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 Community Recreation Center

With PenMet Parks recognizing the need for both indoor and outdoor passive and active recreation in the greater Gig Harbor community, the District is seeking vital input from community user groups, local businesses, and individuals for the next phase in developing the PenMet Parks Community Recreation Center.

This input comes in the form of PenMet assembling a Steering Committee to contribute their knowledge and feedback to community needs. The Steering Committee, made up of a diverse representation of the Community of the Greater Gig Harbor area, will be presented with the project details, goals, and preliminary design elements. This process will include information on project funding, timing, and regulations that impact the project. Once the committee is familiar with the project, there will be multiple meetings to discuss the project elements and give the design team input.

To provide input or for more information, please email

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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

Arletta Schoolhouse Plan Set 201028
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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