On Dec. 21, Puyallup Chairman Bill Sterud gathered with some of his fellow Council members to cut the ribbon on the new EQC parking garage. Now partially open for casino guests to park their cars, it offers around 300 stalls for the time being, with approximately 1,750 parking stalls total when the whole structure is open to the public.
“This grand opening represents the first steps in getting our dream casino built and is a step forward for ensuring a brighter future for all,” Chairman Sterud said. “As a member of Tribal Council for nearly 40 years and as Chair, I’m proud of the efforts of our Council and also the perseverance of our membership.”
Casino Manager George Robinson said that part of the garage is now open for use on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday daytime, the busiest times for the EQC.
“We will be running shuttle buses for our guests back and forth from the garage to the casino,” he said. “And we’ll make sure the garage is safe as possible, with security staff so that guests can feel safe leaving their cars there.”
He noted that the garage opening represents a good step forward in the completion of all the casino construction projects underway. “On these busier days on weekends we’re going to be losing more parking because of the construction, so we needed more places for our guests to park,” he said.
The next step in construction will be the Jan. 2 closure of 29th Street between Portland Avenue and R Street. Casino customers will still be able to access the casino by taking 32nd Street and crossing R Street.