Food Truck Frenzy
The Food Truck Frenzy took over Bradley Lake Park on June 30th. Visitors enjoyed food from eleven food trucks selling burgers, barbeque, funnel cake, and alligator! Shows and concerts from Reptile Isle, The Infinity Project and The Retros entertained the crowds while they enjoyed their food. Kids played football, frisbee, tug-o-war, and an awesome bounce house obstacle course. The showery weather kept excessive heat away and made for a very pleasant afternoon. The Food Truck Frenzy continues to be a fan favorite and a perfect way to kick off summer!
Over the past month, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following potential new development projects:
- A two-lot single-family residential short plat, proposed in the 1200 block of 23rd Avenue SW.
- “South Hill Plaza”: A proposed small retail center consisting of five separate buildings, associated parking and site improvements in the 400 block of 39th Avenue SW (south side of the street).
- A 36-unit apartment building, located in the 4000 block of 4th Street Place SW (i.e. west of Bed Bath & Beyond). As proposed, the project would consist of structured ground-floor parking, with multiple stories of residential units above, and other site features.
- Several buildings and/or structural additions at the Puyallup School District support facilities at 1501 39th Avenue SW. This development would include a new 13,000 square foot warehouse, a 16,900 square foot central kitchen addition and 10,200 square feet devoted to the District’s technology offices.
Within the coming month, two major development projects are expected to be under initial construction in the SE portion of the City:
- Sunrise Elementary School: After an extensive permit process, the School District is now beginning site work on the new Sunrise Elementary School facility on 39th Avenue SE. This building will be constructed within the existing sports field area immediately west of the current school structures. Construction of this multi-story building will be ongoing over the coming year, with completion planned to allow occupancy in Fall 2019. The existing site buildings will then be demolished to create new outdoor recreation areas for the school. There will also be an associated reconfiguration of the site access and parking areas.
- Affinity Senior Housing: Preliminary site prep work is expected to begin in late July on a large senior housing facility, located at the NE corner of 5th Street SE-43rd Avenue SE (i.e. kitty-corner from the YMCA). When constructed, this multi-story building will contain 168 independent living units for seniors and associated amenity/parking areas.
Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons
The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, funded by the US Department of Agriculture and the State of Washington, is coordinated locally by Pierce County Aging and Long-Term Care. The program provides $40 worth of vouchers to qualifying seniors that can be exchanged for eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs) at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. On June 9th, 250 eligible seniors received vouchers at the Activity Center and are looking forward to visiting merchants at the Puyallup Farmers’ Market.
Officer Ketter Recognition
Officer Mark Ketter was selected as the Washington State Grange Officer of the Year and was recognized at the state conference in Mount Vernon on June 28th. The Washington State Grange Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Washington residents through community service. Congratulations to Officer Ketter!
Pioneer Park Pavilion
Wedding season is most definitely in full swing as June was another busy month at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. In addition to the six weddings, the Pavilion hosted the Bethel HS Senior Awards banquet, Puyallup PTA’s Golden Acorn Award event, the Puyallup School District’s Advanced Graduation night, two rehearsal dinners, a quinceanera, two Multicare events, and a memorial service!
Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run
Several members of the police department participated in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. This annual event follows law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes as they carry the torch across the state into the opening ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions. Puyallup PD runners met Sumner PD runners at the city limits on East Main and ran the torch three miles to the police department. From there the torch was delivered to Lakewood PD for their leg of the race. Our Puyallup PD runners were shown great support and encouragement from passing drivers as they ran through the streets of Puyallup.
02B Sugar Free
Traci Woodcock, Nutritional Therapist/Certified Holistic Health Coach, provides monthly nutrition presentations at the Activity Center. Traci’s nutrition topic in June was titled “02B Sugar Free” and the class provided guidance and practical tools to find FREEDOM from a sugar habit. Participants where educated about various nutrients that stop sugar cravings and learned about the effectiveness of crowding out empty calories with nutritious and satisfying foods. The workshop also helped individuals understand why sugar is so addictive and provided tips on how to regain a healthy balance in one’s diet.
Concerts in the Park
Belly Dance Class
Belly dance lessons are offered at the Activity Center every Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. The instructor is Zemirah of the Magic Carpet Dancers and she emphasizes that belly dance offers something for everyone! This low impact exercise provides body awareness, movement, rhythm, and is a fun activity for all ages and body types.
Crime Prevention Campaigns
The Puyallup Police Department has recently introduced two new and fun crime prevention campaigns. One of the campaigns, Lock It or Lose It, is focused on reminding residents to remove their belongings and lock their vehicles. This campaign was launched on June 21st with a segment filmed at the mall for PCTV.
The second campaign is #9PMRoutine – a social media-focused campaign that reminds citizens to practice the Lock It or Lose It ideas at home. The #9PMRoutine includes clearing your vehicle of belongings and locking it, closing garage doors, turning on exterior lights and ensuring all doors and windows are locked. There will be a nightly reminder posted to social media to help turn these crime prevention tips into a routine. You can follow #9PMRoutine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.