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Who We Are

On May 18, 2004, the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District was formed—and the opportunities this would create for those living and visiting the Gig Harbor Peninsula would soon flourish.

For nearly 19 years, the Park District has provided for the management, control, improvements, maintenance and acquisition of parks and recreation facilities within the area of unincorporated Pierce County west of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and east of the Purdy Bridge (excluding the City of Gig Harbor).

Our Mission

The mission of the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) is to enhance the quality of life by providing parks and recreational opportunities for our community.

Our Vision

To be a leader promoting health and well-being in a thriving community.

Our Values


We care about people and places.


We create high-quality, meaningful, and innovative experiences that spark JOY in our community.


We foster a culture of trust and accountability.


We work together in harmony to reach common goals through respect, inclusion, and teamwork.


Our values are evident in our choices, practices, and conduct.

Strategic Themes

Delight and engage the community

Create meaningful places.

Provide innovative experiences.

PenMet Parks serves everyone in our community.

Balanced financial accountability

Develop optimal level of service.

Support internal and external financial transparency.

Strategically utilize assets to reach full potential.

Operational excellence

Deploy effective processes through continuous improvement.

Boldly and responsibly test innovative ideas and practices.

Insist on excellence.

Inspired and accountable district

Inspire greatness among staff.

Develop a well-defined culture.

Think and act strategically.

PenMet Parks Strategic Plan

PenMet Parks’ Strategic Plan cements our commitment to enhancing the quality of life through the parks and recreation opportunities that we provide for our community. Centered around our mission, vision, and values, the strategic themes, initiatives, and objectives contained within this plan will steer the District into the future as we advance our vision to be a leader promoting health and well-being in a thriving community. Thank you for entrusting us with this vital work.

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