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Puyallup parks advisory board to hold study session, review potential parks and recreation cuts

Post by Kari Plog / The News Tribune on April 26, 2013 at 4:37 pm with 13 Comments »
April 26, 2013 11:20 pm

The Puyallup Parks, Recreation & Senior Advisory Board will hold a study session Monday to review the city’s parks and recreation department amid an ongoing budget restructuring process.

Sarah Harris, the recently appointed parks administrator, said department officials will recommend ways to make up for a recent reduction in overall funding for programs and services.

Last month the city made across-the-board cuts of $1.6 million, and the parks budget was reduced by about $236,000.

The original proposed cuts included reductions in part time staff positions, shorter Sunday hours at the recreation center and talk of eliminating the wading pool, a popular spot for Puyallup residents in the Summer. Some of those cuts are in place, and the overall reduction is under review by the parks advisory board.

Harris said that reorganization of services and reduction in office supply costs has helped minimize the cuts to programs, which is the department’s top priority.

“We’ve tried to adjust other areas,” Harris said Friday. “We’re trying to make little cuts…so the community doesn’t feel the hurt.”

Popular summer concerts were also proposed for cuts, but Harris said they have adjusted things within the department to salvage those events. She said the department is working on a sponsorship program to delegate some of the costs, and some potential sponsors have been lined up.

Monday’s meeting will allow the public to weigh in on the programs and services and allow department officials to present plans already in place to execute cost savings.

Harris said the city’s parks advisory board will likely follow up the study session with a list of recommendations for both the current and future budget cycles, a task City Manager Bill McDonald assigned to the board following announcement of the cutbacks.

Until then, she said, the department won’t have definitive answers on exact reductions down the road.

“You won’t see a dramatic drop in services,” Harris said. “And that’s the goal, to tighten the belt. Hopefully the advisory board will see we have a plan that won’t affect programs.”

The future use of the wading pool is still up in the air. Harris said they are awaiting approval of a permit from the Health Department to continue use of the popular spot through at least the summer.

She said the parks department is exploring a possible splash pad to replace the pool down the road, which would be a more cost effective alternative. Currently, the wading pool must be drained and treated every hour and a half to meet Health Department regulations.

Monday’s meeting is at 5:30 in the City Council Chambers on the fifth floor of Puyallup City Hall.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682

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  1. Valleychic says:

    Earth to TNT–that meeting is the Puyallup Parks and Senior Board not the Council. Meets at 5:30 PM in the City Hall, 5th Floor Council Chambers.

  2. Queue the one who knows everything. Wow Valleychic, when you aren’t insulting people who disagree with you, you’re typing condescending remarks to the TNT. I wonder how your cats like living with you.

  3. Valleychic says:

    Article that was written said City Council. Current article has been edited correctly. No cats Hillbilly, just a crazy dog to protect me from the likes of folks like you.

  4. Do tell what kind of folk I am. And please refrain from name calling, it only gets your comment removed…and do be prepared to be called out on EVERYTHING you post!!

  5. (Fun and free) is dying in Puyallup. Why?
    Big money commercialism.
    Watch the kids at the wading pool. Priceless.

  6. Valleychic says:

    Hillbilly–gosh you’re going to call me out on everything that I post? I suppose “your type” just might be a cyber bully. I could care less who you call out whether its me or someone else. Doesn’t mean you are right–just means you like to bully people. You and my dog ought to meet sometime and we can find out if your bite is as big as your bark.

  7. No cyber bullying. I don’t agree with that. I only agree with the truth which you have a hard time telling. Don’t worry, I’ll call you out on your LIES every time. If you ever want to meet, I’ll tell you face to face, so no cyber bullying here!

  8. And valleychic, I’ll stoop to your level for a minute…..if you bring your dog to meet me, please wear a name tag so I can recognize you.

  9. Valleychic says:

    Hillbilly–so the initial post of correcting the TNT whose article stated City Council instead of Parks Board is a lie. Confused grey matter on your part but that’s okay. Apparently I am the only you attack for some reason. As far as recognition using your dog tag requirement, my dog is a male and I am a Hispanic/White female. Would you be able to recognize the difference?

  10. What you posted tonight wasn’t a lie, but must of your drivel is, so you better beef up your ‘ideas’ because what you usually write is a lie and not accurate.

    And yes, I can tell when a stud is really a stud and when a dud is Valleychic!! No worries, we will be sure you and your flannel shirt followers lose going forward. And yes, I go to council meetings and know who you are!!!

  11. That should say most, not must.

  12. Right Jeannie!?!

  13. Valleychic says:

    I feel real threatened by your language. If you think you know who I am, come by and confront me one on one. Otherwise postings will remain the same and you can deal with it in your warped mental perspective. Everyone has an opinion and is free to share it. Its people like you who prefer to stifle any discussion and appearance of truth. So you go about your business, I’ll go about mine, and whatever your reference to flannel shirt followers means, go with it as well.

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