People often ask me about the different areas and neighborhoods in Gig Harbor. Having grown up here, I have seen many changes take place, but in the more rural outlying areas, the flavor of Gig Harbor is destinctively close to its original roots as a small town. Rosedale is a prime example of this.
What I love about Rosedale is it's relatively close proximity to the amenities Gig Harbor has to offer – Gig Harbor North shopping is about 5 minutes away, including Costco, YMCA, Target, Albertsons, Home Depot, Starbucks and our favorite local pizza place, Blue Cannon, to name a few — but it still has the feeling of being in a quiet, peaceful rural location. As a Mom of 3 kids, being close to the pulse of these activities can be a life saver. (Okay, I happen to live in this neighborhood. I LOVE it.) But when we drive through these valleys, we can be on the lookout for horses, cows and sheep, and stop for local produce and eggs along the way. Peace of the Earth farm and the Rosedale Market both offer local produce, dairy and meat. The grown-local movement is alive and well in Gig Harbor. Fresh air and scenery are outside your backdoor, along with the more cosmopolitan amenities that are hard to give up. This is not a bad place to call home!
Whether you are stopping for gas, lunch or preparing for dinner, the Rosedale Market is an iconic fixture in the Rosedale community. Long-time locals remember when it was "Idie's". Across the street from the market is a baseball field, playground and Rosedale Reformed Bible Church. And water. Like most of Gig Harbor, the landscape is surrounded by the Puget Sound waterways. You are never far from a community beach or place to launch kayaks and motorcraft.
To the east of Rosedale, you can get to downtown Gig Harbor in minutes, passing Gig Harbor High School, Discovery Elementary, Chapel Hill Church, Wilkinson Farm Park and the GH Community Gardens along the way. But to the North, you can travel through "North Rosedale" on your way to Highway 16 and the amenities of Gig Harbor North, including Saint Anthony's Hospital. This is the "back-way" to travel if you want to avoid traffic lights and take the scenic route. You'll also find Sehmel Park here. (It's actually pronounced "Zay-mel" – they are a long-standing Gig Harbor family who used to own the park when it was a big farm.) If you walk through the many trails you might find remnants of the past – wild-growing Rhodedendrons and well-established plum and apple trees to name a few, but now it has taken shape as a full-blown park with top-notch facilities. A turf soccer field, beautiful baseball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts, a pavillion and a renowned "accesible playground" for kids of all ages and varieties, including kids in wheelchairs. It really is awesome. In the summer there is outdoor theater, a multitude of festivals are held here, including The Family Fun Fest, The Cider Swig and Scarecrow Festival, and a huge community easter egg hunt near Easter, sponsored by our very active Parks Association – Pen Met Parks. People, when I was a kid, we had to travel 40 minutes for a turf field, and baseball games were miles and miles from here. Though I sometimes miss the Gig Harbor I was born and raised in, this place is now an awesome place to raise a family and not have to travel too far for ANYTHING!
Here is a link to more information about Sehmel Park:
It is so great living just around the corner from all these amenities, but my favorite thing of all is the gorgeous views and community beaches.
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