Increased Presence at DeMolay Sandspit

Increased staffing resumes in summer 2024

With an expected increase in visitors, PenMet Parks will once again provide an increased site presence during the summer to help ensure a positive and safe experience for visitors and neighbors.

If you have any questions or wish to share feedback, please call PenMet Parks at (253) 858-3400 or email [email protected].

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.

October 2023 eNews – It’s “Scarecrow” Season at PenMet Parks

October 2023 PenMet eNews

It’s “Scarecrow” Month at PenMet Parks

In This Issue…

  • Scarecrow Festival is Saturday, October 7
  • Scarecrow Contest (At Scarecrow Festival)
  • Levy Renewal Informational Events
  • Financial Assistance
  • Classes and Activities for all Ages
  • PROS Plan
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Youth Basketball (Registration Opens Nov 4)

Scarecrow Festival

Saturday, October 7

From 11 AM – 4 PM

Sehmel Homestead Park

Presented by Schulte & Co, The Neighborhood Experts, this event is a Fall tradition, featuring a full day of family fun for everybody.

  • Annual Scarecrow Contest (Learn more below)
  • Hay rides and petting zoo provided by Miracle Ranch
  • Pumpkin carving demos
  • Music from the Shy Boys, and entertainment all day long
  • Food trucks
  • Local Makers market
  • Bounce house, carnival games, and more

In lieu of an admission fee, attendees are encouraged to bring personal care items or non-perishable food to the event. The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will host a collection station to give these donations to the Peninsula FISH Food Bank.  

Scarecrow Contest at the Festival

Along with all the food, festive music, and FUN at this year’s Scarecrow Festival at Sehmel Homestead Park, we will again hold our annual Scarecrow Contest.

Download the Scarecrow Contest flyer — the contest is FREE and open to everyone. Learn more and fill out a contest entry form!

Last year’s Scarecrow Contest winner, Crumbl Cookies!

Levy Renewal Informational Events

In October

This November PenMet Parks residents will vote on a renewal of the District’s parks and recreation levy. This renews the same expiring levy from 2017.



PenMet Parks is hosting several presentations to provide information and answer questions regarding this levy renewal. District residents can visit the levy renewal information page on the PenMet Parks website to learn more and to view the schedule of upcoming levy renewal informational events.

Tuesday, October 3 from 1-2 PM at the Arletta Schoolhouse in Hales Pass Park.

Wednesday, October 18 from 6-7 PM at the Volunteer Vern Pavilion in Sehmel Homestead Park

Classes and Activities for All

Financial Assistance is Available

Financial assistance ensures broader access to PenMet Parks fee-based programs for all ages and activities. Applications are available online, in person, or over the phone.

Contact us with questions at [email protected].

Below are just a sample of our classes and activities for all ages. Check out our September-December 2023 Recreation Guide to learn more.

Senior Programs

Senior Bowling Meet-Up

ID#6081

October 12, 3-4 PM

Ocean5

Meet us once a month at Gig Harbor’s Ocean5 for a great time. All skill levels are welcome. Sign up by October 8 so we can reserve the right number of lanes. Bowling balls are provided by Ocean5, and bowling shoes are not required. NOTE: There is a $5 (plus tax) fee charged by Ocean5 when you check in.

Adult Programs

Mosiac Art Class:

Pendants. ID#6018

$50, Ages: 18+

11/4, Saturday, 1-4 PM

Volunteer Vern Pavilion Join local artist Barbara Henderson in creating decorative mosaic art using glass, beads, and a variety of mosaic techniques. Suitable for beginners and intermediate artists, this course offers step-by-step instructions, and a featured project to showcase your creativity.

Teen Programs

Teen Laser Tag League ID#5844, $75, Ages 12-16 10/4-11/8, Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 PM

Ocean5 Each week, teams will compete head-to-head to find out who is the ultimate laser tag champion. Sign up to join in all the fun. 

More Teen Programs

Adulting 101 Workshop:

Basic Budgeting

ID#5871, $5, Ages 12-18

Saturday, 10/21 from 10 AM-NOON

Arletta Schoolhouse Learn how to make informed financial decisions, develop responsible spending habits, and lay a strong foundation for future financial well-being. Interactive lessons, practical exercises, and real-life scenarios teach budgeting fundamentals and build confidence in managing their finances.

Youth Programs

Kids Afterschool Art Club: Trash to TreasuresID#5878

$55, Ages 6-11, 11/16-12/14, Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 PM

Volunteer Vern Pavilion Does your kiddo love arts and crafts? This is the club for them! Each week we will be using everyday items one might have chosen to throw away or donate to create a work of art. At the end of the program your child will have five masterpieces to take home. Just in time for the gift giving season!

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan Update

The Board of Park commissioners will consider adopting the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan in October. The PROS Plan was developed from input our community shared through open forums and surveys with District residents and other community members.

The PROS Plan will guide PenMet Parks when making decisions or taking actions regarding planning, acquiring, developing, or enhancing parks, open space, or recreational facilities and programs. We look forward to sharing the PROS Plan with you as we set out to implement it in a strategic way over the next six years.

You can learn more and offer your input at the next Board of Park Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, October 3 at 6 PM at the Arletta Schoolhouse in Hales Pass Park.

Keep an eye out on our website for the approved PROS Plan after the October 17 Board of Park Commissioners meeting

Trunk or Treat

Friday, October 27

from 5-8 PM

Sehmel Homestead Park

PenMet Parks is hosting a family-friendly “Trunk-or-Treat” event the weekend before Halloween.

We are inviting local businesses and non-profit organizations to become Trunkers, by hosting trunks and giving treats to our little ghouls and goblins.

No registration is required. See you at the park.

Contact us to learn more about how you can become an official Trunker for Trunk or Treat.

Youth Basketball Season at PenMet Parks

Youth Basketball Season Registration Opens November 4

Our youth basketball leagues are for boys and girls from Pre-K to eighth grade. We are dedicated to inspiring future generations learn the values of community, leadership, and character development in a fun and safe environment. Learn more.

Be a Volunteer Coach

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.

Choose your practice day. Head coaches receive a fee waiver for your child’s registration.

Referees: We Need YOU

It takes a village to run PenMet Parks’ youth sports programs and we need you to make it happen. Referees will help oversee games, making sure players follow the rules and keeping the game fair. If you are 15 or older, you can be a referee.

PROS Plan Scheduled for First Reading at Oct 3 and Second Reading at Oct 17 Board of Commissioners Meetings

The Board of Park Commissioners will consider adopting the updated Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan in October. The purpose of the PROS Plan is to identify community priorities for parks, recreation, and open space. It is updated periodically, but at least every six years. You can learn more about the PROS Plan and offer your input at the next Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, October 3 or October 17 at 6 PM at the Arletta Schoolhouse in Hales Pass Park, 3607 Ray Nash Drive NW, Gig Harbor.

The 2023 PROS Plan was developed through open forums and survey research that garnered feedback from an array of stakeholders. These participants included residents, park and recreation partners, and community partners across all levels of the organization. The goals and objectives of the plan are based on the results of this research, to reflect the community’s  priorities; they also help ensure the sustainable provision of parks, trails, and recreation for the next six years.

You can read more about the 2023 Draft PROS Plan on the PenMet Parks website, including a draft copy of the updated PROS Plan and a copy of the presentation that was presented at the September 26 Board of Commissioners Study Session.

September 2023 eNews — a new season of classes and activities

PenMet Parks. Parks for All. Parks for Life.

Welcome Fall 2023

Classes, Activities, and Fun for Everyone

In This Issue…

  • Scarecrow Festival Returns
  • CRC Groundbreaking Wrap-up
  • Levy Renewal Informational Events
  • Rosedale Hall Renovations
  • Financial Assistance is Available
  • New Classes for Seniors and Teens
  • Trunk or Treat

Scarecrow Festival

Saturday, October 7

From 11 AM – 4 PM

Sehmel Homestead Park

Presented by Schulte & Co, The Neighborhood Experts, this event is a Fall tradition, featuring a full day of family fun for everybody.

  • Hay rides and petting zoo provided by Miracle Ranch
  • Pumpkin carving demos
  • Music from the Shy Boys
  • Food trucks
  • Local Makers market
  • Bounce house and more

Suggested admission of personal care items or non-perishable food to donate through the Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor to the Peninsula FISH Food Bank.  

Presented by

Scarecrow Contest at the Festival

As in past festivals, we welcome creative, whimsical, and lovable entries for our Scarecrow Contest for both vendors and attendees.

Download our Scarecrow Contest flyer and complete the Scarecrow Contest entry form.

Take a look at last year’s winner.

With thanks to our sponsors: Tapco Credit Union, Sign Gypsies, Peninsula Light Co., and Ocean5

Community Recreation Center Groundbreaking

Work is now underway to build the District’s 58,000 square foot indoor Community Recreation Center (CRC). On Thursday, August 24, PenMet Parks marked this historic occasion with a groundbreaking ceremony before a standing-room-only audience of more than 100 well-wishers.

As construction took place in the background, the PenMet Parks Board of Park Commissioners honored the efforts of our Washington State legislators and the community for their support to bring this vision to life. When complete, the CRC will be a community hub bringing together families, friends, and neighbors of all ages to play, connect, and grow.  To learn more about the CRC, visit the CRC page on the PenMet Parks website.

Levy Renewal Informational Events

In the November 7, 2023 general election, the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) Board of Commissioners will ask District residents to vote on a renewal of the parks and recreation levy.

PenMet Parks is hosting several presentations to provide information and answer questions regarding this levy renewal.

Other events will be scheduled later in October and before election day. District residents can visit the levy renewal information page on the PenMet Parks website to learn more and to view the schedule of upcoming levy renewal informational events.

Rosedale Hall Renovations

This Fall, PenMet Parks is bringing to life the vision of a quality renovation to this treasured community center. Construction will focus on structural integrity, accessibility, upgraded restrooms, and replacing aging systems. When complete, the renovation will feature new interior and exterior finishes, ensuring that Rosedale Hall serves our community now and for generations to come. 

Classes and Activities Spotlight

Financial Assistance is Available

Financial assistance ensures broader access to PenMet Parks fee-based programs for all ages and all classes. Applications are available online, in person, or over the phone. Contact us with questions at [email protected].

Fall welcomes a new season of camps, classes, and activities. Below is just a sample of our offerings. Check out our September-December 2023 Recreation Guide to learn more.

New For Active Seniors

Senior Bowling monthly meet-up

Thursday, September 14 at 3 PM

Ocean5, Gig Harbor

 To learn more about senior programs, such as our weekly Senior Socials, check out our website and download the monthly activities calendar.

Teen and Youth Programs

Teens (Ages 12-18)

New! Teen Tabletop Club:

Dungeons & Dragons, ID# 5890

$75, 11/16-12/14, Thursdays 4:30-5:30 PM, Volunteer Vern Pavilion

New! Adulting 101 workshop series, IDs vary

$5, once-a-month on Saturdays, 10 AM-NOON, various locations

Teen Laser Tag League, ID# 5844

$75, 10/4-11/8, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 PM, Ocean5, Gig Harbor

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Youth

New! Kids Afterschool Art Club: Trash to Treasures, ID#5878

$55, ages 6-11, 11/16-12/14, Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 PM

Volunteer Vern Pavilion

Junior Hikers, ID#5875

$35, ages 6-9, 9/23-10/28, Saturdays, 9-10:30 AM

Various PenMet Park locations

New! Toddler Time, IDs vary $5, up to age 3, once-a-month on Saturdays, 8-9:30 AM

Flag Football Season at PenMet Parks

At PenMet Parks, flag football offers a fun, non-contact sport for boys and girls, grades Pre-K through middle school. Practice begins the week of September 18, with team play starting October 14. There is still time to register for the season.

To learn more, contact our PenMet Youth Sports team

Calling all Trunkers:

Trunk or Treat

Friday, October 27 from 5-8 PM

Sehmel Homestead Park

PenMet Parks is hosting a family-friendly “Trunk-or-Treat” event the weekend before Halloween.

We are inviting local businesses and non-profit organizations to become Trunkers, by hosting trunks and giving treats to our little ghouls and goblins.

Contact us to learn more about how you can become an official Trunker for Trunk or Treat.

August 2023 eNews — Celebrate with us!

PenMet Parks. Parks for All. Parks for Life.

August 2023

Summer fun continues for everyone!

We are celebrating!

Construction for the new Community Recreation Center (CRC) will commence this summer and we are ready to celebrate with you! Everyone is welcome to join us for the groundbreaking festivities on Thursday, August 24, at 4:30 PM, at the main campus of the Community Recreation Center, 2416 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor.

The CRC will be more than a recreation facility. With an indoor jogging track, multi-sport courts, an indoor turf field, and multiple gathering spaces the 58,000-square-foot building will support many activities and programs. It will be a transformational, community hub bringing together families, friends, and neighbors of all ages to play, connect, and grow. The miniature golf course will be renovated, and the Cushman Trail expanded as part of the project, creating a comprehensive recreation campus for our community.

Outdoor Events

Free Friday night movies in August

Sit back, relax, and savor FREE Friday summer movie nights under the stars at the Sehmel Homestead Park Amphitheater. The Corndoggery will serve up their famous hand-dipped corn dogs. Check out their online menu and pick your favorite.

Pre-movie entertainment and activities begin an hour before the show and include yard games, bubble fun, chalk art, and energizing movement with guest performances by crowd favorite, Mr. Pleasant.

You may also want to arrive early for family pickleball available from 4-7 PM at the multi-purpose courts.

The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will collect non-perishable food and personal care items for FISH Food Bank.

Music in harmony with nature

Enjoy our final FREE summer concert featuring National Park Radio at the Sehmel Homestead Park Amphitheater on Wednesday, August 16 from 6-8 PM.

The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will collect non-perishable food and personal care items for FISH Food Bank.

Family Fun Fest & Bike Bash

Sehmel Homestead Park

Sunday, August 20 from 11 AM-4 PM

Sponsored by Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, join us for a fun day of live music and hands-on learning for everyone in the family.

Leave the parking to us!

Shuttle service is available from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM from Gig Harbor High School.

  • Local favorite The Shy Boys
  • Food trucks and entertainment
  • Local Makers market
  • Bike safety education
  • Adaptive bicycle opportunities
  • Bounce house

Food and supplies drive

The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will collect non-perishable food, personal care items, and school supplies.

Court sports update

Open play schedule in August

PenMet Parks is piloting a trial period dedicating days and times to certain sports and activities, as well as preserving open times for general play. This experimental schedule is based on your feedback and will run through August 31.

For Seniors

No reservations are required for Senior Social Events

Free Senior Social: First Friday program

Join PenMet Parks for fellowship, games, enrichment activities, and other, unique special events. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.  

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

Friday, August 4 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Local author DL Fowler, “The Lincoln Guy,” will discuss his novels and research about the life of President Abraham Lincoln. “Lincoln Raw: A Biographical Novel” and “The Turn: A Bond That Shaped History” make for fascinating historical perspectives.

Please join us and bring a friend!

Free Senior Social: Third Friday program, Games Galore

Join our staff for a variety of board games and cards to choose from for fun, socializing, and gameplay.

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

Friday, August 18 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM

It’s time for Bunco! This fun and fast-paced dice game gives players the opportunity to enjoy some friendly competition and maybe win a prize. We’ll also have a Fall Senior Program preview.

Get in the groove with Gentle Hatha Yoga

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

Tuesdays from 3-3:45 PM

This group class guides participants through gentle stretch movements in an inclusive setting. The goals are to proceed toward developing strength, flexibility, and mindful promotion of the connection between movement and breath. This class is designed for mixed-level participants and will include some modifications using chair-based poses. All levels are welcome. Register for individual classes or for the whole month.

Hatha Flow Yoga

Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park

Thursdays from 3-3:45 PM

Hatha yoga is another type of practice that guides participants through stretch movements and focused balance poses, as well as fluid pose transitions. Much like gentle yoga, the goals include developing strength, flexibility, and the same mindful connection between movement and breath. This class is recommended for those who are comfortable with a mixture of standing and sitting poses. All levels are welcome. Register for individual classes or for the whole month.

Specialized Recreation

Harbor Social Club

Arletta Schoolhouse

at Hales Pass Park

Thursdays from 10-11:30 AM

Each week we move our bodies by walking, rolling, and dancing. We will also be creative at crafting while maintaining friendships. All physical abilities are welcome.

Adaptive Drumming Circle

Hales Pass Park Picnic Shelter

Tuesdays from 10-11:30 AM

Occupational therapist Denise Tremblay leads sessions with music, movement, and creative activities. Drumming can have a positive effect on the cardio, muscular, and sensory nervous systems and naturally elevates mood.

Check Out These Classes, Camps and Activities

NEW this fall! Adulting 101 workshops for teens

Adulting 101 is a comprehensive series collaborating with local subject matter experts to help teens with the skills needed to transition into adulthood. Teens ages 12-18 will learn an array of skills from budgeting, investing, and interviewing to essential clothing care.

Financial assistance is available for all ages

Financial assistance ensures more access to PenMet Parks fee-based programs for all ages. We offer financial support and payment plans to those in need of assistance to participate in our activities, events, and leagues.

Applications are available online, in person, or over the phone. Contact us if you have questions at [email protected].

PROS Plan

PenMet Parks is developing the 2024 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan to guide the District’s parks and recreation priorities over the next several years. The plan was developed based on feedback from residents, partners, and stakeholders through an array of meetings, open houses, surveys, and online forums to garner public input.

The next steps include a final presentation to and adoption of the PROS Plan by the Board of Commissioners. PenMet Parks will then work to allocate resources to execute the objectives within the PROS Plan over the next 6 years. Thank you for your commitment and engagement during this important planning process.

Park high use alert

From Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13, Sehmel Homestead park hosts the Harbor Soccer Club’s annual Tyee Cup Tournament. The Park welcomes more than 160 teams and their fans.

Request for Qualifications for Architectural/Engineering Services – Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve Master Plan, Facility, and Accessibility Improvements Project

PenMet Parks (District) is soliciting interest and qualifications from an Architecture/Engineering firm (Consultant) with expertise in Park Design, Landscape, Architecture, Structural Engineering, Electrical, HVAC/Mechanical, Plumbing, ADA Engineering, Planning, Estimation, and Construction Administration to perform planning and design services, preliminary engineering, prepare final project plans and cost estimates for potential building renovation and other amenities identified as part of the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve Master Plan, Facility, and Accessibility Improvements Project.

Submittal Date & Time:
Submittals must be received by 2 p.m., PST, on Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Contact Person:
Denis Ryan, Director of Parks Services
(253) 649-5254 – dryan@akrug

NO QUESTIONS WERE RECEIVED FOR THIS PROJECT