Van Lierop Park and Step By Step Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
In late 2015, the City of Puyallup joined with the nonprofit Step By Step to purchase 24 acres near Shaw Road East and Pioneer Way East from Neil Van Lierop. Step By Step, an organization which supports at-risk mothers, has acquired six of the acres for its “Legacy in Motion” project. This property will become the “Germaine Korum Center for Women and Children” where Step By Step clients will receive job skills training and other services. The remaining 18 acres will be developed by the City into “Van Lierop Park” to honor the legacy of five generations of the Van Lierop family who farmed the site beginning in 1934.
The City of Puyallup will hold a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the acquisition of this historic farmland in the Puyallup valley. The ceremony will take place:
Friday, January 22nd
(former) Van Lierop Bulb Farm
13407 – 80th St. E., Puyallup
"This is a win for the city, it's a win for the Van Lierops, and it's definitely a win for Step By Step,” said Krista Linden, Step By Step’s founder and executive director. “We are grateful to everyone who played a role in getting us to this point. We’re looking forward to celebrating on the 22nd. It's the start of a new legacy, one that will allow this beloved place to continue to serve our community, its families, and many generations to come."Read more
2015 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 Pioneer Park, and of course, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus!This wonderful community tradition, organized by the Puyallup Mainstreet Association, is always a great way to kick off the holiday season! Read more
Veterans Day 2015
Puyallup’s annual Veterans Day Program was held on November 8th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. The Veterans Day event is an annual celebration of music and traditional patriotic ceremony that salutes the armed forces and honors veterans from all branches of the military. Music this year was provided by the South Sound Symphonic Band. Mayor John Knutsen and Congressman Denny Heck, among others, were featured speakers.A special exhibit of historical women’s uniforms, military memorabilia, and artifacts from World War I to the present was on display at the event courtesy of collectors Alice Miller, Lawrence Batemen, Peter Larhman, and John Roten. This annual event is sponsored by VFW Post 2224, American Legion Post 67, Fleet Reserve Association 104, and the City of Puyallup. The annual Veterans Day program in Puyallup is free and open to the public. Read more
Woodbine Cemetery & Bradley Lake Park – Annual Day of Service
On September 12th, over 275 volunteers participated in the Puyallup area’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) annual “Day of Service” at Woodbine Cemetery and Bradley Lake Park. Families of all ages representing eight local LDS wards descended on Woodbine Cemetery from 9:00 am until noon and accomplished a truly amazing variety of tasks. Approximately 250 participants pressure washed, painted, planted shrubs, trimmed trees, and cleaned and trimmed sod around hundreds of grave markers and headstones. It was an incredible community effort and the results are stunning. Bradley Lake Park also received special attention from a group of 25 LDS volunteers. Their cleanup efforts produced five yards of trash that was collected throughout the park area.
The City of Puyallup would like to extend a huge thank you for the efforts of these amazing volunteers. Maintenance of Woodbine Cemetery, with approximately 11,000 headstones and markers on site, is a truly endless task. The City is grateful, and we look forward to hosting this group again at Woodbine Cemetery next year.Read more
Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement
Northwest Pipeline, LLC is in the process of replacing 140 miles of natural gas pipeline across Washington State. A segment of the Washington project called the “Sumner South Loop” includes approximately 3.5 miles of 30-inch pipe that runs through the city limits of Puyallup along easements, most of which are on private property. The pipeline company is in the process of contacting affected property owners and the City has also mailed 535 postcards to affected residents. City residents are encouraged to check the map to determine if their property has such an easement on or near it; if so, citizens are encouraged to review the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will accept comments on the draft EIS through October 6, 2015. A public meeting is also scheduled and citizens are welcome to submit oral comments on:
Monday, September 14, 2015 – 6:00-9:00 pm
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent WA
Information regarding the project is also available on the City of Puyallup Website: http://tinyurl.com/p5hug5f.Read more
Puyallup’s 125th Birthday Celebration
A big birthday calls for a big celebration! The City of Puyallup will soon celebrate its 125th Anniversary with a family-friendly event that is sure to have something for everyone, from balloons and cake to live music, entertaining speakers and special guests including representatives from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The City’s first mayor, Ezra Meeker, will make a special appearance and share his predictions for the future of Puyallup. Please join us on:
Wednesday, August 19th
Pioneer Park Pavilion
In addition to Ezra Meeker’s replica covered wagon (courtesy of the Puyallup Historical Society), historic photographs and artifacts will be displayed from the Washington State Fair, the Puyallup School District, Good Samaritan Hospital, the Daffodil Festival, and the Puyallup Police Department. A free raffle will give attendees the chance to win items donated by South Hill Mall, Absher Construction, The Washington State Fair, Mel Korum YMCA, and Tiffany’s Skate Inn.
In association with the event, the Puyallup Historical Society will establish a temporary satellite museum on the ground floor of City Hall. The “Little Museum” will operate from August 15th through the 23rd and admission will be free. The Historical Society has planned an entire week’s worth of activities and events to celebrate the Meeker Mansion’s own Quasquicentennial.
The Puyallup Public Library will also be part of the fun on August 19th. The Local History Room will be open all day, and a photo booth will be set up for patrons to dress in period costume for photos. The library is also offering a local history quiz as part of the fun and those with correct responses will be entered in a drawing for a $25.00 Amazon gift card.The City of Puyallup was founded in 1890 and now’s the time to gather together to pay homage to our fascinating history and celebrate our 125-year-old roots and sustaining pioneer spirit! Read more
Puyallup’s Camp Yougottawanna Day Camp Program has been extremely popular this summer! Week 1 had 90 campers, week 2 had 97 campers, and weeks 3-10 are at capacity (100 campers) with children on the waiting list. In the first 2 weeks of camp the kids have gone bowling, went swimming at the PHS pool, visited the Kiwanis Kids spray park, played laser tag, visited Steel Lake Park, and even enjoyed a demonstration from the Puyallup Police Department’s K9 unit.
The C.I.T. (Counselor in Training) program is extremely popular this year as well, with 29 participants signed up. The C.I.T. program gives 14-15 year olds the opportunity to learn the demands and responsibilities of being a camp counselor. They get hands on experience in a camp setting that prepares them to get a job as a camp counselor once they turn 16.Read more
Governor Inslee Tours Puyallup River Bridge Project
Governor Jay Inslee paid a visit to Puyallup on May 27th to tour the new bridge and see firsthand how the Washington Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) project will impact the local community and its economy. Several Puyallup City Councilmembers and staff were on hand for the tour. The original bridge will be replaced this summer once construction is complete. The new bridge is being built by Guy F. Atkinson Construction Company and Jacobs Engineering. It will not initially have additional lanes, but is being built with expansions as a possibility if funds become available. According to WSDOT, the $30 million project is on budget and on schedule.
The SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony is scheduled for June 25th at 10:00 am. The Puyallup River Bridge is expected to open to traffic on June 29th. In late-August, the historic 1925 steel truss bridge will be relocated to a WSDOT right of way while its future as a potential trail bridge is decided. The entire bridge project is expected to be completed by October.Read more
Kiwanis Kids Spray Park Grand Opening Event!
The spray pad has been tested, final programming is underway, and the landscaping is being completed - all in anticipation for the grand opening of the Kiwanis Kids Spray Park! The Spray Park ribbon cutting event is scheduled for Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 pm. Festivities in Pioneer Park kick off at 5:00 pm with live music provided by The Moss Brothers Band and the Puyallup Activity Center will be giving away free ice cream cones from 4:00-6:00 pm. Other activities in the park include bounce houses, yard games, face painting, and the Kiwanis Club will be providing free hot dogs!
The Kiwanis Kids Spray Park will be open daily from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm beginning Friday, May 22nd through Monday, September 7th.Read more
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