Sehmel Homestead

Category Overview

Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.

Project Highlights

This 95.2-acre acquisition is centrally located within the Gig Harbor/Peninsula area of Pierce County within easy access of Highway 16. The site has a variety of gentle sloping grass meadows, open space/wetlands, small lake stocked with fish, and large forested areas-a site with great potential as a major regional park. This site could provide a multitude of recreational activities in one location without recreation enthusiasts having to travel across the Narrows Bridge to Tacoma or elsewhere to satisfy their recreational needs. The majority of the site (78) acres will remain virtually undisturbed for passive recreation. The remaining acreage will be developed for active recreational activities.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Peninsula Metropolitan Park Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $319,644.40 Applicant Match: $319,644.40 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pierce Legislative District: 26 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 01-1075

Location Details

From Tacoma, take Hwy 16 across the Narrows Bridge, go approximately 6 miles north to the Burnham Drive exit. Take the Burnham exit left over Hwy 16 to the stop sign. Turn left on Sehmel Drive and follow Sehmel Drive about 3 miles to 78th Ave. NW. Turn left on 78th Ave. NW and follow for about 100 yards to entrance of property, the Sehmel Homestead.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.