Opened a 4,100 sq. ft. inclusive playground at Bradley Lake Park. The playground allows all children, regardless of ability, to enjoy the play area by being able to use the same play pieces. This project was partly funded through $90,000 in private donations.
The Pioneer Park Pavilion reservations increased. Bookings are very strong through 2009 with some dates already reserved into 2010.
The Parks and Recreation Dept. received a $612,000 grant from the State towards the acquisition and construction of the final phase of the Riverwalk Trail. This grant will be used with other funds to connect Puyallup's trail with Pierce County's Foothills Trail in east Puyallup.
The community garden program was restarted in 2008, and increased participation is expected in 2009.
A new "Shoppers Express" program based out of the Puyallup Activity Center was started for Senior Citizens.
Parks & Recreation's new "Party Packages" program began in 2008, became very popular, and expanded from children's birthday parties to include anniversary celebrations and even a wedding.
The City of Puyallup recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship, energy efficiency and conservation in every part of the organization.