November 2017

Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is currently up and being displayed at the Puyallup Recreation Center. The tree has lots of tags for kids in need that live right here in Puyallup. Stop by the Recreation Center, select a tag, buy a new, unwrapped gift and return both the gift and tag to the Rec Center by December 10th. No gift is too small!
giving tree

Social Media Recognition for PPD

The Puyallup Police Department was recognized on November 3rd by the Police Foundation (, in a Tweet they shared including a link to their article which featured PPD along with several other departments wherein they wrote about law enforcement’s use of social media. The recognition stemmed from a Tweet on the Saturday before Halloween that received well over 2,000 “likes” and was trending for a bit on Twitter in our area. The Police Foundation is an independent, non-partisan and non-membership organization based in Washington, DC and dedicated to improving policing through innovation and science.

Adult Winter Basketball

Registration for adult winter basketball is now closed. A total of seventeen teams registered to play. Teams will play ten regular season games with a single elimination tournament at the end of the season.  Games are played at the Puyallup Recreation Center and Memorial Center gyms.

Hearing Examiner

The City Hearing Examiner is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 1:30 PM.  This hearing pertains to a proposed Shoreline Substantial Development Permit for the Puyallup Fish Hatchery facility at 1416 14th Street SW.  As planned by the State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, who manages the Hatchery, this Shoreline Permit application includes a number of proposed upgrades around the site, including the re-design of most fish-rearing ponds, pollution abatement facilities and remodels to existing hatchery buildings and adjacent property.  This project is being processed as a Shoreline Permit given the site’s proximity to Clark’s Creek, which is designated as an official shoreline environment under State and City codes.

City Senior Planner Chris Beale (253-841-5418) is the case planner for this proposal.  All Hearing Examiner hearings are held in the City Council Chambers on the 5th Floor of the City Hall (333 S. Meridian); any interested party may attend and, if desired, provide testimony. 

5th Avenue Theatre

The Puyallup Activity Center and the Federal Way Community Center have partnered to offer 5th Avenue Theatre season tickets during the 2017/2018 season.  This year’s season includes Something Rotten, Ragtime, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Mama Mia, Ride the Cyclone, Kiss Me Kate, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  During the outing a no-host lunch takes place in South Center followed by the play. The participants have all become great friends and look forward to sharing their review after each show. 

Beginning Drawing Class

The Activity Center is now offering a fundamental drawing class that is designed for beginners every Tuesday.  The program provides students the basic skills, practice, and confidence they need to begin their journey as an artist.  

Van Lierop Park—Coming in 2018

People in Puyallup use their publicly-owned parks for many reasons. To play, to hike, to fish. To recreate or relax. To get together with family or friends for a walk or a concert, or to share a meal. To simply be outside and get some fresh air, whatever the season.

Over the years, Puyallup’s park system has grown to include a community garden, skate park and off-leash dog park. Most recently, in late 2015 the City purchased 18 acres near Shaw Road East and Pioneer Way East from Neil Van Lierop. This land is now being developed into a community park to honor the legacy of five generations of the Van Lierop family who farmed the site beginning in 1934.

During 2016 and 2017, a public process was undertaken to create a Master Plan to identify what Van Lierop Park will offer. The park’s first phase of development, scheduled to be undertaken next summer, will include the initial segment of a multiuse trail, a vista corridor and plaza, temporary gravel parking and a temporary trail connection to 134th Avenue East. The multiuse trail will be named the “Ernie Bay Connector” in honor of the longtime Puyallup resident and trail activist.

In the future, Van Lierop Park may also feature a year-round sports field with lighting, a meadow, a fruit tree orchard and a farm-themed play area, among other amenities.

Van Lierop Park, Phase 1 Schematic

Van Lierop Park, Phase 1 Schematic

Puyallup Basketball Training Center

Over 30 players attended 6 weeks of basketball skills classes taught by Arvin Mosley at the Puyallup Recreation Center from October 17th through November 21st.  Focusing on dribbling, passing, and scoring around the basket, these classes improve player’s technical skills in a fun but competitive environment.  The Puyallup Recreation Center holds these classes multiple times throughout the year.  This session was particularly important with the upcoming basketball season upon us.  Players will have one more opportunity to improve their game when Coach Mosley holds a mini clinic December 18th and 19th during the school vacation.  Visit for more information and to register.

Cold Case Investigation Receives Attention

New Day Northwest, KING 5's daytime talk show featured an unusual investigative approach that the Puyallup Police Department took on the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of Misty Copsey.  Captain Scott Engle and Detective Sergeant Jason Visnaw appeared on the show November 9th to spotlight PPD’s search for information in the disappearance of Misty Copsey using a series of social media messages that appear to come from Misty. KING 5 hopes this will bring attention to the unsolved case and highlight the use of social media as an innovative investigative technique. Very few agencies have tried this. The strategy received a lot of attention and generated the type of discussion that PPD was looking for.

Bremerton Holiday Gift and Food Fair

On November 17th, the Puyallup Activity Center hosted a special trip to the Bremerton Holiday Gift and Food Fair. This annual event takes place in Kitsap’s Sun Pavilion and is always full of holiday spirit with 36,000 square feet of holiday fun. Our seniors visited over 180 vendors showcasing art work, ornaments, clothes and everything in-between. This venue ensures our seniors find those special gifts for the special people in their lives.

City Meets with Master Builders Association of Pierce County

The City Permit Center coordinates regularly with the Master Builders Association of Pierce County (MBA), a group representing many local builders who are a portion of our construction permit customers.  During November, City staff were involved in a couple of engagements with the MBA. 

On November 3rd, the City hosted the quarterly “MBA Building Official’s Forum” at the Puyallup Library.  This regularly occurring meeting allows MBA leadership and builders to meet informally with building staff from various local jurisdictions in Pierce County to share information about current construction-related issues and to hear what is happening locally. As the host city for the November Forum, Puyallup staff gave short presentations on items of interest to local builders, including Puyallup’s pending electronic plans review system and updated stormwater standards for residential construction.  

Additionally, on November 16th, Puyallup’s Building Services Manager, Ray Cockerham, joined several other local city building officials at a special evening meeting in Tacoma with a number of MBA builders.  The purpose of this meeting was for Mr. Cockerham and officials from other cities to share their perspectives with MBA members on ways that private builders can best prepare their building permit applications to help expedite the necessary city review of those permit plans. It was an informative session which may lead to similar meetings in the future. 

Youth Basketball

The youth recreational basketball program is currently underway.  A total of 94 teams are participating in the program, with teams for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.  Games and practices are held at the Memorial Center, Puyallup Rec. Center and various Puyallup School District Elementary and Junior High Gyms.
In addition to our recreational program, a select league is offered for more competitive teams in 5th – 8th grade.  Winter select basketball games started December 2nd.  A total of 49 teams are registered to participate in the select program.  Games are played at the Puyallup Recreation Center, Memorial Center and local Jr. High School gyms.  
youth basketball

Santa Parade

Despite the rain, the 2017 Lighted Santa Parade in downtown Puyallup was still a huge success. Featuring over 100 entrants including high school marching bands, dance teams, local businesses and nonprofits, the parade was a festive way to begin the holiday season as a community. The parade, put on by Puyallup Main Street Association, is the only lighted, night-time parade in Puyallup and includes an appearance from Santa Claus himself. 
Santa Parade 3
Just after the parade, the crowd gathered in Pioneer Park to watch the lighting of the Community Tree. Mayor Hopkins pulled the official switch to light the tree, along with his granddaughter and a couple of canine guests. Highlights included Councilmember Farris leading the crowd in a round of “Jingle Bells” along with Councilmembers Julie Door, Heather Shadko and Dean Johnson. The crowd mingled until 7pm, enjoying hot chocolate in the Pioneer Park Pavilion.
Santa Parade 1

Thanksgiving Lunch

In partnership with Catholic Community Services, the Activity Center provided a wonderful Thanksgiving meal to a room full of seniors on November 22nd. The meal was a delicious Thanksgiving feast with carved turkey, potatoes, green beans, cranberries, rolls, and scrumptious pumpkin pie for dessert.

Tree City USA

For several years, the City of Puyallup has been officially designated as a “Tree City USA”.  This national program, administered in Washington by the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), recognizes communities who have committed to maintain and grow their urban forests.  
Tree City USA
In order to qualify as a Tree City USA, Puyallup must annually undertake certain activities supporting local tree stock, including holding an annual Arbor Day event (April) and devoting sufficient resources to community-wide tree stewardship, which is based upon a per-capita financial figure.  By December 1st of each year, the City submits documentation to State DNR demonstrating that sufficient resources have been expended that prior year to support trees within local public places (e.g. parks, street rights-of-way, open spaces). Puyallup’s recent Tree City submittal to DNR for 2017 shows a variety of local tree-related endeavors which have occurred over the past year (e.g. tree maintenance in rights-of-way/parks, new tree planting events, volunteer activities, City landscape review) which, together, achieves Puyallup’s per-capita obligation for this program.  The help of all local residents in supporting our tree resources and keeping us a thriving Tree City USA is greatly appreciated.  

Please contact Chris Beale, City Senior Planner and Arborist, at (253) 841-5418, if you have any questions about this valuable program.