All parks are open 7 AM to dusk
This park features a small baseball field, tennis court, large picnic shelter, and the historic Arletta Schoolhouse building, recently renovated in 2022.
Description: Hales Pass Park is on a 3.7-acre site that includes a historic community building, the Arletta Schoolhouse, originally constructed in 1938. The park also includes a picnic shelter, a small baseball field, and two outdoor tennis courts. The park has also been used for recreational camps, classes, and activities, learn more in our history section. Today, many organizations use the Arletta Schoolhouse as a community gathering and meeting place.
Dogs on leash, trails, unmarked forest pathways
Baseball field, tennis courts lined for pickleball
Buildings & Venues
Two-room historic Arletta Schoolhouse, Large outdoor covered pavilion, sanicans on site
In 1950 the Horsehead Bay Community Club and another group consolidated to form the Hales Pass Improvement Club. In 1959, after the 1938 WPA building was no longer needed as a public school, the Club purchased the property along with the schoolhouse and 1940 WPA picnic shelter to serve the community as a civic and recreation center.
The site covers over four acres including a ball field, picnic shelter, tennis courts, forest land, and the schoolhouse. Over the years, the historic Arletta Schoolhouse continued to serve as a school under several organizations, and Eagle Scout projects have created trails and provided amenities for the park.
Circa 1970 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 which now owns, operates, and maintains the park for the public to enjoy.