December 2023 eNews

PenMet Parks. Parks for All. Parks for Life.

December 2023

In This Issue…

  • We’re Moving!
  • Holiday Giving Tree and Toy Drive
  • Financial Assistance for All Ages
  • Recreational Guide and Reader Survey
  • Registration Begins December 12
  • Open House-Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve
  • Rosedale Hall Renovation Update
  • Sweetheart Family Dances in February

Visit our Calendar of Events to Learn More

PenMet Parks’ New Location
We’re excited to announce we are moving. On Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5 we will provide customer service via phone, email, or by appointment during this 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, just a quarter of a mile from Tubby’s Trail Dog Park.

Holiday Giving Tree
Help us bring joy to families in need this holiday season! PenMet Parks is hosting a Giving Tree for Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH at our administrative office. Unwrapped gift donations may be dropped off M-F, 8:30 AM – 5 PM, beginning Wednesday, December 6 at the new office, 2416 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.

Classes and Activities for All

Financial Assistance for All Ages.


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 your questions.

January-March 2024 Parks and Recreation Guide
We are proud to offer a wide variety of Parks and Recreation opportunities for the community. Take a look at the latest programs, activities, and events for youth, teens, active seniors, and individuals with disabilities.

Complete the online
reader survey and be
entered to win a voucher
for 50% off a PenMet
Parks Program (up to
$200 value).

Winter program registration begins Wednesday, December 12 at 9 AM. You can register online, over the phone, or in person. We welcome you
to the new administrative office on December 12, from 9-11 AM for light refreshments and to meet your Recreation Services team who are ready to support you with registration. Check out the online January-March 2024 Recreation Guide for all the winter program options.
As of December 6, the new address is 2416 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor WA 98335.

Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve
Community Open House
Wednesday, December 13 at 5:30 PM
Nichols Community Center

Join us for an interactive discussion as PenMet Parks develops a master plan for the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve. This project
represents a comprehensive process that is designed to engage local residents. There are many natural features to carefully consider in
developing a master plan for this 3.56-acre park located on the northeast tip of Fox Island. Community input will help guide how to allow low-impact 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. There is no need to register for this event. Learn more about the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve by visiting our website.

Teen Programs


Teen Masquerade Ball
ID #6271, $12, Ages 12-17
Saturday, 1/27/24, 7-9 PM
Gig Harbor High School Commons

Join us at the Annual Teen Masquerade Ball for an evening of costumes, dancing, and refreshments. Bring your own mask or borrow one from us. All middle school and high school aged teens are welcome to participate. Pre-registration is required.

Wondering how to engage your kids this winter break? Look no
further! Winter Day Camps are designed to ignite your child’s
imagination and creativity while keeping them active during this
school break. Camps are the perfect blend of fun and learning during this upcoming chilly season.

We have recently updated some policies at PenMet Parks. The pricing policy includes priority registration for District Residents and a price
difference for program fees. Refunds now include an administrative fee for processing. Learn more about the pricing policy and the refund policy on our website, in the Recreation & Events section.

Rosedale Hall Renovation

Rosedale Community Hall is beloved by local residents. Through the decades, it has played a pivotal role in the community, serving as a
school, a church, an exercise studio, and hosting countless local groups and events. This fall, PenMet Parks began a quality renovation, with
work focusing on structural improvements, ADA upgrades, new restrooms, and replacing aging systems. The goal is to restore this community gem while maintaining its unique character. The renovation is expected to be complete in summer 2024, and we look forward to an improved facility for all to enjoy. Learn more on our website.

Family Sweetheart Dances
Saturday, February 10
2-4 PM, 4:30-6:30 PM, 7-9 PM
Ocean5, Gig Harbor
Registration begins January 3

Just before Valentine’s Day, join us at Ocean 5 for our Family Sweetheart Dances and a heartwarming gathering where parents, children, and loved ones come together to enjoy music, dancing, crafts, and sweet treats. Reserve your space to create lasting memories in a warm and inclusive atmosphere. This is a great event for families with children ages 12 and under. Fee: $25 per person.