July 2018

Yet Another Reason to Not Leave Your Dog in Your Vehicle

Persons who leave their pet in their vehicle on a warm day could subject the animal to stress (or worse) and be themselves subject to a $250 fine. That's because the City of Puyallup increased the fine for confining an animal in a vehicle in a way that poses an unreasonable risk to the animal's health or safety.

Puyallup Ordinance No. 3159 was adopted by the City Council in the interest of preventing injury and cruelty to animals. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), on a sunny summer day, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 to 30 degrees in just ten to 20 minutes. This means that the interior of your car or truck can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness or death--even if the temperature outside strikes you as merely pleasantly warm.

A dog left inside a secure vehicle cannot get out on its own. No loving, responsible owner wants their pet to suffer heat exhaustion or heatstroke, but the sad truth is this can and does happen, all too often.
The increased $250 penalty cannot be deferred or reduced. What's more, an officer who has probable cause to believe that an animal is endangered is authorized to enter a vehicle by any reasonable means for the purpose of rectifying the situation if the owner cannot be located.

Your pet relies on you to keep it out of harm's way as best you can. Because a hot car interior can be harmful, please be aware--and please act accordingly.

Bloedel Reserve Walking Tour

On July 24, a group from the Puyallup Activity Center was treated to a special private tour of the Bloedel Reserve. This 150—acre unique masterpiece is located on beautiful Bainbridge Island. The Bloedel Reserve is famous for its natural and highly landscaped lakes, immaculate lawns, wooded areas, moss gardens, rhododendron fields and many other attractions.  After a lovely stroll through the gardens, the visitors enjoyed lunch in the town of Poulsbo and light shopping before returning home to Puyallup.
Bloedel Reserve

Mid-Summer Carnival

With over a dozen games and activities for kids, the Mid-Summer Carnival was a huge hit on July 11th.  Hundreds of kids and their parents ventured from the Kiwanis Kids Spray Park to play Plinko, Putt Putt, Football Toss and other fun classics.  Cotton candy was a huge hit and the inflatable obstacle course helped burn off the resulting sugar rush.  A huge ‘Thank You’ to the counselors in training from Camp Yougottawanna for helping run the activities again this year!

Outdoor Cinema Series

Two fantastic flicks were scheduled to show for the outdoor cinema series at Bradley Lake Park during the month of July.  Unfortunately, weather did not cooperate for the Back to the Future showing but, weather was perfect for Toy Story!  Over 300 people brought their blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to enjoy watching Woody, Buzz and all their friends.  August showings will include The Lion King on the 3rd and Wonder on August 17th. 

Concerts in the Park

The Summer Concerts in the Park series is in full swing with fantastic performances all around!  The shows kicked off with the 562nd Air Force Band.  Danny Vernon as Elvis along with Wally and The Beavs were next up playing fantastic hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s.  Crowd favorite Cherry Cherry proved they are the best Neil Diamond Tribute band in the nation.  Nite Wave finished out the month of July and had the crowd dancing all night to their favorite ‘80s songs.  

Kiwanis Kids Noon Tunes Series has featured Reptile Isle, Disney recording artist Norman Foote, and kids rock & roll bands Brian Waite Band and Micah & Me.  These concerts bring quite a crowd to Pioneer Park and are especially fun for the younger set.  The Concerts in the Park Series continues with tons of great shows in August.  Don’t miss out!

Shaw Road -  23RD to Manorwood Project Update

On April 19th, Shaw Road was closed between 23rd and Manorwood for construction of a left-turn lane and other improvements. Much progress has been made over the past three months. All of the deep excavation work and installation of new utility lines is complete; the remaining work will be at the road’s surface.

So far, this project’s completion is currently timing ahead of schedule.

Shaw Road project to date, by the numbers:

2,090 square yards of sidewalk
4,087 lineal feet of curb
2,701 cubic yards of large rock
Shaw Road
3,409 square feet of gravity block wall
2,797 feet of 12" diameter sewer pipe at 14-20' feet deep
443 feet of 12" diameter storm pipe
904 feet of 18" diameter storm pipe
3,255 lineal feet of new curb and gutter (more to come)

Patriotic Party

On July 5th, the Puyallup Activity Center hosted “Let’s Salute America,” a patriotic party.  One of the many highlights included the ever-popular Fun Singers, who had the crowd singing along to some of the greatest American songs ever written. An ‘All-American’ lunch was served that included hot dogs, potato chips, potato salad and, of course, our nation’s favorite dessert - apple pie, compliments of Silver Creek Retirement Home. Special guests included Congressman Denny Heck and Parks and Recreation Director Sarah Harris.

Finance Award

The City of Puyallup has received the ‘Distinguished Budget Presentation Award’ from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its 2018 fiscal year annual budget. This award is the highest form of recognition in government budgeting and represents a significant achievement.

The City’s budget document was examined by a panel of independent reviewers and satisfied all nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well a budget serves as:

  • a policy document;
  • a financial plan; 
  • an operations guide; and 
  • a communications device.
As required to receive the award, Puyallup’s budget was rated proficient in all four of these categories.

The GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program to encourage local governments to prepare budget documents of the highest quality. Entities receiving the award have made efforts to improve budgeting procedures and outcomes, and serve as a model for other governments in this critical public service.

Who Represents Me? What is my Property Zoned? Do I Live in a Floodplain?

To answer these and other questions, the City recently added interactive mapping services to our website. These applications make it easy to look up your City Council district and the zoning of any property. You can also determine whether a property has environmentally critical areas. 

The City Council map application can be used to determine which district a resident lives in and who represents them on the Council. After a resident types their address in the search tab at the top right of the map, a pin drops showing which district they live in. Clicking on the shaded area of their district generates a window that shows their specific elected Councilmembers and information on how to contact them. This service will help residents learn who their elected officials are, and make it easy for them to reach out with questions or comments.

The zoning application links to Pierce County’s Assessor page for any parcel, while the critical areas application links to Puyallup Municipal Code sections pertinent to floodplains and other environmentally sensitive land features. Persons wanting to know more about the new applications may submit an inquiry on the maps page. 

These new applications are easy to access and use from a phone, tablet or computer. Please check them out—and happy app’ing!

council districts

Pioneer Park Pavilion

Summer is the busiest season at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. The venue has become so popular that the weekend summer dates start filling up over a year in advance – there are already events booked for early 2020! Besides three weddings/receptions, July events included the Champions Centre staff camp day, Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce’s 4th of July event, a memorial service, Sound Family Medicine’s all-staff meeting, Roger’s High School class of ’98 20-year reunion, a Crossfit fitness competition, an engagement party and a Quinceanera. 

The Puyallup Concerts in the Park series started this month and is drawing huge crowds to the downtown area and Pioneer Park, as is the Saturday Farmers Market, Kiwanis Kids Spray Park, Puyallup Public Library and the kids play area. Puyallup is BUSY this time of year!

Summer Day Camp

Day camp started June 25th, runs for ten weeks and ends August 31st. Kids have already had a great time bowling, visiting the Henry Moses Aquatic Center in Renton, Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center, Dash Point State Park and Bradley Lake Park. On July 11th (7-11), the day camp crew, which included approximately 115 campers and staff, headed to 7-11 for a no-cost sweet frozen treat courtesy of “Free Slurpee Day”. Upcoming field trips include attending a Tacoma Rainiers game, Wildwood Park, Northwest Trek and Skate Tiffany’s. 

Your Puyallup Address May Be In—or Out—of the City

Many people who have Puyallup addresses naturally think they live in the city, but some of them do not. That’s because a fair number of Puyallup addresses are located in unincorporated Pierce County, beyond Puyallup’s city limits.

If you’re not sure whether you live in or outside of the city, a new feature on our website makes it easy for you to determine the answer. Simply enter your address into the search function on this map and click on your property to return a “yes” or “no” regarding your Puyallup residency.
One of the biggest differences between living in Puyallup or outside is the source of public services including law enforcement, Code compliance, and business licensing. Residents of Puyallup must have garbage collection services, and they pay stormwater fees which fund facilities designed to reduce nuisance flooding and keep our local waterways clean. Those who live in Puyallup also pay for our library, which is owned and operated by the City.
Puyallup City Limits Map

Puyallup Loop Trail Ribbon Cutting

The City celebrated Pierce County Trails Day on July 28th with the official opening of the Puyallup Loop Trail.  The ribbon cutting took place at the Clarks Creek south trailhead and was followed by a trail walk of the new loop trail, led by Caleb Mott from Pierce Conservation District. The Puyallup Loop Trail is a culmination of trail segments that include city parks & recreation maintained trails, user made trails through the WDFW property (upper Clarks Creek) and stormwater trails made on creek side properties such as Silver Creek and Meeker Creek. The trail is the result of efforts by city staff, the Pierce Conservation District, Forterra, Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) work crews, Forever Green Trails, Puyallup Green Partnership, Lions Club, Boy Scout and Eagle Scouts, and numerous site and habitat stewards.  This wonderful addition to Puyallup’s trail system is truly a community trail that has been established by the community. 

Photos by Jefferson Mok

Puyallup Loop Trail
Puyallup Loop Trail Ribbon Cutting
A special thanks to Caleb Mott from Pierce Conservation District who led the effort to get all of the signage installed.  Caleb supervised WCC crews, Boy Scout groups and City Parks seasonal staff in installing all of the signage for the trail. 

Overnight in Victoria

Several Puyallup seniors recently joined forces with the Washington State Association of Senior Centers to participate in an overnight excursion to Victoria, Canada. This three-day, two-night adventure began with a beautiful 2.5-hour trip aboard the Victoria Clipper from Seattle to downtown Victoria.  Upon arrival in Victoria B.C., the participants hopped on a private luxury tour bus where they were treated to a historical and scenic tour of spectacular downtown Victoria before arriving to the world renowned Butchart Gardens. After the group toured the grounds and enjoyed thousands of stunning flowers, our trip-goers checked into their beautiful hotel, The Grand Pacific.  Over the next two days, the travelers had ample time to explore all the wonderful things Victoria offers, from castles to the Empress Hotel, even the Legislative Building and many more attractions.  The group enjoyed a lovely evening cruise aboard the Victoria Clipper on their return to Seattle where they were treated to a beautiful sunset before docking. 
Butchart Gardens