Parks Commission

The Parks Commission is a seven-member commission appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by a majority of the City Council.  With 17 parks and over 65 acres of public land within city limits, our community has access to open space, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, picnic shelters, salmon bearing streams, tideland estuaries, beaches, play structures, natural trails, biking paths, viewing platforms and breathtaking views of Mount Rainier.

The mission of the Gig Harbor Parks Commission is to preserve, protect and improve our parks and to foster appreciation for the parks’ many contributions to the quality of urban life and to promote increased public/private commitment to our historic system of parks and open spaces.

The purpose of the Parks Commission is to advise the Mayor and City Council on park and recreation facilities, open space acquisition and development, maintenance and operation of parks and recreation public facilities, operation of parks and recreation programs, and other matters as directed by the City Council.   

The Commission meets regularly on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.  Meetings are held at the Gig Harbor Civic Center.  Members of the Parks Commission must live in the Urban Growth Area. The Parks Commission encourages input from local residents.  GHMC Chapter 2.50

Commission Members / Terms

Nick Tarabochia, Chair Mar 2015
John Skansi Mar 2017
Doug Pfeffer, Vice Chair Mar 2017
Christine Hewitson Mar 2016
Sara McDaniel Mar 2015
Terri Reed Staff