January 2024 eNews

  • Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Community Open House, January 24
  • Family Sweetheart Dances, February 10
  • Financial Assistance for All Ages
  • Recreation Programs and Youth Sports Spotlight
  • Community Recreation Center Construction Update
  • Closure Reminders

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Community Open House

Nichols Community Center

Join us for an interactive discussion as PenMet Parks develops a master plan for the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit. This project represents a comprehensive process that is designed to engage local residents and stakeholders. 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 by visiting our website.

2-4 PM, 4:30-6:30 PM, 7-9 PM

Registration begins January 3

Just before Valentine’s Day, join us at Ocean5 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. 

Winter Registration is Now Open!

Financial Assistance for All Ages

PenMet Parks is committed to reducing financial barriers for fee-based programs. We provide financial assistance for all ages and activities for qualifying households. Financial Assistance awards up to 75% off programs up to $400 per person per calendar year.

Pricing and Refund Policy Updates

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 processing fee.

Youth Programs

Explore art, STEM, and diverse programs in our vibrant youth community—where creativity, discovery, and friendship come together for endless opportunities.

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Teen Programs

Discover diverse creative experiences and engaging activities in our vibrant teen community—where creativity and connection fuel growth opportunities.

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Adult & Senior Programs

Explore a variety of thoughtfully designed activities crafted for adults and seniors. Every program is carefully tailored for each distinct life stage. Our programs prioritize well-being, fitness, educational workshops, and social events that foster a supportive community and enhance the overall quality of life.

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Specialized and Adaptive Programs

Inclusion takes center stage with our specialized and adaptive recreation programs. Discover a diverse range of activities tailored to accommodate varying abilities, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to thrive and enjoy the transformative power of recreation.

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Community Recreation Center

Construction of the new indoor Community Recreation Center is underway! This 58,000 square-foot indoor recreation facility will feature a full-size indoor turf field, multi-sport courts for basketball, pickleball, and volleyball, an elevated walk/jog track, community spaces, and an outdoor multipurpose lawn. As part of the project, the miniature golf course will be renovated and the Cushman Trail will be extended, resulting in a comprehensive recreation campus for our community. At the building site, contractors are working on site infrastructure, footings and foundations, and the start of building construction this winter. Check out our progress by viewing a weekly time-lapse video of the construction site. Learn more on our website.

Holiday Closure Reminders

The PenMet Parks administration office will be closed in observance of the January holidays. These include:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King Day, January 15