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


February 24, 2017


To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 


Train testing resumes this weekend (Feb. 25-26) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. This time the trains will travel the full 79 miles per hour. Previously they were running at 50 mph.

Drivers are reminded to use caution and make sure they never stop on the tracks. During testing last week there was at least one incident where a truck made it over the track but its trailer did not and was caught by the train crossing signal.

Train facts:

  • It can take up to a mile for a train to stop when it’s going full speed.
  • At 79 mph will take the trains just shy of 5 minutes to travel through Lakewood city limits.
  • Average time gates will be down at each crossing is 45 seconds.
  • Most trains will travel through Lakewood at 79 mph.
  • Train Length: Amtrak Cascades trains are 650-feet long (approx.) and will travel through Lakewood 12 times a day; Coast Starlight trains are 1,100-feet long (approx.) and will travel through Lakewood twice a day.


Thank you volunteers

It started as a giant mud pit, but by the end of the week out of the mud rose a blue and green all abilities playground at Springbrook Park.

S-2, 1-14 CAV 1-2 SBCT and Lakewood Parks and Rec staff at Springbrook Park

The new playground equipment was installed over the course of the week by dedicated volunteers including members of the Springbrook community and its Springbrook Connections group and members of the S-2, 1-14 CAV 1-2 SBCT from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. City parks and recreation and facilities employees also did some heavy lifting.

This is the latest phase in the expansion and redevelopment of the city-owned park in Springbrook.

The city is investing nearly $1 million into the project, allowing the park to more than double in size, make way for new walking trails, picnic tables, a second picnic shelter and the new playground equipment and expansion of the community garden.

Completed work includes installing a bridge over Clover Creek to provide pedestrian access to the park from an isolated area of the community off 47th Avenue Southwest, restoring the Clover Creek shoreline and relocating and expanding the community garden at the park.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new park is planned for April 22, Parks Appreciation Day. More information on that event will follow.


Economic Development

Cranes around town are a signal of strong economic growth and Lakewood has its fair share happening now. So who is under construction and what is opening soon?

Restaurants opening this year:

  • Chipotle Grill
  • MOD Pizza (next to Panda Express in Lakewood Towne Center),
  • Chronic Taco
  • Hop Jacks
  • Black Bear Diner
  • Chick-fil-A

Business under construction:

  • Advanced Auto Parts and Harbor Freight will occupy the vacant land between Mazatlán and Candlewood Suites on South Tacoma Way.
  • Marriott TownePlace Suites, Comfort Inn, and Welcher’s Gun Shop & Indoor Range are going in along Pacific Highway.
  • Lee Medical Building is being built in our International District.


  • Two buildings a 220,000 square foot building at 96th and South Tacoma Way and 470,000 square foot building in the new Woodbrook Business Park are in the works.

Check out our Winter Quarter activity brochure for a list of projects, priorities, key demographics, and to find out why businesses are choosing Lakewood.

Lakewood is proud to be featured the February issue of a prominent North American publication, Business In Focus . The story begins on page 144. You can also access the brochure on our website.



Agenda items:

February 27, 2017 Study Session

  • United Way of Pierce County presentation – Ms. Dona Ponepinto, President and CEO, United Way of Pierce County
  • Review of Waughop Lake Management Plan
  • Review of purchasing policies update
  • Review alarm code and fee schedule amendments
  • Lakewood population projections report

March 6, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation declaring March 5 through April 28, 2017 as Pierce County READS. - Ms. Kim Archer, Lakewood Branch Manager, Pierce County Library System
  • Proclamation Classified School Employees Week – Ms. Irene Oda, President, Educational Support Personnel of Clover Park
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt code amendments to imprest funds RE: SSMCP memberships
  • Adopt code amendments re: purchasing and contracting authority of the City Manager
  • Adopt city boundary line adjustments to include portions of Tacoma Mall Boulevard
  • Setting April 3, 2017 as public hearing on vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Bid award Lakewood Drive 100th Street to Steilacoom Blvd improvements
  • Bid award Ft. Steilacoom Park parking lot improvements
  • Adopt alarm code amendments
  • Approve fee schedule amendments relative to alarm fees
  • Approve purchasing policies
  • Adopt Waughop Lake Management Plan
  • Reports by the City Manager – Central Business District Marketing Analysis Report