First-of-its-kind boat slide gets ribbon cutting August 23

PIERCE COUNTY, WA — Washington’s first slide-style boat launch is scheduled to open Friday, August 23 at 10:00 a.m. at Riverside Park in Sumner. At the ribbon cutting on the high bank of the Puyallup River there will be a demonstration of lowering and raising boats along the river. The slide’s opening coincides with fishing season….

Sprinker Mobile Food Fest August 19, 2019

PIERCE COUNTY, WA —  Sprinker Recreation Center’s ballfields will have a fleet of tasty mobile goodness from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 17 at Pierce County Parks & Recreation fifth annual Mobile Food Fest. In addition to the 24 delicious reasons to attend the admission-free at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St….

Pierce County Fair debuts horse mounting ramp at special dedication

Join the time-honored annual tradition that celebrates rural life, agriculture, and family-oriented fun at the Pierce County Fair Aug. 8-11 at Frontier Park in Graham. Reminiscent of agricultural fairs, the Pierce County Fair embraces our local riches. Situated amongst the firs and green grass, the fair offers a variety of favorites for visitors of all…

County Roads: High friction surface treatment to be applied to a few

High friction surface treatment coming to Pierce County roads Pierce County will install a surface treatment at six roadway locations starting Aug. 5. The treatment – called a high friction surface treatment – will be applied at the following locations: • 122nd Street East/Military Road East – two curves near bottom of hill • McCutcheon…

Planning Commission considers huge land use changes in unincorporated areas

Controversial land use changes to the Frederickson, Parkland, Spanaway, Midland,  South Hill and Mid-County (Summit, Waller, North Clover Creek Collins) areas are progressing through the formal process of adoption in Pierce County. These changes involve housing and business uses, but not an accompanying infrastructure plan. Therefore the communities, already overcrowded for urban growth that has…

Dawson Playground Open House

Pierce County Parks will be holding an Open House regarding improvements to Dawson Playfield in Midland. The event will be held Sunday, August 4, 2019 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Dawson Playfield Picnic Shelter on 90th and Portland Avenue. The public is invited.

Changes to Washington state’s election laws are now in effect

PIERCE COUNTY AUDITOR —  As of July 1, 2019, new conveniences and increased accessibility to voting in Washington are now law. The State Legislature passed a number of bills during the 2018 and 2019 sessions that changed significant dates and deadlines for registration and voting. Those changes include: Pre-paid postage: Every ballot will now come…

Road Work near LaGrande – SR7 closures

State Route 7 slope stabilization work begins in July Travelers will see daytime closures of SR 7 near La Grande EATONVILLE – Travelers heading to Alder Lake and Mount Rainier National Park on State Route 7 this summer and fall will want to plan extra travel time into their adventures. As early as July 15,…

Important Zoning Updates

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Planning Commission will consider proposed updates to the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill community plans at public meetings over the next few months. Community plans provide direction on how growth and development will occur. The plans address topics such as zoning, transportation, the look and feel of the…

Fireworks rules in unincorporated areas

The 4th of July is approaching. Tribal Fireworks booths are already selling fireworks.  Illegal fireworks are subject to confiscation and possible  criminal charges. State licensed sales of legal fireworks will begin on June 28. It’s a good time to review what the laws are concerning your decision to light that first tempting firecracker. Here is…

IMPORTANT Community Plan Update Meetings

Frederickson and PSM (Parkland Spanaway Midland) community plan update open houses and hearings will be held this next two weeks. This is in regard to the Centers and Corridors Proposal changes. One hour before the hearings in front of the Land Use Advisory Committee (LUAC), there is an open house where attendees can peruse the…