October 2018

Joint Emergency Response Exercise

The City of Puyallup’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team participated with the City of Lakewood’s EOC team in a joint emergency response functional exercise on October 11th. The teams practiced a joint response to a train derailment scenario in the City of Lakewood. The training was designed to have the teams work together to be able to support each other in future emergency response efforts.  The partnership between the cities of Puyallup and Lakewood will increase the emergency response capabilities of both jurisdictions in advance of a real emergency situation.
EOC Exercise

Cirque du Soleil: Volta 

On October 21st, the Puyallup Activity Center ventured to Marymoor Park for an exciting Cirque du Soleil show under the big top.  This high-flying acrobatic show left our trip-goers in awe! Cirque du Soleil: Volta, is inspired by a popular game show host who has been blinded by both fortune and fame. He begins a personal quest to once again find himself by going through past memories after meeting a group of free spirits who help him during his journey.  This acrobatic show leaves its audience feeling empowered to recognize and fulfill their true potential. 

Holiday Craft Bazaar 

The Activity Center’s annual Holiday Craft Bazaar was on October 20th.  This special event featured 29 vendors marketing a variety of new, handcrafted, and commercial items from festive booths. The bazaar is a great kick-off event for the center’s upcoming holiday season programs and is always a lot of fun for the center, vendors, and community. Additionally, many Puyallup residents look forward to the bazaar each year because it’s a great way to find one-of-a-kind items and gifts that cannot be found in stores. 

Sehmel Homestead Park 

The Puyallup Activity Center had the opportunity to explore the beautiful 98-acre Sehmel Homestead Park located northwest of downtown Gig Harbor. This large property includes 76 acres of meadows, ponds, wetlands, and a forest conservancy area. This lovely park includes four miles of trails, several picnic areas, an outdoor amphitheater and a master demonstration garden along with other picturesque areas. After their trek, everyone enjoyed shopping and lunch in Uptown Gig Harbor. 

Pioneer Park Pavilion 

October at the Pavilion was another busy month! Events included: an author event in conjunction with the Puyallup Library’s annual “Festival of Books,” Alliance Door Company’s “Door College,” a two-day senior housing seminar, Sound Family Medicine’s all-employee meeting, Puyallup City employee’s benefit open house, the annual Helping Hand House breakfast, the Glass Pumpkin Show and Sale, a Multicare career fair, Puyallup Recreation’s Cobweb Carnival in conjunction with Puyallup Main Street’s Boo-allup in Puyallup Halloween event, and five beautiful weddings/receptions. 

After their summer hiatus, the Northwest Sinfonietta returned to the Pioneer Park Pavilion on October 7th to kick off their 2018-2019 season. Upcoming Puyallup concert dates for this nationally acclaimed chamber orchestra are January 27, February 17, March 31 and May 19.  

Toddler Campus Preschool 

The preschool and pre-kindergarten classes from Toddler Campus Preschool took their annual field trip to Spooner Farms where they learned about farming, gardening, animals, weather, and more. Each class was able to go on a hay ride, pick pumpkins, experiment with floating pumpkins and play with their friends. With the October weather unseasonably dry, everyone had a fantastic time and stayed long after the official tours ended.  

Breakfast with Santa

Create a new family tradition that celebrates the spirit of the season by attending Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a delicious warm breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa and quality time with family and friends. After you have eaten, there will be several activities for your family to enjoy including holiday crafts and games. It’s the perfect opportunity for the little ones in your life to tell Santa exactly what’s on their Christmas list! Registration is open now; be sure to sign up early to get a spot. 

When: Saturday, December 8 from 9:30-11am 
Where: Pioneer Park Pavilion
Potential New Development

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

  • A major remodel and addition to the former Main Garden restaurant site located at 1106 East Main, to eventually house the relocated Eagles lodge.  The Eagles will be moving to this site sometime in 2019 due to the recent purchase of their current lodge property by Sound Transit for eventual construction of the new Sounder parking garage. This proposed conversion includes internal/external revisions to the site and structure, including a potential 3400 square foot building expansion to the rear of the property. 
  •   Various facility upgrades to the Puyallup School District transportation facility in the 300 block of 12th Street NW, some of which will replace functions damaged in a recent fire.  This would involve a new bus wash facility building as well as related improvements to nearby buildings and storage areas on the site.  
  • A proposed three-lot single-family residential short plat subdivision, slated for the 1600 block of Shaw Road.

New Hours for the Permit Counter

The permit counter, on the 2nd Floor of Puyallup City Hall, is the hub for land use permits in the City.  This is where individuals can apply for various construction permits and receive information about City zoning or building standards. The City has recently experienced consistently high volumes of development activity, which leads to longer processing timelines for various applications. The City is attempting to address this situation in several ways, including adding more plan review staff, implementing efficiency measures and now increasing the time during which review staff are able to focus solely on processing construction permit applications.  

City staff who are tasked with reviewing permit applications are frequently called to the permit counter to respond to questions from drop-in visitors, which cuts into the time they have to actually review permit applications. To provide faster service to customers who have submitted permit applications, while still accommodating counter drop-ins, the City has reduced the open hours of the permit counter, effective November 13th. The permit counter is now open for drop-in visitors from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

This change aligns Puyallup’s counter hours with most other cities in Pierce County, which have similar customer hours at their permit centers. Under these new public hours, appointments may still be made to meet with specific staff at any mutually-available time between 8:00 and 5:00. Also, more permit staff will be made available to assist drop-in visitors during the lunch hour than currently occurs. These new counter hours will be monitored during a six-month trial period to ensure that overall customer service levels are not being negatively impacted. 

Puyallup Moves/Safe Routes to School

Over the summer, Planning Division staff led community members on our second annual walk series. These lunchtime walks provide an opportunity for residents and employees to learn about history, development projects, and future plans in various neighborhoods across the city. Our 2018 walks were held on the Riverwalk Trail, in Downtown Puyallup, and in the Manorwood neighborhood.

The Manorwood walk highlighted Safe Routes to School as we walked from Manorwood Park to Ferrucci Junior High and Sunrise Elementary Schools. The walk also coincided with the start of the City’s development of a Safe Routes to School Plan to improve school walking and biking routes. Work on that plan is now in full swing with site visits and walk audits having been conducted at seven schools in October. There is still an opportunity for citizen input – for the month of November, you can go to here to identify problem locations and post ideas using the City’s new Safe Routes to School mapping tool. This questionnaire is one of several ways the City is working to involve residents in developing its new Safe Routes to School Plan, now underway and set to wrap up early next year. Share your ideas with us today!

Cobweb Carnival

The Cobweb Carnival was held inside the Pioneer Park Pavilion during BooAllup, the downtown trick-or-treating event. This free event featured twelve carnival games, face painting, bounce houses, crafts and a ton of candy. Volunteers from Foursquare Church helped kids play games and the Puyallup Library had a craft station and photo station.  Hundreds of kids walked away with full bags of candy and huge smiles on their faces. This annual event is an awesome chance for families to celebrate Halloween safely.
Cobweb Carnival

Activity Center Annual Halloween Party

The Activity Center hosted its Annual Halloween Party on October 31st.  This is one party our participants never want to miss! The center was filled with seniors, many dressed in costumes, and all anticipating a hallowing good time! The event featured a double header of entertainment beginning with the Memory Singers, who entertained the crowd with a Halloween themed twist on popular classic songs.  Following this act, was our fabulous Sa’diya Dancers aka the center’s very own belly dance class.  Other party festivities included a costume judging contest and of course lots of refreshments.