November 1, 2018
Key Pen Parks is close to securing funding for a 3,300 sq ft splash pad at Gateway Park.


August 1, 2018
The congregations of six Key Peninsula churches gathered for an open-air service at Gateway Park.


August 1, 2018
The KP Logging Show and Festival celebrates 31 years on Aug. 18 at Gateway Park.


July 1, 2018
KP churches will gather together for an open-air service at Gateway Park on July 15.


May 1, 2018
360 Trails is a favorite spot for horses and their riders in addition to hikers and mountain bikers.


April 1, 2018
The 360 Trails at Gateway Park will host hundreds of cyclists at state championship mountain bike race April 15.


March 1, 2018
Gateway Park is in the first two phases of a master construction plan.


November 1, 2017
Gateway Park was formed from several different properties totaling 72 acres.


October 1, 2017
Gateway Park is ready to open Sept. 30.


October 1, 2017
Key Pen Parks has come a long way.


October 1, 2017
From playgrounds to sports fields, from a wheelchair-accessible path to a rugged trail in the forest, there is something for everyone in your local parks.


July 1, 2017
As of March 4, the Snack Shack at Volunteer Park is officially a full-time, independently operated eatery.


April 29, 2017
The KP Parks Foundation is raising money to pay for enhancements to Gateway Park in Wauna.


March 31, 2017
Park Ranger Janet Shonk hopes that many Key Peninsula residents will be drawn to Penrose Point State Park Sunday, April 30, to help celebrate ShellFest.


September 2, 2016
During our August board meeting, a resolution was made to push an aggressive start to Phase I development of Gateway Park.


September 2, 2016
As a Key Pen Parks Commissioner, my goals for the district are to increase access to our park properties and build a playground on the north end of the Key Peninsula


September 2, 2016
Key Pen Parks is getting ready to make Gateway Park bigger and better after purchasing two adjacent wooded parcels in July totaling 33 acres.


September 2, 2016
“What are you guys doing?” asked curious onlookers on the dock at Joemma Beach State Park in late July.


July 2, 2016
Things will be getting a little messy at Volunteer Park in a few months, and if things continue to go well with the progress of the new Gateway Park, you’ll soon be seeing a mess there, too.


July 2, 2016
After a successful debut in 2015, Key Pen Parks’ Fourth of July Community Hot Dog Social promises to be even bigger and better in 2016, according to Christina Hallock, the recreation coordinator for Key Pen Parks.


May 1, 2016
Not many people have a forest named for them. Most who do died long before receiving such a tribute.


April 2, 2016
Key Pen Parks staff and supporters have an extra spring in our steps as we look forward to some exciting times in 2016.


November 2, 2015
Back in early September, vandals struck one of the light poles at Key Pen Park’s Volunteer field and did more than $21,000 worth of damage.


October 5, 2015
Progress in near and distant projects.


October 5, 2015
Get ready for sneaky schemes, spooky silliness and spellbinding sweets at Key Pen Parks seventh-annual All Hallows Eve Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Volunteer Park.


September 2, 2015
Several years ago, Park Commission President Greg Anglemeyer was approached by parks supporter Nancy Lind with the question, “Is there a way to leave property to parks and have the district keep it in its natural state?"


July 31, 2015
The Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District got some unexpected yet welcome news recently when the staff learned they were awarded a $500,000 matching grant for Gateway Park development.


July 31, 2015
State and national parks have a hosting program that benefits the parks, the hosts and especially the general public.


July 31, 2015
Spread around Puget Sound, including Hood Canal, are bright yellow buoys that stand about 8 feet tall from sea level.


June 26, 2015
Spit in the ocean –– much more than a card game.


June 26, 2015
Key Pen Parks plans to build a new playground at Gateway Park, and they’re looking for Key Peninsula residents to decide what the park should include and how it should look.


June 26, 2015
The boat launch replacement project is nearing completion at Joemma Beach.


June 26, 2015
The first-ever Fourth of July Community Hot Dog Social is being put on by Key Pen Parks.


May 28, 2015
As spring reaches into the summer season and the warmer weather tempts people out of their homes, I’m reminded of our emerging and blossoming community.


May 8, 2015
The Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District’s (Key Pen Parks) Board of Commissioners will have two open positions up for election in November 2015: seats 2 and 4.


May 5, 2015
On Saturday, April 4, 360 Trails held its first-ever mountain bike poker run.


March 30, 2015
Key Pen Parks officials are hoping for a big turnout of volunteers to participate in Parks Appreciation Day––the annual event to spruce up our local parks.


March 3, 2015
News from Key Pen Parks


January 31, 2015
The job of keeping the 360 Trails Park in good shape recently got a little easier when Key Pen Parks purchased a big new mower.


December 31, 2014
Christina Hallock may only recently have started work as Key Pen Parks' marketing coordinator/recreation specialist, but she's been contributing to a better quality of life for Key Peninsula youth and families for years.


December 8, 2014
Key Pen Parks has set its second of three public meetings in December the development of a master plan for Gateway Park.


September 24, 2014
Key Pen Parks recently announced the first of a series of public meetings on the development of a master plan for Gateway Park.


September 3, 2014
At 10 a.m. the flag went up in a ceremony provided by Key Peninsula Veterans and music from the Key Singers launched the annual Key Peninsula Logging Show and Festival at the new Gateway Park location.


July 31, 2014
Summer is a busy time for Key Pen Parks, with specially focused camps taking place all season long.


May 29, 2014
KP Metropolitan Park District will build and maintain trails through 55 of the 72 acres that now house the Pierce County Solid Waste Transfer Station.


February 1, 2014
State law requires that the State auditor’s office conduct an examination of the financial condition of all local governments at least once in every three years.


January 2, 2014
A hardy group of middle school kids from the Key Peninsula spent a cold December day tidying up the grounds at Camp Stand By Me.


November 30, 2013
The Key Pen Parks levy received 53 percent of the votes cast, but fell short of the 60 percent required to pass.


October 31, 2013
Increasing energy efficiency has been the talk, now local partners are taking action to make it happen.


August 29, 2013
Folks of all ages came to catch the free movies shown every Friday night throughout August at Volunteer Park, courtesy of the Key Pen Parks' Cinema Under the Stars program.


August 29, 2013
Now that Key Pen Parks either owns or controls more than 1,200 acres of park land, let’s see what they plan to do with it.


August 1, 2013
If you spend any time at our local state parks you’ll eventually meet Ranger Janet Shonk.


August 1, 2013
The property tax levy on the November ballot would provide operations and maintenance funds for Key Pen Parks.


June 28, 2013
The key word for KeyFest 2013 is “new.”


June 28, 2013
At its June 10 meeting, the KP Parks Commissioners voted unanimously to place an operations and maintenance levy on the general election ballot in November for residents of the Key Peninsula.


June 28, 2013
The Longbranch Improvement Club leadership had a grand idea: bring back the feel of the former “beyond the borders” event with a one-day drum festival.


May 29, 2013
For a healthy, unique way to celebrate Father’s Day a few days early this year, put on your running shoes and join the PenLight Summer Fun Run on the KP’s 360 Trails on June 15.


May 29, 2013
Key Pen Parks introduced a resolution for the November general election that would create an operations and maintenance levy for all KP landowners.


May 1, 2013
It started last fall, when Jessica Smeall, recreation coordinator for Key Pen Parks, needed volunteers to help with the annual Harvest Festival.


March 27, 2013
Wheels were spinning and muscles were pumping last month, as hundreds of bicyclists flocked to Key Peninsula’s 360 Park for a day of safe family fun, competition and camaraderie.


February 21, 2013
Key Pen Parks has a new property to add to its portfolio.


January 31, 2013
During the months of November and December, the Key Peninsula Middle School gym is packed with kids playing soccer.


January 31, 2013
On Dec. 18, thirty Key Peninsula community members, local leaders, and stakeholders met to promote Gateway Park to Pierce County elected officials.


September 1, 2010
Though Key Pen Parks will collaborate with Pierce County Parks in the future plans for the site, the board of commissioners said it is not in the best interest to add the property to the district at this time.


May 1, 2010
Volunteers showed up at area parks April 24 for Parks Appreciation Day.


May 1, 2010
Warm, sun-bathed baseball fields at Key Peninsula’s Volunteer park greeted the Key Peninsula Little League Opening Day ceremonies in April.


February 1, 2010
From a list of five applicants, Key Pen Parks commissioners appointed Mark Michel to fill the seat vacated by Elmer Anderson during the Jan. 11 meeting.


November 1, 2009
The resignation of Key Pen Parks commissioner president, Elmer Anderson, was announced at the Oct. 12 board meeting.


November 1, 2009
The resignation of Key Pen Parks commissioner president, Elmer Anderson, was announced at the Oct. 12 board meeting.


October 1, 2009
On a sun-swept Saturday in mid September well-wishers gathered at Home Park to celebrate its first birthday.


August 1, 2009
Home Park was sprayed with paint in more than 20 areas on the evening of July 1.


March 1, 2009
Two major projects funded by grants will dominate capital improvement projects for Key Pen Parks in 2009—Minter Creek Phase 1 and Volunteer Park Field No.1 Renovation.


February 1, 2009
KP Park Commissioners awarded the first Park Grant of 2009 in the amount of $1,000 to Two Waters Arts Alliance and Longbranch Improvement Club.


January 1, 2009
Now more than ever, KP residents should take advantage of our state parks. They could be gone, and the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got 'til it’s gone.


October 1, 2008
The Home Park and picnic shelter officially opened Sept. 16.


September 1, 2008
A new picnic shelter, donated by the KP Lions, sits proudly at Home Park, beckoning area residents for a late summer picnic.


September 1, 2007
The Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District hopes to acquire a 39-acre property, located at the head of Taylor Bay, that would be used for a passive recreation park.


August 1, 2007
Volunteers turned out to build the KP's latest “sports center,” the long awaited Zech & Adi West Memorial Skate Park.


May 1, 2007
Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District commissioners have mentioned the need for more funding over the past year.


April 1, 2007
Key Pen youngsters will have the opportunity to try out their skateboards by the end of summer at a brand new, local skate park.


April 1, 2007
The likelihood of the Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park’s acquisition of a 350-acre Department of Natural Resources parcel for a park is still uncertain.


March 1, 2007
Horseshoe Lake ‘park’ uncertain.


March 1, 2007
The Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District appointed Greg Anglemyer to fill the seat vacated in late December by Paula DeMoss.


March 1, 2007
The Key Peninsula Metro Parks District has been trying to obtain a Pierce County building permit to allow the construction of a picnic shelter at the Home Park.


January 1, 2007
KPMPD President Paula DeMoss resigns from the parks board, saying she is spread too thin between two jobs, family, and her park board duties.


December 1, 2006
Work on a skateboard park at Volunteer Park moves forward thanks to county funding; plans for a bigger facility at the 360-acre pending park still remain.


November 1, 2006
Volunteer Park has new bleacher-type retaining wall, thanks to an Eagle Scout and the local Lions Club.


September 1, 2006
KP Metropolitan Parks District Commissioner Jerry Schick’s resignation follows on the heels of recent controversy regarding a resolution by the board to allow commissioner stipends.


August 5, 2006
KPMPD President Paula DeMoss attends a hearing following a “voter registration challenge” filed by former KPPRD Chair Mike Salatino.


July 1, 2006
Guest columnist Ben Thompson questions a recent decision by the Key Peninsula Metro Parks District commissioners to allow themselves a per diem, despite making promises to the contrary during their campaigns.


July 1, 2006
Members of the creation committee for the KP Metro Parks District tell commissioners they would try to recall them if they don’t rescind a resolution authorizing per diem


June 1, 2006
Two months after its creation the KP Metropolitan Park District finds its resources inadequate for growing.


June 1, 2006
KPMPD commissioners vote to give themselves the option to claim per diem compensation.


April 1, 2006
April hosts two environmentally friendly events--Arbor Day and Earth Day--and Key Pen residents are invited to participate.


June 1, 2005
Kids who live on the Key Peninsula need something they can drop in and do, something that is not organized. A skate park is good for kids of all ages. That is the belief of Chuck West. Building a skate park for KP kids is his dream.


May 1, 2005
A dream several years in the making was set to become reality in April, as the state Legislature appropriated funds to turn a 350-acre Key Pen property into a park.


April 1, 2005
The Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District hires a full-time parks director as a first step in getting “organized” and expanding programs.


October 1, 2004
The new agreement designates Key Peninsula Metro Park District as the official owner of the Home Park property.


September 1, 2004
The Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District receives its first zoo/trek sales tax installment, plans to fill immediate funding needs.


September 1, 2004
The KP Metropolitan Park District likes the idea of a 93-acre scenic property on Devil’s Head for a new park—if all the pieces were to fall in place.


June 1, 2004
Long before the idea came about to create a Key Pen Metropolitan Park District, the KP Parks and Recreation District begun discussions about the potential acquisition of 360 acres from the Department of Natural Resources for a regional park.


June 1, 2004
More than 60 percent of voters said “yes” to the creation of a KP Metropolitan Park District at the May special election.


May 1, 2004
The May 18 special election ballot will ask voters whether a Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District should be created, and to choose five of the 10 candidates for the newly created board.


April 1, 2004
How far could $100,000 be stretched?


April 1, 2004
If approved by the voters in May, a metropolitan parks board would have the power to raise taxes and issue limited bonds without taxpayer approval. If not approved, current commissioners say they may close the parks. The Key Peninsula News takes an in-depth look at what a metro park district could entail.


March 1, 2004
As the effort is under way to create a metropolitan park district that would bring more money to the Key Peninsula, the Key Peninsula News took a look at some of the problems plaguing the current park district. This is the first of two installments, examining the board’s struggle with money shortage, turnover, lack of policies and public input.


February 1, 2004
With the resignation of Nancy Lind from the Key Peninsula Parks and Recreation boardVice Chair Mike Salatino stepped up to become chair pro-tem.


February 1, 2004
An ad-hoc group called Citizens’ Committee for Key Peninsula Parks filed a notice of intention with the Pierce County Boundary Review Board in January to form a metropolitan park district on the Key Peninsula.