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Last updated 6/5/2020 at 10:38am

Chris Kim

Parade for 250 graduates on June 13

Schools have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and many graduations will be performed without traditional, in-person, ceremonies. The City has organized a drive-through car parade for graduating high school seniors scheduled for Saturday, June 13. Registration has been opened to 250 seniors, up from the original 100, after the limit drew criticism on social media. It is also open to college graduating seniors.

The parade will start at Jackson High School and end at the intersection of Mill Creek Boulevard and Bothell-Everett Highway (SR 527). The route is approximately seven miles long. The City asks that only people living together in the same household ride in the same car. Graduates and their families are asked to decorate their cars and homes, and the Mill Creek Kiwanis Club will be there to take pictures.

"We're proud to support and recognize our area graduating seniors," said Mill Creek City Council member John Steckler, who helped organize the parade. "This has been a difficult year for them and we want to celebrate their achievements and give them the recognition they deserve."

For more information about the parade and the registration link go to:

Construction at Heron Park starts

Work to replace the picnic shelter roof and playground equipment at Heron Park started on June 1. Construction crews will also be repairing the parking lot to bring the area into ADA-compliance, along with other maintenance. The park's open area is still open to the parking lot, but the picnic shelter and playground are closed.

Restricted City Hall access until July 1

City Council members voted to extend the City's emergency proclamation through July 1 at their meeting on May 26. The City has had an emergency proclamation since March 20. Access to City Hall and some services will continue to be limited.

Passport applications, concealed weapons permits, non-emergency police services, and all City-sponsored recreational programs have been affected. City parks are open to the public but public restrooms and playgrounds remain closed.

Sign waiver extended through Phase 4 of state's reopening plan

The City's sign waiver has also been extended. Businesses are allowed to use signage, such as A-boards and banners, that are normally not permitted until Snohomish County reaches Phase 4 of the state's reopening plan. The waiver began in mid-March shortly after the emergency proclamation.

Business owners must email Associate Planner Sherrie Ringstad at [email protected] with the name of the businesses, a contact person and phone number, the message and size and type of temporary sign, and an image or PDF of the proposed sign's location.


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