June 2019

Pioneer Park Pavilion

June was an extremely busy month at the Pioneer Park Pavilion, hosting 25 events in the building! Events included the Mt. Tahoma HS Prom, Puyallup PTA’s Golden Acorn Awards, Puyallup Library’s Author event, the Puyallup School District’s Advanced Graduation night, Meeker Days, a celebration of life, A Step Ahead in Pierce County’s team meeting/retirement party, a WSDOT public open house, four beautiful weddings/receptions, and six graduation parties.

The Pavilion also hosted the Governor’s Southern Orca Whale Recovery Task Force Meeting on June 3rd. Besides the 60 task force members, there were several members of the media and a large contingent of invested citizens in attendance.  The City’s amazing IT Department was instrumental in dropping an ethernet line to facilitate the livestreaming of this high-profile meeting by WTV. 


Annexation is the process of transferring land from one jurisdiction to another. The City of Puyallup is working with Pierce County to facilitate the annexation of the Freeman Road area, located west of current City limits between Valley Ave and Levee Road—not presently part of any city or town—into the City of Puyallup. This area is considered an “island” of Pierce County, completely surrounded by other cities. It is in the Puyallup urban growth boundary and has long been anticipated to be incorporated within the city’s boundary eventually. 

Annexation would give residents and property owners in this area a greater voice as part of the Puyallup community, and expand access to municipal services such as utilities, police, and government representation. The City, jointly with Pierce County, is hosting a community meeting for area residents interested in learning more about the benefits, impacts, and changes that occur with annexation to Puyallup. This meeting will be held at the Puyallup Recreation Center (808 Valley Ave NW) on July 25, 2019 from 6:00PM-7:30PM. 

It is expected that City Council will consider adoption of a resolution initiating the annexation process at the July 23, 2019 council meeting. For more information, please refer to the annexation project webpage or contact Katie Baker, Senior Planner, at kbaker@ci.puyallup.wa.us or (253) 435-3604. 

Summer Day Camp

Registration for summer day camp Yougottawanna (ages 5-13) is currently open, with camp having officially started Monday, June 24th. Most weeks are currently full, with waitlists for each. Planned is a fun-filled summer, with field trips scheduled to: Henry Moses Aquatic Center, Dave & Busters, Bullwinkles Family Fun Center and much, much more!

American Association of University Women Garden Tour

The Activity Center coordinated a beautiful trip to visit various residential gardens throughout the greater Puyallup and Edgewood area.  Six gardens were featured during this scenic tour and homeowners were present to answer questions along with a docent at each location that led participants around the grounds. This annual event helps support the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and local school districts to identify outstanding women in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  This trip inspired trip-goers to go back to their yard and add creative additions that they saw throughout their day.

Potential New Development

In recent weeks, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following potential new development projects: 

  • A proposed major expansion and remodel to the existing cafeteria/dining room space in MultiCare’s Good Samaritan hospital complex.   
  • A proposal to bring a new hair salon truck into a food truck area at the NW corner of West Pioneer-2nd Street SW (aka “Generous Corner”).  
  • A plan to construct 16 new townhouse units in an infill site on the 300 block of 9th Avenue SE.   A former version of this residential project underwent initial City review a few years ago, but those plans did not go forward at that time.  Now, a new developer intends to move forward with this as a condominium project.

Trishaw Bicycle

On July 3rd the Activity Center geared up for their maiden voyage on the newly acquired TriShaw Bicycle. Senior passengers traveled along the scenic Foothills Trail with the wind in their hair and returned with rosy cheeks and stories to tell. The TriShaw Bicycles are a wonderful addition to the offerings of the PAC, and initially, we plan on offering rides bi-monthly, switching between the Foothills Trail and along the wonderful Riverwalk Trail.  Anticipated future outings will include shopping and restaurant excursions in our downtown core, and jaunts to the Washington State Fair.
The Activity Center is in the process of recruiting volunteers “Pilots”, who would like to make a positive impact in their hometown and make a real difference to the senior community. All individuals interested in being a “Pilot” may sign up in person at the Activity Center or call the front desk at: 253-841-5555.

Puyallup Valley Sports Complex – Phase 1 Ceremony

On June 10th the City celebrated the completion of Phase 1 of the Puyallup Valley Sports Complex synthetic field conversion project. Phase 1 included the addition of synthetic field turf on the infields of fields #1 and #3, and the entirety of field #2. There were refreshments and details on Phase 2 of the project, and Mayor John Palmer threw the ceremonial first pitch.   Phase 2 of the project will include conversions of the outfields of fields #1 and #3 to synthetic turf, updated LED lighting, and enclosed dugouts.
Field Ribbon Cutting

Vance Creek Railriders

On June 13th the Activity Center provided an excursion to the historic Vance Creek Railriders.  Seniors enjoyed the unique experience of pedaling the historic Simpson Logging Company Railway in Washington’s beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Upon arriving to Shelton, the group was greeted by an enthusiastic conductor, as everyone prepared to ride the rails.  During this 13-mile round trip peddling adventure, seniors travelled through a lush forest, crossing over and winding along Goldsborough Creek as ferns and moss majestically skirt the track.
Vance Creek Railriders 1
Vance Creek Railriders 2

Construction Stats

In the first-half of 2019, the City has continued to be very active with permits for new construction.  Some key statistics for the first-half year include:  

  • Total building permits issued so far in 2019:  514. 1,000 building permits in a year is considered a very busy year in Puyallup, and the City is currently on-track for that this year.     
  • Total construction permits (including building, civil, fire, etc.) issued so far in 2019:  871.  The City has averaged about 1600-1700 total permits the last few years and this first half figure is consistent with past years’ totals.   
  • Cumulative valuation of all building permits issued (Citywide) so far in 2019:   $53.5 million.  $100 million a year is considered a very busy annual total and it is expected that the City will likely meet that level for 2019.  
  • # of new single-family residential permits so far in 2019:  39. 

Van Lierop Park Ribbon Cutting & Swing Dedication

On June 25th the City officially opened Van Lierop Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Phase 1 of the project included the Daffodil Plaza, Vista Corridor, multi-use trail, site stabilization seeding, and a small parking lot.  The Park is a reflection of the community’s vision and input over the past three years.  Van Lierop Park is a tribute to the bulb farm heritage and agricultural history of the site and will provide a mix of active and passive recreation opportunities. The park is highlighted by spectacular views of Mt. Rainier.

In addition, the City honored long-time trail advocate, Dixie Gatchel, with the dedication of a sway bench on the Daffodil View Corridor.  Dixie has provided outstanding leadership and volunteer service to the Riverwalk Trail and trail community for decades.  
Van Lierop Ribbon Cutting
Bench Dedication

2019 Population Estimate

The State Office of Financial Management (OFM) has released their official 2019 population estimate for the City of Puyallup. Our State-recognized population level, as of April 1, 2019, is: 41,570. This represents a 1.14% increase from the OFM 2018 figure of 41,100.