Arbor Day Event Expanded Puyallup’s Urban Forest
On April 4th, the City of Puyallup celebrated Arbor Day with a tree planting event at Bradley Lake Park. A variety of trees were planted, including European Beech and Gingko. In addition, a Giant Sequoia was planted to serve as a special heritage tree in commemoration of Puyallup’s Quasquicentennial, or 125th Anniversary. Mayor Knutsen, Deputy Mayor Hopkins, and Councilmembers Shadko and Swanson were in attendance.
As part of the event, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources presented Puyallup with its second Tree City USA award in recognition of the city’s continuing urban forestry efforts. The award was presented by Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. U.S. Congressman Denny Heck was also on hand to recognize Puyallup’s ongoing commitment to the careful care and management of its urban forest.Read more
Quasquicentennial Planning: Commemorating Puyallup’s 125th Anniversary
Work continues on planning Puyallup’s 125th Birthday celebrations. The 125th Anniversary logo has been finalized and shared with community partners. City social media accounts have been updated with the new logo, and the community has responded positively to the cheery, festive feel of the new graphics as well as the weekly “Throwback Thursday” historical photos posted on the City’s Facebook page. In March, a representative of Meeker Mansion and the PMSA Meeker Days Coordinator will meet to share ideas about historical elements that can be incorporated in this year’s Meeker Days Festival. Planning also continues for the August 19th celebration – the City’s official anniversary date.Anniversary celebrations will begin to ramp up in April. A commemorative tree planting is scheduled at Bradley Lake Park on April 4th and the Farmers Market will kick off in mid-April, celebrating 125 years of Puyallup’s agricultural heritage. A flyer promoting these and other official anniversary events was created and is now being shared throughout the community. A website subpage has also been created to host up-to-date information on celebrations throughout the city: www.cityofpuyallup.org/Puyallup125. Citizens are already beginning to link to the new webpage, which has been publicized on social media and through the city’s recent e-newsletter. PCTV’s newest Rainier Country episode is scheduled to air for three months beginning in April, and one of the key pieces of the episode will revolve around the City’s 125 years of history and the upcoming celebrations. Read more
Wildwood Park Reservoir #1 Recoating Project
Wildwood Reservoir #1 is located in Wildwood Park and was constructed in 1955. This steel reservoir stands 35 feet tall and has a capacity of 500,000 gallons. The original coating on the interior and exterior of this reservoir is 60 years old and is well past its useful service life. This project includes sand blasting all surfaces to bare metal and recoating with a four step coating system. The painting contractor “Coatings Unlimited” has made steady progress and has finished coating the interior of the reservoir. Scaffolding has now been installed around the outside of the reservoir in preparation for work on the exterior.
This project also includes metal fabrication work that will bring the reservoir up to current code. A new modern vent system and 36 inch manway will be installed to allow proper ventilation and better access. The existing exterior ladder assembly will also be modified to meet current safety codes.Read more
Breakfast with Santa
The annual Breakfast with Santa event was held on December 13th. This annual event showcased Santa Claus visiting with families as they entered the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Once each family was seated, individual tables were released to the buffet line, featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast, fruit, and pastries. The event was catered by Renton Technical College. Once seated and eating, the renowned “Norselander” vocal group from Puyallup High School serenaded the crowd with classic holiday songs. Kids were encouraged to play a game for prizes, write a letter to Santa, and have their pictures taken with the lighted snowmen located throughout the building. Finally, each family was welcome to sit with Santa for a picture and tell him everything they’d like for Christmas. This fun, family event has become an annual tradition for many Puyallup families!Read more
2014 Santa Parade
The holiday season officially started in Puyallup with the annual Lighted Santa Parade and Community Tree Lighting on December 5th. Included in the day-long festivities are the Holiday Market in the Pioneer Park Pavilion, the lighting of the Children’s Tree in the Park, and of course, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Little Chief Grayson Gochanour participated in the parade and was on hand to flip the switch at the tree lighting ceremony with the help of Mayor Knutsen and the Puyallup City Council. The Puyallup Police Department’s “Chief for a Day” Program celebrates the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic medical condition. The intent is to provide these children with fun experiences they will never forget.This wonderful community tradition, organized by the Puyallup Mainstreet Association, is always a great way to kick off the holiday season! Read more
Veteran’s Day Event 2014
Music, speakers, and celebration were on the docket on November 9th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion for the City of Puyallup’s Veterans Day program. This annual event commemorates all veterans. This year, Vietnam veterans were specifically honored in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The Puyallup Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2224 (which organizes the event each year) asked Vietnam veteran and Puyallup City Councilman Steve Vermillion to speak at the event. The VFW selected Councilmember Vermillion, as the keynote speaker, based on his military record. Vermillion joined the Army in 1967 and spent 26 years as master army aviator, armor/air cavalry commander, and senior staff officer. Vermillion was inducted into the Dustoff Hall of Fame in 2013 for his contributions, including 1,450 combat missions and the evacuation of more than 2,200 patients. Dustoff pilots flew air ambulance helicopters that came into combat zones to pick up wounded soldiers. Councilmember Vermillion was also awarded a Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross, which recognizes valor.The renowned U.S. Army I Corps Band, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), was also in attendance playing traditional, patriotic music. Puyallup’s Annual Veterans Day program is free and open to the public. Read more
Spooktacular Fun in Downtown Puyallup!
Superheroes, ghosts, pixies, wizards, and witches took to the streets of downtown Puyallup on October 31st for the “Boo-allup in Puyallup” event. Along with many of our local businesses, City Hall employees passed out candy to little trick-or-treaters from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. This community event, sponsored by the Puyallup Mainstreet Association, helps spread a little Halloween happiness to tiny tots in a safe and secure environment.
After trick-or-treating the downtown area, families were invited to the 2nd Annual Cobweb Carnival at the Pioneer Park Pavilion from 3:30-7:30 pm. This event - proudly sponsored by the Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department and Puyallup Foursquare Church - offered carnival games, a photo booth, and bounce houses for FREE! Participating families were assured of a safe and fun-filled Halloween evening.Read more
2014 Veterans Day – 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
A program of music, celebration, and a salute to our military veterans is on tap for Puyallup’s annual Veterans Day program in Pioneer Park Pavilion on Sunday, November 9th, at 1:00 pm. There is no charge to attend this event and there is ample free parking and indoor seating.
Headlining the program is a concert of patriotic and traditional music by the renowned U.S. Army I Corps Band (Joint Base Lewis McChord), whose members are selected from the most talented musicians in the Army.This year’s program, the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, pays special recognition to the service of our Vietnam War veterans. 2014 is the first of a five-year national commemoration program conducted by the Secretary of Defense and the armed forces. Read more
Puyallup’s Green Power Challenge!
The City of Puyallup entered the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Green Power Challenge program earlier this year. The goal is to increase the number of Puyallup PSE customers (residential and commercial) who choose green power alternatives as part of their monthly utility bill. If the city reaches our 1,075 goal then it will earn $20,000 for solar power projects in the city. As of August 31st, the city is making great progress towards our goal of earning $20,000 from Puget Sound Energy. This can be used in a variety of ways; to enhance our existing solar power array at the Pavilion and/or initiate other solar-related projects in the City. Visit the City’s Green Power Challenge page to learn more about Puyallup’s progress in meeting its challenge goals. You can also read more about green energy and sign up for PSE’s Green Power Program online.Also, a big thanks to the city’s own Green Power Heroes … Chris Beale and Joy Rodriguez for their help and great promotional photos! Read more
Day of Service at Woodbine CemeteryOn September 13th, 253 volunteers from 6 local Wards of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Church, converged on Woodbine Cemetery to offer 3 hours of manual labor as their Annual Day of Service project. All ages participated and provided unbelievable and unselfish service to beautify and improve the Cemetery’s appearance. Team leaders from the Fruitland, Manorwood, Pioneer Valley, Ridgecrest, Silver Creek, and South Hill Wards provided leadership and direction as church members trimmed sod from overgrown grave markers, used weed eaters to trim around headstones, hauled brush, trimmed hedges, disposed of debris, and performed general landscape cleanup tasks. Highlights of this well-orchestrated volunteer effort was the complete renovation of the Baby Land monument and the entrance gate located on 7th Street SW. Another success was their work on the “Find a Grave” project. Due to the pictures taken by the volunteers, all the graves in the cemetery have now been photographed, and the Find a Grave project for Woodbine Cemetery is now complete. The group’s efforts also resulted in the removal of 18 yards of sod trimmings, 15 yards of brush removal, and beautification of approximately 2,500 headstones and grave markers. Read more