Yakima Parks & Recreation Expanding Alternative Programs

From no-bake cookies to tick-tock soccer drills, Yakima Parks & Recreation staff members continue to expand virtual recreation alternatives for the community this summer. Click https://yakimaparks.com/virtual-recreation-programs/ to access the virtual rec programs online. The link includes information about the ongoing “Step Up and Park it” walking challenge that is now underway. The City of Yakima’s … Continued

Outdoor Summer Cinema Canceled due to COVID-19 Restrictions

Yakima Parks and Recreation’s annual Outdoor Summer Cinema series is canceled this year due to restrictions related to COVID-19. “With Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement this week that phases are frozen through at least July 28th, we have made the decision to cancel the series for this year,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson. “We … Continued

Applications Sought for City of Yakima Small Business Grant Program

The City of Yakima has dedicated $480,000 in small business assistance. The money is available for low or moderate-income business owners that employ five or fewer people. The business must be located within the Yakima city limits. The City Council unanimously agreed to make funds available to support the smallest businesses in the City. Eligible … Continued

City of Yakima Receives Certificate of Achievement

The City of Yakima has received the Certificate of Achievement in Performance Management from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). This is the first time the City has received the certificate. Yakima is one of only 3 Washington cities to have been recognized for this achievement to date. “The ICMA awards certificates each year to … Continued

July 2020 Issues Brief e-Newsletter

This month’s issue includes: The City Council entering into contract negotiations with Robert Harrison for the City Manager position Yakima County entering Phase 1.5 of the state’s “Safe Start” plan Virtual summer recreation programs The City of Yakima’s “Mask up to open up” campaign The return of Windows Alive! Issues Brief is published monthly by … Continued

Water Line Work to Close Portion Of Yakima Avenue

Water line work will result in closure of Yakima Avenue between 8th Street and 6th Street from Monday, July 13th, through Friday, July 17th. Work on the project will begin at 6:00 am and last until 2:30 pm each day.  Due to heavy traffic volumes on Yakima Avenue, drivers can expect delays and should use … Continued

Yakima Council to Enter Negotiations with Robert Harrison for Manager

After having interviewed four finalists for the Yakima city manager position today, the Yakima City Council voted to enter into negotiations with Robert Harrison. Yesterday, the candidates were interviewed by a panel of seven community members and a panel of seven senior City staff members. The finalist pool included Harrison, who most recently served as … Continued

Yakima City Council Extends Declaration of Emergency Due to COVID-19

During its regular meeting last night, Tuesday, July 7th, the Yakima City Council extended an emergency proclamation due to COVID-19. Council’s action extends the declaration through Tuesday, August 4th. The declaration enables the City to potentially be eligible for state and federal assistance needed to meet costs associated with the COVID-19 emergency and to make … Continued

Yakima City Council July 7th Regular Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held a regular meeting yesterday, Tuesday, July 7th. Action taken by the Council yesterday included: Receiving a COVID-19 update Issuing a proclamation for Grand Columbia Council Scout Me In Day! Approving appointments to City boards and commissions. Approving Mayoral Proclamation extending the civil emergency proclamation and order due to COVID-19. Authorizing … Continued