News Flash

Posted on: July 9, 2020

Pierce County and OnePierce award 21 behavioral health recipients with $1.5 M in CARES Act Funding

behavioral health funding for $1.5M awarded from CARES Act funding

In partnership with Pierce County, Elevate Health is awarding 21 behavioral health providers a total of $1.5 million in CARES Act funding. OnePierce Community Resiliency Fund (OnePierce), the funding arm of Elevate Health, recommended ap...

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Human Services
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Workshop lays out basics of Social Security Disability

social security disability workshop

When someone experiences a disabling injury or illness, it can trigger a range of unsettling emotions and fears, not only for the person with the disability, but for their family members and friends, too. It may be comforting to know that when a long-term...

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Human Services
Posted on: July 7, 2020

Workshop summarizes Medicare changes for COVID-19

medicare and covid19 workshop

Since the pandemic began, healthcare systems around the world have been challenged in unimaginable ways. Here at home, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have responded on a seemingly daily basis with new or revised guidance to address e...

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Human Services
Posted on: July 6, 2020

CARES funding awards for foreclosure prevention and mortgage assistance announced

homeowner support

Pierce County Human Services is announcing the round 1 funding decision from federal CARES Act dollars for mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention counseling. A total of $2.2 million will be used to target homeowners at risk of foreclosure who have...

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Human Services
Posted on: June 26, 2020

2020 property values set by County Assessor-Treasurer

The latest assessed values of over 327,000 parcels of property throughout Pierce County have been mailed or emailed this week to the property owners.  These 2020 values will be used as the basis for property taxes to be billed in February of 2021...

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Assessor-Treasurer
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Senior center funding available during COVID-19

senior center funding available

An estimated $660,000 of Federal CARES Act funding is available for senior centers in Pierce County who were open prior to COVID-19. The purpose of this funding is to assist senior centers with covering basic expenses required to sustain during COVID-rela...

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Human Services
Posted on: June 23, 2020

CARES funding available for domestic violence service providers

DV news flash

Pierce County Human Services is announcing a CARES Act funding opportunity for organizations interested in assisting domestic and family violence victims in response to COVID-19. A total of $1 million has been allocated to help residents who are fleeing, ...

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Human Services
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Child care vouchers available for parents impacted by COVID-19

childcare newsflash

Pierce County allocated $2 million to child care that will be invested in two programs - a voucher system for families and relief grants for providers.

A Voucher System for Families:

$1.5 million will go towards vouchers for Pierce County families to access...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Pierce County Parks expands opportunities for recreation

More options for recreation and park use are being offered by Pierce County Parks while in Phase 2, following Gov. Inslee’s Safe Start reopening recommendations. The addition of options like playground use, park restrooms, sport complex practice...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Round 2 Award Recipients of CARES Funding for Homelessness Announced

homeless news flash

Pierce County Human Services is announcing the funding decision from round 2 from federal CARES Act dollars. These expenditures are part of the community response and resilience plan to prevent people from losing their current housing, keep people in shel...

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Human Services
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Pierce County allocates CARES funding to scale up COVID testing, support for affordable housing

CARESActFunds

Of this week’s $4.6 million in new CARES allocations, Pierce County directed nearly $3.4 million to the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes funding for expanded testing, investigations and administrative cost...

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County Executive
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Funding opportunity available for organizations to support homeowners

homeowner support

Pierce County Human Services is announcing a funding opportunity for non-profit organizations interested in providing services to homeowners in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $2.2 million will be used to target homeowners who ...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Pierce County approved to move to Phase 2 of Safe Start order

Pierce County learned today the county’s application to move to Phase 2 was approved by the state Department of Health.  The move to the second phase is effective immediately.

“I’m pleased that our residents&rsquo...

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County Executive
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Veterans rental and mortgage assistance now available

Veterans services

Pierce County Veterans Assistance Programs has received $400,000 to support veterans impacted by COVID-19. This funding comes from the federal CARES Act and will broadly expand services for Veterans and their families in our communities.

Features of the Ve...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 2, 2020

Pierce County applies to enter Phase 2 of Safe Start order

Pierce County’s application to enter Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Order was submitted today to the Washington State Department of Health.

“I’m proud that the people of Pierce County have worked so diligently ...

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County Executive
Posted on: May 28, 2020

CARES Act Funding Homeless Programs Award Recipients Announced

homeless news flash

Pierce County Human Services is announcing the funding decision for round one from federal CARES Act dollars. These expenditures are part of the community response and resilience plan to prevent people from losing their current housing, keep people in she...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Free hygiene services available at Sprinker

homeless news flash

Pierce County Human Services has been working with local partners to increase hygiene and sanitation services for people experiencing homelessness.

As of May 20, 2020, Sprinker Recreation Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m ...

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Human Services
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Rental Assistance is available for those impacted by COVID-19

rental assistance graphic

Rental Assistance is available for Pierce County residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Low-income households are eligible, as well as anyone who lost work hours or employment due to quarantine and isolation measures.

Applicants must l...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Senior Farmers Market Voucher program opens!

senior farmers market voucher program is open apply now

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides low-income seniors with vouchers to purchase produce from participating farmers markets and roadside stands. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State of Washington, but the progr...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: May 11, 2020

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write against committee statements for the August 4, 2020, Primary Election Local Voters’ Pamphlets.

Against committee members needed

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Auditor
Posted on: May 6, 2020

Second round of emergency COVID-19 funding to address homelessness announced

homeless news flash

As our Homeless Programs team continues to work closely with local, state, and national health officials, we want to update the community on efforts to support vulnerable residents. After the Washington State Department of Commerce awarded Pierce County $...

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Human Services
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Senior Nutrition and Food Resources

ADR News Flash Update about senior nutrition

In response to COVID-19, Aging and Disability Resources has expanded our nutrition programs. If you’re a Pierce County resident over the age of 60 and need help accessing food due to limited mobility, illness or COVID-19 safety concerns, we have...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Pierce County Parks to open May 5; Chambers Bay opens May 1

Pierce County is restoring public use of parks with protocols and guidelines to keep the public safe. Park and trailhead parking lots will open May 5, while Chambers Creek Regional Park will open earlier, on May 1. 

Parks outdoor spaces will be op...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 24, 2020

Round 2 is open for Emergency COVID-19 funding to address homelessness

homeless covid update

After the Washington State Department of Commerce awarded Pierce County $1.6M in emergency funds to address public health needs of people experiencing homelessness, we collaborated with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and City of Tacoma to deve...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Emergency COVID-19 funding awards to address homelessness announced

homeless covid update

As our Homeless Programs team continues to work closely with local, state, and national health officials, we want to update the community on efforts to support vulnerable residents. After the Washington State Department of Commerce awarded Pierce County $...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 15, 2020

Minor Home Repair still available for health and safety repairs

minor home repair services are still available

Despite the challenging times, the Human Services Minor Home Repair Program continues to solve urgent housing problems for Pierce County residents. From broken furnaces to leaking pipes, employees Lesa Mancini-Williamson and Jennifer Wamboldt have seen &a...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 9, 2020

Early Childhood Education and distance learning

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs has alternative programming available

On March 16, 2020, Pierce County Human Services Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs (ECEAP) made the difficult decision to close our seven classrooms across the county in six school districts. Below are updates about how our operations have ...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Homeless Response Update from Human Services

homeless covid update

The Pierce County Human Services Homeless Programs team has been working closely with local, state, and national health officials to support some of our most vulnerable residents. As we continue our efforts, we want to keep the community informed of how w...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 30, 2020

County Assessor-Treasurer extends property tax due date to June 1

Citing the financial impact of the COVID-19 virus on Pierce County residents, Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan, in coordination with the County Finance Director, has extended the due date for first-half property tax payments to June 1, 2020.  Int...

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Assessor-Treasurer
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Pierce County Donations Connector

Ways to Help and Get Help

Pierce County, along with the rest of the state, country and world, are facing an unprecedented challenge with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic. We, along with our partners at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health D...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Aging & Disability Resource call center will remain open

the aging and disability resource center is open

Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resource Division is offering alternative service options for older adults and people with disabilities. All face-to-face contacts are suspended across case management programs, but we are still caring for...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Veterans services expanded for COVID-19

Veterans services have expanded.

Calling all Veterans! Are you at risk of eviction or late on bills? Our Veterans Assistance Program has temporarily expanded service to help those affected by COVID-19. 

Please call 253-798-7449 to see what emergency assistance may be available to...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Homeless Response from Pierce County

COVID-19 homelessness response

The Pierce County Human Services Homeless Programs team is working closely with local, state, and national health officials to slow the spread of the coronavirus. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration and coordination efforts closely to support...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Pierce County Human Services is temporarily suspending walk-in services.

HS building closure 2

Out of an abundance of caution, Pierce County Human Services is temporarily suspending walk-in services. As of this afternoon, Human Services is offering alternative service options in response to the growing community concerns.

All appointments for both s...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Pierce County Parks cancels all indoor programs and activities until March 31

Due to the recent update from Governor Inslee regarding COVID-19, Pierce County Parks is cancelling all indoor programs and activities at its community facilities March 17-31. This includes Sprinker Recreation Center, Heritage Recreation Center, Meridian ...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 9, 2020

Powerful Tools for Caregivers benefit everyone

According to statistics, someone turning 65 today has a 70% chance of needing long-term care. While this may cause some people to dread over the potentially devastating costs of a care facility, it may be comforting to know that 75% of all long-term care ...

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Human Services
Posted on: February 25, 2020

Workshop examines pros and cons of reverse mortgages

With a strong housing market over the past several years, home prices have risen dramatically. As a result, many older adults have significant equity in their homes. Medical costs and long-term care costs have also risen dramatically, approximately 6% and...

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Human Services
Posted on: February 24, 2020

Pierce County Council adopts county's Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan

The Pierce County Council passed a 10-year plan for development of Pierce County’s park system Feb. 11. The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan (PROS) will guide improvements of more parks and trails than has been possible over the past 30 yea...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: February 24, 2020

Seventh annual Wedding Showcase returns to the ESB, March 1

You’re engaged and need ideas planning one of the most memorable days of your life? Join us at the Wedding Showcase inside the Environmental Services Building (ESB) Sunday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Brides and grooms-to-b...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: February 19, 2020

Funny film explores outsourcing retirement

Television shows and movies make traveling in retirement look easy. Pick up a brochure, look at a map, pack your bags and discover a new country while living the retirement of your dreams. But that’s Hollywood, not reality.

Pierce County Aging an...

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Human Services
Posted on: February 6, 2020

“Five Wishes” preserves dignity and respect in care planning

Thinking ahead is always important. Whether you’re hosting a party, making a kit for a natural disaster, or grocery shopping, planning is essential to feeling thoroughly prepared. Even though we hope for the best, it makes sense to plan for the ...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Tips for caregiving on the Alzheimer’s journey

Almost 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today. Researchers worldwide are scrambling to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias because in 30 years, that number is expected to rise to 14 million.Pierce County Agin...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Ice skating championships runs through the weekend at Sprinker

Ice Sports Industry (ISI) has selected Sprinker Recreation Center to host the Ice Sports Industry West Coast Championships, Jan. 17-18, as their first national event of the year. 

This annual recreational ice skating competition expects 300 skater...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: January 15, 2020

2019 Property Values Set by County Assessor-Treasurer

The values of over 300,000 parcels of property throughout Pierce County have been determined and mailed or emailed this week to the property owners, and added to this website. These 2019 values will be used as the basis for property taxes to be billed in ...

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Assessor-Treasurer
Posted on: January 6, 2020

Get the most out of your doctor visit

In the fast-paced world we live in, it can be difficult to feel heard at healthcare appointments. These appointments can move quickly, so having a second set of eyes and ears can be crucial to good follow-through. When it comes to your health, it’s import...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 3, 2020

Volunteers, donations needed for the upcoming Homeless Point-In-Time Count

Every day in Pierce County, hundreds of people sleep in cars, shelters, or on the street. They are someone’s mom, dad, child, or friend. Do you ever wonder how they lost everything and became homeless? Or how many people in your community are in...

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Human Services
Posted on: December 13, 2019

New Pierce County Medical Examiner selected

Medical Examiner Seal

Following a nationwide search, Dr. Mark A. Fajardo has been selected Pierce County’s Medical Examiner, pending confirmation by the Pierce County Council.

Dr. Fajardo, currently the Chief Forensic Pathologist for the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner in Cali...

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Learn more about the Medical Examiner's Office County Executive
Posted on: December 5, 2019

Pierce County Parks partners with local hotels to offer holiday staycation package

Why travel over the holidays when your family’s winter adventure awaits in Pierce County?

Pierce County Parks has partnered with hotels in DuPont to offer a holiday adventure package at Spanaway Regional Park attractions with over 50 percent in savings.&am...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: December 3, 2019

Pierce County to continue mobile voting after successful military pilot

In support of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, Pierce County Elections successfully piloted an expansion of electronic balloting in the November 2019 General Elect...

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Auditor
Posted on: December 2, 2019

Images of Aging film embraces diversity and acceptance

Life can be cruel. Life can be rewarding. These two realities collide in the next screening of Images of Aging, a free film series raising awareness for the Family Caregiver Support Program.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources continues this film ...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 27, 2019

25th annual Fantasy Lights drive-thru experience opens Nov. 28

Starting Thanksgiving, you can drive-thru the magical holiday wonderland of Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park, all in the warmth of your vehicle.

From 5:30 to 9 p.m. each night Nov. 28-Jan. 1, over 300 animated displays and thousands of holiday lights will i...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 14, 2019

Take a weekend stroll through dazzling lights at Spanaway Park

Looking for the perfect way to step into the holiday season? Pierce County Parks invites you to get into the holiday spirit by experiencing Fantasy Lights Walk. You will get a close-up preview of more than 300 animated displays and thousands of brilliant ...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 1, 2019

Images of Aging explores personal prejudices and social changes

For an older adult, the decision to stop driving is never an easy one. Driving is the hallmark of personal independence and a symbol of individual freedom. In many cases, there are health issues involved that make driving dangerous, so the choice to stop ...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 23, 2019

Film focuses on early onset dementia

When you think of Alzheimer’s or dementia, you probably think of an older adult. Contrary to popular belief, early onset Alzheimer’s affects people younger than age 65. They have families, careers or may even be caregivers to someone e...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 11, 2019

Resource expo connects residents with local long-term care options

Knowing your options is always a good idea but knowing them before a crisis is even more important. Making the Link 2019 is Pierce County’s annual showcase of care providers and services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. The ev...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 7, 2019

Learn what’s on the horizon for Social Security in 2020

Since 1935, Social Security has been the cornerstone of retirement plans for most Americans. The program continues to evolve, responding to the challenges of each generation. For individuals preparing to start their Social Security benefits, current and f...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 1, 2019

Film explores challenges of aging in place

Over 75% of Americans aged 50 and older would prefer to stay at home as they age. When aging in place, the underlying goal is to live in the residence of their choice for as long as they can. But there is much more to staying safe at home than meets the e...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 1, 2019

Outdoor improvements coming to Sprinker Recreation Center

Sprinker Recreation Center, a versatile regional sports complex located in the Parkland-Spanaway area, home to countless baseball and soccer tournaments, western Washington’s largest outdoor skatepark, mountain climbing rock, and many other amenities, is ...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 13, 2019

LGBTQIA+ conference empowers seniors to age out loud

In 2017, Tacoma Older LGBT conducted a community survey and estimated that 4,520 lesbian, gay or bisexual adults over the age of 60 and 387 transgender adults call Pierce County home. Since then, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) has host...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 12, 2019

Fall prevention event highlights safety concerns for older adults

The staggering numbers show how serious falls are for older adults. The National Council on Aging reports that one in four Americans age 65 and over fall each year. In America, every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. E...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 12, 2019

Sprinker Recreation Center gears up for classic cars and trucks Sept. 21

Classic cars and trucks will be making their way back to CARSTAR HI-TECH Collision’s Classic Car & Truck Show for its 17th annual event. 

The free family-friendly event for spectators runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. &n...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 11, 2019

Alzheimer’s conference focuses on healthy meals and alternatives

Today, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Oftentimes, regular or nutritious meals may become a challenge for people with dementia. As cognitive function declines, one may become overwhelmed with too many food choices, forget t...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 6, 2019

Free Alzheimer’s conference focuses on nutritional health and creative alternatives

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources, in collaboration with the Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County, will host “Food for Thought: Nutrition and Dementia”, this year’s Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference theme. 

The event is set f...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 23, 2019

Auditor schedules mandatory recount

The Pierce County Auditor will conduct a mandatory recount for the City of Tacoma, Council-at-large, Position No. 7 race.The recount will begin Monday, August 26, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude with the Pierce County Canvassing Board Meeting on Augus...

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Auditor
Posted on: August 20, 2019

Tips for caring for people with Alzheimer’s

Almost 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today. Researchers worldwide are scrambling to find a cure as they estimate that number to rise to 14 million before the year 2050.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) is hosting a new s...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 13, 2019

Fleet of food trucks rolling to the Mobile Food Fest, Aug. 17

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 at...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 12, 2019

Kidz Kraze features free family activities, inflatable obstacle course, and so much more

Grab your sunscreen and comfy shoes and get down to Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s Kidz Kraze Children’s Festival! This free annual event is held at Chambers Creek Regional Park from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 in the Central Meadow, located at 632...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 9, 2019

Family Campout to take over Chambers Creek Regional Park, Aug. 17-18

Come pitch a tent and camp out at Chambers Creek Regional Park the weekend of Aug. 17-18 at Parks and Recreation’s 2nd annual Family Campout.

The fun-filled weekend, beginning Saturday afternoon and stretching into Sunday morning, includes an afternoon of ...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 7, 2019

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. Sit...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 5, 2019

Images of Aging looks at not aging

Many products today are advertised to help older adults keep their youthful look. The global anti-aging market generates billions of dollars every year, with the United States accounting for over one-third. In a time like this, one must wonder, what would...

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Human Services
Posted on: July 19, 2019

2019 Is a Better Year for Most Pierce County Property Taxpayers

Your property tax amounts, due by April 30 and October 31, 2019, are now posted on this website and can be looked up either by street address or tax parcel number.

Your annual tax is determined by multiplying your property value (in thousands of dollars) b...

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Assessor-Treasurer
Posted on: July 19, 2019

Annual property values set by County Assessor-Treasurer

The values of over 300,000 parcels of property throughout Pierce County have been determined and mailed or emailed this week to the property owners. These 2019 values will be used as the basis for property taxes to be billed in February 2020.

“Re...

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Assessor-Treasurer
Posted on: July 1, 2019

Images of Aging featured in new film series

Films can teach us so much about ourselves and those around us. Many films focus on the human condition, the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence, including aging and mortality. 

Pierce County...

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Human Services
Posted on: June 28, 2019

Safety improvements to temporarily close Foothills Trail between McMillan and Orting

A realignment of the Foothills Trail will be underway from July 8-26 to improve safety for both vehicle traffic and multi-use trail users.  

The project will increase line-of-site visibility for all users and reduce trail user speeds as they enter...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 4, 2019

Community input sought for aging and disability services

The Pierce County Human Services Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) division is initiating a survey to gather community input for the creation of the 2020-2023 Area Plan. As the designated Area Agency on Aging for Pierce County, ADR must develop and o...

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Human Services
Posted on: June 3, 2019

Caregiver film series challenges intellectual disability label

Intellectual disabilities know no boundaries. They touch the lives of people from all racial, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. Many people with an intellectual disability lead full, rewarding, and contributing lives. Many find themselves pushed t...

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Human Services
Posted on: May 31, 2019

Powerful tools essential for caregivers

The need for care isn’t just for older people. The unfortunate reality is that people of any age may require long-term care, defined as care lasting at least 12 months. When accidents happen, a short hospital stay may be the immediate aftermath, but what ...

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Human Services
Posted on: May 1, 2019

Caring at home is the key

About eighty percent of us will need some form of long-term care in our lifetime. The reality is that most of that care will be provided at home, not a health care facility. Oftentimes the care provided is not medical, but rather assistance with basic tas...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 29, 2019

Film explores bond between caregiver and woman living with ALS

Caregivers come from all kinds of backgrounds. People receiving care have diverse needs. The working relationship between them takes time to mature as the people involved get to know each other. In many cases, when developing a healthy rapport, caregiver ...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 8, 2019

Pierce County Point-in-Time Count results released

The 2019 Pierce County PIT (Point-in-Time) Count was conducted on January 25, 2019 via a mobile application.  

A total of 1,486 people experiencing homelessness were identified during the count, a decrease of 9% compared with the 2018 PIT count. V...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 3, 2019

Tools for caregiving on the Alzheimer’s journey

With estimates of roughly 108,000 people in Washington state living with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s no surprise that more and more families are confronting the reality of caring for a loved one living with some form of dementia. Alzheim...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 1, 2019

Caregiving film explores difficult choices for ill family members

Families always want the best for their loved ones. When it comes to caregiving, most decisions are made out of love, concern and the desire to respect the wishes of the partner. Occasionally, that sense of commitment and devotion can cloud judgment on wh...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 15, 2019

Take a Sneak Peek into Pierce County Parks Summer Camps

Take a Sneak Peek into Pierce County Parks Summer Camps 

Come and join Pierce County Parks and Recreation for the Summer Camp Preview Fair on Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S., Tacoma, WA, ...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: February 28, 2019

Caregiving film dives into dysfunctional family dynamics

Caring for a loved one can be difficult, especially for families with strained relationships. Complications may arise when adult children need to care for abusive, neglectful or estranged relatives. It may be difficult for families to navigate through iss...

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Human Services
Posted on: February 19, 2019

Aging into the Future: Pierce County 2020-2030

Over the next 10 years, Pierce County will look substantially different than it does today – especially for older adults and individuals with disabilities. By the year 2030, a large percentage of county residents will be over the age of 60 and many of the...

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Human Services
Posted on: February 1, 2019

Caring at home is key to healthcare

About eighty percent of us will need some form of long term care in our lifetimes. Most of that care, including assistance with basic personal tasks, will be provided in the home, not in an expensive health care facility. While many families pay for care ...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 10, 2019

Volunteers, donations needed for the Point-In-Time Count

Every day in Pierce County, hundreds of people sleep in cars, shelters, or on the streets. They are someone’s mom, dad, child, or friend. Do you ever wonder how they lost everything and became homeless? Or how many more people are in a similar situation? ...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 30, 2018

Caregiver film focuses on family relationships

Caregiving can be complicated. It is not just a two-way street between care givers and care receivers. Caregiving creates a web of relationships between spouses, children, parents, other relatives, friends and neighbors. Often those relationships move to ...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 19, 2018

Social Security retirement

Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement plans for most Americans. The program continues to evolve and for individuals preparing to start their Social Security benefits, changes may impact their retirement plans. With some knowledge and a few simp...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 7, 2018

Heritage Recreation Center's soccer and baseball field get an all-season turf upgrade

Heritage Park soccer field

Pierce County Parks and Recreation replaced a soccer field and baseball field with synthetic turf at Heritage Recreation Center in South Hill.

The new fields are covered in a synthetic turf that includes an infill product called Envirofill – a high-perform...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 6, 2018

Hope and healing come to the Orting Valley

More than 3 million young Americans between the ages of 12 and 25 suffer from drug addiction. 

Drug addiction is an issue that affects everyone, even here at home. In Pierce County, from 2012 to 2017, the number of opioid-related deaths rose to 42...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Join the conversation at SAGE Table Tacoma

There are an estimated 3 million Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) adults over the age of 50 living in the United States today. The Age Wave will increase that to nearly 7 million by 2030. Despite increasing visibility and recognition, loneliness...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 24, 2018

Celebrating caregivers through candid conversations

Most long-term care is provided in-home by loved ones such as spouses, adult children, relatives and friends. These informal caregivers are crucial for the safety and well-being of their beloved. Despite the demanding and difficult tasks, very few caregiv...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 24, 2018

Public invited to Canvassing Board meeting

The Canvassing Board of Pierce County, pursuant to chapter 29A.60 RCW, will hold a public special meeting Friday, Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m. to update the Canvassing Board manual. A record of the meeting will be available for public inspection and copying.

The ...

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Auditor
Posted on: October 12, 2018

General Election at a glance

Election at a Glance

The General Election on Nov. 6 is fast approaching and the Auditor's Office has provided key information to know at-a-glance, including schedules, voting centers, what's on the ballot, and more.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor

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Auditor
Posted on: October 4, 2018

Resources, services, providers highlight Making the Link 2018

Pierce County’s “Making the Link” is an annual showcase of care providers for older adults and individuals with disabilities. There will be over 70 exhibitors featuring in-home care, assisted and skilled nursing facilities, elder law, equipment providers,...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 27, 2018

Mistakes to avoid when looking for a care facility

Many families feel like they have been thrown into the fire when the need to find a care facility for themselves or a loved one. There are scores of long term care facilities throughout Pierce County – adult family homes, assisted living, skilled nursing,...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 26, 2018

Relationships change when caregiving needs begin

Friendships can last a lifetime. When childhood friendships continue into adulthood, they can evolve into something more, such as a tremendous support system offering encouragement, and even growing into caregiving. Not all caregivers are family. Many car...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 6, 2018

Falls prevention event highlights awareness, action

Falls are the scourge of aging. They can result in minor sprains and bruises or cause major bone breaks. They can even result in hospitalization or death. As the number of seniors continues to grow, the number of fall-related injuries continues to increas...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Auditor schedules requested recount

The Pierce County Auditor will conduct a requested partial recount for the offices of U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative - 10th Congressional District. 

The recount will begin Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude with the Pierce Co...

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Auditor
Posted on: August 28, 2018

Preventable falls among seniors reach epidemic proportions

One small accident, like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor, can change your life. For older adults, a break can be the start of more serious problems, such as a hip fracture, head injury, or even death. 

Since 2003, the number of deaths...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 23, 2018

Caregivers can identify with Happy Tears

Caregivers give it their all – blood, sweat and tears. What started out as helping around the house can easily become a full-time job. Caring can bring up a mix of emotions, especially if you’re providing around the clock care. One day...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 9, 2018

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write “Against” committee statements for the November 6, 2018 General Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet.Against Committee members needed

  • Pierce County Counci...
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Auditor
Posted on: July 26, 2018

Caregiver film series focuses on relationship stress

It may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or go to the doctor. Later, you may find yourself taking time off work, preparing meals, or handling the bills. Regardless of where you are at on your caregiving journey, there are many responsibil...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 25, 2017

Pierce County Airport-Thun Field Advisory Commission applicants sought

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier is seeking applicants for one South Hill community resident position on the Pierce County Airport-Thun Field Advisory Commission (TFAC). The appointee will fill an unexpired term to April 12, 2019, after which terms ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: January 23, 2017

Free workshop lays out solutions for Social Security

It’s no secret that tax revenue for Social Security is outpaced by payments made to beneficiaries. In less than 20 years, Social Security will only be able to pay out about 75% of promised benefits. What can be done to keep the program healthy f...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: December 1, 2016

A statement from Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy

I join our community in extending heartfelt condolences to the Tacoma Police Department and the City of Tacoma as they mourn the loss of Officer Jake Gutierrez. We also offer our deep appreciation to Officer Gutierrez’s family for his swift and ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: November 29, 2016

Guidance for Social Security in 2017

Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement plans for most Americans. The program continues to evolve and will do so, especially in light of projections about the solvency of Social Security. For individuals preparing to start their Social Security b...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: November 2, 2016

Learn how to travel with Alzheimer’s or dementia

Getting out and seeing the world is one of those pleasures that almost everyone enjoys. Whether it’s heading off to delightful far off places or taking in vistas nearby, travel can lift the heart and stimulate the mind. But with a diagnosis of A...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: October 12, 2016

Event provides link for anyone serving older adults or individuals with disabilities

Most older adults and people with disabilities hope to remain safe, independent, and active, whether at home or in a care facility. Knowing about available resources in the community and how to access them is one of the best things that people can do for ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: September 19, 2016

Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancy

The Pierce County Executive’s Office is accepting applications to fill one Ethics Commission position. The citizen commission is responsible for promoting and upholding ethical conduct in Pierce County government.

Applicants must be registered to vote...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: September 16, 2016

Parks & Recreation is revving up to showcase 500 vehicles at Classic Car & Truck Show, Sept. 24

Classic Car Show

Sprinker Recreation Center’s parking lot will be lined up with more than 500 classic cars and trucks of all colors, shapes and sizes at the 14th annual CARSTAR Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car & Truck Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 15, 2016

Sixth annual Pierce County Citizenship Celebration set for Sept. 17

Everyone in Pierce County is invited to watch approximately 75 immigrants become American citizens during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The naturalization ceremony – the final step to attain citizenship – begins promptly at 11 a.m. at the Mount T...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: September 12, 2016

Step into fall with your Parks & Recreation Department

As families shift into school mode for the fall, Pierce County’s Parks & Recreation Department encourages you to browse the latest issue of the online program guide to find the perfect fit for your interests and schedule.

Parks & Recreation of...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 8, 2016

Public meeting for Phase 1 design at Cross Park set for Sept. 20

Pierce County Parks is hosting a public meeting on the Phase 1 Improvements at Cross Park.

Cross Park is located at 4418 Military Road in the Frederickson area of unincorporated Pierce County. A Preliminary Master Plan was developed in 2015. This publ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 30, 2016

Rev up for fun at Touch-A-Truck event, Sept. 10.

Pierce County Parks and Recreation will host its seventh annual Touch-A-Truck event Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S. in Tacoma.

This free community event allows the public to explore a variety of...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 23, 2016

Chambers Bay resort proposals unveiled; Public invited to learn more at Sept. 8 open house

At today’s study session Pierce County Councilmembers had their first look at the two development proposals vying for the opportunity to build a $45 million resort at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

Pierce County’s vision for the resort is one ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 22, 2016

Annual Kite Festival takes flight Aug. 28

A spectacularly colorful day of all things kites will take place at Pierce County Parks & Recreation’s annual Kite Festival on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Meadow located at Chambers Creek Regional Park, 6320 Grandview Dr. in Univ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: July 28, 2016

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write “For” and “Against” committee statements for the Nov. 8, 2016, General Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet in the following districts:

Committee memb...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: April 12, 2016

Workshop offers keys to success with vision loss

Vision loss happens more often that we may care to admit. Whether by disease, age, accident or trauma, people can have their vision impacted. But it doesn’t have to mean the loss of independence or quality of life. By tapping into community supports and r...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: March 31, 2016

Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancies

The Pierce County Executive’s Office is accepting applications to fill two Ethics Commission positions. The citizen commission is responsible for promoting and upholding ethical conduct in Pierce County government.

Applicants must be registered to vote...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: March 23, 2016

Pierce County Auditor hosts Passport Week

In response to a surge in demand for passports, the Pierce County Auditor’s Office, located at 2401 S. 35th St., Room 200, in Tacoma will be staying open an extra hour the week of April 4-8, 2016. Doors will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Why Apr...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: March 14, 2016

It’s time for Parks & Recreation's Annual Family Bingo Night

Spring is around the corner and that means the sounds of family fun will be heard from miles around Chambers Creek Regional Park for Parks & Recreation’s Annual Family Bingo Night on Friday, April 1, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Event ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 4, 2016

Social Security Disability focus on March 23

Odds are you won’t need it. Odds are if you do need it, Social Security Disability is a lifesaver. Nearly one out of every six working-age Americans – 29.5 million people – has a disability, making them much more likely to experience economic hardship th...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: February 26, 2016

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write committee statements for the April 26, 2016, Special Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet in the following districts:

Committee members needed

  • Agains...
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Auditor
Posted on: February 24, 2016

Workshop explains Social Security retirement changes in 2016

Social Security continues to be a key part of how Americans ensure their financial security after they retire. Congress made some substantial changes to the program that take effect in 2016. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, th...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: February 16, 2016

Auditor announces election date and candidate filing period for the Proposed University Place Metrop

A citizen’s petition to “Form a metropolitan park district in University Place” has qualified for the April 26, 2016 ballot. At the same election that the proposition is submitted to the voters as to whether a metropolitan park district is to be formed, f...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: January 26, 2016

Record-breaking year at Sprinker Recreation Center

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department announced that the Sprinker Recreation Center experienced record-breaking attendance and revenue in 2015.

Parks and Recreation has worked diligently to improve Sprinker and the facility has experienced...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: January 13, 2016

Board of Equalization seeks members

Applications are being accepted to fill two regular Members and one Alternate Member on the Pierce County Board of Equalization. The seven member board hears appeals from taxpayers who disagree with the assessed value of their properties as determined by ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: January 4, 2016

Learn skills to deal with initial diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources is hosting a repeat series of the popular “Oh My Gosh – Now What?” The 6-part series of discussions for families and individuals focuses on the initial journey through Alzheimer’s and oth...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: December 29, 2015

Workshop brings hoarding out from the shadows

Television has made hoarding into prime time entertainment. But hoarding is serious business that can last a lifetime – a mental health disorder that may touch over 1 million people in the US. Often families are torn apart, friends are alienated and mar...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: December 14, 2015

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlets

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write committee statements for the Feb. 9, 2016, Special Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet in the following districts:

Committee members needed

  • Against -...
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Auditor
Posted on: December 3, 2015

Fantasy Lights closure, Dec. 3

Due to predictions of high wind warnings, Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park will be closed Thursday, Dec. 3. The display will reopen on Friday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The closure of the outdoor, drive-through exhibit at Spanaway Park is in the intere...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 10, 2015

Recreation Assistant job opportunity with Parks and Recreation Department

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for a Recreation Assistant for the Indoor Playground program at the Lakewood Community Center.

The Indoor Playground program is a parent/guardian-child program with staff involvement. Appli...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 5, 2015

Economic impact of U.S. Open shows County fared well

Pierce County officials have released the numbers showing the U.S. Open’s economic impact on the county. The financial summary shows Pierce County incurred about $3.9 million in overall expenses and saw just over $5 million in revenue, resulting in a net ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: October 28, 2015

Therapeutic Recreation Leader opportunity with Parks and Recreation

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for the position of Therapeutic Recreation Leader for the Companionship program’s Club TGIF and Camp Pierce.

Companionship’s Club TGIF provides inclusive recreation and socialization skills...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 27, 2015

Fall fun for everyone at Parks and Recreation Family Bingo Night

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Family Bingo Night on Friday, Nov. 6. The event is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Meridian Habitat Park.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Event admission costs $5 per person and children...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 12, 2015

Community Connections director leaving position at Pierce County

After nearly five years with Pierce County Community Connections, Helen Howell’s last day as director of that department will be Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Howell will be transitioning to her new role as Executive Director of Building Changes, an organization th...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: September 22, 2015

Executive McCarthy unveils sustainable, customer-focused 2016 budget

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy detailed her budget proposal before the County Council Tuesday, highlighting an expanded economy, improved customer services and an investment in what she termed the “moral center” of government.

Her 2016 budget pro...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: September 17, 2015

Canines and costumes at the Parks and Recreation Woof Woof Walk

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department will host the Woof Woof Walk for pet owners and their dogs on Saturday, Oct. 24. The event will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spanaway Park.

Woof Woof Walk participants can choose between a 1.5-mile or ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 17, 2015

Chambers Creek Regional Park to reopen dog park, beach access

Pierce County Parks and Recreation has announced the off-leash dog area and beach access at Chamber Creek Regional Park will reopen on Friday, Sept. 18. These areas have been closed since the U.S. Open golf championship, which took place June 15-21, 2015,...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 15, 2015

500 vehicles expected at Sept. 26 Classic Car & Truck Show

Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 13th annual Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car & Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Hours for the free spectator event are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 500 classic cars and truc...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 8, 2015

Parks and Recreation Touch A Truck event

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department will host the sixth-annual Touch A Truck event on Saturday, Sept. 12. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sprinker Recreation Center.

Touch A Truck allows the public to explore a variety of tr...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 8, 2015

Tiny Tots indoor playground reopens at the Lakewood Community Center

The weather is changing but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Visitors are invited to bring their children to the Lakewood Community Center to experience the Tiny Tots indoor playground.

Kids aged five and under will delight in the opportunity to ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 24, 2015

Pierce County to reduce water usage in response to drought

Pierce County government will be taking steps to reduce water usage by at least 10 percent.

“I am asking staff to reduce the irrigation of lawns and landscaping at our facilities until further notice,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “We ar...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: August 21, 2015

County to open more areas of Chambers Creek Regional Park

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is announcing that Soundview Trail, Central Meadow parking lot and the Central Meadow restrooms will reopen to the public on Saturday, Aug. 22. Those areas of Chambers Creek Regional Park had been closed for the U.S. Ope...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 10, 2015

Auditor seeks to appoint “For” and “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

A citizen’s petition for the “Sale of spirits for on-premises consumption in the City of Fircrest” has qualified for the November 3, 2015 ballot. The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write a ...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: August 7, 2015

Plan ahead to maximize your Social Security benefits

For people planning on receiving Social Security now or in the future, knowing how to make the benefits is critical. A few simple tips can save beneficiaries thousands of dollars. And for those currently receiving Social Security benefits, there may be ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: August 6, 2015

Auditor seeks to appoint “against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write an “against” statement for the November 3, 2015, General Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet in the following district:

“Against” committee members neede...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: August 4, 2015

Urban Forestry Restoration Project to clean up Bresemann Forest and Spanaway Park

Throughout the month of August, a team from Puget SoundCorps – part of the broader Washington Conservation Corps – will work with Pierce County Parks and Recreation and the Pierce Conservation District to help restore areas of Bresemann Forest and Spanawa...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: July 27, 2015

County outlines strategy for enforcing marijuana violations

By July 1, 2016, all unlicensed marijuana sales operations in unincorporated Pierce County – medical and recreational – must close. That message has been delivered to county landlords, business owners and operators whose establishments involve the burgeon...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: July 17, 2015

Auditor announces special three-day candidate filing period

A special three-day candidate filing period will be held July 22, 23 and 24, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. State law requires a reopening of the filing period when no one files for a position during the regular filing period.

Declarations of Candida...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: July 10, 2015

Executive McCarthy statement regarding referendum on General Services Building

“The merits of this project are clear: we can save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and dramatically improve customer service by consolidating 19 divisions from 14 locations into one. We can do this while owning the building instead of continuing to ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: July 10, 2015

Referendum qualifies for ballot

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office has completed checking the signatures of Referendum 2015-1 regarding the proposed General Services Building. The referendum needed 24,427 valid signatures to qualify and achieved 24,493 valid signatures at approximately ...Read on...

Click here for petition statistics Auditor
Posted on: July 8, 2015

County Executive’s statement on JBLM personnel drawdown

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy issued the following statement regarding the announcement that U.S. Army officials intend to only reduce the force at Joint Base Lewis-McChord by 1,250, a number far lower than originally proposed.

“Last summer, the...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: July 6, 2015

Sounds of music fill the air at Meridian Habitat Park

Pierce County Parks and Recreation will host free live music concerts at Meridian Habitat Park in Puyallup on Friday nights in July.

The concert series will feature a variety of musical styles that appeal to music lovers of all ages and tastes. Spectat...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: July 2, 2015

Ron Klein named interim communications director as Hunter George heads to Metro Parks Tacoma

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has named Ron Klein as the interim director of the Department of Communications while a search is made for a permanent hire.

Klein succeeds Hunter George, who has served as director since 2009 and resigned to take ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: July 1, 2015

Playground by the Sound at Chambers Creek Regional Park to reopen July 3

Pierce County’s Parks and Recreation department has announced the Playground by the Sound at Chambers Creek Regional Park will reopen to the public on Friday, July 3. The popular playground has been closed since May 26, 2015, in preparation for the U.S. O...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 22, 2015

Chambers Creek Regional Park reopening in stages, starting June 26

Sails statute in Spectator Square

Just hours after Jordan Spieth won the 2015 U.S. Open, construction crews were already beginning to remove the infrastructure that supported the championship in order to restore public access to Chambers Creek Regional Park as quickly as possible.

The ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: June 21, 2015

Executive McCarthy: Chambers Bay was worthy of the toughest test in golf

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy about the conclusion of the 2015 U.S. Open:

"Congratulations to Jordan Spieth on winning the 2015 U.S. Open Championship. It was a thrilling week with lots of dramatic lead chang...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: June 8, 2015

36 agencies join in support of U.S. Open security plan

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department will be supported by 36 local, state and federal agencies as they provide for the safety and security of everyone attending the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

The Sheriff’s Department, which is the lead agency for pub...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: June 5, 2015

Pierce County Parks and Recreation hosts annual Junk in Your Trunk event

Pierce County Parks and Recreation will host the annual Junk in Your Trunk community event on Saturday, June 20.

Junk in Your Trunk is a variation of the traditional garage sale concept. Vendors use their vehicles to transport and sell items in the Spr...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 2, 2015

Early registration for 25th annual Tour de Pierce bike ride ends June 12

Participants in the 2015 Tour de Pierce have until June 12 to register for the event at the $14 individual price, or $42 price for a family of four from the same household. The 25th annual bike ride to promote safety, fitness and fun kicks off June 28 in ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 8, 2015

Auditor seeks to appoint “against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write “against” statements for the August 4, 2015, primary election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

“Against” committee members needed

  • To...
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Auditor
Posted on: May 6, 2015

Candidates sought for Pierce County Charter Review Commission

At least every 10 years since it was first adopted in 1981, the Pierce County Council is required to call for a Charter Review Commission to examine the effectiveness of the county’s governing document.

In accordance with Resolution 2015-14, Pierce Co...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: May 6, 2015

Councilmember Talbert uses award to draw attention to 2015 Heart Walk

The American Heart Association has presented its Gold Achievement Award to Pierce County. The award, given to Councilmember Rick Talbert during the organization’s annual breakfast on May 5, recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees b...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 22, 2015

Task force to dedicate DUI emphasis patrol to young victim

Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force will dedicate a DUI emphasis patrol this weekend in honor of Quinnton Dimmitt. The 17-year-old Franklin Pierce High School student was killed by an impaired driver April 25, 2014, as he drove to buy a...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: April 14, 2015

Chambers Bay set more fiscal records in 2014

Chambers Bay Golf Course set new fiscal records in 2014, even as it reduced the number of rounds played to prepare for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship this June.

The golf course, owned by Pierce County, set all-time annual records for average greens fe...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: March 25, 2015

Family caregivers have resources to ease their work

Caregiving is the “new normal” in American families. People who need help – whether because of age, accident, debilitating disease, chronic health conditions or simple frailty – much prefer to remain in the familiar (and affordable) surroundings of home r...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: March 16, 2015

County Executive, department leaders honor dozens for volunteer service

Pierce County honored 69 individuals and seven groups for outstanding volunteer service last year to parks, public safety, courts and community programs on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

The honorees, selected through a nomination process, were celebrated a...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: March 11, 2015

County Council honors volunteers, designates Volunteer Recognition Week

Members of the Pierce County Council and Scott Hall with PC Parks and Rec honor Alan Hughes and Rick Adams.

Pierce County has two new award-winning community volunteers.

On Tuesday, March 10, the County Council recognized the special efforts and contributions of the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award, Alan Hughes, and the recipient of the Special A...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: February 27, 2015

Community input sought for Aging & Disability priorities

Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) is initiating a process to gather community input for the creation of the 2016-2019 Area Plan. The Area Plan establishes funding priorities and the array of services that will be p...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: February 27, 2015

Farm Forum draws 200 people to boost agriculture business

Farmers, wholesalers, institutional buyers and technical experts gathered in Puyallup on Friday, Feb. 27, to share strategies and experiences for boosting markets for the local agricultural industry.

About 200 people attended Pierce County's second Far...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: February 27, 2015

Second annual bridal showcase comes to Pierce County’s ESB

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Sunday, March 8, will mark the second annual Bridal Showcase at the Environmental Services Building (ESB) in Pierce County. The event is free to the public and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants can tour the facility and meet with a variety ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: February 26, 2015

Pierce County to extend animal services to City of Fife

Beginning March 1, the Pierce County Auditor’s Office will provide pet licensing and animal control services to all Fife citizens.

The City of Fife has entered into an interlocal agreement with Pierce County for services such as barking dogs, strays, ...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: February 19, 2015

14 businesses and homeowner associations recognized for excellent stormwater management

Fourteen local businesses and homeowner associations have been recognized for taking steps to reduce the amount of pollution entering Pierce County’s waterways in 2014.

These businesses and associations received Pierce County’s “5-Star Excellence in St...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: February 18, 2015

Fife Partners with Pierce County to Provide Animal Services

Soon all Fife residents will experience the benefits of Pierce County Animal Services. From barking dogs to strays and pet licensing to animal complaints, Pierce County will soon be Fife’s one-stop-shop for animal services. The City of Fife expects to beg...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: February 17, 2015

County Council approves new General Services Building plan

After years of planning, members of the <_http3a_ _www.piercecountywa.org2f_council22_="">Pierce County Council voted 4-3 on Feb. 17 to proceed with a major consolidation of county services into a new General Services Building.

Councilmembers Rick Talbert (District 5), Connie Ladenburg (District 4), ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: February 12, 2015

Executive McCarthy's statement about Senate transportation package

The following is a statement by Executive Pat McCarthy on the Senate's bipartisan transportation package announced on Feb. 12:

"I congratulate the Washington State Senate's transportation negotiators for reaching a bipartisan agreement on a tran...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: February 12, 2015

Healthier Air: Pierce County reaches milestone

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Efforts to reduce unhealthy wood smoke pollution in the Tacoma/Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone area reached a milestone today when the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved a 10-year action plan and announced the area will be redesignated as i...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: February 2, 2015

Executive presents business plan for proposed general services building

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has negotiated a development and lease agreement for a proposed general services building that would dramatically improve customer service while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

If approved by the Pierce County...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: January 20, 2015

Get out with the kids for PC Parks’ Friday Family Indoor Movie Night

Families looking for something to do with the kids during January and February can grab their blankets and kick back for an evening of fun at the movies, courtesy of Pierce County Parks and Recreation.

The first Friday Family Indoor Movie Night will ta...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: January 13, 2015

Volunteers needed for Pierce County’s annual homeless survey

The Pierce County Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness seek volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County.

The annual surv...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 9, 2015

Public invited to learn more about proposed new county building

Three members of the Pierce County Council are hosting a public forum to provide local residents with another opportunity to learn about the proposed general services building currently under consideration. The meeting – arranged by Councilmembers Connie ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: January 9, 2015

Volunteer for Civil Service Commission

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible fo...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: January 7, 2015

Pierce County Animal Services Advisory Panel seeks members

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is seeking new members for the Pierce County Animal Services Advisory Panel (ASAP). ASAP is a diverse panel that provides recommendations and coordination with community partners for Pierce County Animal Control. The pan...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: December 29, 2014

Retirement for “average folks” will look different

If you look at advertising, it’s all about expanding your portfolio and enjoying the good life. While that may be true for some, most Americans will experience something quite different.

“Retirement for ‘Average’ Folks” explores what most people wil...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: December 11, 2014

Winds force Fantasy Lights to close again; Parks offers more half-priced nights to compensate

Due to the high winds and stormy conditions predicted for Thursday evening, Dec. 11, the Pierce County Parks and Recreation department has opted to close its winter Fantasy Lights experience for the night in the interest of safety.

Fantasy Lights at Sp...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: December 5, 2014

20th Annual Fantasy Lights now open in Pierce County’s Spanaway Park

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Every night through New Year’s Day, visitors can treat themselves to a festive holiday display of lights unlike any other in the South Sound area. This year is the 20th anniversary of Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park an...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 25, 2014

2014 General Election Certification and Recount

The 2014 General Election was certified by the Pierce County Canvassing Board today, bringing the election to a close. Results are available on the Pierce County Elections website (www.piercecountyelections.org).

The Canvassing Board has ordered a rec...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: November 25, 2014

Free Uber ride home avoids a DUI in Tacoma on Black Friday

Choose Your Ride poster

Avoid a DUI in Tacoma this Black Friday with the simple tap of an app.

To kick-off its holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force is partnering with Uber, the app that connects riders an...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: November 6, 2014

Pierce County Elections will release today’s election results at 8 p.m., rather than 4:30 p.m.

“We are working hard to count and report the highest volume of ballots possible. To accomplish this, we need more time today,” said Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor. “We’re also going to work all day on Saturday, Nov. 8. It’s been a challenge to reco...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: November 5, 2014

Learn about resources for extended care of a loved one

Whether the need happens suddenly or over a period of years, when the necessity for extended health care happens, knowing about community resources is a necessity. The worst case scenario is to have to make decisions about long term care in a crisis witho...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: November 3, 2014

Dementia: Setting the Record Straight

Dementia can be a frightening diagnosis, both for the individual and for their family. People often experience a range of emotions from anger and relief to denial and depression. And that is only the beginning. As short-term memory begins to fade, people ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: November 3, 2014

Tight campaigns prompt voter privacy questions

As the election gets down to the wire, local committees have ramped up Get Out The Vote campaigns. As a result, voters want answers from the Pierce County Auditor’s Office about how their personal information is made public.

Campaign volunteers make ph...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: October 30, 2014

2014 general election information and results schedule

On November 4, 2014, Pierce County will join with the rest of Washington State in voting in the 2014 general election. The Pierce County Auditor's office has published an election information and results schedule that details what's on the ballot, what sp...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: October 30, 2014

Registration recommended for Pierce County Parks’ upcoming Bingo Night

Mark your calendars for Family Bingo Night at the Meridian Habitat Community Center on Friday, Nov. 7. The annual event, hosted by Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services, begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 9 (doors open at 6). Registration is recomm...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 27, 2014

Medicare changes place responsibilities on beneficiaries

Medicare is no longer a one-size-fits-all health insurance program. Medicare now offers beneficiaries two basic options – Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage – and dozens of additional choices within each path. Knowing the differences and how to choo...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: October 1, 2014

Advance planning for funerals eases burdens

Decisions made in haste or under pressure are most often not the best decisions. This is particularly true at the passing of a loved one. Given these circumstances it’s not unusual for families to purchase services or overlook things that would not have b...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: September 23, 2014

Executive McCarthy's 2015 budget proposal invests in job growth and mental health services

Executive Pat McCarthy has proposed adding four positions to assist people with mental illness and chemical dependency problems in her 2015 Pierce County budget proposal.

Her budget, submitted this week to the County Council, also curbs overtime in the...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: September 15, 2014

Fantasy Lights job opportunity with Parks and Recreation

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for seasonal work as traffic monitors at Fantasy Lights from Nov. 27, 2014, through Jan. 1, 2015.

Applicants will perform outdoor work directing traffic as cars drive through Spanaway Park vi...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 15, 2014

State to remove derelict docks and pilings at Sunnyside, Chambers Creek Regional parks

Aerial view of the North Dock

Work is scheduled to begin Sept. 18 on a project to remove derelict pilings and two dilapidated docks located along the shoreline in Pierce County in an effort to restore intertidal and near-shore habitats and improve overall water quality.

The Washing...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: September 12, 2014

Over 500 vehicles expected at Sept. 27 Classic Car & Truck Show

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Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 12th annual Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car and Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 27. The free spectator event will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and more than 500 classic cars and ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 9, 2014

Spanaway Park boat ramp and Bresemann Boulevard to close for construction

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The public boat ramp in Spanaway Park will be closed Sept. 15 to Oct. 24 so crews can replace the pavement in the ramp’s parking area with pervious pavement that will help filter out contaminants from stormwater before it enters the stormwater system. Bre...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 3, 2014

County invites kids to sixth annual Touch-A-Truck event

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Honk if you love trucks! Pierce County’s Parks and Recreation Services department will roll out the big-rigs on Saturday so kids of all ages can get a fun, hands-on experience at no cost. The sixth annual Touch-A-Truck event takes place Saturday, Sept. 6,...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 2, 2014

4th Annual Citizenship Celebration

2013 Citizenship Participants

Everyone in Pierce County is invited to watch approximately 75 immigrants become American citizens during a ceremony on Sept. 20 in Tacoma.

The naturalization ceremony – the final step to attain citizenship – begins promptly at 11 a.m. at the Mount Tah...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: August 29, 2014

Your feet may be telling you something

We walk all over them but most of the time there’s no complaint – until it’s too late. The average woman will own 450 pairs of shoes in a lifetime. Men will own about half that many. Yet few people have their feet measured professionally, trusting only th...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: August 22, 2014

Pierce County Auditor’s Office recognized for ballot drop-box program

Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, Elections Supervisor Shannon Cortez, and Elections Specialist Dave Heinemann accepted a national award in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 21, for their office’s work on the highly-successful ballot drop-box program. T...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: August 6, 2014

Auditor seeks additional appointments of “For” and “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Auditor’s Office announces the opening of a special appointment period. Individuals are needed to write “For” and “Against” statements for the November 4, 2014 General Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

  • Town of Carbonado, Prop...
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Auditor
Posted on: August 6, 2014

Parks and Recreation to host kite-flying festival Aug. 9 at Chambers Creek Regional Park

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Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services will partner with the Pierce County Kitefliers Association for a fun-filled day of kites at Chambers Creek Regional Park on Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers say the entire family will be entertained and...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 4, 2014

E-Newsletter Hits In-boxes!

August 2014 Newsletter

The Pierce County Auditor's Office debuted a new e-newsletter. Designed to highlight our most interesting work, this newsletter is meant to be short and exciting.

This is our first installment of a monthly e-newsletter. Are you interested? Click here h...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: July 31, 2014

New Ballot Drop Boxes!

Orting Drop Box

Pierce County has two new ballot drop boxes – Orting and Graham – just in time for the August Primary Election.

Orting voters will find their box located just in front of the Public Safety building at 401 Washington Ave SE. Voters in Graham have a new...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: July 29, 2014

Workshop offers tips for scam prevention

No scam

Seniors are the target of choice for scammers and other crooks. Financial scams often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they're devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a very...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: July 18, 2014

2014 primary election information and results schedule

On August 5, 2014, Pierce County will join with the rest of Washington State in voting in the 2014 primary election. The Pierce County Auditor's office has published an election information and results schedule that details what's on the ballot, what spec...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: July 18, 2014

County fun-run aims to get kids fit and active

Since running around comes naturally to kids, the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services Department wants to take that energy and give kids a chance to race on a full-size track with a crowd of fans cheering them on.

Designed for ages 3-8, the M...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: July 17, 2014

Pierce County set to unveil new FootGolf course at Fort Steilacoom Park

Get ready to start seeing soccer balls on the Fort Steilacoom Golf Course. Pierce County officials will debut the new sport of FootGolf at a noon ceremony on July 18, followed by a grand opening celebration the following day from 1 to 5 p.m.

FootGolf i...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 30, 2014

Tips for when driving is no longer an option

One of the most difficult challenges families face is the time when an older adult should no longer get behind the wheel of a car. The automobile is often seen as the last symbol of a person’s independence and removing that can be devastating.

“Giving ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: June 26, 2014

Chambers Bay 5K Challenge fits all ages and abilities

Last year, 150 runners came out to tackle the Chambers Bay 5K Challenge. On July 19, this energizing fun run is back and better than ever.

The race takes place along the Soundview Trail in Chambers Creek Regional Park, which offers breathtaking views o...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 25, 2014

Experience a bit of the Scottish Highlands at Frontier Park in Graham this weekend

The forty-fifth annual Tacoma Highland Games is back this weekend at Frontier Park. Beginning this year, the Tacoma Highland Games will be a two-day event.

Festivities kick off Friday, June 27, with the first annual Celtic concert from 6 to 9 p.m. The...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 19, 2014

Police intervene in weekend underage drinking parties on South Hill and in Graham

Pierce County’s Party Intervention Patrol citied 14 underage drinkers, ages 17-20, after a tip led the multi-agency team to a bonfire deep in the woods near the La Paloma Firs neighborhood of Graham.

Beginning at 11 PM on June 14, officers hiked into t...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: June 17, 2014

Time is running out! Register now for Junk in Your Trunk at Sprinker

Pierce County’s annual “Junk in Your Trunk” community sale takes place Saturday, June 21, and all patrons are invited to attend. Admission is free. Those interested in participating as vendors must register by Friday, June 20.

Junk in Your Trunk is a t...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 13, 2014

Executive McCarthy statement on the passing of Mike Murphy

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the passing of Mike Murphy, an 18-year public servant with the state auditor’s office, past president of the Washington Association of Counties and former Grays Harbor county commissi...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: June 10, 2014

Early registration deadline approaches for popular Tour de Pierce bike ride

There are just four days left to pre-register for the annual Tour de Pierce summer bicycle ride through central Pierce County.

The ride begins in Puyallup at the Gold parking lot of the Washington State Fairgrounds and winds through Puyallup, Sumner an...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 30, 2014

Ag Program wins VISION 2040 Award

Pierce County’s Agriculture Program is among six projects and programs around the region receiving prestigious VISION 2040 Awards from the Puget Sound Regional Council.

The awards, presented on May 29, showcase work being done to implement VISION 2040,...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: May 30, 2014

Pat McCarthy and John Marchione elected to lead Puget Sound Regional Council

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been reelected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates growth, economic development and transportation planning for the region.

McCarthy, serving her second term as County Executive, wa...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: May 29, 2014

Region wins manufacturing communities designation for aerospace

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced today that the central Puget Sound region was one of 12 communities nationwide winning a Manufacturing Communities designation as part of a federal initiative.

PSRC developed the proposal to designate...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: May 19, 2014

Frank Garber rallies to win the 49th Annual Puget Sound Amateur

Frank Garber, a high school senior headed for Matt Thurmond’s nationally ranked University of Washington golf team this fall, came from two shots back to catch first round leader Matt Hartley and claim his first Puget Sound Amateur title.

Garber, who ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 8, 2014

Candidate filing begins Monday, May 12

Candidate filing begins Monday, May 12 with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office and the Office of the Secretary of State. Offices open for election this year include:

  • U.S. Representatives (Congress)
  • State Senators and Representatives
  • Pierce County Auditor, ...
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Auditor
Posted on: May 8, 2014

Lake Spanaway Golf Course now fully open to the public after greens repair

Amateur duffers around Puget Sound are filling up the tee sheet now that green repairs on Lake Spanaway Golf Course are complete and the course is fully open for business.

“The golfers who play this championship course are very happy,” said Pierce Cou...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 6, 2014

Learn about resources for extended care of a loved one

Whether the need happens suddenly or over a period of years, when the necessity for extended health care happens, knowing about community resources is a necessity. The worst case scenario is to have to make decisions about long term care in a crisis.

“...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: May 5, 2014

Executive McCarthy statement on the passing of Billy Frank Jr.

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on today's passing of Billy Frank Jr.:

“We have lost a national treasure in Billy Frank Jr. His advocacy regarding fishing and natural resources was second to none. His legacy include...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: May 2, 2014

Films focus on Alzheimer’s caregiving

Families dealing with the prospect of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia face an uncertain future. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Most families work diligently to provide for the needs of their loved one in their own home as lo...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: April 29, 2014

New Puget Sound Fresh app puts local farms and farmers markets info in your pocket

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Consumers can find hundreds of local farms, markets, products, recipes and more using a new mobile app built by Pierce County and Cascade Harvest Coalition.

The Puget Sound Fresh app provides quick access to a growing network of farms and farmers marke...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 24, 2014

County proclaims April 26 as Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Calling it a crime with consequences that devastate communities, members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution designating April 26, 2014, as Domestic Violence Awareness Day.

Joint Council-Executive Resolution R2014-49, approved durin...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 22, 2014

Parks Appreciation Day volunteers not deterred by spring weather

Saturday, April 26, is Parks Appreciation Day in Pierce County and it should be a typical spring day in wet Western Washington. Nevertheless, the county’s Parks and Recreation Department knows that lots of volunteers will brave the elements and turn out t...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 18, 2014

2014 Special Election Results Release Schedule

Tuesday, April 22 Election Day
8:15 p.m. (includes ballots processed through Election Day) 9:30 p.m. (includes voting center results)
Wednesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 4 p.m.
Friday, April 25, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 4 p.m.
...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: April 15, 2014

Job opportunities available in Parks and Recreation, Facilities Management

Pierce County is seeking applicants for several open positions within its Parks and Recreation Services Department and Facilities Management Department.

  • Summer track and field assistants

    The Summer Track and Field program runs once a week from June...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 15, 2014

Pierce County Parks employees awarded for professionalism, cultural outreach efforts

The Washington Recreation and Parks Association recognized two outstanding employees of Pierce County Parks last week at its 2014 state conference in Seattle. Recreation Supervisor Jen Spane received the Young Professional Award for her contributions as a...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 15, 2014

Social Security benefits help people with a ticket to work

Individuals with disabilities encounter numerous barriers to employment. Those frustrating walls hinder gainful employment and reduce self-sufficiency. But Social Security provides many effective work incentives that can be combined with other state resou...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: April 1, 2014

Long term care insurance: Get the impartial facts

Only about 10% of adults have long term care insurance. Given that Medicare does not cover long term care, how smart is that?

Long term care can be expensive. Long term care insurance is expensive. Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources wil...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: March 31, 2014

Community Connections Citizens Advisory Board seeks members

The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking citizen members to serve on an advisory board that makes funding recommendations for community development grants.

Members of the Pierce County Citizens’ Advisory Board help reduce the im...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: March 24, 2014

Auditor’s Office hosts annual Candidate’s Workshop

Calling all candidates! The Pierce County Auditor’s Office annual candidate’s workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The workshop will be held at:
Pierce County Election Center 2501 S. 35th Street, Suite C
Tacoma, WA 98409...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: March 20, 2014

Chambers Bay posts record revenues as U.S. Open excitement builds

Chambers Bay Golf Course broke records in several financial categories in 2013 as excitement increased in advance of next year’s U.S. Open.

The 4th quarter financial report, released this week by County Executive Pat McCarthy, showed operating revenues...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: March 20, 2014

Chambers Bay posts record revenues as U.S. Open excitement builds

Chambers Bay Golf Course broke records in several financial categories in 2013 as excitement increased in advance of next year’s U.S. Open.

The 4th quarter financial report, released this week by County Executive Pat McCarthy, showed operating revenues...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 20, 2014

Summer job opportunity with Parks and Recreation Department

Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services is accepting applications for summer gate attendant positions through April 25.

Applicants will perform cashier work at Spanaway Lake Park, North Lake Tapps Park or Sprinker Recreation Center. Previous cash ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 18, 2014

Pay your property taxes online

A message from your Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer: Thank you for your patience! The "Pay Property Taxes Online" tab on the Assessor-Treasurer’s home page www.piercecountywa.org/atr is now working. Please feel free to click on it in ...

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Assessor-Treasurer
Posted on: March 5, 2014

Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center has scheduled an additional “Writing Your Will” workshop for Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

The free event will be held at the Jim and Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center, 8502 Skansie Avenue in Gi...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 27, 2014

Workshop explores successful family caregiving

The vast majority of health care provided in the United States – 89% of it – happens at home. Nearly one in three households is involved in family caregiving – either directly or indirectly. But for most caregivers, there is little training to meet the ch...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 14, 2014

Community Connections Grant keeps Parkland kids smiling

Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children (LDCC) in Parkland is doing their part to make a positive impact in Pierce County for low-income children with unmet dental needs. Thanks to a grant from Pierce County Community Connections, as many as 4,000 additional...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 13, 2014

Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few simple tips might save them thousan...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 9, 2014

Homeless Coalition seeks volunteers

For those of us living in the northwest, the cold, damp winter seems endless by this time of the year. Imagine being one of the 670 homeless individuals who slept outside or in an emergency shelter in your neighborhood last night. To understand the challe...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 9, 2014

Volunteers sought for youth violence prevention program

The Department of Community Connections seeks volunteers to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government on the use of tax dollars set aside for youth violence prevention programs.

Th...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 7, 2014

Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

There are some topics that people are reluctant to think about. While 60% of adults said they believe everyone should have a will, only 44% said they have one. The reality is that a Will is an essential document for any adult, regardless of age, to create...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: December 27, 2013

Auditor’s Office to open early for Seahawks, Sounder FC plates

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will open at 7 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2014 to kick off the team license plate sales featuring Seahawks and Sounder FC themes. The license plates will carry an iconic symbol for each team – the 12th Man flag for the Seahawks, a ...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: December 10, 2013

Tow companies, volunteers and cops team up to keep holiday roads safe

Law enforcement officers who began removing impaired drivers from Pierce County roads Thanksgiving Day are urging potential drinking drivers to call taxis and line-up sober designated drivers again this weekend.

The Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: December 9, 2013

Civil Service Commission seeks applicants

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body resp...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: November 22, 2013

Pierce County buys land for Foothills Trail expansion

Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV Park from Dwight Partin for $1,0...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: November 22, 2013

Pierce County buys land for Foothills Trail expansion

Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV Park from Dwight Partin for $1,0...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 21, 2013

Dangers of holiday scams and frauds highlighted

December always sees a spike in the number of scams, frauds and identity thefts by crooks taking advantage of the fast paced holiday season. Many of these crimes happen because shoppers are a little less attentive to their surroundings.

As technology...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: November 21, 2013

Enjoy 'Tis The Season Saturdays' at Sprinker

Tis The Season

A pancake breakfast with Blade, Sprinker Recreation Center's mascot, kicks off Tis The Season Saturdays at Pierce County's popular ice rink.

The Dec. 7 breakfast for kids ages 3 to 12 is the start of a journey to a winter wonderland at Sprinker Recreat...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 30, 2013

2013 General Election Results Release Schedule

KEY DATESElection Day Nov. 5, Results at 8:15 p.m.Canvassing Board Meeting – Voter intent Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Canvassing Board Meeting – Certification Nov. 26 at 11 a.m.

IMPORTANT NUMBERSTotal registered voters 438,344
Expecte...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: October 11, 2013

How Community Connections helps a family coping with dementia

Lonnie and Rannah

Every day is a good day for Raanah Aanstead. But three days each week, she is in the best place. “People make me smile,” she said. “They make me feel special.”

For a little over a year, Raanah has been coming to Cascade Park Active Day, an adult day he...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: September 27, 2013

Help provided for individuals and families suffering addiction

Many individuals and families suffer silently under the shadow of addiction. When alcohol or prescription drugs take over a person’s life, those nearby are impacted too. It can happen in any family – rich or poor, large or small, employed or not. No one i...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: September 27, 2013

Sprinker set to host Regional U.S. Figure Skating Championships

See spins, jumps and beautiful choreography during the 2014 Northwest Pacific Regional U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Sprinker Recreation Center from Oct. 5-8.

The championships will feature hundreds of regional skaters, some of whom will compet...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 26, 2013

DUI task force's taxi program kicks-off Sept. 28

Fun-seekers heading for 6th Avenue’s nightclubs this Saturday night in Tacoma will have help scoring a taxi ride home if they’ve had too much to drink.

The rides - the first 25 of which will be free for groups sharing a ride within Tacoma - are sponsor...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: September 16, 2013

Pet owners, avoid late fees in October

Forgot to license your pets? Worried about late fees?

Take advantage of a unique chance to avoid all late fees during our Pet License Amnesty month.

Next month, residents in unincorporated Pierce County, Tacoma, University Place, Lakewood, Roy, Al...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: September 13, 2013

500 vehicles expected at Sept. 28 Classic Car & Truck Show

Car Show

Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 11th annual Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car & Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Hours for the free spectator event are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 500 classic cars and tru...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 13, 2013

Tiny Tots Indoor Playground re-opened at the Lakewood Community Center

Fall is fast approaching. If you are already missing the connections with kids at the playground, Pierce County Parks and Recreation has you covered.

Bring your child to the Tiny Tots Indoor Playground for fun, socialization and crafts. Kids will deli...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 11, 2013

Executive selects Tony Tipton as Parks and Recreation Director

County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected Tony Tipton, the county's go-to leader of important projects, as the director of Parks and Recreation Services.

Since 2011, the Executive has assigned Tipton to senior management roles to assist with the merge...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 6, 2013

Third annual Pierce County Citizenship Celebration

The public is invited to join the celebration and watch as approximately 100 immigrants become new citizens, sworn in by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office Director Linda Dougherty. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 21, at ...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: August 27, 2013

Grandparenting has a new look in 2013

Grandparenting these days presents many new opportunities. But it also requires some approaches that were unheard of twenty years ago. The advent of technology and the experiences that youngsters have today create a whole new environment.

There are as ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: August 2, 2013

2013 Primary Election Results Release Schedule

KEY DATESElection Day Aug. 6, Results at 8:15 p.m.Canvassing Board Meeting – Voter intent Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon
Canvassing Board Meeting – Certification Aug. 20 at 11 a.m.

IMPORTANT NUMBERSTotal registered voters 445,760*
Expected...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: August 2, 2013

Auditor seeks appointment of “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Auditor’s Office announces the opening of a special appointment period. Individuals are needed to write “Against” statements for the Nov. 5, 2013 General Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

Wilkeson, Proposition No. 1 – ...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: July 15, 2013

Pierce County to host 2nd Aerospace Summit in July

Pierce County’s second Aerospace Summit will offer valuable updates from experts in manufacturing technology and workforce training as the region continues its push for a larger stake in the global market.

The summit, which features a presentation by ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: July 11, 2013

Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

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Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings during floods, fires and other di...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: July 11, 2013

Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

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Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings during floods, fires and other di...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: July 11, 2013

Workshop prepares businesses for the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moving closer to full implementation. Washington State has chosen to establish a Health Benefit Exchange, a marketplace where individuals and businesses (with less than 50 employees) can shop for insurance plans.

Take t...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: July 10, 2013

Projects underway to reduce flood risk along the Puyallup River

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Pierce County expects to reduce flood risk along two sections of the Puyallup River with projects set for this summer.

Construction has begun on a 2,000-foot-long side channel near Orting, and work on another project that will use engineered log jams t...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: July 8, 2013

Hospitality sales begin for 2015 U.S. Open for Chambers Bay

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The United States Golf Association (USGA) has opened corporate hospitality sales for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

The U.S. Open will be conducted June 15-21, 2015, which includes three practice-round days a...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: July 2, 2013

Parts of Chambers Creek beach to close during removal of pilings

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Portions of a public beach will close for about three weeks in July while Pierce County removes approximately 200 derelict creosote pilings from the shoreline along Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.

Work will begin July 8 at the south p...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: June 27, 2013

Film explores depths of what makes us who we are

The Alzheimer’s journey is just another story – until it hits home. When Ann Hedreen’s mother began the battle with Alzheimer’s, it was only natural for the daughter – a professional filmmaker – to pick up her camera and tell the story with a mix of scien...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: June 26, 2013

Niagara Bottling, LLC to create jobs with new plant in Frederickson

Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned bottled water manufacturer in the United States, has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art bottling facility in Pierce County, Washington. This will be Niagara’s first site in the Pacific Northwest, jo...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: June 13, 2013

State urban forestry restoration project targets Spanaway Park

The Urban Forestry Restoration Project, administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, enhances the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and improve air and water quality by improving the health and functionality of trees ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 7, 2013

Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few simple tips might save them thousan...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: June 6, 2013

Get the facts about sun safety before summer arrives

Even the Stone Age people knew the sun brought life on Earth and that is one reason they used to worship it. But the sun can both heal and destroy. Sunlight can be the kiss of life or death. It depends on the way we use it.

Pierce County Aging & ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: May 30, 2013

Auditor announces 3-day filing period for open seats

A special 3-day candidate filing period will be held June 5-7, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. State law requires a reopening of the filing period when no one files for a position during the regular filing period.

Declarations of Candidacy will be acc...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: May 20, 2013

Tyler Salsbury captures 48th annual Puget Sound Amateur

Tyler Salsbury, preparing for his sophomore year at the University of Washington, posted a sterling 5-under 139 to win the 48th Annual Puget Sound Amateur by two shots over David Talcott, whose final round 69 wasn’t enough to catch the front-runner.

N...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 17, 2013

Celebrate completion of 112th Street East projects on May 29

Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 112th Street East corridor from 18th Avenue East to 86th Avenue East with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: May 17, 2013

County Executive pleased as Sen. Conway's mental competency bill signed into law

Jails in Pierce County face a backlog of inmates waiting for mental competency evaluations, creating additional pressure on already thin resources and in some cases threatening public safety. A bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee is designed to cut into that ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: May 15, 2013

Seattle tunnel project creates jobs in Pierce County

When the 1.8-mile SR 99 tunnel opens to traffic in 2015, it will rely on the strength of 1,450 precast concrete rings fabricated with pinpoint precision at a newly expanded plant in Pierce County.

Dozens of community and business leaders gathered May 1...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: May 10, 2013

Control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport to remain open until Sept. 30

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced May 10 the contract control towers at Tacoma Narrows Airport and 148 other airports will remain open until Sept. 30, the end of the federal government's fiscal year 2013.

The towers had been slated to cl...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: May 10, 2013

Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancy

The Pierce County Executive’s Office is accepting applications to fill an expired Ethics Commission position. The citizen commission is responsible for promoting and upholding ethical conduct in Pierce County government.

Applications must be registered...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: May 8, 2013

Deadline looms to register for Puget Sound Amateur golf championship

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Local golfers are preparing to test their skills against the top amateurs in the region at the 48th annual Puget Sound Amateur, to be held May 18-19 at Lake Spanaway Golf Course and Chambers Bay.

Players will compete in a 36-hole stroke play format for...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 1, 2013

Cops step-up Cinco de Mayo DUI and liquor enforcement

As communities throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce counties bring out their sombreros and Mariachi guitars in anticipation of the coming Cinco de Mayo weekend, law enforcement is making its own plans.

Beginning on Saturday, May 4, local, county and ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: April 25, 2013

Executive McCarthy elected president of Puget Sound Regional Council

SEATTLE - Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates growth planning in a thriving four-county region.

McCarthy, serving her second term as County Executive, was elected on Thu...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 19, 2013

Executive McCarthy hails State Farm decision as latest sign of region’s economic vitality

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding State Farm’s announcement on April 19:

“Pierce County welcomes State Farm’s decision to open an Initial Loss Reporting center in downtown Tacoma. This follows Amazon’s recen...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 18, 2013

Birthday party leads to 24 underage drinking arrests

A Party Intervention Patrol on April 6 coordinated by the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force resulted in the arrest of 24 youth, ages 18-21, for minor in possession.

Included among the arrested youth was a female who was taken to j...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: April 15, 2013

Executive McCarthy selects Lowell Porter to lead Emergency Management

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Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced Monday, April 15, she has selected Lowell Porter to lead the Department of Emergency Management, saying his 30-plus years of experience in public safety will help ensure the region remains prepared for anythi...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 9, 2013

After remodel, Sprinker center cuts energy use in half

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Sprinker Recreation Center, which serves thousands of visitors every year, has won Pierce County’s “Biggest Energy Loser” award for 2012 by cutting its energy use in half.

The 35-year-old ice rink was remodeled in 2011. The remodel consisted of upgradi...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 9, 2013

After remodel, Sprinker center cuts energy use in half

Sprinker ice rink

Sprinker Recreation Center, which serves thousands of visitors every year, has won Pierce County’s “Biggest Energy Loser” award for 2012 by cutting its energy use in half.

The 35-year-old ice rink was remodeled in 2011. The remodel consisted of upgradi...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 9, 2013

Forum provides opportunity for caregivers to brainstorm

People who care for an individual with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are faced with heavy responsibilities unlike other caregivers. Sometimes the work can become overwhelming, especially when new and difficult behaviors and patterns come to the surface. ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 9, 2013

Forum provides opportunity for caregivers to brainstorm

People who care for an individual with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are faced with heavy responsibilities unlike other caregivers. Sometimes the work can become overwhelming, especially when new and difficult behaviors and patterns come to the surface. ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: April 5, 2013

FAA delays closure of contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport until June 15

The Federal Aviation Administration announced April 5 it will delay the closure of the contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor until June 15.

The tower is one of 149 contract control towers slated to close this spring as the...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 4, 2013

Community Cafe's will help guide services in Pierce County

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) will host a series of three Community Cafés to help draft the 2014-2015 Area Plan Update. The Area Plan is used as a guide for planning and funding programs and services that can best serve older adults...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: April 4, 2013

Pierce County team receives Open Government Award

A team of Pierce County employees who redesigned part of the county's website to make it much easier for citizens to access public records were honored Wednesday, April 3, by the Washington Coalition for Open Government.

It was the second time in three...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: March 26, 2013

Candidate workshop set for April 3

Calling all election candidates! The Pierce County Auditor’s annual candidates’ workshop is scheduled for April 3 at 6 p.m.

The workshop will be held at the Pierce County Election Center, 2501 S. 35th Street, Suite C, Tacoma, WA 98409.

“Our goal in...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: March 25, 2013

Universal Design Workshop shows how to stay at home

People buy homes to suit their practical needs – kids, hobbies, interests, neighborhoods and more. But those needs invariably change over time. In order to stay in a home and enjoy the benefits, careful thought has to be put into making the home livable f...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: March 7, 2013

Free special needs transportation expands in rural Pierce County

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Community Connections is expanding special needs transportation in rural Pierce County. The “Beyond the Borders Connector,” a four-month pilot project, provides eligible riders with a link to services in rural communities. The transportation program is ad...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: March 5, 2013

Forum offers tips for businesses to combat cyber crime

Leaders in combating cyber crime and business identity theft will talk about trends and solutions for local companies at a forum on March 20 in Lakewood.

The forum, jointly sponsored by the Economic Development Departments of Pierce County and the City...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: March 4, 2013

Going to – and leaving – the hospital takes planning

A stay in the hospital used to be a pretty simple thing. Patients went in when they were sick and left when they were better. Today, a hospital stay is much more complicated. Patients leave the hospital with ever more complicated conditions.

Hospital ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: February 22, 2013

Seasonal job opportunity with Parks and Recreation

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for a seasonal maintenance job opening.

The successful applicant will perform building and trail maintenance work at the Environmental Services Building and Chambers Creek Regional Park in Un...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: February 20, 2013

Auditor’s Office seeks appointment of voter pamphlet “Against” committee members

The Pierce County Auditor's Elections Division is seeking individuals interested in writing “Against” statements for the April 23, 2013 Special Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following Districts:

• Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 18...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: February 19, 2013

Property tax payment envelopes missing return address

Pierce County property tax statements that were mailed last week are missing one small element - the county's return address on the payment stubs.

Not to worry, though. The envelopes provided with the property tax statements are imprinted with a bar co...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: February 8, 2013

Olympians Rachael Flatt and Ben Agosto join local skaters in ice show

The Lakewood Winter Club, in cooperation with Pierce County Parks and Recreation, is delighted to present the 2013 ice show, "Reflections on Ice – ONCE Upon A Dream."

This professionally choreographed figure skating show will be held Feb. 8-...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: February 1, 2013

"Drive sober or get pulled over" Super Bowl weekend

Be sure to plan a safe ride home this weekend. The Target Zero Teams in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will be out this Super Bowl weekend looking for impaired drivers.

“Football fans look forward to spending the day with family and friends watc...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 28, 2013

Jobs float in, SR 520 pontoons float out: Tacoma pontoon construction boosts local economy

Six more pontoons are complete for the new State Route 520 floating bridge. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor joined state and local leaders in Tacoma today, as Washington State Department of Transportation crews began float-out of the second cycle of ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: January 23, 2013

Learn the ins and outs of Medicaid

Health care costs continue to climb. Many people presume that in one way or another Medicare and/or Medicaid will pay for care, especially long term care.

Medicaid, a program financed jointly by the federal and state governments, provides medical care ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 16, 2013

Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center will host an additional presentation of “Social Security After Retirement” on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Pierce County Soundview Building, 3611 S. D Street in Tacoma, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The wo...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 11, 2013

18th annual Fantasy Lights sets record for ticket sales

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The 18th annual Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park dazzled thousands of visitors traveling through the park in more than 25,800 vehicles. The event brought in a record $325,801 in ticket sales.

The Northwest's largest drive-through holiday lights show, Fa...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: January 9, 2013

Volunteers Needed to conduct Pierce County's annual homeless survey

The Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness seek volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County. The annual survey – which is in i...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 2, 2013

Workshop offers guidance for aging parents of children with disabilities

Parents of children with a life-long developmental disability, chronic illness or mental health condition often face a lifetime of challenges, successes, sorrows, and joys.

But what happens when aging parents develop their own medical and cognitive d...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: December 26, 2012

Auditor seeks volunteers to write "against" statement for Puyallup schools measure

The Puyallup School District No. 3 has placed a $279.6 million General Obligation Bond on the Feb. 12, 2013 Special Election ballot. Read the Resolution and ballot title.

The Puyallup School District No. 3 has not appointed committee members to prepare...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: December 20, 2012

McCarthy takes the oath of office for 2nd term

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County Executive Pat McCarthy officially took the oath of office on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 for her second term that begins next month.

McCarthy was re-elected in the Nov. 6 General Election. The oath was administered by her husband, Superior Court Jud...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: December 12, 2012

Holiday revelers can get a free ride home instead of a DUI

The Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force, in partnership with the Pierce County Tower’s Association and Aloha Cab Company, is kicking off its holiday Home Safe Bar Program to keep would-be impaired drivers off the road.

Beginning this...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: November 20, 2012

Online upgrades make building permits faster and easier

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Before you apply for a permit to build the ultimate man cave, you can now check online to see how many people are waiting in line at the Pierce County Development Center.

That’s one of several online improvements launched by Planning and Land Services ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: November 16, 2012

Fantasy Lights Walk is Sunday, Nov. 18

Kick off the holiday season this Sunday, Nov. 18 with a sneak, non-motorized preview of the 18th annual Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park.

This is the only opportunity to walk through the Northwest's largest drive-through holiday lights display. The walk...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 15, 2012

Companionship job opportunity with Parks & Recreation

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for the position of team leader in the Peninsula School District within the Companionship Program.

The Companionship Program provides recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals of ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 7, 2012

County seeks applications for community grants

Pierce County is soliciting applications for $800,000 in federal grants aimed at improving living conditions in lower income areas.

The grants will be offered to nonprofit, public and government agencies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban De...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: October 29, 2012

Workshop prepares families for difficult conversations

Monday Oct 29 2012 11:42 AM

The holidays bring families together. It's a chance to catch up and share news. But it's also a chance to check up on older relatives and other loved ones who may be at risk.

"Breaking the Ice" is an information...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: October 22, 2012

Pierce Transit boundary changes prompt voter calls

Anxious voters are calling the Pierce County Auditor's Office because Pierce Transit Proposition 1 does not appear on their ballots.

"Some voters think they have been issued the wrong ballot, but they have forgotten that Pierce Transit's boundary ...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: October 18, 2012

Partners preserve 120-acre farm near Orting forever

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Pierce County Executive, Pat McCarthy addresses the crowd. 1/3A 120-acre property will forever remain as a farm and habitat thanks to another successful public-private partnership in the Puyallup River Valley.

Pierce County, the PCC Farmland Trust and ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: October 16, 2012

Petition filed for return of seized horses

Tuesday Oct 16 2012 12:47 PM

Animal owner John Diller filed a petition for the return of the 39 horses in Pierce County District Court. The Pierce County Auditor's office was served with a copy on Oct. 15. A hearing date has been scheduled for Nov. 1, ...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: October 11, 2012

Touch A Truck award results in

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More than 2,500 people flocked to Sprinker Recreation Center last month for the 5th annual Touch A Truck event, which gave kids of all ages the chance to get up close with trucks of all shapes and sizes.

Participants were asked to vote on their favorit...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 3, 2012

Voter registration deadline fast approaching

Wednesday Oct 03 2012 3:33 PM

To vote in the upcoming presidential election you first must be registered.

Saturday, Oct. 6 is the last day to register to vote or change your address by mail. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked on or befor...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: September 27, 2012

DUI Patrol and Home Safe Bar Program hits Tacoma streets

Thursday Sep 27 2012 9:56 AM

Pierce County's Target Zero law enforcement team dedicated to reducing the number of people killed by impaired drivers is headed for Tacoma the weekend of Sept. 29.

The team has arrested more than 2,500 impaired drivers ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: September 27, 2012

Public can donate to help care for 39 seized horses

Thursday Sep 27 2012 4:00 PM

Offers of help are pouring into the Pierce County Auditor's Office as Animal Control officers wrap up seizing 39 horses amid an investigation of neglect.

"Responding to people's compassion and generosity is almost a...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: September 26, 2012

39 horses being seized from Graham property

Wednesday Sep 26 2012 1:57 PM

Pierce County Animal Control officers are in the process of seizing 39 horses this morning from a property in the area of the 30800 block of Meridian East.

Animal Control officers served a search warrant this morning in...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: September 25, 2012

Executive proposes spending less on general government in 2013

Tuesday Sep 25 2012 3:05 PM

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy proposes spending less on general government services in 2013 than is budgeted for this year.

The Executive's 2013 budget proposal makes strategic cuts in most departments to achieve a...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: September 24, 2012

Sound Transit Ribbon Cutting invite, Oct. 6

Monday Sep 24 2012 11:48 AM

Sound Transit would like to invite you to a three-station celebration Saturday, Oct. 6 as they launch Sounder train service to Lakewood and South Tacoma! They'll have free train rides and fun activities for the whole family ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: September 21, 2012

Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs volunteers sought

Friday Sep 21 2012 10:29 AM

The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking new members to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government on the use of tax dollars set a...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: September 17, 2012

Citizenship Celebration set for Sept. 22

Monday Sep 17 2012 1:07 PM

The public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. citizenship ceremony at the Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th Street, Tacoma on Sept. 22.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are observed in September to commem...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: September 13, 2012

Executive to accept national recognition for Foothills Trail

Thursday Sep 13 2012 9:04 AM

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy will officially accept national recognition for the Foothills Trail at the Pierce County Trail Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Randy King, superintendent of Mount Rainier National P...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: September 12, 2012

McCarthy announces start of Sounder service to Lakewood and South Tacoma

Wednesday Sep 12 2012 2:15 PM

Sound Transit announced today that Sounder commuter rail service to South Tacoma and Lakewood will begin Monday, Oct. 8.

To celebrate the start of service, Sound Transit will hold a public ribbon-cutting event on Saturd...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: September 10, 2012

Classic Car and Truck Show set for Sept. 29 at Sprinker

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Monday Sep 10 2012 10:24 AM

1/2Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 10th annual Classic Car & Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Hours for the free spectator event are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 500 cl...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 22, 2012

Auditor announces mandatory recounts

Wednesday Aug 22 2012 9:56 AM

Pierce County will conduct mandatory recounts in the race for Pierce County Council District No. 4 and to determine the new Precinct Committee Officer in a Fife precinct.

The recount will begin Thursday, Aug. 23 at 9 a....Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: August 13, 2012

Wall Street upgrades, affirms Pierce County's strong bond ratings

In moves that reflect confidence in Pierce County's fiscal management, two leading Wall Street ratings agencies gave the county high marks on bonds that will be invested in projects to make the region safer and better prepared to handle population and job...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: August 9, 2012

Change to Pierce County election results release schedule for Aug. 9

Thursday Aug 09 2012 1:16 PM

The Pierce County Auditor will release updated election results at 7 p.m. today instead of 4 p.m. You can find results online at www.piercecountywa.org/results or in person at the Election Center located at 2501 South 35th ...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: August 8, 2012

McCarthy announces start of track testing for Sounder extension to Lakewood

Sound Transit announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8, the start of rail and signal testing on more than eight miles of new track for its Sounder commuter rail extension to Lakewood.

Crews began running Sounder test trains up to 40 miles per hour from Freightho...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: August 8, 2012

Pierce County announces an additional results release for Wednesday, Aug. 8

Wednesday Aug 08 2012 2:22 PM

The Pierce County Auditor will release updated election results at 4 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. You can find results online at www.piercecountywa.org/results or in person at the Election Center locat...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: August 1, 2012

Pierce County breaks ground on Energy Star certified housing

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With one ceremonial dig in an empty lot, County Executive Pat McCarthy kicked off construction of a new community in Pierce County – The Woods at Golden Given. Volunteers, contractors and community partners will now begin developing this $6.2 million, 30-...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: July 27, 2012

Boeing market outlook highlights first Pierce County Aerospace Summit

Boeing predicts the global market will need 34,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years, and Pierce County aerospace suppliers can help the company compete for that business by finding ways to work faster while providing a safe, efficient and reliable pro...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: July 3, 2012

Frontier Park Playground ribbon cutting, July 10

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The new Frontier Park Playground, made possible by local students and Graham community members, will open on Tuesday, July 10 with a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.

The remodeled playground is 5,800 square feet and features...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 29, 2012

Pierce County Auditor answers questions about Aug. 7 primary election

If you have questions about the upcoming primary election, you're not alone.

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 is Election Day. On July 12, 2012, every household will be mailed a Pierce County Official Local Voters' Pamphlet. On July 20, 2012 the Auditor will mai...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: June 29, 2012

Pierce County Auditor answers questions about Aug. 7 primary election

If you have questions about the upcoming primary election, you're not alone.

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 is Election Day. On July 12, 2012, every household will be mailed a Pierce County Official Local Voters' Pamphlet. On July 20, 2012 the Auditor will mai...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: June 14, 2012

Property value notices to be mailed June 22

The Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s office will begin mailing notices of value for most residential and commercial properties in Pierce County on June 22. The notices provide taxpayers with their assessed values as of Jan. 1, 2012. Those valu...

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Assessor-Treasurer
Posted on: June 8, 2012

McCarthy re-elected vice president of Puget Sound Regional Council

Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown has been re-elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been re-elected Vice President. The vote took place today at the agency's annual meeting of its General Assem...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: June 4, 2012

Tour de Pierce Pre-Registration Deadline June 8

Monday Jun 04 2012 12:41 PM

Since 1990, bicyclists from all over the Northwest have participated in the annual Tour de Pierce bike ride. This year's June 24th event will include 12-, 30- and 50-mile marked routes. The 12-mile route is designed for fami...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 31, 2012

Feds add Foothills Trail to National Recreational Trail system

The popular Foothills Trail, which winds through East Pierce County from Puyallup to Buckley, is among 54 trails around the country that are joining the National Recreational Trail system.

Two federal officials - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar a...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 31, 2012

Sign up for Junior Golf Program at Fort Steilacoom

Thursday May 31 2012 8:00 AM

A first-rate Junior Golf Program that provides basic instruction on the game's fundamentals is moving to Pierce County's Fort Steilacoom Golf Course.

The program starts June 25 and will be held every Monday morning in a...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 1, 2012

Findings of JBLM Community Needs Survey released

Tuesday May 01 2012 9:49 AM

The South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) just released findings of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Community Needs Survey. This is the first time the local community and JBLM officials have collaborated to r...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 26, 2012

Sound Transit adopts McCarthy, Enslow proposal to save bus route

New ST Express Route 596 will enable agency to continue serving Sounder riders from Bonney Lake, Buckley and Enumclaw

The Sound Transit Board of Directors today unanimously approved creation of a new Sound Transit bus route between the Bonney Lake Park...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 23, 2012

McCarthy, Enslow propose saving commuter bus route for Bonney Lake Sounder riders

Monday Apr 23 2012 9:02 AM

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow today announced a proposal for Sound Transit to preserve bus service between the Bonney Lake Park-and-Ride lot and the Sumner Sounder Station. The new service,...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: April 19, 2012

Pierce County expands popular Puget Sound Amateur to 2 golf courses

Thursday Apr 19 2012 4:46 PM

This spring's annual Puget Sound Amateur, one of the top golf championships in the Northwest, will span two days over two of Pierce County's most popular public courses.

The 47th Annual Puget Sound Amateur will take pl...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 18, 2012

Pierce County to host Parks Appreciation Day events at 2 parks

More than 2,000 volunteers are expected to get their hands dirty for Parks Appreciation Day this Saturday, April 21.

Pierce County Parks and Recreation will be among 16 jurisdictions and organizations hosting clean-ups at 43 sites from 9 a.m. to noon. ...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 30, 2012

Auditor to host annual candidate workshop, April 5

Friday Mar 30 2012 9:31 AM

With election season upon us, the Pierce County Auditor's Office annual candidate's workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m.

The workshop will be held at the Pierce County Election Center, 2501 S. 35th Street...Read on...

Auditor
Posted on: March 8, 2012

County Executive's statement regarding port's growth

Thursday Mar 08 2012 3:10 PM

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy issued the following statement regarding the news about three shipping companies selecting the Port of Tacoma as their port-of-call:

"The Port of Tacoma plays a major role in our...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: February 24, 2012

Executive co-sponsors light-rail plan for Federal Way

The Sound Transit Board of Directors on Feb. 23 unanimously approved an amendment to the agency's 2012 budget to provide $24.3 million in additional funding for establishing a shovel-ready plan to extend light rail from South 200th Street to the heart of ...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: February 2, 2012

Jozef Sabovcik and local figure skaters featured in Feb. 10-12 ice show

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Thursday Feb 02 2012 2:53 PM

The Lakewood Winter Club, in cooperation with Pierce County Parks and Recreation, is delighted to present the 2012 ice show, "Reflections on Ice - Celebration, the Next Generation."

This professionally choreog...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: January 30, 2012

Big crowd enjoys Sprinker ice rink's opening day

Sprinker Ice Rink

More than 400 skaters of all ages and abilities tried out Sprinker Recreation Center's new-and-improved ice rink on Jan. 28, which opened to the public after an eight-month renovation.

County Executive Pat McCarthy cut the ribbon by driving the Zambon...Read on...

Parks & Recreation
Posted on: July 14, 2010

Partnership preserves Devil's Head, a 94-acre 'jewel' in the Sound

Devil's Head, a 94-acre jewel in the South Sound, will be preserved for public use thanks to a coalition of conservation partners that acquired the stunning waterfront property.

Located at the south end of the Key Peninsula, the property includes about...Read on...

County Executive
Posted on: May 24, 2010

Public-private partnership saves 100-acre farm

Three new organic farms are operating in the Orting area thanks to a successful public-private partnership.

Officials representing Pierce County, PCC Farmland Trust and the State of Washington gathered May 21 on the site of the former dairy farm to cel...Read on...

County Executive