University Place businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for grants in varying amounts as part of federal CARES Act relief funds the City will receive from the State of Washington.

Post date: Wednesday, 1 July 2020 - 4:28pm

The fireworks show will go on at Cheney Stadium — just without any fans in the stands.

The Tacoma Rainiers announced in a release Monday they will still put on their annual show on July 3 for fans to watch outside of the stadium or live online.

Post date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020 - 1:16pm

(June 23, 2020) Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman today announced a statewide mandatory face covering order that will take effect Friday, June 26.

The order comes after a Saturday announcement of a mandatory mask proclamation for Yakima County starting this week. The order was in response to reports of increasing case counts and a potential overwhelming of the county’s health care system.

Post date: Wednesday, 24 June 2020 - 12:07pm

As we move through the recovery stages of the Safe Start program, Independence Day celebrations in the South Sound will be significantly different in 2020.

Post date: Wednesday, 24 June 2020 - 9:43am

Welcome back to some Pierce County Library System services. Staff is eager to serve Pierce County residents with limited services from the library buildings, while the buildings remain closed to the public to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic 2019 (COVID-19). 

Post date: Monday, 15 June 2020 - 10:43am

Recent events have caused many residents of University Place, like citizens across America, to engage in difficult discussions about the tough topics of racism, police brutality and judicial inequities. 

On Friday, June 5, our community held two peaceful demonstrations, one at Tacoma Community College and the other at the Village at Chambers Bay, in which an estimated 350 people came together to show their commitment to addressing racism in our society and demanding responsible law enforcement.

Post date: Monday, 8 June 2020 - 4:14pm

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’ hard work to social distance and abide by best practices has been recognized,” said Executive Bruce Dammeier.  “While we are eager to see some of the restrictions lifted, I urge our community to continue with the practices that protect themselves, their families and our community.”

Post date: Friday, 5 June 2020 - 10:45am

As a long-time University Place resident, Chuck Foster has always been generous in sharing his time and talents with the community. He has served on the City’s Economic Development Commission for many years but now Foster has also shared his treasure with the local community as well.

Post date: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 - 7:54pm

The nonprofit volunteer arts group UP for Arts unveiled its newest piece of commissioned public art, a sculpture entitled “Forever Friends” by artist John Jewell. The sculpture commemorates Curran Apple Orchard’s 25th anniversary as a community park. 

Post date: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 - 7:49pm

The City of U.P.’s Imagine 2045 Committee has been hard at work during the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Members have been meeting remotely twice a month while working to review and categorize the input received from various FlashVote polls. In all, they have reviewed 1,055 comments and sorted them by themes and ensuing action items. The themes include:

Post date: Tuesday, 12 May 2020 - 9:01am

We knew it wouldn’t last forever…

The downward trend in calls for service we experienced during the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak has started to tick upward toward normal levels. Although the majority of our calls involved property crimes, specifically vehicle prowls, we have also had many residents report that they were victims of unemployment fraud.

Post date: Friday, 8 May 2020 - 11:06am

In response to Governor Jay Inslee’s announced relaxing of outdoor recreation restrictions in Washington, the City of University Place will re-open its parks and recreation facilities effective Monday, May 4. 

U.P.’s parks and playgrounds will be open from dawn until dusk. All playground equipment will be sterilized daily, but restrooms will remain closed.  

Residents who use the City’s parks are encouraged to continue to follow the basic rules of social distancing, including:

Post date: Monday, 4 May 2020 - 9:29am

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 open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Restrooms will remain closed at all parks and trailheads. 

Post date: Thursday, 30 April 2020 - 2:51pm

On Monday, April 20, the University Place City Council held its first virtual meeting to ensure that essential city functions continue amid Governor Inslee’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy Emergency Proclamation.

Post date: Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 12:36pm

In light of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the following events are cancelled at the Curran Apple Orchard Park:

May 2                 Insect Class
July/Aug             All summer concerts

Also, until further notice, the Curran Apple Orchard Park is closed.

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Post date: Wednesday, 22 April 2020 - 11:50am