Special Announcements

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update
June 1, 2020
8:00 AM

The District reminds visitors to recreate responsibly

Effective June 1, 2020, racquet courts are open, athletic fields are open to groups of 5 or less, preferably household members only. Organized group activities or practices are not allowed at this time. Parks, trails, beach access, 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.

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

 

Playgrounds, restrooms, and basketball courts remain closed to the public until further notice. 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

  • Only visit a park or trail with those you have been quarantining with.
  • 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.

 

Camps, Classes, Leagues, and Activities

PenMet Parks staff are working hard to plan alternative means to recreate for summer and fall. We are also working diligently to maintain parks to keep visitors safe, active, and healthy.

Due to the phased response to COVID-19, when registering for Summer Camps, you will be asked to put your name on a waitlist at no charge. Once we have been provided an update for the program that the participant is registered for, the card on file will be charged or you will be notified for payment. 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 info@penmetparks.org.

PenMet Parks will take every measure to provide a safe and healthy environment during this time. This includes cleaning and sterilizing between sessions, protective equipment, and utilizing safe practices with participant contact. We also ask that you play a shared role to ensure a safe and healthy recreation environment. Please do not participate if sick or not feeling well, bring hand sanitizer, and wash your hands often.

In addition, PenMet Parks Administrative Offices are closed to the public. Staff will assist customers via phone and electronic communications.

Our staff members are handling a high rate of phone calls, and we ask for your patience as we work through these issues. We will keep updating our website as developments warrant.

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-coronavirusWe encourage you to keep checking this page for updates.

 

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 feet from others. Read more about social distancing at www.tpchd.org/coronavirus.

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

  • Stay 6 feet away from other people
  • Wash your hands
  • Don’t touch your face if you can help it
  • Avoid sick people
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Stay informed
  • Do not use parks if you are exhibiting symptoms
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer, and use it
  • Avoid crowds and maintain social distancing
  • Wave hello and good-bye

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

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