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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...

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 Universi...Read on...

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 admi...Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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 ...

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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 trucks a...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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 1...

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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...

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...

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...

Posted on: November 21, 2013

Enjoy 'Tis The Season Saturdays' at Sprinker

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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...

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...

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...

Posted on: September 13, 2013

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

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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 trucks ...Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. 8-10 at Spri...Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Posted on: September 10, 2012

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

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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 classi...Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 choreographed fig...Read on...

Posted on: January 30, 2012

Big crowd enjoys Sprinker ice rink's opening day

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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...