Background Information on Van Lierop Park

In December 2015 the City acquired 18 acres of farmland to be developed into Van Lierop Park. This property is located in the East Valley area of the City, to the east of Shaw Road and north of Pioneer Avenue. This area is one of the few remaining areas within the City that could be developed into a community park with space to potentially include multiple sports fields. Adjacent properties are currently under contract for large commercial warehouse development.

Recreational opportunities envisioned for the Van Lierop Park are multipurpose lighted athletic fields for youth and adult sports programming as well as extension of the Riverwalk Trail system. The 2014 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan adopted by the Puyallup City Council identified the need for a community park in the East Valley area of the City. In addition, the need for multipurpose sports fields was also identified. This project has been supported by local community groups such as Friends of the Riverwalk, Puyallup Parks Foundation, Puyallup Parks, Recreation & Senior Advisory Board, Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce, and Kiwanis Club of Puyallup. The scope of this project includes development of a Master Plan Document to identify the programming elements for the park, outline a phasing plan, and research future funding opportunities. Conceptual planning discussions have suggested that Van Lierop Park could include multiple multi-use sports fields with lighting, trail system, playground, permanent parking, restroom facilities, and other park amenities. Design and development of construction-ready plan for the first phase of VLP will be completed under this contract work. Phase 1 is expected to include the new link of the Riverwalk Trail (aka Riverwalk Trail, Phase 6), and other park amenities to be determined in the master planning of the park.

The master planning process will establish the program and layout of various program elements for Van Lierop Park. The master planning process establishes the framework within which smaller projects can be designed, funded and constructed. Working with the community and stakeholders, staff will work with the consultant team to identify the Puyallup community’s desired program for the park, establish priority elements and recommend a phasing approach.