open and Closed Parks
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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.

We encourage you to keep checking this page for updates.

For questions or more information, please contact Chuck Cuzzetto at [email protected].

PenMet Parks Seeks Community Input

PenMet Parks moves to the next phase of building Community Recreation Center

Recognizing the need for both indoor and outdoor passive and active recreation, plans are underway to build a regional sports and recreation complex in the Greater Gig Harbor community following approval of initial funding by the PenMet Parks’ Board of Directors. As of July 21, 2020 PenMet has chosen the Architect and Engineering Firm of BLRB Architects of Tacoma to move to the next phase of developing the PenMet Parks Community Recreation Center.

“This is a monumental step in providing the community much needed indoor and outdoor space for both passive and active recreational activities. Community input will imperative to developing what the future use of this facility will be.”

In the next phase of this signature project, PenMet Parks is seeking vital input from community user groups, local businesses and individuals. This input will come in the form of PenMet assembling a Steering Committee to contribute their knowledge and feedback of community needs. The Steering Committee, made up of a diverse representation of the Greater Gig Harbor community, will be presented with the project details, goals, and preliminary design elements. This process will include information on project funding, timing, and regulations that impact the project. Once familiar with the project, the Committee will conduct multiple public meetings to discuss the project elements and give the design team input.

Learn more or apply to serve on the Steering Committee or email us at: [email protected]

“For many of the residents in this community, even the closest Community Recreation Center is still too far away and that’s about to change. We’re building a new state-of-the-art facility that will serve our community far and wide. At PenMet Parks, our sports and recreation programming really focuses on life-long activity, and I cannot wait for residents of all ages to have the opportunity to enjoy new features that will enhance the quality of life in our area. The planned Community Recreation Center will be an important and much needed recreational facility for both the incorporated and unincorporated Gig Harbor community.” We thank the community for their support of our District. We are all PenMet Parks and look forward to seeing you soon!

PENMET PARKS SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT

Nature Preserve Reminder

The Peninsula Metropolitan Park District would like to take the time to remind visitors the DeMolay Sandspit, Fox Island WA (also known as Bella Bella Beach) is a Nature Preserve.

Although there is limited public beach access in the greater Gig Harbor/Fox Island area, the use of the Sandspit and Nature Preserve is intended to allow low impact activity with special care given to protecting vegetation and wildlife. Off-leash dogs running on the sandspit and vegetation (prohibited) is a serious concern expressed by the biologists consulted.

Remember, access to the nature preserve is dependent on how the site is impacted by the use and how the rules are followed. With overuse, abuse, and continued complaints, PenMet Parks will not be able to maintain the integrity of the preservation.

Peninsula Metropolitan Park District welcomes visitors to explore new beach access parks in the area, such as Narrows Park and Sunrise Beach Park.

The District will be installing additional security measures to ensure there is no illegal parking and District Park Property and Nature Preserve regulations are followed.

  • Leave natural items where you find them
  • No parking on the roadway
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • Do not trespass on neighbors’ property
  • Picking up after dogs
  • No open flames
  • Fireworks are prohibited

PenMet will be observing the effects of this use and will adjust the rules and attendance limitations as necessary to continue the protection of the property and adhere to good neighbor standards.

Parking is allowed in the area above the entrance. There will be no parking on the roadway in the immediate area of the preserve as indicated by signs, access will be by drop-off or walk-in from legal parking locations elsewhere. It is important to respect the private property owners in the area by only parking lawfully.

Please respect the preserve it is in the best interest of everyone to protect this sensitive piece of Fox Island.