November 2016

Giving Tree

You can help bring the joy of Christmas morning to local kids right here in Puyallup. As of November 28th, a tree has been placed in the lobby of the Recreation Center with special tags. Each tag has the first name, age and gender of a child in need of a present. Take a tag and purchase an age-appropriate gift. Bring your unwrapped gift and tag back to the Rec Center no later than Sunday, December 11th so Santa has time to wrap and deliver the gifts by Christmas. No gift is too small!
Giving Tree 2015

New Hire at PPD

Jordan Tungsvik has joined the PPD as an Entry-Level Police Officer and he is scheduled to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy December 12, 2016 – April 20, 2017. Welcome Ofc. Tungsvik!
Officer Tungsvik

Veteran’s Day Program

The Pavilion was once again the site for the Puyallup Veteran’s Day program that was held on November 6th. This annual event has become a Puyallup tradition due to the tireless efforts of Larry Heires and Jack Taylor of Puyallup VFW Post 2224. 

This year, the Puyallup Community Band provided patriotic music, Congressman Denny Heck was the featured speaker, and Medal of Honor recipient Victor Kandle was honored. First Lieutenant Victor Kandle, a Puyallup resident, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts in Europe during World War II. 

39th Ave. SW Widening

A winter weather suspension for public convenience was issued and construction has temporarily ceased. Minor work by the contractor will still occur during this suspension to work on the “side lines” of the project. Traffic pattern alterations will be minimal until the project resumes in the spring to complete remaining work. 

South traffic lanes looking west from 14th St. SW intersection

South Traffic Lanes from 14th St.

South traffic lanes looking east from 17th St. SW intersection

South Traffic Lanes from 17th St.

Youth Basketball

Youth basketball registration has closed and 95 teams are registered to participate in the recreational program which is offered for boys and girls Kindergarten-12th grade. Practices have begun and will be held at the Memorial Center, Rec. Center and local elementary and junior high schools.  

Additionally, there are 31 teams signed up to participate in the Winter Select Basketball Program, a more competitive program offered for boys and girls in 5th – 8th grade.  

31st Ave. SE & 5th St. SE Signal Installation

The intersection fronting Bradley Lake Park at the corner of the Walmart building is scheduled to get a traffic signal. KPG has been selected as the design consultant. Council has approved executing their contract and should have it for signature soon. Construction could begin as early as fall of 2017, but may likely be pushed into early 2018. 

This project is being funded 100% by the City’s LIFT Grant. 

Wight’s Home & Garden

The Puyallup Activity Center’s recent trip to “Wight’s Home and Garden, A Wonderland of Christmas” was a sure-fire way of getting our trip-goers in the holiday spirit. Each year, this magical place transforms into a Christmas Paradise with over 3.5 acres of Christmas-themed trees, decorations, holiday lights and of course, Santa Claus himself. After everyone “shopped till they dropped,” our group ventured over to the Lynnwood Crossroads for some additional holiday shopping.  A lot of positive feedback was received from the participants…it is now destined to be an annual trip full of Holiday Spirit for many more years to come!

Shaw Road 12th – 23rd

After review of the Statements of Qualifications (SOQs), and interviews with three firms, KPG was selected as the firm for the project. This is the first phase of the 12th to 23rd portion of Shaw Road. Scope of work includes: designing the stream crossings (3 each). In order to effectively size these crossings, preliminary alignment and right-of-way needs will need to be established. A traffic analysis will be required to determine the appropriate lane configuration as well. 

NW Sinfonietta

The NW Sinfonietta returned to Pioneer Park Pavilion on November 13th for the last show of 2016. The Sinfonietta continues to be a very popular concert series at the Pavilion. Upcoming Puyallup concert dates for this nationally acclaimed chamber orchestra are February 12, March 12, April 2, and May 21, 2017.

Halloween Party

The Activity Center’s Halloween Party has grown over the years into a full-fledged holiday tradition that guarantees our seniors a hollowing good time! The entertainment was provided by George A. Magician who opened the event with his special bags of tricks which left guests mystified. George dazzled our revelry goers (most dressed in festive costumes) with fast-paced sleight of hand tricks including: appearing and vanishing canes, sponges, silks, and coins.  He kept the show rolling with countless humorous jokes and more novelty magic! The party continued with even more special entertainment by our beloved Sa’Diyah Dancers, the Activity Center’s very own “vintage” belly dancers! Other highlights of the event included: our annual costume contest, a light lunch, and a special Halloween themed raffle.  Special guests included: Mayor John Hopkins, City Councilmember Julie Door, Congressman Denny Heck, Assistant City Manager Steve Kirkelie, and Parks and Recreation Director Sarah Harris. 

Traffic Engineer Position Vacant

The City Traffic Engineer resigned on November 8th, leaving the position vacant. The position is being advertised and will remain open until filled. In the meantime, the City has contracted with CH2M and our former Traffic Engineer, Sanjeev Tandle, to partially cover the position’s functions through the end of the year. 

During this time, only essential traffic engineer duties such as traffic study reviews, development permit reviews, alternative material requests, plan change requests, traffic control plans and similar items will be addressed. The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, traffic related constituent requests, traffic counts and other miscellaneous work will be put on hold pending full time staffing replacement. 

Drug Take Back

The Puyallup Police Department has a repository available 24 hours a day to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, but the department regularly participates with the national take back days. On October 22nd the Puyallup Police Department participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s national prescription drug take back day. The department received approximately 62 lbs. of unwanted prescriptions that may have otherwise entered our landfills, sewer treatment plants or streams.

Downtown Parking Lot Pass Program Renewal Time! 

Renewal for the 2017 City of Puyallup Downtown Parking Lot Pass Program is now underway!  As in years past, the 2017 passes are $20.00 and will be valid January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.  These passes allow all downtown merchants and their employees the opportunity to park in the city-owned lots commonly referred to as the Cornforth-Campbell Lot, the Hill Lot, and specially marked stalls in the Activity Center Lot.  All current 2016 pass holders will receive a renewal application and reminder by mail.  

Questions on the downtown parking pass program can be directed to Colleen Harris at (253) 841-5491 or Lesley Christensen at (253) 841-5568.  Merchants and their employees are reminded that their current 2016 passes will expire on December 31, 2016.

Cobweb Carnival

The 4th Annual Cobweb Carnival was once again a huge success with over 1,000 people in attendance! Held in conjunction with the Puyallup Main Street Association’s Boo-allup in Puyallup Trick-or-Treating downtown, the Cobweb Carnival had over a dozen games and activities for kids to participate in on Halloween.  The carnival took place in Pioneer Park Pavilion and was sponsored by Puyallup Foursquare Church who provided the candy for prizes and a sizable amount of volunteers to help run games. This annual event is a fantastic break from traditional trick-or-treating on Halloween and gives kids something active and fun to do (not to mention an opportunity to dry off from the rain)!
Cobweb Carnival

Breakfast with Santa

Create a new family tradition that celebrates the spirit of the season by attending Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a delicious warm breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa and quality time with family and friends. After breakfast, there are several activities for your family to enjoy including holiday crafts and games. Here’s the perfect chance for the little ones in your life to tell Santa exactly what’s on their Christmas list! Registration is currently open so be sure to sign up early to get a spot. The event will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Tickets are available at the Puyallup Recreation Center or online at

Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail

On November 15th the Activity Center’s Puyallup Pacers enjoyed a privately led educational tour of Kennedy Creek to explore the Chum Salmon. During this 1.5 mile long trek, trip-goers learned the life cycle of the salmon and more specifically the spawning and contour behaviors of Chum Salmon. Notably, everyone along the adventure mentioned how fortunate they felt to see so many salmon as they continue on their “upstream travels”. At the conclusion of the walking tour, our group ventured into downtown Olympia to enjoy a delicious lunch and plenty of good discussion about what they learned during the day. The trip was very well received by our participants and was a fun way to learn more about our beloved salmon.

Milwaukee Bridge Rehabilitation

The Milwaukee Bridge Rehabilitation project is under design. The Biological Assessment which address flood plains and the Endangered Species Act impacts has just been completed and will be reviewed before submitting for permits. The City will be processing a boundary line adjustment so that the entire project on the north side of the bridge will be within the City limits. 

Recipe for Strong Bones

On November 14th, Traci Woodcock, Nutritional Therapist and Certified Holistic Health Coach, provided an educational seminar at the Activity Center titled “Recipe for Strong Bones”. The workshop was designed to equip our seniors with action steps that they could utilize for building strong and healthy bones. During the discussion our group learned about the ‘enemy’ of bones and received powerful building blocks for a lifetime of bone building health!  In addition, the class provided numerous recipes and resources to guide them along their journey. The instructor also provided helpful tips such as medication that can actually make bones more brittle over time and how calcium can increase future risks of fractures.