History of Key Pen Parks
The Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District, Key Pen Parks, was formed in May 2004 by a special election to provide locally-governed parks and recreation facilities for the citizens of the Key Peninsula. It replaced the financially-challenged 30-year-old Key Peninsula Parks and Recreation District. In October 2004, Key Pen Parks purchased the already-existing Volunteer Park, as well as the Home Park property, from the previous park district.
Historical & Project Timeline
- April: Supported largely by a $20,000 grant and volunteers, both from the Gig Harbor Rotary Club, the pavilion at Gateway Park is built and opened for public use.
- September: Pierce County Council Derek Young's office commits $65,800 to Gateway Park's Phase 3 development from monies collected in real estate excise taxes that can only be used to fund capital improvement projects.
- October: Key Pen Parks learns the splash pad section of the Phase 3 development plan for Gateway Park is ranked 10th out of 91 projects submitted by other state park agencies for funding by the the Washington Recreation Conservation Office. The grant provides $497,800 in state capital funds.
- 360 Trails Pump Track opens.
- Gateway Park construction.
- Taylor Bay property acquisition.
- June: Manke Property acquisition
- Road work is performed at Key Central Forest to make it more accessible to the public.
- Pool restoration project at Camp Stand By Me.
2014 and 2015
2012 and 2013
- Volunteer Park Field 1 renovation is completed.
- Fifty-year lease for Maple Hollow Park and 360 Trails is acquired with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
- June: 360 Trails and Maple Hollow Park trust land properties are leased to Key Pen Parks for 50 years by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
- November: Minter Creek property is acquired.
- Volunteer Park Master Plan is developed.
- Completed renovation and successful operation of the concession stand at Volunteer Park, $30,000.
- Renovation is completed of three infields at Volunteer Park.
- Coordinates the construction of retaining wall at Volunteer Park by Key Peninsula Lion Club members with in excess of 180 volunteer hours, $5,000.
- Conceptual master plan of 360 Trails property is developed.