With the start of spring comes hope and optimism for a better season ahead. Something we’re really looking forward to here at the city is beginning to offer more public programs and events as allowed. Of course, we will continue to encourage safety precautions and abide by all regulations. Even so, I am encouraged to see this and hope that you are, too. 

Last week Marysville Little Leaguers played the long-awaited first game at the beautifully renovated Cedar Field. This project was completed last year but, unfortunately, that baseball and softball season was put on hold. Special thanks to project partners at the State of Washington, Snohomish County and Marysville Little League, who paid for nearly half the $880,000 project cost; the city funded the balance.  

The popular Fishing Derby is being reimagined to help youngsters enjoy the thrill of catching their own fish without encouraging a large crowd. It will take place the first two weeks in May; look for more information coming soon. 

Also in May, we’ll host the popular Shred-A-Thon at City Hall on May 8 from 9 a.m. to noon (or until the trucks are full). You can bring up to six file-size boxes of paperwork for free shredding, as well as clean polystyrene, bubble wrap and old computers and electronics for recycling. 

I’m especially looking forward to the 4th of July, when the city will again host a professional fireworks show. Similar to last year, we will also offer fun community activities for all ages leading up to the holiday. 

A new offering this year is Picnic in the Park, now underway. You can order your lunch from participating local restaurants to be delivered directly to designated parking spots at Jennings Park for you to enjoy in the park. 

Other new events are Poochella in the Park, a dog-themed field day at Jennings Park on June 5, and Wonders of the Ebey Trail community scavenger hunt June 3-21. 

Several familiar programs are also returning. The Outdoor Speaker Series continues at the Marysville Opera House, with hiker and cyclist Patrick McGinty on April 13 and Pickleball expert Rick Bomar on May 11. We also host free open houses at the Opera House on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month. 

Sounds of Summer concerts, a children’s concert and Cinema Under the Stars outdoor movie nights are planned in July and August.

What are you looking forward to most this summer in Marysville? I hope to see you out and about.  

Jon Nehring has been Mayor of Marysville since 2010. You can reach him at 360-363-8000 or jnehring@marysvillewa.gov.

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