The Daffodil Festival celebrated its 81st year in 2014, culminating with the Daffodil Parade as the highlight of the festivities. The parade traveled through the four cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting and included over 170 entries, including floats, bands, marching and mounted units, and Stryker vehicles. Parade floats were decorated with thousands of fresh-cut daffodils. This year’s theme was “Ready, Set, Grow!” Reflecting the theme, regional gardening expert Ciscoe Morris served as the parade’s Grand Marshal, and Puyallup seed purveyor and TV host Ed Hume was the Community Grand Marshal. The Daffodil Festival – and its iconic yellow flower – celebrates youth, service to community, and the approach of spring.
Mayor John Knutsen, Deputy Mayor John Hopkins, and Councilmembers Julie Door, Heather Shadko, Tom Swanson, and Steve Vermillion participated in this year’s parade, showcasing the City’s historic mini-pumper fire engine. The mini fire truck is fully-functional and was designed to get into spaces at the Fair inaccessible to full-size fire engines. The equipment was on loan to an Oregon museum for several years, and was recently returned to the City.
Spring Cleanup Events
Spring is in the air! It’s the season of new beginnings; the perfect time to refresh and clean up our homes, yards, and parks. Each spring, Puyallup residents have the opportunity to reduce clutter and dispose of unwanted household materials at no extra cost. Residents can get rid of extra garbage, yard waste, sensitive documents, and one major appliance during our spring cleanup events.
Spring Cleanup Curbside Service
Monday, April 21 – Friday, April 25
· Garbage: Three extra bags of garbage on your regular garbage pick up day.
· Yard Waste: Three extra containers of yard waste on your regular pick up day.
· Appliances: You may leave one major appliance on your curbside for pick up, no later than 7:00 am on Monday, April 21st.
Shredding & E-Waste Recycling Day
Saturday, April 26
The City will accept sensitive papers for shredding and electronics for recycling at the Cornforth Campbell Parking Lot, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. There is a nominal fee for some types of electronics. Details are on our website.
Parks help build stronger communities and bring enjoyment to people of all ages. Join us at the Parks Appreciation Day event for a spring cleaning of our local parks. To participate, visit the event page.
Stormwater Section Accepts Conservation District Municipal Partnership Award
The Pierce Conservation District has chosen the City of Puyallup as its “2013 Municipal Partner of the Year.” This selection is based on the City’s “dedication to managing polluted water runoff in creative ways by creating green streets and promoting your residential rain garden program”.
The Stormwater Management Section has constructed several porous asphalt installations including 8th Ave NW, 6th Ave NW, and Wilson Drive NW, with five additional sites planned for 2014. In addition, staff continues to expand Puyallup’s Rain Garden Program in many local neighborhoods, encouraging residential homeowners to install rain gardens, permeable pavements, and rain barrels through this cost-share opportunity.Read more
Puyallup Newcomers on the “Excellent 10” ListThe Economic Development Board (EDB) of Tacoma-Pierce County held its annual meeting in Tacoma on February 28th. Deputy Mayor John Hopkins participated in this well-attended community meeting, along with City Manager Bill McDonald and Development Services Director Tom Utterback. At each year’s annual meeting, the EDB unveils its “Excellent 10” list, showcasing ten noteworthy economic development projects of the prior year. This year, Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) and TriWest Healthcare Alliance were both featured on the Excellent 10 list. These two companies established major new offices in the Benaroya Business & Technology Center in late 2013. Read more
New Traffic Signal at Valley Ave NW/27th Ave Ct NW
A new traffic signal is being installed near the westerly city limits on Valley Avenue NW and 27th Ave Ct NW as a part of the proposed Port 167 Distribution Center development project. The signal is scheduled to go active during the last week of February.
The signal will include a “flashing yellow arrow” signal display instead of the traditional “green ball” signal to provide safer, more efficient left turns for motorists along Valley Ave NW. A “flashing yellow arrow” means that left turns are allowed, but drivers must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
Studies by the Federal Highway Administration suggest flashing yellow arrows increase safety because they are more effective at getting drivers to yield to oncoming traffic. They have been installed at several locations in this region including Pierce County, Federal Way, Everett, Vancouver, Bellevue, and Redmond.Read more
“Play To Learn” Launches at the Library
In January, the Puyallup Public Library welcomed the Tacoma Children’s Museum program called “Play to Learn,” for children under the age of six and their caregivers. The Children’s Museum launched the program in the fall of 2008 and is now in fifteen sites in Pierce County. Play to Learn is a free, drop-in program, and no registration is required. The expectation is that adults and children will be fully interacting together through play, art, science, and music to help children gain the skills and knowledge they need to transition to kindergarten.
Play to Learn takes place at the Puyallup Public Library on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 am through March 25th.Read more
Puyallup Riparian Stream Planting Video Wins Film Festival Award
The Puyallup River Outreach Program (PROP) held their 1st Annual Puyallup River Film Festival on December 5th at the University of Washington - Tacoma. This program is funded, in part, by the Russell Family Foundation. The festival drew an audience from government agencies, non-profit organizations, local schools, the Festival’s sponsors, The Russell Family Foundation, and others interested in the Puyallup River Watershed.
Films were submitted by a wide range of filmmakers, including: Pierce County’s Office of Sustainability, Lincoln High School’s Lincoln Center, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, Friends of Fennel Creek, and Washington State University’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center. Each audience member received a ballot and picked the best submissions in four categories: (1) high school student, (2) college student, (3) government agency, and (4) non-profit organization. In addition, the audience selected a Grand Prize winner from across all four categories. Puyallup’s submission of their Riparian Planting Program won in the government agency category! Joy Rodriguez, Associate Stormwater Engineer, submitted the film that was created with PCTV through our annual PCTV contract. Our hats go off to Joy for the effort she put forth to promote the City and its successful programs. Here’s a link to the video: Streamside Planting video in 2013Read more
City represented in Brigade Run
Members of the Puyallup Police Department and the City participated with the 2nd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division’s Brigade Run on the 18th of December at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This run was approximately four miles and was done in a formation that included nearly 4,500 soldiers. Chief Bryan Jeter and Deputy Chief Dave McDonald represented PPD, while Deputy City Attorney Steve Kirkelie and Development Services Director Tom Utterback represented their respective departments in the City.Read more
Chief for a Day 2014
The Puyallup Police Department will once again be participating in the “Chief for a Day” Program. Chief for a Day is about celebrating the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic medical condition. The intent is to provide these children with a day of fun they will never forget and to become a part of their lives. The formal Chief for a Day event will be in August.
PPD’s next little chief will be Grayson Gochanour. Grayson is 7 years old and was diagnosed at the age of 3 ½ with Autism. He loves everything police-related and his dream is to grow up to be a police officer. He currently attends school at Stewart Elementary in their WRAP program. Grayson’s little brother William was also diagnosed with a form of Autism.
Throughout the coming year, the PPD will be bringing the Gochanour’s into the PPD Family to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and department events with them. If you are interested in contributing to or helping with PPD’s Chief for a Day efforts, please contact Records Supervisor Nichole McNiven.Read more
Veteran’s Day Program
Puyallup’s annual Veteran’s Day Program was held on November 11th, at the Pioneer Park Pavilion, with over 550 people in attendance. The Veteran’s Day program is an annual celebration of music and traditional patriotic ceremony that salutes the Armed Forces and celebrates Veterans from all branches of the military. Music was provided by members of the I Corps Army Band, JBLM Jazz Combo, Puyallup Tapestry Singers, and the Kalles Junior High School choir.Following the program, attendees were invited to a free exhibit of the art of Chris Hopkins, who is a nationally renowned, award-winning artist and an official artist of the Air Force. His work was on display in the lobby of City Hall and Gallery 3. Original paintings and sketches of Tuskegee Airmen, mythological characters, and other works were included. A special thanks to the staff of Gallery 3 for their coordination of the Artist’s exhibit. This event is sponsored by VFW Post 2224, American Legion Post 67, Fleet Reserve Association 104, and the City of Puyallup. Read more