August 2019

Bee City USA

Community outreach and information-sharing is a large part of Puyallup’s Bee City USA designation. In furthering this objective, a display has been created at the Puyallup Public Library to highlight not only our bees, but crucial lesser-known pollinators, and ways for the community to become involved in conserving these important creatures! Community members can view ways to create pollinator-friendly gardens and habitats, the current pollinator endangered species list, local businesses offering safe bee removal, and learn about better pest management options. Handouts and resource lists are available at the library front desk. Take a moment to check out the display for yourself!
Bee City

Community Court Graduates

On July 18, 2019, Puyallup Community Court celebrated the graduation of four long-time program participants. Over the past 6 to 16 months, these individuals have collectively completed hours of community service, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, engaged with mental health and basic medical services, become employed, worked toward educational goals, become licensed drivers, and participated in weekly or monthly check-ins with the Community Court Team. None of the graduates has accrued a single new criminal conviction, and most importantly, each of these individuals has worked hard to move forward in their lives as stable and productive citizens.

Puyallup Municipal Court had previously been running a community court and officially launched its reimagined form on April 18, 2019 under the guidance of the Center for Court Innovation and with the support of a federal grant. The mission of the Community Court program is to build stronger, safer communities by reducing the impact of quality of life crimes. The program utilizes a restorative, problem-solving court model focused on case management and leveraging community partnerships to provide increased accountability and individualized holistic social-service interventions for those involved in the criminal justice system.

Puyallup Community Court is a collaborative effort between the Puyallup Municipal Court, Puyallup City Attorney’s Office, Puyallup’s Public Defense Contractors, and the Puyallup Police Department.

From L to R: Will Gunderson (Public Defender), Terra Moulton (Assistant City Attorney), Graduates Terry, David, & Ashley, Judge Andrea Beall, Graduate Cameron, Liz Bruce (Community Court Case Manager)

Community Court Graduates

Puyallup Activity Center Annual Picnic

The Puyallup Activity Center hosted their annual picnic on August 7th, with 250 seniors in attendance and collecting 400 pounds of food for the Puyallup Food Bank! Many familiar faces, such as Parks and Recreation Director Sarah Harris, former mayor John Hopkins, and Councilmember Julie Door, stopped by to help serve and enjoy the party. Entertainment during the picnic was provided by the “Tacoma Banjo Band”.  Along with a lovely meal and great entertainment, eight gift baskets were raffled off for participants. This annual event is always a success!

Concerts in the Park

The 2019 Summer Concerts in the Park series came to a close in August. Remaining one of the most popular concert series in the area, these shows draw thousands of people to Pioneer Park and Bradley Lake Park. The Kiwanis Kids Noon Tunes entertained the kids (and their parents) with shows from Reptile Isle, Recess Monkey and The Not Its. The Family Series rocked in August with Darci Carlson Band, Two Miles High, The Coats, Washed in Black and Whiskey River.  
Concerts in the Park
Concerts 2
A big ‘Thank You’ to the sponsors of the Concerts in the Park series: Puyallup Kiwanis Club, Chick-fil-A of Puyallup, Kia of Puyallup, Bill Korum’s Puyallup Nissan, Edward Jones Office of Blair Sexton, Korum Automotive Group, L&L Printing, Trinity Family Medical Clinic and Legends Sports Photography.

Potential New Development

Over the past month, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following potential new development projects: 

  • Expansion of an existing building at the Korum Ford dealership, at the SW corner of N. Meridian-River Road, to create a new Lincoln “Vitrine” dealership facility.  This project would also involve associated site improvements to revise vehicle lanes and parking areas.    
  • A duplex and accessory dwelling unit on a residential parcel in the 900 block of 5th Avenue NW.  
  • A Detail Shop building at Korum Nissan on Valley Avenue NW.  This approximately 5,000 square foot new structure, proposed within an existing Nissan pre-owned auto sales area, would contain multiple car wash and detail booths.   
  • Development of a roughly 3,000 square foot new Crossfit facility on a small commercial lot in the 100 block of 7th Street SE.   This project would include an associated parking lot and site improvements. 

Community Campout

Bradley Lake Park hosted it’s 11th Community Campout on August 10th.  Close to 50 campsites were reserved and 250 people spent the night under the stars.  The 80’s cover band The Spazmatics entertained the crowd during the hot dog dinner; s’mores were served before showing the movie The Karate Kid, and a continental breakfast the next morning finished off the event.  The weather was perfect for camping and participants left with lasting memories for their family. 

Mystery Madness

Community Campout
The Activity Center’s popular Mystery Madness Trips are for the adventurous ones that like to let go of control, hop on the bus and go.  On August 1st, the Puyallup Activity Center set their sails north as they went to Seattle for a cruise on Elliot Bay. Trip-goers were able to enjoy beautiful Seattle, the shipping port and spectacular views of Puget Sound.  During the one-hour narrated cruise, participants also got a glimpse of the final phase of demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the Blue Angels.  After returning to shore, the adventure ended with a wonderful lunch at Claim Jumpers.
Mystery Madness

Noteworthy Projects

There are a number of noteworthy private development projects around Puyallup that are currently either under construction or under permit review.  These include:  

  • Huntington Apartments:  Located in the 2000 block of S. Meridian and consisting of 38 new single-family residences within multiple buildings is approaching completion of site construction which will allow for resident occupancy in the near future.
  • Single-family residential subdivisions:  City staff continues to process a steady stream of building permits for new single-family residences, mostly within the plats of Sully’s Glen (23rd Ave. SE), Fruitland Ridge (Fruitland Avenue) and the Reserve at Silver Brook (23rd Ave. SW-13th St. SW).   Final Plat approval for the next phases (#5-7) of the Stewart Crossing subdivision, located on West Stewart, will be under City Council consideration within the coming month, with the separate Final Plat for Christen Estates (5th Street SW, by the cemetery) expected to proceed to City Council soon.  
  • New Memory Care facilities:  Two major memory care facilities are proposed/under construction in Puyallup.  Major project construction has been underway for a few months at Fieldstone (aka Cascadia) Memory Care, a new 47,000 square foot (66 bed) facility, located in the 2200 block of S. Meridian.  Some initial site clearing work has just commenced on the Deer Ridge Memory Care site, located at the SE corner of 5th Street SE-39th Avenue SE, which will eventually contain a 72-bed center.