Invitation to Bid: Community Recreation Center ITB No. 32601

Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) has issued a call to bid for construction of the district’s Community Recreation Center. Please visit Builders Exchange of Washington for all bid documents including addendums and bidder question responses.

Submittal Date & Time: Submittals must be received by 1:30 PM on Monday, July 10
Contacts:  John Adams, Capital Projects Manager, or Denis Ryan, Director of Park Services

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.


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.

Staff expanded at Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve

And a reminder about community park maintenance requests 

Summer means more time to spend at PenMet Parks, including special places like DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve at Bella Bella Beach. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, PenMet Parks is once again engaging Seattle’s Finest Security & Traffic Control, a private security firm to supplement daily, on-site staffing, with evening and overnight patrols.

PenMet Parks staff and Seattle’s Finest will help park visitors keep cars and people within park boundaries, and make sure visitors follow park rules. The firm will lock the gates each night at both the Sandspit and the Fox Island Fishing Pier.

Is something broken or not working? Let us know

Park patrons and residents can now contact PenMet Parks 24/7 with maintenance requests through our Community Park Maintenance Request System. It’s easy to use:

  1. Scan a QR code or visit the request portal.
  2. Create a free account.
  3. Let the PenMet staff know what needs to be fixed.

For emergencies, please dial 9-1-1, and for help with urgent, after-hours park issues, please call (253) 255-0555.

PenMet Parks receives $1 million for Community Recreation Center

For immediate release                                                          Contact: Ally Bujacich

Thursday, April 27, 2023                                                        [email protected]


Gig Harbor, WA – Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) will receive $1 million from the $8.9 billion dollar capital budget from the Washington State Legislature for the new Community Recreation Center (CRC).

PenMet Parks is advancing the development of the most exciting and ambitious project in its history. “We are grateful for the partnership with Senator Emily Randall, Representative Michelle Caldier, Representative Spencer Hutchins, and support from the Legislature for this state-of-the-art facility. This project will transform the way our community experiences recreation for years to come,” said Park Board President Steve Nixon. The CRC will serve as a regional anchor for indoor and outdoor community-driven recreation and programming opportunities. The CRC campus is specifically designed to help meet the growing demand for recreation space in Gig Harbor. This accessible and inclusive 64,000 square foot facility, located at 2416 14th Avenue NW at the site of the old Performance Golf Center, will support physical and mental well-being for everyone in our community.

The facility includes an indoor turf field for activities such as soccer, lacrosse, and football, three multi-purpose gymnasiums for basketball, pickleball, and volleyball, an elevated track, as well as multipurpose rooms and other community gathering spaces that will accommodate a wide range of activities. The design provides a campus-like environment with two buildings complementing each other across a multi-use grass area that is sized to accommodate a youth soccer field. Park Commissioner Amanda Babich said, “Gig Harbor is in dire need of more accessible places for youth, families, and seniors to recreate. The Community Recreation Center will help to fill the need for indoor recreation facilities for our community”. The project also includes extending the Cushman Trail from its current southern terminus to 24th Street NW and renovations to the existing miniature golf course.

Phase I, renovating the existing building formerly used as a pro shop, is underway and will be complete in 2023. This renovated facility will provide a programmable community space and serve as PenMet Parks’ permanent administrative headquarters. Phase II, the new indoor recreation center and Cushman Trail extension, is anticipated to be complete in 2024.  

PenMet Parks at a Glance:

  • Formed May 18, 2004 by a vote of the citizens of Gig Harbor/Peninsula.
  • Manages 658 acres of park land with 22 park properties.
  • Maintains 21 miles of trails.
  • Provides hundreds of public recreational programs and special events that serve thousands of people of all ages and abilities every year.

For more information on PenMet Parks or this project please visit

Cougar Sighting at McCormick Forest Park

PenMet Parks has received reports of a possible cougar sighting at McCormick Forest Park. Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have been notified. WDFW asks that, in the event of an immediate public safety issue, wildlife violation, or an injured or dangerous animal, please call the WDFW Enforcement office at 360-902-2936 or email [email protected], or call 911.

NEW Recreation Scholarship Program

PenMet Parks is THRILLED to announce the adoption of a new scholarship policy. This action broadens our eligibility by extending the ages to include adults and seniors, increases the income guidelines and individual awards, and removes barriers by providing more ways to apply. We are now using the HUD guidelines (Housing and Urban Development), which considers the cost of housing in our area to determine levels of need.  We are excited to accept applications online, via phone, and with paper options. Please let us know if you have questions about this opportunity or click here to learn more or apply HERE.

Community Meetings: Feasibility Studies for Dedicated Senior Space and Community Aquatics Center

Join us for open community meetings regarding the Feasibility Study for Dedicated Senior Space and Community Aquatics Center with virtual and in-person options for participation. Links for virtual attendance will be updated on our website and posted in the event description (here on Facebook) when they become available. If you would like to attend in-person, you may find us at the Arletta Schoolhouse. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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