Hale Pass Park

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 (Opening Summer 2022).

Park Description

Description: Hales Pass Park is on a 4-acre site that includes a building originally constructed in 1938, a picnic shelter, a small baseball field, and 2 outdoor tennis courts. In the past, the building located at the site has served as a small schoolhouse. This park and building have also been used for recreational camps, classes, and activities. Many community organizations use the building located on the site as a gathering and meeting place.

The building located on the site is re-opening in Summer 2022. To learn more about the updates to this facility, click here.

Park Features


Dogs on Leash, Trails, Unmarked Forest Pathways


Picnic Areas


Baseball Field, Tennis Courts Lined for Pickleball

Buildings & Venues

Two Room Schoolhouse/Hall, Large Outdoor Pavilion, Sanicans on Site

Natural Features

Forrest Areas


Roadside Parking


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 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 which now owns, operates, and maintains the park for the public to enjoy.

The hall has continued to serve as a school under several organizations, and Eagle Scout projects have created trails and provided amenities for the park.

(Will require updating for dedication after improvements made)

Park Rules

Download Park Use Regulations (PDF)
Download Leash Regulations (PDF)

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