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PenMet Parks working to buy Peninsula Gardens property for park use; possible headquarters

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on March 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm with 3 Comments »
March 8, 2011 5:49 pm

PenMet Parks has signed a letter of intent to buy the former Peninsula Gardens property on Wollochet Drive in Gig Harbor and is contemplating a variety of recreational uses there, parks director Terry Lee told me this afternoon.

One idea for part of the 10.5-acre property: an off-leash dog park. Another is community gardens.

A purchase-and-sale agreement with the property owner is in the final stages of preparation, Lee said.

Marlin Crum closed the popular nursery and gift shop last year in order to retire. The property has been for sale for several months.

The property and its buildings are valued at just over $1 million, according to the Pierce County Assessor’s website.

PenMet Parks is asking Pierce County to consider a comprehensive amendment that would rezone the property at the intersection of Wollochet and Fillmore drives for parks and recreation use.

Lee, who retired at the end of the year from the County Council, appeared in its chambers this afternoon in case council members had questions about the proposal.

There were none, but Councilman Stan Flemming, R-University Place, who replaced Lee as the 7th District representative on the council, praised the potential parks use as a great benefit to peninsula residents.

Lee said the parks district will seek future approval to put its headquarters and maintenance at the site, something the parks and recreation zoning wouldn’t allow.

Regarding the potential for the park district acquiring the land at a major Gig Harbor-area intersection, Lee told me after the meeting: “Everybody’s excited. It could make a real difference” in recreational opportunities in the area.

There’s particular interest among Gig Harbor area residents in off-leash dog parks, he said.

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  1. hortonpeak says:

    Gig Harbor needs recreational opportunities. I smell a sweet deal for insiders. But then it is Pierce County.

  2. hortonpeak says:

    Let’s throw McNeil Island into the mix also.

  3. steilacoomtaxpayer says:

    Does anyone not see a conflict of interest here? First, Lee gets an “appointment based” job at PenMetParks after being on the PC council, then he seeks approval from PCC to purhase or lease a property no one has specific neds for. Bets are that PMP will build a large park’s office like the one on 19th in Tacoma. This will be great for, er, who?

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