DAY News Release: 2nd Street Parklet Improvements Begin

A partnership between the Public Works Department of Yakima and the Downtown Association of Yakima (DAY) is resulting in exciting upgrades and amenities to the parklet on North Second Street adjacent to Wheatland Park. The improvements – the results of planning by the DAY Design Committee and the envisioning of DAY Operations Manager, John O’Rourke … Continued

Water Project to Impact Traffic, Residents on South 18th Street

A project to replace the existing water main and water utility services will close a section of South 18th Street to thru traffic beginning Tuesday, August 31st. The project includes replacing an aging water line and water services along East Viola Avenue between South Fair Avenue and Rudkin Road. Total Site Services, Inc. of Richland … Continued

Fall/Winter 2021 Bus Book Now Available

Yakima Transit has issued its new Fall/Winter 2021 Bus Book. It shows City bus routes, schedules, maps, fares, and helpful information on services such as Dial-A-Ride, Vanpool, and Bikes on the Bus. The Fall/Winter 2021 Bus Book is available at Yakima City Hall, 129 N. 2nd Street; the City’s Public Works Administration Building, 2301 Fruitvale … Continued

Franklin Park Hosting Pickleball Tournament

The deadline is next Wednesday, September 1st, to register for the Applefest Pickleball Tournament at the City of Yakima’s Franklin Park. Registration information and tournament details are available at Yakima 🍎 Applefest Pickleball Tournament at Franklin Park To date, more than 100 participants have registered for the tourney, which will be held from Thursday, … Continued

Keep Safety in Mind as Students Return to School

Students in the Yakima School District return to school this Wednesday, August 25th. West Valley School District students return to classes on Tuesday, August 31st. The City of Yakima encourages drivers and pedestrians to keep safety in mind. “We recognize this is a busy and exciting time, especially with many children returning to in-person classes … Continued

Franklin Pool Remains Closed due to Unhealthy Air Quality

The City of Yakima’s Franklin Pool is closed today, Friday, due to unhealthy air quality caused by smoke from wildfires in the region, in particular the Schneider Springs Fire. The Air Quality Index for the Yakima area currently exceeds 300, which is considered hazardous. Click Washington Smoke Information: LOCAL SMOKEOUTLOOKS ( for a map that monitors air … Continued

Asphalt Work to Close Portion Of North 6th Avenue

Asphalt work will result in the closure of 6th Avenue between River Road and Madison Avenue on Friday, August 20th. Work on the project will begin at 7:00 am and last until 3:30 pm. Due to heavy traffic volumes on 6th Avenue, drivers can expect delays and should use alternate routes if possible until the … Continued

Harman Center Closes due to Wildfire Smoke

The Harman Center closes at 2:30 pm today, Thursday, August 19th, due to wildfire smoke. The smoke is entering the building through the front doors and creating unhealthy air quality inside the Harman Center. The City of Yakima plans to open the Harman Center tomorrow, Friday, for its regular operating hours of 8:00 am to … Continued

City of Yakima Begins Nelson Dam Removal

After more than a decade of planning, Nelson Dam is about to be removed. Work scheduled for this week includes installing a cofferdam, which is a temporary structure that allows a work area to be dewatered. In addition, this week sections of the riverbed and flood plain are scheduled to be excavated to ensure new … Continued

Project Requires Lane Closures on North 1st Street

The southbound lanes of North 1st Street will be closed to traffic beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 19th, as part of Phase 2 of the North 1st Street revitalization project. The closure will be in place in the project area between I Street and N Street. On Thursday, crews will begin removing the old concrete road, … Continued