Fifty basketball players between the ages of seven and 12 came to the Puyallup Recreation Center on March 6th to compete for the Hoop Shoot and Hot Spot Championship. These two competitions pit boys and girls in three age divisions against each other for the purpose of highlighting their shooting skills. The Hoop Shoot event is a free throw competition while the Hot Spot event gives kids two one-minute rounds to score as many points as possible from five spots around the key. Awards were given to the top three competitors in each division.
Pioneer Park Pavilion
The Pavilion’s sun shade project is complete! Iris Sun Shades installed light-blocking shades on the exterior of the south side of the building and behind the projection screen on the north side of the building. The shades will greatly cut down on the glare from morning sun and eliminate light from behind the projection screen, making the Pavilion much more usable for daytime events with presentations.
March events at the Pavilion included a networking block party, an engagement party, the Daffodil Princess Promenade, a two-day craft fair, Multicare’s RN Spring Career Fair, Emergency Food Network’s volunteer appreciation breakfast, Pierce Conservation District’s annual meeting, the Northwest Sinfonietta concert and two weddings with receptions.
Puyallup Rose Society: Cultivating Beauty for All
The Puyallup Rose Society is an all-volunteer organization which tends numerous gardens for the public’s enjoyment. The Society has taken care of roses at the Meeker Mansion and Good Sam for many years, and recently agreed to assist the City in restoring the rose garden in Pioneer Park.
Located adjacent to the Veterans Memorial, “Seabrook Garden” was originally planted with help from early members of the Puyallup Rose Society. The City expanded the garden area to accommodate 20 new “glory” roses that were specifically cultivated to honor veterans, including “Veteran’s Honor” and “Let Freedom Ring.” The garden’s main section also now features a “Rosie The Riveter” plant in recognition of women who worked in the factories during the second world war, and a rose named “Firefighter” in tribute to our first responders.
The Puyallup Rose Society was established over 20 years ago and welcomes new members. In addition to tending plants, members of the Society also conduct community outreach to instruct others in the selection, placement and care of roses. They offer classes at several area nurseries, including Watson’s and Windmill. You can find out more on Facebook, including meetings and events.
The Puyallup Parks & Recreation’s new summer brochure (May-August 2019) is now available on the website. Go check out all the exciting events scheduled for the summer including Concerts in the Park, Food Truck Frenzy, Day Camp and much more!
The youth baseball/softball league is in full swing. This program is for boys and girls ages five to 14 years of age. Registration closed on March 1st with a total of 47 teams. Practices started the week of March 18th and take place at fields owned by the City and the Puyallup School District. Games are scheduled to start the week of April 15th.
Woodcarving, a popular activity for older adults across the country, is offered locally every Thursday at the Activity Center. Woodcarving is a creative art outlet that has numerous benefits including improved mental health function, reduced stress level, improved hand-eye coordination, and an overall happier disposition. This class welcomes all levels of ability and participants are always willing to lend a hand or a tool to help a fellow woodcarver.
Longtime woodcarving participant, Bill, shows his newest creation, a beautiful hand carved wooden apple.
Potential New Development
Over the past month, City Development Review staff held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following potential new development projects:
Tenant improvement to convert an existing downtown space in the 100 block of S. Meridian into a new hair salon.
A two-lot short plat pertaining to a commercially-zoned site in the 200 block of 39th Avenue SW.
Various site improvements at the existing Shope Concrete business on East Main. These include necessary steps to bring into compliance a concrete mixing upgrade which had been previously established without proper permits, as well as a proposed new cement batching expansion and associated property improvements.
Farrel- McWhirter Farm Park
On March 10th, Puyallup seniors traveled to Redmond to explore Farrel– McWhirter Farm Park. This hidden gem offers a unique combination of a lush 100-year-old forest mixed with a children’s animal farm, a horse arena and covered picnic shelters. Upon arrival everyone was greeted by a friendly feline who jumped onboard the bus, welcoming all to the park. Participants enjoyed the wonderful two-mile loop trails around Mackey Creek and were also excited to find the “famous” nursing tree hidden within the park.
The Puyallup Activity Center provides a wonderful pancake breakfast for the community on the second Saturday of each month from 8:00am - 11:00am. The delicious breakfast consists of all you can eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee. The cost is only $4.00 for adults and $1.00 for children six and under. The Puyallup Valley Lions Club in conjunction with Brookdale Courtyard of Puyallup sponsored the March breakfast.
Derelict Property Transformation
From time to time, neighboring residents will complain about the poor condition of a neglected or dilapidated property. In response, the City’s code compliance division, often in conjunction with the police department, will investigate and attempt to work with the homeowner to remedy the situation. Recently, police officers and the code compliance officer were instrumental in helping to usher the impressive transformation of one such residence.
This challenging situation took place over a three-year period, as the elderly off-site owner was experiencing health issues which rendered her unable to prevent problem tenants from establishing a haven for various nuisance problems, including drug activity. Police officers and the code compliance officer conducted numerous visits to the home to monitor and try to address what was happening, while the interior of the house steadily worsened with accumulating debris and substandard living conditions. Through research, the code compliance officer located a relative of the owner who eventually assumed control of the property and placed it on the market. An experienced home flipper acquired the residence and undertook a remarkable transformation of the site, as shown in the photos below.
Noteworthy Development Projects
A number of noteworthy private development projects around Puyallup are currently under construction or undergoing permit review. These include:
Pioneer Crossing: This new retail center, at the SW corner of Shaw Road and East Pioneer, underwent major site prep work in recent weeks. Building permits for the initial retail buildings, including the new Safeway store, have been issued. Construction will continue throughout much of 2019, with Safeway expected to open in November.
Affinity Senior Housing: Located on the NE corner of 5th Street SE – 43rd Avenue SE (diagonally across the intersection from the YMCA), this large senior housing project is now almost fully framed, with construction to continue over the coming months. This project will include 168 independent senior living units in the four-story facility along with various common and recreational areas.
Cascadia Memory Care: Construction is about to commence on a 47,000 square foot, 66-bed memory care project in the 2200 block of S. Meridian.
Village Cooperative Housing: City staff are now processing land use permits for this proposed 32,000 square foot, multi-story senior housing facility, slated for the northeast corner of 39th Avenue SW and 17th Street SW. This independent-living concept involves co-op ownership of 57 separate age-restricted units within a single building, including commons areas and exterior site improvements.
Huntington Apartments: Site construction is nearing completion on this project, located in the 2000 block of S. Meridian, which will contain 38 new multi-family units within multiple buildings.
New Eagles: Building permit applications are under review for the conversion of the now-closed Main Garden restaurant facility at 1106 East Main into the new Puyallup Eagles Aerie.
New Narcotics Detection K9
We are pleased to announce that we have a new four-legged crime fighter on the streets of Puyallup. K9 Otto made his debut in March with his partner Officer Bond. K9 Otto is an 18-month-old German Shepard who comes to us courtesy of the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) K9 Program. Officer Bond and K9 Otto have over 240 hours of training that culminated in K9 Otto’s ability to detect cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and Ecstasy.
The arrival of K9 Otto represents the resurrection of our Narcotics K9 Detection program. The program went dormant after the retirement of K9 Timber a few years ago. With the addition of K9 Otto, we believe that the community will see an increase in the amount of narcotics seized by officers, ultimately resulting in less narcotics at the street level.
Please join us in welcoming K9 Otto to Puyallup PD. We have no doubt his name will soon start showing up in successful arrest reports!