PenMet Parks Recreation Center

2425 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor

The PenMet Parks Recreation Center will be a destination for everyone. We envision families and friends riding their bikes on the Cushman Trail and meeting at the “RC” for a soccer game, an enrichment program, or a community event. This inclusive facility will support the well-being of the whole community and will be a place where memorable experiences are created.

With an indoor jogging track, sports courts, indoor turf field, and multiple gathering spaces, it will be more than a recreation facility. It will be a community hub bringing together families, friends, and neighbors of all ages to play, connect, and grow.

Phase I – Complete

  • Community and PenMet Parks Administrative Headquarters.
  • Currently open to the public.

Phase II – In Progress

  • A 58,000 SF indoor recreation center.
  • Construction began in summer of 2023.
  • New facility opens in 2025

  • Total site is 17.23 Acres.
  • Once completed, this facility will support many activities and programs: Pickleball, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, soccer, kickball, dodgeball, field hockey, and sports, fitness, and enrichment recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities.
  • It will also include an elevated walking track and community spaces.
  • The event lawn will accommodate U10 soccer, plus a variety of outdoor events like vendors, music, and more.
  • The Cushman trail will be extended from the current southern terminus through the site to the 24th Street overpass, nearly completing the connection to the Narrows Bridge and regional trail system beyond.
  • The existing mini gold course will be renovated and reopened to the public.

Ground Breaking CelebrationThursday, August 24, 2023 at 4:30 PM.2416 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor Washington 98335
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Our community identified indoor recreation as a priority in the 2018 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan. After an extensive feasibility process was performed, staff completed a scoping study and determined that the old Performance Golf building and site was the best suited property available to support a Recreation Center.

After engaging the community, reviewing stages of design, completing extensive agency reviews, and finalizing design elements for construction documentation, 100% plans and specifications were completed and submitted to Pierce County for permit review and approval.

On June 5, 2023, Phase II of the project was advertised for bid and on July 10, 2023 PenMet Parks received 6 bids from contractors for the Recreation Center project. The lowest responsive and responsible bidder was Jody Miller Construction from Spanaway, Washington with a bid of $20,700,400.

On August 1, 2023, Jody Miller Construction mobilized equipment and began construction at the site. Experience an updated time lapse video below showing our current progress.

The project will continue through most of 2024 and the Recreation Center is expected to open in 2025.

We look forward to enjoying the new Recreation Center with all of our community in 2025!

Project PhaseCurrent Schedule
Planning & DesignCompleted in 2023
Permitting and ProcurementCompleted in 2023
Construction Phase I – Administrative Headquarter and Public SpaceCompleted in 2023 – minor repairs continuing in 2024
Construction Phase II – Recreation CenterConstruction began in Fall of 2023: Anticipated opening in 2025

A project budget of $31.6 million dollars was approved by Resolution R2021-036. 

Funding Resources include the following:

LTGO Bond (funded from our general levy with no tax impact – within PMP existing debt capacity) $16,000,000 
Capital Reserves$11,600,000 
Capital Campaign – Public and Private Philanthropic support $4,000,000

See our Progress

Each week we will feature a time-lapse video of our construction progress. Follow along and watch as this community hub comes to life.

Building Specs

  • Total campus is 17.23 acres
  • 58,000 square foot facility
  • 175′ x 75′ artificial indoor turf field
  • Three multi-sport courts, for basketball, pickleball, and volleyball
  • Elevated walking track
  • Two multi-purpose community spaces
  • Art corridor
  • Cushman Trail extends approximately 0.4 miles
  • Renovated miniature golf course

If you have further construction questions, please contact: John Adams, Capital Projects Manager

Learn more about this community hub for families, friends, and neighbors of all ages to play, connect, and grow.