2017-2023 Levy-Supported Projects

In 2017, voters approved restoring the tax rate from $.52 to $.75 per $1,000 of assessed value and setting the annual limit factor to 106% for six years. This levy, which is expiring in 2023, generated $15.5 million funding over six years. PenMet Parks has used those funds to advance our community’s priorities, including:

New lights and turf at Sehmel Homestead Park Multi-Purpose Field

After years of use, in 2022 PenMet Parks upgraded and elevated the game experience, installing the same AstroTurf as in the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. The field features an upgraded drainage system with a new high-performance shock and drainage pad, along with new goalposts, goals, and striping. About 30% of this project was funded through a grant from the Washington State and Conservation Office.

Before work began in 2022.
The project was completed on-time and below budget, allowing for many upgraded features.

Renovation of the historic Arletta Schoolhouse

Built in 1938, the Arletta Schoolhouse at Hales Pass Park was renovated last year, improving accessibility and restoring interior and exterior finishes. The space is now ideal for hosting a wide range of events and programs for ages.

The condition of this historic community gem before work began.
The historic Arletta Schoolhouse after its 2022 renovation.

The Community Recreation Center

Levy funds helped purchase land and then funded facility planning and design of the Community Recreation Center, including extending the Cushman Trail to the CRC campus. The CRC is specifically designed to meet the growing needs of our community. It features fields, three multi-purpose gymnasiums, community gathering spaces, and provides the necessary facilities to expand our offerings and better serve the community.

Work is now underway to build the District’s 58,000 square foot indoor Community Recreation Center (CRC). PenMet Parks recently marked this historic occasion with a groundbreaking ceremony before a standing-room-only audience of more than 100 well-wishers.

More access to Puget Sound saltwater beaches and water-based recreation

Early conceptual plan showing potential improvements at the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve on Fox Island

Improvements are underway to increase access to saltwater beaches and water recreation.

  • Fox Island Fishing Pier – Plans include design and construction of ADA-compliant access to the pier and replacing the pier’s top rail. Design begins this fall with construction to follow.
  • Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve – PenMet Parks is currently developing a master plan for this park. The first phase of design and construction is funded and will include improvements to beach access, addressing maintenance needs at the existing structure and providing more places for picnics. Construction is expected in 2024, with additional phases of to follow as funding allows. PenMet Parks is also partnering with the Pierce Conservation District on a study to remove the existing bulkhead and restore the natural shoreline to benefit habitat and human use.

Active Seniors

Seniors in our community have many opportunities through PenMet Parks each month to build friendships and make memories. Engagement events include Senior Socials, Games Galore functions, and other outings — all overseen by dedicated staff with expertise in community services. Learn more about our Active Seniors program on our website.

Specialized Recreation

PenMet Parks created a Specialized Recreation program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. These activities provide opportunities for movement, dance, music, and creative expression.

Acquisition of 75 acres of land adjacent to McCormick Forest Park for conservation and trails

This now 122-acre site featuring forest and trails is made up of three parcels. The 75-acre acquisition includes Rotary Bark Park and extends the local trail system. It provides a 15-acre off-leash dog area with over one mile of fenced trails. The property also includes areas of older forest, regenerating forest, abundant wildlife, and over three miles of trails for hikers, bicycles, or horses.

Learn More

Read our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Read our Parks and Recreation Levy Renewal page.

View PenMet Parks’ annual budget.

See how our community prioritizes parks and recreational needs.

Attend a levy informational session.

Download our levy information flyer.

Latest News

Peninsula Metropolitan Park District Hosts Levy Renewal Informational Events — September 8, 2023

Peninsula Metropolitan Park District Board of Commissioners Pass Resolution for Levy Renewal — July 19, 2023

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