Important News of the Month

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Posted on 01/15/2021

A message from Marty Campbell, Pierce County Council, District 5 regarding COVID-19 Vaccination efforts:

Posted on 01/11/2021

We need you!
The Summit-Waller Community Association (SWCA) Board of Directors is seeking new board members! We are currently looking to fill up to three positions on the Board.

What does the SWCA do?
The SWCA Board of Directors is a nine-member, all volunteer group comprised of local Summit-Waller residents. The association’s mission is to promote the quality of life, neighborhoods, and enjoyment of property for residents living in the Summit-Waller community. We do this by partnering with residents, Pierce County and other organizations on a variety of programs, activities and activism. You can find our full mission and objectives on our website at

With approximately 5,750 residences in the Summit-Waller community the Board represents less than one percent of the total residences. They can’t do it alone and need your help!

What is the time commitment?
Board meetings are the first Tuesday of every month (7-9pm). Currently, meetings are virtual, so you don’t even have to leave your home to attend! Our annual meeting occurs in the first Tuesday in May.
Once we are able, meetings will be held in person at the Mid-County Community Center located behind Central Avenue Elementary School. Also, outside activities such as the Waller Road roadside litter pick-up, Orangegate Park cleanup and annual Membership and Community meeting will resume, and could greatly benefit from your participation, but are not required.

What are the qualifications to join the Board?
It’s easy. Do you live within Summit-Waller? Do you work or own a business within Summit-Waller? Do you work for the Puyallup or Franklin Pierce School Districts? We just ask that you either work or live in the community.

How do I join?
It’s easy. Fill out the Board of Directors application posted on our website and Facebook page. Return it and plan to attend an upcoming board meeting. If you have any questions you can always contact Angela Freudenstein Angove directly or email us at

Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!

Posted on 12/14/2020

Hello Orangegate Park followers,

Though we can’t engage with you in-person right now, we want to make sure you know we’re moving forward to create a park design for Orangegate Park that respects the community’s interests. We are hosting an Online Workshop between now and January 4. This includes 3 new park options that we’d like your opinion about.

Share your feedback in our Online workshop between now and January 4:

Thank you to everyone who completed the Orangegate Park Master Plan Update survey this fall. We received more than 300 responses! Your survey responses and data from the interactive mapping tool helped us build the new park design options highlighted in the Online Workshop. We appreciate all your input to help as we update this plan. We look forward to hearing which improvements matter most to you. Thanks for following along with us!

If you have any questions or would like to request a hard copy of the online workshop materials, contact:

Tiffany Odell, Senior Planner
Phone (253) 798-4254

Posted on 11/20/2020

A message from Marty Campbell, Pierce County Council, District 5 regarding small business support:

Posted on 10/21/2020

Vote! Vote! Vote!

The Summit-Waller Community Association’s Board of Directors encourages all registered voters to exercise their civic responsibility to vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election. With Washington State being an entirely Vote-By-Mail state for the last 10 years, local and state election officials are ready to process ballots. In Pierce county a voter can mail-in their postage paid ballot (via USPS), or a voter can drop their ballot off at one of the 46 secure and official Pierce County ballot drop-off boxes.

If you still need to register to vote, you can register to vote online at up to eight days before the election (Oct. 26), or register in person at the Pierce County elections office at 2501 S. 35 th St E in Tacoma. The office is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Voting is a key part to a successful democracy. Exercise your right to vote Today!

Posted on 10/5/2020

Dear Pipeline Trail Stakeholder,

Thank you for your continued interest in the Pipeline Trail Project. We appreciate the calls and emails over the past few months as we transitioned from the Conceptual Design Phase of this project.

What’s new with the Trail:

We are gearing up to begin detailed design on Phase 1 as we reported in June.
Our grant application was submitted in June and we presented the application in September. If successful, grant funds will be used for construction.
Save the Date: Look out in early 2021 for an invitation to a virtual open house, complete with visuals of the design and project updates. Until then, stay tuned for updates here on the project site.

We also wanted to let you know about another Pierce County Parks Project happening in this area:

Pierce County Parks is updating the 2007 Orangegate Master Plan and wants your input! Orangegate Park is a 160-acre property located along 84th St, west of Canyon Road, and will be the location of the first planned Pipeline Trailhead.

As Pipeline Trail Stakeholders, we’d love for you to weigh in on additional amenities for Orangegate. Please click the link below to add your name to the list of Orangegate Park Stakeholders so that we may contact you when we have updated information about Orangegate Park. Signing up will also ensure that you receive an invitation to complete the Orangegate Master Plan Survey.

Thank you,
Brianne Blackburn, Trails Coordinator
253-798-4261 I

Posted on 9/30/2020

Hello stakeholders and friends of parks! We could really use your help in getting the Orangegate Master Plan Update Survey out to as many of your friends/members as possible. Please ask folks to visit the Orangegate Master Plan webpage and click on the survey icon to participate. Here’s a little background you could include to orient people to the project:

Pierce County Parks is updating the 2007 Orangegate Master Plan and wants your input! Orangegate Park currently consists of 160 undeveloped acres located along 84th St, west of Canyon Road The park is within the rural area of unincorporated Pierce County and does not contain ‘urban infrastructure’ such as sewer or sidewalks.

The 2007 Master Plan identified a number of features. The survey asks for your input on these features as well as what might be interesting today. The Master Plan Update will be completed in the first half of 2021 followed by design and engineering. Construction is expected to start in 2022 or 2023 and will be completed in a series of phases. The first phase is anticipated to follow the same timeline as the construction of the Pipeline Trail.

Thanks, everyone, for your help! Let me know if you have any questions!


Cindy Haverkamp, Parks Planner
Lakewood Community Center
9112 Lakewood Dr SW Lakewood, WA 98499
P: 253-798-4078 C: 253-306-1320
Connect: Web | Facebook


Posted on 09/17/2020

The League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County HEAR THE CANDIDATES forums calendar and registration information

Posted on 08/18/2020


Are you excited about protecting open spaces, wetlands, forests, and farms? Do you want to help preserve these lands for the benefit of Pierce County residents now and in the future? A volunteer position on the Conservation Futures Citizens’ Advisory Board (CAB) might be right for you! Conservation Futures is a land acquisition program funded through property tax revenue that provides grants for the preservation of important open spaces, such as wildlife habitat areas, parks, agricultural lands, and timber lands. The CAB is comprised of 18 members from across Pierce County that serve in an advisory role to the County Council regarding Conservation Futures purchases. Members work together biennially to evaluate and rank properties that are eligible for acquisition with Conservation Futures funds, using a combination of site visits and presentations from project sponsors. The ranked project list is provided to County Council for final consideration. Board members serve a four-year term and board meetings are held at Lakewood Community Center at least twice per year.

Representatives are currently needed from Council Districts 2, 4, and 5 (see map at, as well as one At Large member. For more information about the Conservation Futures program or to submit an application, go to or call 253-798-4252. Applications can be submitted online or returned by mail to Pierce County Parks, 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood 98499. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but review for current vacancies will begin on September 1, 2020.

Posted on 07/28/2020

Today, Gov. Inslee extended the pause indefinitely on counties moving ahead in the Safe Start Washington plan. We must prevent runaway spread of #COVID19 in our state. Our individual actions make a difference. Fewer, shorter and safer interactions are crucial.
More information on what’s open in each phase:…
A reminder of what counties are in each phase:…

Posted on 07/24/2020

A message from Marty Campbell, Pierce County Council, District 5 regarding COVID-19:

Posted On 06/29/2020

Pipeline Trail – Virtual Open House
Updates about the Pipeline Trail Project are now available online:


Posted on 06/11/2020

Pierce County posts Community Plan Updates. Read the update


Posted 03/20/2020

Due to the continuing rise in coronavirus [COVID-19] infections in Pierce County, we have decided to cancel all SWCA meetings through May and possibly beyond.
Please check back here or on our Facebook group for future updates.

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