John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253)
City Manager



July 8, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

SummerFEST: July 9

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 20th Annual SummerFEST
  • WHEN: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 9
  • WHERE: Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 97th Avenue SW, Lakewood, WA
  • COST: Free

Tomorrow is the big day!

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, the City of Lakewood will hold its 20th Annual SummerFEST celebration, presented by CHI Franciscan, America’s Credit Union and Navy Federal Credit Union.

The event will feature an entire day’s worth of activities, entertainment, food and fun:

  • As always, the  day will kick off with the SummerFEST Sprint Triathlon
  • Performances from a number of entertainers including Seattle-based Tacocat, one of the hottest acts around, Eurodanceparty USA, violinist Geoffrey Castle, BubbleMan and children’s band The Not-Its!
  • An array of athletic activities for the entire family, including trapeze classes, an Orienteering race, “Yoga in the Park,” football, baseball, outdoor bowling, golf, ping pong, ladder ball, a fitness challenge and obstacle course; Event-goers can obtain a “Passport to Sports”
  • An array of arts-related activities, including a glass flameworking demonstration by the Museum of Glass, print making, chalk art, Lego competition, community art mural, face painting, Henna tattoos and clay creations; Event-goers will be able to obtain a “Passport to Arts”
  • Food trucks throughout the day
  • Lakewood Sister Cities International Festival, including performances representing cultures of Korea, Native Americans, Mexico/Latin America, Russia, Philippines, Hawaii and Guam
  • Partners For Parks Car Show
  • The party will end with the annual Movie at Dusk. This year’s feature: Minions!

For more details and to see the full lineup of fun at the City of Lakewood's 20th Annual SummerFEST, visit the City of Lakewood's website .

Lakewood Asian Film Fest July 30-Aug 1

The Lakewood Arts Commission proudly presents the 4th Annual “Lakewood Asian Film Fest,” July 30-Aug. 1.

The free festival – which will be held at the Lakewood Elks - will feature five emotional, thought-provoking Asian films (some subtitles) that cover an array of genres and tastes, beginning with the internationally acclaimed Australian–Laotian film, “The Rocket." Here is the festival's full film schedule:

Film Schedule:

  • “The Rocket,” 2 p.m., Saturday, July 30: Australia-Laos, Subtitles, PG-17, Young, cursed Montagnard boy enters contest to a build rocket using leftover American bombs (sleep­ing tigers). An international sensation and “Rotten Tomato” favorite!
  • “Wolf Totem,” 7 p.m., Saturday, July 30: China, Subtitles, PG 13, Breathtaking story of Mongolian herdsmen, marauding wolves, advancing civilization. “Majestic”, J. Ross.
  • “English – Vinglish,” 2 p.m., Sunday, July 31: India, PG-13, Sridevi triumphs as a non-English speaking woman visiting New York. Superb, “if you only see two films this year, see English-Vinglish twice!” SJ.
  • “Anna and the King,” 7 p.m., Sunday, July 31: U.S.-Thai, PG 13, Spectacular true-life story of Siam King Mongkut and English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. A masterpiece filled with high adventure and intrigue. RR. Stars Chow Yun Fat and Jodie Foster.
  • “The Lover,” 7 p.m., Monday, Aug.  1: French-Vietnamese, PG-18, Teenage French girl begins an affair with a wealthy Chinese heir in 1928 Saigon. Smoldering film of M. Duras’s bestselling novel. Stars Jane Marsh and Chinese sensation Tony Leung.

The event will also feature a special “Saigon 67” photographic exhibit, ArtsFest and Philippine Scouts displays.

Lakewood Elks is located at 6313 75th St. W., Lakewood. It features a concession stand, air conditioning and free parking. Seating is on first-come basis.

Organizers would like to thank the event’s sponsors: Casa Mia, Clover Park Rotary, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery and Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County.

For more information, contact (253) 861-1366.

Full Southbound I-5 Lane Closure July 9

(This message is from Sound Transit)

The full southbound I-5 lane closure will occur early morning, Saturday, July 9, between 12:01 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Residences along the detour route, please be advised that there may be additional traffic during this time.

Drivers can expect a full nighttime lane closure on southbound I-5 between Mounts Road overpass and the rail bridge in order to complete the demolition of the existing concrete rail structure.

The rail bridge is being rehabilitated as part of the Point Defiance Bypass project, which reroutes Amtrak Cascades passenger trains to an inland rail line through DuPont, Lakewood and Tacoma.

American Lake Park Boat Launch to Open at 5:30 a.m.

In order to better accommodate residents and fishermen, the City of Lakewood will open the gate to the American Lake Park boat launch at 5:30 a.m.

The park's gates and restrooms will continue to open at 7 a.m. As always, boat launch fees are $15 per day, or users can purchase a season pass at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Only vehicles with trailers are allowed to park in the boat launch parking lot – any single vehicles must park in the adjacent lot at the park.

More information regarding American Lake Boat Launch can be found at /parks-and-recreation/parks/american-lake-park

Summer School Schedule

Classes have let out for the summer, but summer school for Clover Park School District has started (see schedule ). Please drive cautiously!

New Municipal Court Hours of Operation

Effective Monday, June 6, 2016, the Municipal Court Serving Lakewood, University Place, Steilacoom and DuPont will offer new hours of operation. The change is taking place as more residents and users access the courts online and more convenient methods.

The new hours of operation:

  • Counter & Payments: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 9:00 a.m. - noon & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Check out this picture from West Pierce Fire & Rescue on Wednesday: "Firefighters making entry into structure at 8511 South Tacoma Way in Lakewood. This is a training burn."

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, July 11, 2016, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

July 11, 2016 Study Session

  • Joint Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review $2 million agreement for Pt. Defiance Bypass safety improvements
  • Review of North Clear Zone contract for services
  • Motor Avenue Plan update
  • Review of satellite parking


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Monday, July 18, 2016, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

July 18, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Hess Deli & Bakery
  • Awarding a bid for Springbrook Park improvements
  • Adopt Motor Avenue Plan
  • Adopt rental housing code
  • Adopt satellite parking
  • Approve $2 million agreement for Pt. Defiance Bypass safety improvements
  • Approve North Clear Zone contract for services
  • Expressing joint support with Pierce County, University Place, Tacoma and Steilacoom to work together to attract another US Open – (tentative)
  • Approve fee schedule amendments relative to rental housing fees