Puyallup’s 125th Birthday Celebration
A big birthday calls for a big celebration! The City of Puyallup will soon celebrate its 125th Anniversary with a family-friendly event that is sure to have something for everyone, from balloons and cake to live music, entertaining speakers and special guests including representatives from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The City’s first mayor, Ezra Meeker, will make a special appearance and share his predictions for the future of Puyallup. Please join us on:
Wednesday, August 19th
Pioneer Park Pavilion
In addition to Ezra Meeker’s replica covered wagon (courtesy of the Puyallup Historical Society), historic photographs and artifacts will be displayed from the Washington State Fair, the Puyallup School District, Good Samaritan Hospital, the Daffodil Festival, and the Puyallup Police Department. A free raffle will give attendees the chance to win items donated by South Hill Mall, Absher Construction, The Washington State Fair, Mel Korum YMCA, and Tiffany’s Skate Inn.
In association with the event, the Puyallup Historical Society will establish a temporary satellite museum on the ground floor of City Hall. The “Little Museum” will operate from August 15th through the 23rd and admission will be free. The Historical Society has planned an entire week’s worth of activities and events to celebrate the Meeker Mansion’s own Quasquicentennial.
The Puyallup Public Library will also be part of the fun on August 19th. The Local History Room will be open all day, and a photo booth will be set up for patrons to dress in period costume for photos. The library is also offering a local history quiz as part of the fun and those with correct responses will be entered in a drawing for a $25.00 Amazon gift card.The City of Puyallup was founded in 1890 and now’s the time to gather together to pay homage to our fascinating history and celebrate our 125-year-old roots and sustaining pioneer spirit! Read more
Puyallup’s Camp Yougottawanna Day Camp Program has been extremely popular this summer! Week 1 had 90 campers, week 2 had 97 campers, and weeks 3-10 are at capacity (100 campers) with children on the waiting list. In the first 2 weeks of camp the kids have gone bowling, went swimming at the PHS pool, visited the Kiwanis Kids spray park, played laser tag, visited Steel Lake Park, and even enjoyed a demonstration from the Puyallup Police Department’s K9 unit.
The C.I.T. (Counselor in Training) program is extremely popular this year as well, with 29 participants signed up. The C.I.T. program gives 14-15 year olds the opportunity to learn the demands and responsibilities of being a camp counselor. They get hands on experience in a camp setting that prepares them to get a job as a camp counselor once they turn 16.Read more
Governor Inslee Tours Puyallup River Bridge Project
Governor Jay Inslee paid a visit to Puyallup on May 27th to tour the new bridge and see firsthand how the Washington Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) project will impact the local community and its economy. Several Puyallup City Councilmembers and staff were on hand for the tour. The original bridge will be replaced this summer once construction is complete. The new bridge is being built by Guy F. Atkinson Construction Company and Jacobs Engineering. It will not initially have additional lanes, but is being built with expansions as a possibility if funds become available. According to WSDOT, the $30 million project is on budget and on schedule.
The SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony is scheduled for June 25th at 10:00 am. The Puyallup River Bridge is expected to open to traffic on June 29th. In late-August, the historic 1925 steel truss bridge will be relocated to a WSDOT right of way while its future as a potential trail bridge is decided. The entire bridge project is expected to be completed by October.Read more
Kiwanis Kids Spray Park Grand Opening Event!
The spray pad has been tested, final programming is underway, and the landscaping is being completed - all in anticipation for the grand opening of the Kiwanis Kids Spray Park! The Spray Park ribbon cutting event is scheduled for Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 pm. Festivities in Pioneer Park kick off at 5:00 pm with live music provided by The Moss Brothers Band and the Puyallup Activity Center will be giving away free ice cream cones from 4:00-6:00 pm. Other activities in the park include bounce houses, yard games, face painting, and the Kiwanis Club will be providing free hot dogs!
The Kiwanis Kids Spray Park will be open daily from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm beginning Friday, May 22nd through Monday, September 7th.Read more
Arbor Day Event Expanded Puyallup’s Urban Forest
On April 4th, the City of Puyallup celebrated Arbor Day with a tree planting event at Bradley Lake Park. A variety of trees were planted, including European Beech and Gingko. In addition, a Giant Sequoia was planted to serve as a special heritage tree in commemoration of Puyallup’s Quasquicentennial, or 125th Anniversary. Mayor Knutsen, Deputy Mayor Hopkins, and Councilmembers Shadko and Swanson were in attendance.
As part of the event, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources presented Puyallup with its second Tree City USA award in recognition of the city’s continuing urban forestry efforts. The award was presented by Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. U.S. Congressman Denny Heck was also on hand to recognize Puyallup’s ongoing commitment to the careful care and management of its urban forest.Read more
Quasquicentennial Planning: Commemorating Puyallup’s 125th Anniversary
Work continues on planning Puyallup’s 125th Birthday celebrations. The 125th Anniversary logo has been finalized and shared with community partners. City social media accounts have been updated with the new logo, and the community has responded positively to the cheery, festive feel of the new graphics as well as the weekly “Throwback Thursday” historical photos posted on the City’s Facebook page. In March, a representative of Meeker Mansion and the PMSA Meeker Days Coordinator will meet to share ideas about historical elements that can be incorporated in this year’s Meeker Days Festival. Planning also continues for the August 19th celebration – the City’s official anniversary date.Anniversary celebrations will begin to ramp up in April. A commemorative tree planting is scheduled at Bradley Lake Park on April 4th and the Farmers Market will kick off in mid-April, celebrating 125 years of Puyallup’s agricultural heritage. A flyer promoting these and other official anniversary events was created and is now being shared throughout the community. A website subpage has also been created to host up-to-date information on celebrations throughout the city: www.cityofpuyallup.org/Puyallup125. Citizens are already beginning to link to the new webpage, which has been publicized on social media and through the city’s recent e-newsletter. PCTV’s newest Rainier Country episode is scheduled to air for three months beginning in April, and one of the key pieces of the episode will revolve around the City’s 125 years of history and the upcoming celebrations. Read more
Wildwood Park Reservoir #1 Recoating Project
Wildwood Reservoir #1 is located in Wildwood Park and was constructed in 1955. This steel reservoir stands 35 feet tall and has a capacity of 500,000 gallons. The original coating on the interior and exterior of this reservoir is 60 years old and is well past its useful service life. This project includes sand blasting all surfaces to bare metal and recoating with a four step coating system. The painting contractor “Coatings Unlimited” has made steady progress and has finished coating the interior of the reservoir. Scaffolding has now been installed around the outside of the reservoir in preparation for work on the exterior.
This project also includes metal fabrication work that will bring the reservoir up to current code. A new modern vent system and 36 inch manway will be installed to allow proper ventilation and better access. The existing exterior ladder assembly will also be modified to meet current safety codes.Read more
Breakfast with Santa
The annual Breakfast with Santa event was held on December 13th. This annual event showcased Santa Claus visiting with families as they entered the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Once each family was seated, individual tables were released to the buffet line, featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast, fruit, and pastries. The event was catered by Renton Technical College. Once seated and eating, the renowned “Norselander” vocal group from Puyallup High School serenaded the crowd with classic holiday songs. Kids were encouraged to play a game for prizes, write a letter to Santa, and have their pictures taken with the lighted snowmen located throughout the building. Finally, each family was welcome to sit with Santa for a picture and tell him everything they’d like for Christmas. This fun, family event has become an annual tradition for many Puyallup families!Read more
2014 Santa Parade
The holiday season officially started in Puyallup with the annual Lighted Santa Parade and Community Tree Lighting on December 5th. Included in the day-long festivities are the Holiday Market in the Pioneer Park Pavilion, the lighting of the Children’s Tree in the Park, and of course, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Little Chief Grayson Gochanour participated in the parade and was on hand to flip the switch at the tree lighting ceremony with the help of Mayor Knutsen and the Puyallup City Council. The Puyallup Police Department’s “Chief for a Day” Program celebrates the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic medical condition. The intent is to provide these children with fun experiences they will never forget.This wonderful community tradition, organized by the Puyallup Mainstreet Association, is always a great way to kick off the holiday season! Read more
Veteran’s Day Event 2014
Music, speakers, and celebration were on the docket on November 9th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion for the City of Puyallup’s Veterans Day program. This annual event commemorates all veterans. This year, Vietnam veterans were specifically honored in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The Puyallup Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2224 (which organizes the event each year) asked Vietnam veteran and Puyallup City Councilman Steve Vermillion to speak at the event. The VFW selected Councilmember Vermillion, as the keynote speaker, based on his military record. Vermillion joined the Army in 1967 and spent 26 years as master army aviator, armor/air cavalry commander, and senior staff officer. Vermillion was inducted into the Dustoff Hall of Fame in 2013 for his contributions, including 1,450 combat missions and the evacuation of more than 2,200 patients. Dustoff pilots flew air ambulance helicopters that came into combat zones to pick up wounded soldiers. Councilmember Vermillion was also awarded a Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross, which recognizes valor.The renowned U.S. Army I Corps Band, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), was also in attendance playing traditional, patriotic music. Puyallup’s Annual Veterans Day program is free and open to the public. Read more