Special Announcements

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update
July 17, 2020
9:30 AM

The District reminds visitors to recreate responsibly

Athletic fields are open to 50 or less for practices only (no games or scrimmages), in groups of five (5) or fewer on separate parts of the field, separated by a buffer zone, and individually practicing at least 6-10 foot physical distancing, using face covering if 6-10 foot physical distancing measures cannot be practiced. Playgrounds are open, please play on equipment in groups of 5 or less. Keep children from different households 6-10 feet apart. Restrooms are open.

Parks, trails, beach access, racquet courts, and golf courses remain open for outdoor recreation, but please remember that they are not places for group activities. If it’s crowded, choose another trail, beach or park to visit. Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others. Read more about physical distancing at www.tpchd.org/coronavirus.

We encourage teams to reserve field space. Field reservations can be made for team practices if participants are limited to groups of five (5) in separate parts of the field, separated by a buffer zone and practice can follow physical distancing of a minimum of six to ten (6-10) feet between players with no contact.

To reserve a field, please contact Aiden Krug at (253) 313-5090 or akrug@penmetparks.org

Our staff has been working hard to ensure that our facilities and services re-open in the safe, clean, and high-quality outdoor environment you have come to expect from PenMet Parks. We will re-open with limited group activity to help keep visitors safe and adhere to guidelines developed by our local health authorities and PenMet Parks Board of Directors. Respectfully, we ask our park visitors to help in the efforts to stay healthy and safe. Upon your arrival, please review our park signage with helpful guidance and safe physical-distancing reminders.

Please click the image below for expanded viewing.

What’s open and what’s closed

 

PenMet Parks is asking the public to honor closures as part of the community’s collective response and individual responsibility to keep everyone safe. PenMet Parks will continue to monitor park usage and activity at all locations to ensure visitors are practicing safe physical distancing.

 

PenMet Parks tentative re-opening framework

PenMet Parks tentative re-opening framework is consistent with health authority recommendations. This schedule is subject to change based on a variety of conditional elements. Please click the image below for expanded viewing.

 

 

Guidelines for visiting parks during COVID-19

We believe that outdoor activities are essential for mental and physical well-being but during the COVID-19 outbreak please remember that they are great places to be for solitary recreation, not group activities. If it’s crowded, choose another area. Remember to maintain a distance of 6-10 feet from others.

Taking personal responsibility for yourself and your family can go a long way toward helping you stay healthy:

  • Pack trash and belongings in, and pack them out.
  • Go before you go. Use the restroom prior to your visit.
  • Do not gather in groups. Maintain the recommended 6-foot distance, step aside if a person needs to pass. Keep in mind that crowds close parks.
  • Allow others to spend time by limiting your time.
  • Come prepared: Bring your own drinking water, carry out your trash, and be prepared for restroom closures.

We encourage you to keep checking this page for updates.

For questions or more information, please contact Chuck Cuzzetto at ccuzzetto@penmetparks.org or Doug Nelson at dnelson@penmetparks.org


 

Park Usage and Program Update
July 10, 2020
4:00 PM

Camps, Classes, Leagues, and Activities

We are excited to announce that our summer camps and programs will reopen July 6th. If you are currently on the waitlist for a camp or program, we will be reaching out to process registration for final payment over the next two weeks. To expedite the registration process, please contact us at 253-858-3400. Note: Our team will be experiencing high call volume, in the instance, your call is not answered, please leave a message and our team will return your call as soon as possible.

In addition, we have implemented COVID-19 safety and sanitization guidelines into our summer programs to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our participants. To view our summer camp safety guidelines please CLICK HERE.

Please help us keep our records up to date. It is extremely important that you review and update your account contact information. Although our offices are closed to the public at this time, please feel free to contact us via phone at 253-858-3400 or email at recreation@penmetparks.org.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department continues to update its website with the latest and most accurate information, including what to do if you feel sick or have come into contact with someone with the COVID-19/coronavirus. https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus

We encourage you to keep checking this page for updates.

For questions or more information regarding programs and activities, please contact us at 253-858-3400 or recreation@penmetparks.org

Nature Preserve Reminder

The Peninsula Metropolitan Park District would like to take the time to remind visitors the DeMolay Sandspit, Fox Island WA (also known as Bella Bella Beach) is a Nature Preserve.

Although there is limited public beach access in the greater Gig Harbor/Fox Island area, the use of the Sandspit and Nature Preserve is intended to allow low impact activity with special care given to protecting vegetation and wildlife. Off-leash dogs running on the sandspit and vegetation (prohibited) is a serious concern expressed by the biologists consulted.

Remember, access to the nature preserve is dependent on how the site is impacted by the use and how the rules are followed. With overuse, abuse, and continued complaints, PenMet Parks will not be able to maintain the integrity of the preservation.

Peninsula Metropolitan Park District welcomes visitors to explore new beach access parks in the area, such as Narrows Park and Sunrise Beach Park.

The District will be installing additional security measures to ensure there is no illegal parking and District Park Property and Nature Preserve regulations are followed.

  • Leave natural items where you find them
  • No parking on the roadway
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • Do not trespass on neighbors’ property
  • Picking up after dogs
  • No open flames
  • Fireworks are prohibited

 

PenMet will be observing the effects of this use and will adjust the rules and attendance limitations as necessary to continue the protection of the property and adhere to good neighbor standards.

Parking is allowed in the area above the entrance. There will be no parking on the roadway in the immediate area of the preserve as indicated by signs, access will be by drop-off or walk-in from legal parking locations elsewhere. It is important to respect the private property owners in the area by only parking lawfully.

Please respect the preserve it is in the best interest of everyone to protect this sensitive piece of Fox Island.

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