Capital Improvement Projects


The Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) is committed to creating, improving, and maintaining high-quality parks and park facilities. This is accomplished through the Districts Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) and the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The CFP is part of the District’s long-range planning efforts reviewed every six years. The CIP is part of the District’s short-range planning efforts examined annually. The Capital Plans provide an opportunity to maintain, update, and identify capital projects and acquisitions. Through project planning, the District is able to schedule and identify options for financing in order to create a comprehensive and strategic plan for the future. Please see below for an outline of current projects.

For more information please email or call: or 253-858-3400

PenMet Parks Fundraising Consultant

Peninsula Metropolitan Park District seeks proposals from fundraising consultants interested in working with our organization to assess the philanthropic community’s interest in supporting a capital campaign; and develop a capital campaign centered around our future community recreation facility (CRC) at 2416 14th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335, a former golf driving range (~17 acres).  CLICK HERE to view/download the Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Supporting documents listed below for PenMet Parks Community Recreation Center.

Project Documents
Fundraising Consultant – Request for Proposal

PenMet Parks Community Recreation Center

The Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) is soliciting interest and qualifications from an architectural team to design a community recreation center (CRC). To view/download the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), see supporting documents listed below.

2416 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Background and Overview
For many years the Peninsula Metropolitan Park Districts Directors and Commissioners have envisioned an indoor sports and recreation complex somewhere on the Gig Harbor Peninsula. The vision began to take shape in 2015 with the master planning of the Peninsula Gardens site for the proposed indoor recreation center and district offices. The effort stalled, after preliminary conceptual site planning, due to the small size of the property and other considerations.

After closing the Indoor Soccer Center in November 2018,  through extensive community survey work and participant feedback, respondents indicated a strong desire for indoor recreation opportunities. The Indoor Soccer Center was generously leased from Tacoma Screw Products, providing residents of the greater Gig Harbor area with a variety of recreation activities. From birthday parties and sports leagues to youth camps and community events, the Indoor Soccer Center served over 65,000 youth and family members annually.

In 2018 Park district staff began to consider properties that would accommodate an indoor community recreation center and allow easy access for the community. Several potential sites were examined and evaluated. The property that presented the best opportunity was the Performance Golf site (17.16-acres), located at 2416 14th Ave, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.

As of November 4, 2019, the Pierce County Hearing Examiner granted a conditional use permit approval and site plan approval to allow the establishment of a Community Recreation Center  (CRC) under the following conditions:

Plan Submittal

  • PenMet Parks must submit its Final Development Plans within two years of the Pierce county Hearing Examiners’ decision.


Site History

  • All prior findings, conclusions, conditions, and mitigation from prior Examiner or SEPA decisions remain in effect.


WSDOT Involvement

  • PenMet Parks provided its Traffic Impact Analysis to WSDOT, WSDOT provided comments, and that was subsequently approved by Pierce County. PenMet Parks provided to WSDOT a copy of its DNS for review and comment on July 3, 2019, and WSDOT provided no comments.



  • If PenMet Parks extends the Cushman Trail through their site as planned, the County won’t need an additional 5 feet of right-of-way. This change allows some flexibility for both PenMet Parks and the County.


Sound Impacts

  • PenMet Parks must engage an acoustical engineer to perform a noise study prior to the final approval of the event center. The request has been made to make it incumbent on PenMet Parks to have the noise study done before they use the event space with amplified sound rather than tying it to a permit or approval.



  • The proposed air-supported roof structure is denied, not the use.


This conditional use permit approval provided PenMet Parks Board of Commissioners the opportunity to move forward with the purchase of the current Performance Golf property. PenMet Parks assumed possession of the property on December 13, 2019. The final purchase price of the property was 4.3 million.

PenMet Parks will begin to program camps, classes, and activities in the spring of 2020 for the interim usage of the building currently located on the south end of the property. As of February 2020, Harbor Soccer Club has ended its lease of office and administrative space at the site and will be moving to a new location. Fox Island Brewing will no longer be leasing space inside the building and are looking for a new location. The District would like to extend great thanks to both organizations for their dedication and service to the community.

PenMet Parks is now accepting Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) for the next phase of the architectural design of the PenMet Parks Community Recreation Center, advertising the District’s interest in finding the best agency for the project design. After a thorough review, interview, and selection process, the design firm will then work with PenMet Parks through a public process to develop “construction-ready” plans for the new facility. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is below with supporting documents.

The netting and poles previously used to contain golf balls on the property will be removed in early spring. Updates will be made to the Miniature Golf Course to allow for continued use.

The budget for the project is anticipated in the $26 Million range. The current capital fund balance for the CRC is approximately $7.2M (after property acquisition). Annually, approximately $2.7M is available from capital funding (excess of levy over operational expenses). Bond issuance is expected to provide the difference. Grant opportunities are possible but not yet specifically identified. A master plan will be needed for successful grant applications.

Project Documents
CRC RFQ Questions & Answers 200410
RFQ 2020 CRC Project Addendum #3 200410
RFQ 2020 CRC Project 200410
RFQ 2020 CRC Project Addendum #2 200326
RFQ Responders List
RFQ 2020 CRC Project Addendum #1 200302
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Phase 1 Consultants List
CUP Reconsideration Decision
CUP Decision
Business Plan Pro Forma
One Year Pro Forma
Site Plan


Hale Pass Park and Arletta Schoolhouse Renovation Project

3507 Ray Nash Dr. NW, Gig Harbor WA 98335

Background and Overview
In 1950, local community groups including the Horsehead Bay Community Club consolidated to form the Hales Pass Improvement Club. In 1959, after the 1938 WPA (Works Progress Administration) building was no longer needed as a public school, the Club purchased the property along with the 1940 WPA picnic shelter to serve the community as a civic and recreation center.
The site covers over 4 acres, including a ball field, picnic shelter, tennis courts, forest land, and the community hall.
In 1970-71 the Hales Pass Improvement Club donated the property to Pierce County to serve as a park. Pierce County Parks managed the property until 2010 when the park was transferred to PenMet Parks.

PenMet has two projects in progress at Hale Pass Park and the Arletta School House:

Replacement of roof (on the school building)

    • Remove and replace school building roof, replace vents with ridge vent and low-profile vents, remove the chimney
      Building renovation

Building Renovation

    • ADA access from parking to, and into the building, ADA parking, ADA access to restrooms, electrical systems, plumbing systems, kitchen facilities including appliances, well replacement, roof on shelter and walkway


The District hosted a special meeting-open house on January 27th, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the building currently located at 3507 Ray Nash Dr. NW, Gig Harbor WA 98335.

The budget for the project is anticipated as $521,986.25

Project Documents
Hale Pass Renovation Update 200326
HP Schematic Design (Before-After)
HP Facility Assessment Draft 200316
Hales Pass Renovation RFQ Pre-Submittal Mtg
Hales Pass Renovation RFQ Q&A
Project Scope RFQ-PA



Sehmel Homestead Park Turf Lighting Project


10123 78th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Background and Overview

SHP Turf Lights have been on the Districts capital projects list since 2013. PenMet conducted an extensive comprehensive planning process in 2018, which included references to the lighting of the SHP turf field.

PenMet conducted public meetings in August of 2019 to share and exchange information and issues related to the lighting project. Project information, Q&A, and citizen comment documents have been previously shared and are on the website.

PenMet submitted a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant application for funding from the Youth Athletic Facilities (YAF) category for SHP Turf Lights in 2018. The grant amount of $350,000 was awarded in 2019 and represents the maximum award for the YAF category and almost half of the estimated $723,000 project cost.

At the end of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, the Commission approved Resolution R2019-010 authorizing the Executive Director to sign the Architectural/Engineering Agreement with Cross Engineers, Inc. to design lighting at the Sehmel Homestead Park turf field.

The primary elements of the project include:

  • Four LED directed light standards for the turf field.
  •  Approximately eleven parking area light posts, similar to existing SHP lights, but LED, for the turf-area parking.
  •  Approximately eleven parking area light posts, similar to existing SHP lights, but LED, for the amphitheater-area parking.
  •  Arranging power from the amphitheater area and new restroom area.

Field Lighting

  • As designed, the field lighting portion of the project consisted of four LED, directed light standards for the turf field. The location of the poles was designed for placement just outside the eastern fence line for the field, to be placed outside of the field activity safety zone.

Parking Lighting

  • There are two areas of parking-related to this project which have been designated for safety lighting. The area near the turf field and turf restroom and the amphitheater area.


  • A scoreboard for the Boeing Mariners Care Baseball Field (Field #1) has been on the District’s wish list since the park was built in 2010. Due to cost savings in the project bid, the expense of adding the scoreboard could fit within the project budget. The RCO was consulted and agreed that the scoreboard could also be part of the grant reimbursement. The design and selection of a scoreboard are in process.



The budget for the project ($723,000) comes from capital funding ($605,000), RCO grant ($350,000 reimbursement), and other contributions including Harbor Soccer Club (HSC, $30,000 allocation), Narrows FC ($2,500 allocation), and potentially others. The RCO grant is a reimbursement grant in that after spending the funds, reimbursement documents will be submitted to the RCO.


Project Documents

Project Memo
Bid Tabulation
Addendum #2
Addendum #1
Announcement and Overview
Front End and Electrical Bid Specs
Q & A’s SHP Lighting Project
RFQ PA SHP Lighting Project
Public Comments
Public Meeting Hand Out

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