PenMet Parks Partners with Peninsula School District

Joint Use Interlocal Agreement Approved by Both PSD and PenMet Parks

The Boards of Directors for Peninsula School District (PSD) and the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) approved a joint use interlocal agreement on June 4, which allows PSD and PenMet Parks to work together in partnership to increase community use and development of our local facilities and open spaces. Both agencies will be able to provide more cost effective educational and recreational programs by maximizing public utilization of facilities.

“Our students and families win when we form strong community partnerships,” said PSD Superintendent Krestin Bahr. “During my time at Tacoma Public Schools, we worked closely with Tacoma Metropolitan Parks. I am looking forward to forming a similarly successful partnership with PenMet Parks, to enhance educational and recreational opportunities for children while streamlining our processes.”

PSD and PenMet Parks have worked together and collaborated informally for years. This formalized partnership supports goals related to incorporating inclusion for all ages and abilities, especially for people furthest from health and wellness opportunities, and maximizing community use of public facilities owned by PenMet Parks and PSD. Examples of additional programming considerations are after school youth sports, outdoor education, swim lessons and aquatics recreation, camps and programs after school, during breaks, and in the summer.

“The 2023 State of Play report for Tacoma-Pierce County revealed only 26% of youth in our community meet the CDC’s recommendation of 60 minutes of daily physical activity,” said PenMet Parks Executive Director Ally Bujacich. “This partnership will create more access to recreation and physical activity opportunities for children by mutually prioritizing each agency’s use of facilities.”

The agreement goes into effect on July 1, but no immediate changes are planned to current facilities reservation processes or fees. PenMet Parks and PSD will launch a mobile recreation program at three elementary schools this summer, with additional programs to launch in 2025 and beyond. 

Read the interlocal agreement: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W48Rcu9hfXkHBREd4fYs3PxC1J25six9/view

Read FAQs about this partnership: https://penmetparks.org/peninsula-school-district-partnership/