Mission & Vision

The mission of the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks) is to enhance the quality of life on the Gig Harbor peninsula by providing park and recreational opportunities for all of its citizens. The mission will be accomplished by crafting partnerships with volunteer and government organizations, acquiring assets, developing and maintaining high-quality facilities, preserving open space, promoting health and wellness, providing diverse recreational programs, and prudently managing District funds.

A Message from Our President

Missy HillWelcome to the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks). Our mission is to enhance the quality of life on the Gig Harbor Peninsula by providing park and recreational opportunities for all citizens.

We are excited that you have decided to visit our District, which includes some of the most beautiful parks and finest recreation programs in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you are observing passing whales at Narrows Park, biking the Cushman Trail, or participating in one of our athletic leagues, PenMet Parks has something for everybody.

The Gig Harbor Peninsula has consistently been rated as one of the most livable communities—known for its remarkable atmosphere, natural beauty, and exceptional waterfront access. PenMet Parks is honored to contribute its services to over 40,000 residents and visitors from around the world. We are committed to providing top-level park and recreation services that make the Gig Harbor Peninsula an amazing place to live.

Please browse through our website to learn more about recreational opportunities at PenMet Parks, as well as how you can contribute to our mission. We welcome your feedback at any time and are dedicated to ensuring every experience with our organization is enjoyable.

On behalf of the staff and Board of Commissioners, I welcome you to PenMet Parks.

 

Maryellen (Missy) Hill
President

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  • About Board Members

Park Board of Commissioners

President

Maryellen (Missy) Hill
Terms ends 2021

Clerk

Amanda Babich
Term ends 2023

Commissioner

Kurt Grimmer
Term ends 2019

Commissioner

Steve Nixon
Term ends 2021

Commissioner

Todd Iverson
Term ends 2019

About Board Members

President

Maryellen (Missy) Hill
Missy Hill

Education: Master’s in Public Administration, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Bachelors of Arts, University of Washington, Tacoma, WA

Professional Experience: Human Services professional specializing in creating and managing employment and training programs for special demographics; project management, nonprofit management, board development and staffing; program management, human resources, grant writing and partnership development.

Personal Information: My family and I relocated to Gig Harbor 27 years ago; we enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest especially the greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula region.

Clerk

Amanda Babich
Amanda Babich

Education: Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Professional Experience: Over a decade of experience in Parks & Recreation, non-profit programming, youth advocacy, outdoor experiential education, and university intramural sports management

Personal Information: I am a mother of three and married to a lifelong Gig Harbor resident.  My husband and I own and operate several commercial fishing vessels based here in Gig Harbor and enjoy being active community members both in our businesses and our family.

Commissioner

Kurt Grimmer
Kurt Grimmer

Education: BA Finance & Accounting, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Professional Experience: 30 years of experience in the financial services industry; Bank Auditor; Bank Controller; Real Estate Financing and Management; Financial Advisor.

Community Service: Peninsula Athletic Association Board Member and Recreation Supervisor; Harbor Soccer Club Coach; Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Team Founding Member; Gig Harbor Canoe / Kayak Racing Team Capital Campaign Committee; Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance Board; St. Anthony’s Patient Family Advisory Council; Tacoma Narrows Airport Advisory Commission

Personal Information: 35-year resident of Gig Harbor. With my wife, Diane, we raised three children through local schools and recreation programs. We engage in outdoor activities around the Peninsula and enjoy the many natural and cultural amenities offered in our community.

Commissioner

Steve Nixon
Steve Nixon

Education: Gig Harbor High School, Washington State University, Associate of Technical Arts, Bates Technical College

Professional Experience: Assistant Fire Chief – Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One

Personal Information: I grew up on Wollochet Bay, where I still live. Attended our Peninsula Schools from elementary through graduation from GHHS. I am married and have one adult son. I have enjoyed the opportunity to grow up, live and work in the Gig Harbor community. I enjoy many sports and activities, so you may see me out enjoying one of our parks near you.

Commissioner

Todd Iverson

Education: Graduate of the University of Portland

Occupation: Longshoreman at the Port of Tacoma

Personal Information: Married. Enjoys fishing, kayaking and traveling. Todd is also co-founder of America In Solidarity, a workers’ rights group based in Tacoma.

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