Bradley Lake Park was open for camping on August 11th and more than 100 people braved the rain to spend the night in the park. While the Afrodisiacs concert was cancelled due to weather, participants still enjoyed yard games, a hot dog dinner, s’mores, a great outdoor movie, and breakfast the next morning. This yearly event is the only time camping is permitted in City of Puyallup parks and the activities make it even better! A huge thank you to the Puyallup Library for also providing activities for everyone.
Concerts in the Park
The 2018 Summer Concerts in the Park series has come to a close! Rock and roll, blues, disco and acapella all emanated from the Rotary Stage in Pioneer Park, treating visitors to great music and fantastic entertainment. The Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band Kalimba filled downtown Puyallup with music from their horn section. The Coats blew everyone away as they always do with nothing but their voices and charisma. Magic Bus impressed everyone with amazing guitar solos, and Heart by Heart continues to be a crowd favorite (having Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members definitely helps!).
The Kiwanis Kids Noon Tunes series saw Tim Noah, Roberto the Magnificent and The Not Its entertain hundreds of children and parents alike. This summer wouldn’t have been possible without help from our sponsors: Puyallup Kiwanis Club, Korum Automotive Group, L & L Printing, Edward Jones Office of Blair Sexton, The Lineup, Legends Sports Photography, Puyallup Endodontics and Dr. Cindy Chow.
Jetty Island Walking Trip
On August 14th, the Puyallup Activity Center traveled north to the renowned man-made Jetty Island in Everett west of the Everett Marina. After a short ferry ride to Jetty Island, trip goers were greeted by a historical naturalist for a guided tour of the Island that included watching the native birds, hearing the history of Jetty Island, and viewing the wonderful wildflowers and mollusks of Puget Sound.
Puyallup 2018 Festival of Books
The Puyallup Festival of Books celebrates its fifth year with a terrific lineup of authors and events.
On Friday, October 5th, we'll have an evening reception (free and open to the public, with beer and wine available for purchase). Enjoy an episode of the hit Netflix drama Longmire before a talk with Craig Johnson, author of the eight Longmire mystery novels which have garnered popular and critical acclaim.
On Saturday, October 6th, come enjoy a local author festival from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Puyallup Library. You can meet authors from across the region, talk with them and hear how they brought their ideas to publication.
Later at 4:30 on Saturday, Jeremy McCarter co-author of the New York Times #1 Best Seller Hamilton: The Revolution, will join us at Pioneer Park Pavilion. McCarter is the storyteller of record for the cultural phenomenon that is Hamilton. His newest book Young Radicals is about idealists fighting for freedom and equality in the early twentieth century. A common thread in McCarter's work is the power of storytelling to drive social change.
A New Look Coming to Utility Bills!
The city recently contracted with Automatic Funds Transfer Services (AFTS) for printing and mailing services for utility bills. The contract is expected to save approximately $40,000 per year. Staff is currently working with AFTS on the format of the bills. The transition will take place after testing the new system, and will take one to three months to complete.
Salute to the Troops 3v3 Basketball Tournament
The Puyallup Police Department was proud to have three teams participate in AUSA’s Salute to the Troops 3v3 Basketball Tournament held on August 9th in Pioneer Park. The event, which supported our local military personnel and their families, had free food, beverages, games and prizes as well as the basketball tournament. The tournament was hard fought, but PPD’s team of Sergeant Don Bourbon, Officer Jordan Tungsvik and Recruit Officer Isom Brown were victorious! PPD gets to keep the trophy for the year, until the tournament next year which is sure to be another tough, fun and friendly competition!
Adult: Registration is currently open for adult fall coed volleyball and our fall men’s basketball league. League play will get underway in mid-September with games being played at the Puyallup Recreation Center and Memorial Center gyms.
Youth Indoor Soccer: Registrations are currently being accepted for youth indoor soccer, which offers leagues for boys and girls in grades kindergarten – 3rd grade. Practices will get underway in mid-September and games will begin in early October. Games and practices are held at the Puyallup Recreation Center and Memorial Center gyms.
Youth Flag Football: Registrations are being accepted for youth flag football programs which offers leagues for boys and girls in grades 3rd – 6th. Practices will get underway in mid-September and games will begin in early October. Games and practices are held at Clark’s Creek North Field.
Groundbreaking for Van Lierop Park
On August 28th, members of the Puyallup City Council took shovels in hand to break ground for Puyallup’s newest addition to its park system—Van Lierop Park.
Van Lierop Park was named to honor the legacy of the Van Lierop family who farmed this property for generations. The City acquired 24 acres in late 2015; six acres were subsequently sold to the nonprofit Step by Step. The remaining 18 acres will be preserved as open space and park land.
Phase 1 of Van Lierop Park is now underway. This phase will consist of a view corridor to showcase the property’s historic and spectacular sightline to Mount Rainier. A loop trail will connect to the Foothills Trail; in tribute to the flowers that were grown here for decades, the trail will be bordered by blooming daffodils in the spring. A parking lot will also be installed.
National Night Out Against Crime
The first Tuesday in August is recognized nationally as National Night Out Against Crime. Participation in National Night Out (NNO) has long been a tradition for the Puyallup Police Department and the tradition continued on August 7th, but with a new twist. The first ever community-wide “One Puyallup” National Night Out event was held in Pioneer Park with all community members being invited to come meet one another, have fun together and celebrate the night. There were community booths, games, bouncy houses, a food truck and a DJ spinning the tunes. The community theme was furthered by a recognition of one our Puyallup citizens who turned 100 years old – complete with birthday cake! A great time was had by all, and maybe the biggest hit of the night was the community-wide floss, a dance trend taking over the nation. We are excited for another wonderful One Puyallup National Night Out in 2019!
Summer Day Camp
Day camp started June 25th and ended August 31st with a pizza party and end of summer slideshow. Participants had a great time bowling and visiting Dave and Busters, the Henry Moses Aquatic Center in Renton, a Tacoma Rainiers game, Wildwood Park, Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center and Skate Tiffany’s.
On August 16th, the Activity Center sponsored a trip to Blake Island’s Tillicum Village for Seattle’s best native cultural experience and home of the famous salmon bake. The seniors’ adventure began with a 45-minute narrated cruise from downtown Seattle to Blake Island. Upon arriving at Tillicum Village, guests were greeted with an appetizer of steaming clams in nectar. Once inside the traditional tribal longhouse, the participants were treated to a fabulous salmon buffet meal followed by a fantastic show which highlighted the Coast Salish tribes through historical Native American dance combined with modern native storytelling and symbolism. The day concluded with a wonderful return ferry ride.
Knee Pain, Arthritis, or Something Worse?
The Activity Center offered a special wellness program which explored the question “Knee Pain, Arthritis, or Something Worse?”. The class was instructed by Adam Schetselaar from Sound Balance Physical Therapy, and topics included how to tell the difference between arthritis and more serious knee pain, why knee pain comes and goes or comes and stays, and a surefire way to pick the right treatment for your knee pain, no matter the cause. After Adam’s informative discussion, participants left with better knowledge and various proactive methods for healing.
Pioneer Park Pavilion
August at the Pioneer Park Pavilion was another busy month! The Pavilion hosted nine weddings, the senior summer picnic, a marijuana prevention seminar put on by the Sumner School District and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, a two-day real estate seminar, a church service and picnic, an 18th birthday party and the annual Rainier Orthopedic client luncheon. The popular Puyallup Farmer’s Market is also enjoying another successful season in the Pavilion and Pioneer Park and continues throughout September every Saturday from 9am-2pm.
In addition, the Pioneer Park and Pavilion was the site for the annual AUSA (Association of the United States Army) Salute to the Troops celebration. This event is held yearly to show support and appreciation for local military families and provide a fun day out! The event featured food, games, music, raffles, vendors and displays of military vehicles. After a great event, the day wrapped up with Puyallup’s Concert in the Park featuring two bands - Slim Wizzy and The Coats.