Coming Soon: Youth Baseball & Girls Fastpitch Softball Registration

This spring, Youth Baseball returns to PenMet Parks. The league is open to all youth in our community from Pre-K to middle school. This year, we will also offer fastpitch softball for girls in grades four and five, as well as middle school. This will be another fun season that runs April through June.

  • Priority registration for those living in-District opens on February 7 at 9 AM.  Fee : $150.
  • Out-of-District resident registration begins February 14 at 9 AM. Fee is $180.

Financial assistance is available.  Eligibility requirements and an online application form are available on our website. You can also visit or call our office to complete a form. Contact us with questions at [email protected].

Practice begins: The week of April 22. There will be one practice per week and games will be held on Saturdays.

Games begin: Saturday, May 4                           

Season ends: Saturday, June 22

NOTE: If we do not receive enough registrations for Girls Fastpitch, the players will be moved over to our baseball pool.

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.
  • PenMet will hold a coaches training and provide additional coaching resources.
  • Head coaches receive a fee waiver for their child’s registration.
  • Learn more and complete your application to serve as a Volunteer Coach.

Download our Youth Baseball Season Flyer.

Through youth sports, PenMet Parks is dedicated to helping future generations learn the values of community, leadership, and character development in a fun and safe environment.

2021-2022 Accountability and Financial Audit Reports

The Office of the Washington State Auditor recently published its Accountability and Financial audit reports for PenMet Parks for the period from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022. Click the links below to view the reports.

Accountability Audit Report

Financial Statements Audit Report

Independent audits provide accountability and transparency for District operations and its use of public resources. PenMet Parks’ next audit is scheduled to be conducted in 2025 for the period from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2024.

PenMet Parks Hosts Community Open House on Fox Island

All are invited to Give Input on the Future of Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit

On Wednesday, December 13 at 5:30 PM, PenMet Parks will host an open house at Nichols Community Center. The purpose of this event is to create an interactive discussion with residents and stakeholders as PenMet Parks develops a master plan for the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit. There are many natural features to carefully consider in developing a master plan for this special 3.56 acre park located on the northeast tip of Fox Island.

This input will help guide improvements and enhanced 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. Learn more about the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit on our website.

What:    Community Open House

When:    Wednesday, December 13, 5:30 PM

Where:  Nichols Community Center, 690 9th Ave, Fox Island, WA 98333

Why:     To garner community input for the development of a master plan for the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit.

How: Those who wish to attend but are unable to do so in person can join the meeting via ZOOM link. Visit the PenMet Parks Calendar listing for this event’s Zoom meeting link and passcode information. 

There is no need to RSVP for this event. Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to attend and to  bring their thoughts and ideas regarding the future of this important waterside ecosystem.

PenMet Parks Administrative Office is Moving December 4 and 5

PenMet Parks is moving to a new administrative office, located adjacent to the Community Recreation Center which is currently under construction. On Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5 we will provide customer service via phone, email, or by appointment during the 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.

A Thanksgiving Message From The Executive Director

As 2023 draws to a close and we enter a season of gratitude, we have the opportunity to reflect and give thanks. When I look around our community, I am grateful for the remarkable parks and places that we share: the playgrounds and fields that are vibrant and alive with activity, the quiet trails that allow us to experience the wonders of nature, and the abundant views of mountains, beaches, and wildlife.

I am grateful for the time we have to gather and celebrate during community events like the Scarecrow Festival and the upcoming Cookies with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, where families of all shapes and sizes can carry on traditions and create new memories.

But most of all, I am grateful for you, our community. Thank you for visiting your beautiful parks. Thank you for participating in the hundreds of programs that we provide for all ages and abilities every year. Thank you for your collaboration and partnership, and for generously volunteering your time and talents to enhance our community’s parks and recreation programs. Thank you for engaging with PenMet Parks – your voices shape our priorities. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to enhance the quality of life in our community through parks and recreation.

We are looking forward to continuing to serve everyone in our community in 2024 and beyond. Please review this Parks and Recreation Guide to learn more about upcoming programs and special events, current capital projects including the new indoor Community Recreation Center that is under construction, and other services that are available for you. More information and the latest updates are available on our website.

See you at the park!

Sincerely,

Ally Bujacich, Executive Director