Community History & Accomplishments.

Our Community history is alive with stories of family and places.

Read the about the Heart of Waller Road… CLICK HERE to open and Download pdf.

“OLD SCHOOL” meets “NEW SCHOOL” Read about the positive effects of new technologies on the traditional class room CLICK HERE to open and Download pdf.

Some SWCA Highlight Accomplishments

  • SWCA Established March, 1993.
  • Assisted Pierce County in acquiring the 160 acre Orangegate property from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) through an application to Pierce County Conservation Futures for approximately $900,000.
  • Assisted Pierce County in creating the Summit-Waller Community Plan (1989).
  • Assisted Pierce County in creating the Summit-Waller Land Use Advisory Commission, which later was merged into the current Mid-County Land Use Advisory Commission.
  • Assisted Pierce County in creating the Mid-County Community Plan for the Summit-Waller, Riverside, Summit View and North Clover Creek-Collins communities (2005).
  • Assisted Pierce County in the creation of the Rural Separator (RSep) zoning for the Mid-County communities.
  • Had a major impact on the creation of the popular “Pierce County Responds” program where citizens can make a single phone call, (253) 798-4636 to deal with litter, junk or abandoned cars on public right-away or on private property.
  • Instrumental in the creation of a new trail system using Tacoma Water’s Pipeline Road as a paved Cross County Commuter Connector Trail with a future trailhead station at Orangegate Park along Pipeline Road in Summit-Waller.  The CCCC Trail would link Gig Harbor, Tacoma and our community with the Rails-to-Trails system in the Orting Valley, and with other regional trail systems. The CCCC Trail is currently in the planning and funding stages.
  • Assisted Pierce County in the design and implementation of the unincorporated Pierce County community signs visible as one enters a community plan area of the county.
  • Assisted the Puyallup School District and Pierce County to create an ordinance that allowed 20 MPH signs on the streets that border Waller Road Elementary School.
  • Assisted the Franklin Pierce School District in resurrecting a farm program at the Farm (96th St E & Waller Road E) to provide fruits and vegetables to the school lunch program, and provide agricultural experiences for district students at all grade levels.
  • Assisted the Franklin Pierce School District in its Vision 2030 Plan.
  • Endorsed and assisted the Franklin Pierce School District in its successful 2011 Capital Levy effort.
  • Adopt-A-Road Litter Patrol Participant Waller Road E from SR 512 to Pioneer Way E.
  • Initiated and paid for a professional viability study (2010) of the Rural Separator Zone including the Summit-Waller Community – The Tom Ballard Report.
  • 2011 – Franklin Pierce School District – a SWCA board member received a ‘Partnership in Education’ Award.
  • 2011 – Pierce County Parks & Recreation Dept. – a SWCA board member received an ‘Outstanding Adult Volunteer’ Award.
  • 2012 – Franklin Pierce School District – another SWCA board member received a ‘Partnership in Education’ Award.
  • Conducted a 2012 State 25th Leg. District Candidates Forum for interested citizens.
  • Endorsed & promoted the successful Franklin Pierce & Puyallup school districts’ levy Issues in February, 2014.

Current SWCA Involvement

  • Continuing as the a volunteer caretaker group for the 160 acre Orangegate property for Pierce County Parks & Recreation Department (in the area of 84th St E & 46 Ave E).
  • Continuing to promote current and future implementation of an Integrated Mobile Learning Platform (IMLP) strategy for the Franklin Pierce and Puyallup School Districts.
  • Working with the Franklin Pierce School District on continued expansion of the Farm program located at Waller Road E & 96th St E. to benefit district agricultural programs and the school lunch program in the district.
  • Working with Pierce County officials to promote additional street lighting and traffic signals in our community – examples: Waller Road & Pioneer Way E (done); 84th St E & Waller Road (completion date: summer, 2014).
  • Continuing our Waller Road E ‘Adopt-A-Road’ effort (SR 512 to Pioneer Way E).
  • Continuing to monitor zoning and crime issues within our community. (Mid-County Community Plan & Neighborhood Watch Programs)
  • Continuing to support the Mid-County Community Center and its activities for seniors.
  • Continuing to communicate with our local and state elected officials over a variety of issues consistent with our mission statement.