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First City Offices Move Into Civic Building at Town Center

This week, the University Place Parks & Recreation Department moved into the spot directly across Frog n Kiwi Cafe.

After weeks of work and planning, the University Place Parks & Recreation Department has made its move to the Civic Building in Town Center!

Located now at 3609 Market Place West, Suite 101, office hours for the department will continue to be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the same as City Hall offices.

Settling into its new home on Market Place, the department’s offices are accessible from the lobby of the Civic Building, directly across from Frog n Kiwi Café. The recreation staff are excited about their other new neighbors, too: the University Place Police Department and the UP branch of the Pierce County Library System. They are looking forward to the ease and convenience the site will bring to their customers with proximity to these other services, as well as ample parking and a more visible storefront.

Telephone numbers and contact information for the Parks & Recreation Department will remain the same, so give them a call at 253-460-2530, email ParksandRec@CityofUP.com, or stop by at their new location just to say “hi” and check out the new place.

More information about the City of University Place and the Parks & Recreation Department is available at www.CityofUP.com.

- City of University Place

Frog n Kiwi October 06, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Yeah, we have new neighbors, welcome!!
S A October 06, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Great news about the move!
Marie J Miller October 06, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Another non-revenue creating entity moves into the prime real estate location in the city. Sad news for the tax paying residents of University Place. Where are the businesses that are flocking to University Place? Another measure of the lack of leadership and economic development in UP.
Randy Walden October 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
And still no flag pole?
Randy Walden October 06, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Marie, that may say we have no interest in Town Center. Love you point.
Christie Anderson October 06, 2012 at 06:30 PM
You are absolutely right Marie! Another bad choice by city staff.... Will the city ever get people into executive positions that are actually qualified for the jobs? Geesh....They move from an already finished building into one that is not - which means taxpayers are footing the bill once again - and will have to vacate when a business wants to move in.This makes no economic sense at all, but is par for the course with our city staff - remember University Park 2 tennants being shooed out and then the facility sitting empty for so long? As to University Place Parks & Recreation Department moving into prime retail space, what purchaser is interested in buying a house that is already occupied? I have heard that unoccupied spaces/homes rent/sell faster than not....so what's the point of the move? Is there a tennant for thier former space in Windmill Village?..... Or is Windmill Village being torn down before there's an actual purchaser as was done to University Park Two?
S A October 07, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Have you been to the old Parks + Rec bldg and seen the cramped working conditions? A "staged" house sells faster than an empty one ...
Christie Anderson October 07, 2012 at 10:37 PM
"Have you been to the old Parks + Rec bldg and seen the cramped working conditions? A "staged" house sells faster than an empty one ..." I disagree... if Parks + Rec needs more space there are other locations at Windmill Village that would suffice that need for the time being. Additionally, I thought all city offices were to be located ABOVE the library and retail businesses, not taking prime RETAIL space that would have to be vacated should a business wish to occupy it. Once again this is an example of the shortsightedness of our city staff. Because they insist on moving to that location it seems more selfish than civic minded, in my opinion. ....and still no flag pole, as Randy has rightly pointed out.
Howard and Barbara Lee October 08, 2012 at 05:43 AM
The Civic Building has four designated retail spaces. Currently three of the four are occupied, but unfortunately only one pays rent since the other two are UP city departments, i.e. police department and now PAR.. The rub comes from who pays the "move in ready" costs for the PAR relocation. As I recall, Frog and Kiwi paid $100+ to make their space "move in ready," but PAR is only paying $30,000 to make a similar space "move in ready." Guess it helps to know the right people!

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