2014 Clarks Creek Elodea Removal
The 2014 Elodea Management in-water work began on June 16th near the 12th Ave SW Bridge, by Clarks Creek Park South. The contractor has continued with a steady rate of progress and both Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) boats are in operation. Work will continue in a downstream direction toward the completion point at the 56th Street E Bridge in Pierce County. As of July 7th, 6,460 linear feet of a total 15,570 linear feet had been cleared. A total of 7,325 50-lb. bags of weed have been removed from the stream thus far.The project work is being completed during the in-water work window for minimal impact to fish health: June 15-August 1. Daily updates on the DASH work progress are posted on the project webpage: http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/services/public-works/stormwater-management/projects/clarks-creek-elodea-removal/. Read more
Pioneer Park Play Structure ReplacementThe aged play structure in Pioneer Park was removed last week and installation of the new structure will start the first week in July. Given the condition of the old equipment, including some recent damage, leaving the structure in place any longer than necessary would not be in the best interest of park patrons. Thank you for your patience as we improve this central-park feature! Read more
JEB III Link Ribbon Cutting
Great news for those who utilize the Puyallup Riverwalk Trail! On Saturday, May 31st, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place to celebrate completion of a short but significant connection between Shaw Road and the Meeker Trailhead of the Foothills Trail. This section of the Riverwalk Trail is Phase IV of the trail development and is a ¼ mile stretch beginning at the corner of Pioneer Way East & Shaw Road and ending at the corner of 33rd Street SE where it connects with the existing Foothills Trail. The ceremony was well attended on this bright sunny day and this latest piece of the trail (Riverwalk Trail-Phase IV) was dedicated as the JEB III Link, named after Puyallup resident and trail enthusiast, John Ernest Berry III.
John Ernest Berry, or Jeb as he is known by his friends, is a Puyallup resident who has been a strong advocate for the connection from the year 2008 when it first appeared on the Piece County Regional Trail System map. Jeb suffered severe brain damage in July 1986 when his bike was struck by an automobile in a disastrous collision. When he awoke from a 6 ½ week coma he was unable to speak or walk. He was sent to Puyallup’s Good Samaritan Hospital for rehabilitation and stayed because he loved Puyallup. Now at age 49, Jeb lives independently, and remains a strong trail advocate. Jeb is a member of the Friends of the Riverwalk and has been an active member of the Foothills Coalition Courtesy patrol for over a decade. Jeb advocates at the local, state, and regional level for trail access and safe connected trails.Read more
Riverwalk Trail – JEB III Link Ribbon Cutting
The Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department will have a ribbon cutting celebration for the completion of the Riverwalk Trail Phase IV – JEB III Link on Saturday, May 31st at 11:00 am. This section of trail will complete the Puyallup Riverwalk Trail from the corner of Shaw Road and Pioneer Avenue East to the western trailhead of the existing Foothills Trail. This project is of high value to trail users in the community, but it did not come with a high price tag. The trail segment came in significantly under budget and was largely funded by Washington State Department of Commerce grant funds.
The ribbon cutting event will be held at the Eastern end of the link, just off of East Pioneer on the corner of 8th Avenue SE and 33rd St SE. Parking is available at the Foothills Trailhead on 80th St E. Pierce County Television (PCTV) will be on site at the Ribbon Cutting, filming for a Pierce County News Story.Read more
Puyallup Designated Tree City USA
In conjunction with the City’s Arbor Day celebration on April 19th, the City of Puyallup was also awarded the official designation as a Tree City USA. Mayor John Knutsen and Deputy Mayor John Hopkins, along with City Councilmembers Julie Door and Heather Shadko, were on hand to receive a Tree City USA plaque from Ben Thompson of the State Department of Natural Resources. Development Services staff, led by Associate Planner Chris Beale, organized this event. After the presentation, community volunteers helped plant new street trees along West Stewart and in other locations in downtown Puyallup. The tree planting was co-sponsored by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), and local PSE employees also volunteered with the planting. Because an Arbor Day commemoration is one of the requirements for a Tree City USA, the City anticipates hosting similar events in future years.Read more
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