City Manager’s Report for the week ending July 2, 2021


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City Manager’s Report for the week ending July 2, 2021

4th of July fireworks
Please don’t consider fireworks this year! The combination of recent high heat and no rain in the forecast will increase the risk of fire when firing the fireworks.

Some residents have asked the City to issue an emergency ban due to these conditions. The City is not legally able to issue an immediately effective emergency ban on the discharge of fireworks due to state law. Specifically, state law requires at least one calendar year of notice between the time the Council passes an ordinance establishing an emergency fireworks ban and the date that ban takes effect (see RCW 70.77.250.)

If you decide to launch fireworks, please adhere to the following City rules:

    • Fireworks can be shot within city limits from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on July 3 and from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on July 4.
    • You must be on private property (with the owner’s permission) – it is illegal to shoot fireworks on public property.

July 4th car parade
The Normandy Park Community Club continues a fetish tradition in a new way! Please show up for the July 4th car parade at 10:00 am on July 4th. The parade will take place on Marine View Drive, starting at Marvista Elementary and ending at City Hall Park. If you want to join the parade, arrive at the Marvista Elementary School parking lot at 9:00 am. Candy will be back this year! And thanks to the Parc des Amis de la Normandie, a fun stagecoach and a horse will be part of the parade! If you look closely at the stagecoach you will see Mayor Sue-Ann Hohimer and I waving. There will be no large gathering at the Cove when the parade is over to protect the public. If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]

Civic center update
The city’s facilities committee met this week to continue work on the proposed civic / recreation center design. The committee’s goal is to create a facility that will meet the needs of the community and fit within the designated construction budget. Some of the program areas reviewed included a gymnasium, classroom, dance / fitness studio, and general multi-purpose room. The Committee also discussed the need for the design of the new facility to include multi-purpose elements. An example would be a community hall that is divided into several zones. This focus would help us increase the possibilities for various programs and activities at the new Civic Center.

The largest and most expensive area will be the gymnasium. Committee members discussed this area in depth, including a suggestion to consider creating a covered outdoor sports field instead of an indoor gymnasium. Outdoor land would help us stay on budget and potentially allow more indoor space for programming. However, after discussing the pros and cons of this type of structure, the Committee determined that an outdoor playground would not meet the needs of the public. Therefore, we will continue to review the plans for the Civic Center with an indoor gymnasium that includes a sports field similar in size to the gymnasium at the current recreation center.

Discussions regarding the new building will continue. If you are interested and would like to learn more, please join the facilities meeting on Zoom on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. Also feel free to email me ([email protected]) for your thoughts and suggestions, and I will pass them on to the members of the facilities committee.

Upcoming recreational events in July
Looking for fun summer activities? The city has some interesting events scheduled for July, such as the forest bath, an owl prowler, and more. Discover these superb programs offered by the Parc de la Ville de Normandie by clicking on this link connect.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]. Have a great week and enjoy the July 4th vacation!

– Amy Arrington, City Manager
Normandy City Park
801 SW 174th Street
Normandy Park, WA 98166
(206) 248-8246 (direct phone)

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