PenMet Parks

Serving the Greater Peninsula Metropolitan area.

Mark September 22 on your calendar and make plans to head to your favorite outdoor spot as PenMet Parks and EnviroCorps gets set to celebrate the 25th annual National Public Lands Day. Join us on the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort to benefit public lands, outdoor enthusiasts turn out in droves to give back to and enjoy their favorite outdoor places.

PenMet Parks and EnviroCorps will conduct work parties at McCormick Forest Park and Rotary Bark Park Trails. Visit or call 253-858-3400x1222 for details.

Wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves and brush trimming tools. 

National Public Lands Day is an opportunity to support public lands, get some of that exercise we all need, and embrace the spirit of one of the community’s finest volunteers, Vernon Young. 

Vernon Young (1935-2014) was a leader and a generous, unwavering dedicated volunteer, whose footprints will forever reside in our community’s parks. Vern sincerely believed in ‘leaving things better than you found them’. The Volunteer Vern Pavilion at Sehmel Homestead Park was dedicated to honor Vern’s accomplishments as a conservationist and volunteer in the community. 

Through EnviroCorps, Vernon helped people find volunteer opportunities on public lands, fostered productive exercise, expanded the Adopt-A-Road program in the community to provide roadside litter pickup, and established the Sponsor-A-Trail program to support the maintenance of our parks trail system. 

In the spirit of National Public Lands Day and Volunteer Vern, we invite you to volunteer, and connect with nature and your community. Volunteering inspires others to get involved, and you can link up with like-minded individuals to work on future projects. 

Please contact Eric Guenther at 253-858-3400, ext 1222 or the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation at 253-514-6338 for more information on National Public Lands Day! 

“I appreciate your thanks, but I could really use your help.” - Vernon Young

Vernon Young