39th Avenue SW Street Project
Those who regularly travel on 39th Ave. SW have noticed a lack of activity at this project site, due to the City having parted ways with the original contractor. While we make every effort to select a new contractor as expeditiously as possible, all work is temporarily on hold with the possible exception of some utility relocations by CenturyLink. The City will maintain traffic control measures and add some interim pavement at the entrance to Costco to help ease traffic movement in that area. We appreciate everyone’s patience until construction resumes, and will post regular updates to the City’s website for the public’s information.
Jon Lester Ballfield Dedication Ceremony
On February 16th, the City of Puyallup held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the naming of a Wildwood Park Ballfield after major league pitcher Jonathan Lester, a former Puyallup resident.
As a youngster, Jon Lester was a regular participant in Puyallup Recreation’s youth leagues. After graduating from Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, he was drafted in 2002 by the Boston Red Sox and has since gone on to play for the Chicago Cubs. Over the course of his career, Jon Lester has helped the Red Sox win two World Series, pitched a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals, and successfully battled lymphoma, a form of lymph node cancer. Puyallup Recreation staff thanks Jonathan Lester, Puyallup City Councilmembers, and everyone else who came out to support the dedication of Jon Lester Field.
Pierce County TV was also on hand to chronicle the event. Check out the video at:
Sidewalk Link Project
The 2015 Sidewalk Link project is nearly complete. This project is working to close gaps in sidewalk sections around the City. Links completed thus far include: Wildwood Park Drive (near Ferrucci Junior High), 25th Street SE (near E. Pioneer), East Main (north side, at Rainier Street), and 7th Ave SE (east of 7th Street SE). ADA upgrades have also been completed on the curb ramps at the intersection of 7th Ave SE and 10th Street SE. The final two link locations are currently under construction, including: 15th Ave SW (under the 512 overpass) and 14th Street SW (in front of the Meeker Restoration site).
The 2016 Capital Budget includes additional funding for more sidewalk link and repair work this year. Staff will gather data on frequent repair locations, identify heavy-traffic areas with existing gaps, and develop a proposed priority list for the 2016 project sites for Council review and approval.Read more
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