Sumner Community Connection

Summer 2017

Help Envision Future of Parks &Trail Facilities A park on Sumner’s east side...a trail that runs north and south along the river...these are the dreams of Sumner’s existing Parks & Trail Plan, and they’ve come true by now. It’s time to update the plan and figure out where we want to go next with our trails and parks facilities. You can help! Here are three ways to join in this summer: 1. Pop-Up in the Parks: We’ll pop-up in each of our parks for an hour, the afternoon of August 25. The first 30 people in each park to give us your feedback get a free popsicle (get it?). We’ll be at Sk8 Park/Heath Sports Complex 11:30 am - 12:30 pm; Rainier View 1-2 pm; Siebenthaler 2:30-3:30 pm, Loyalty 4-5 pm, and Heritage 7-8 pm before Movies Off Main. 2. Survey Says: Spend 5-10 minutes taking an online survey to tell us what you’d like to see for the future of Sumner’s trails and parks. Go online at The survey will be ready mid-July, but we’ll take feedback before that too. 3. ScanYour Ideas: We’ll be putting QR codes on signs in each of our parks this summer and along the Sumner Link Trail. Use your smartphone to scan the code and quickly tell us what you’d like to see in that particular park/trail or in general for our facilities. We’ll also be at special events throughout the summer, like Music Off Main and Classy Chassis, to gather your ideas and feedback. In 20 years, imagine enjoying the trails and parks that we envision this summer!

SUMNER Trails & Parks: The Future

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Sumner City Council

INSIDE: Summer Fun Information

Red Apple Update

Bridge Construction Schedule

Steve Allsop

Curt Brown

Cindi Hochstatter Mike LeMaster

Patrick Reed

Kathy Hayden

Earle Stuard

Utility Bill Changes Coming

City of Sumner 1104 Maple Street Sumner,WA 98390


What Is Courage?


4th Fireworks Reminder

ECRWSS Postal Customer

Bag the Pills

Calling All (Classic) Cars! The Classy Chassis Car Show returns on Sunday, August 13, 10 am – 3 pm. Now operated by the City of Sumner, proceeds from this show benefit beautification of our historic downtown, including hanging baskets and banners. Registration is now open for cars. The first 200 paid entries will receive dash plaques. Check in begins at 7 am – no early check-ins allowed before that time. You can sign up online at and pay by credit card; mail in your check; or pay check or cash in person at City Hall. Paper registration forms are also available at City Hall. Let’s see all those hot rods, classic beauties, trucks and ve- hicles fill Sumner’s Main Street.

A Combined 72Years of Service Two of Sumner’s employees are retiring this year after a combined 72 years of service. Sgt. Gary Backus worked for Sumner for 31 years, serving under five chiefs. With his birth- day on Halloween, Gary would always dress up in costume and spearhead Sumner Police’s efforts to give out glow brace- lets. In Public Works, Tony Utanis worked for Sumner for 41 years, primarily in the water department, doing everything from crawling through pipes to changing over the system to computer monitoring (and still crawling through a pipe or two). Tony also worked nearly every special event and festival, putting out barricades, setting up power and doing whatever was necessary for the celebration. Please join us in thanking both for their service.

Our prescription drop-off bin in the main lobby is very popular, but it’s filling fast with mostly empty contain- ers and packaging. When dropping off unused pills/ prescriptions (and not be- fore!), please put them into one container or a sandwich bag to allow the bin to fill up with pills and not packaging. This important service keeps unused prescriptions out of the wrong hands, or the environment.

(Left) Tony Utanis at the water-tasting competition and (right) Sgt. Gary Backus giving out glow bracelets on Halloween.

Photo: Lisa Hepfer

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