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


June 2, 2017


Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Paving Waughop Lake parking lot

Work begins Monday to pave the gravel parking lot near the Waughop Lake Trail and off-leash dog park.

For public safety reasons the parking lot will be closed until construction is complete.

The off-leash dog area and the lake trail will remain open – but people will need to find alternative places to park. With 350-plus acres at the park, we know that shouldn’t be a problem and appreciate people’s willingness to steer clear of the construction.

The crews have 90 days to do the work, however it is anticipated it won’t take that long.

Thank you for your patience and please remember to use caution when around an active construction site.


“You Matter Movement” 5k Walk/Run 

Head to Fort Steilacoom Park Sunday at 9 a.m. for the inaugural You Matter Movement 5k Walk/Run.

The event includes a bounce house and other family-friendly activities and a free kids dash for children 10 and under which is dedicated to a little girl from DuPont battling a recurrence of cancer. 

“I’m very honored, excited and determined to make this event one that the community of Lakewood, Steilacoom and DuPont will never forget,” said event organizer Jamicka Edwards.

Click this link to register and learn more. 

Read this Tacoma Weekly piece to learn about what motivated Edwards to do the race.


Farmers Market season is here

Join us Tuesday, June 6 for our opening day of our Farmers Market season.

The market runs every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Sept. 12 in the courtyard surrounding City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Presented by St. Clare Hospital, this year’s market will once again showcase local farmers and artists, food trucks, local breweries and winery and live entertainment on the WSECU stage. (Read the full vendor list here , and more about the market here , including how to register for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program).

We’ll have tote bag giveaways on opening day and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:45 a.m. in front of the WSECU market stage.

Come join us and remember: Lunch in Lakewood, Tuesdays in Towne Center!



PSE paving in Oakbrook

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will be doing paving work in the Oakbrook neighborhood beginning Thursday, June 8.  This is to permanently repair the roadways where they replaced the gas mains in winter. 

Expect delays in this area during construction, and exercise caution when traveling through construction sites.


Lakewood Senior Activity Center open house

The public is invited to a free open house at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, Thursday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year’s theme draws on country western, so wear your cowboy boots and hat and get ready for a big old shindig.

Festivities include vendors and information about community resources, music, refreshments, activities and prizes. The senior center is located at 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW. Construction work has Lakewood Drive restricted, but you can still access the center.

Call (253) 798-4090 for more information.


Dekoven Drive public meeting

A public meeting is planned for Thursday, June 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in council chambers for people to learn about a planned traffic calming project on Dekoven Drive.

Compact roundabouts will be installed on Dekoven at 100th Street and Meadow Road/Brook Lane to improve safety and reduce car speeds. The project will also include improvements to signage, striping and marking. Construction is estimated to start in September.

For more information contact: Jon Howe, Associate Civil Engineer, (253) 983-7847 


Save the date: Springbrook Park celebration

The public is invited to a celebration of the newly upgraded and expanded Springbrook Park.

Festivities will kick off at 2 p.m. and run until 4 p.m. A formal presentation will happen at 3 p.m. Come play in the park, check out the new equipment that is accessible to children with all abilities, view the new community gardens and enjoy getting to know your neighbors.

The park is located at 12601 Addison St SW.


Register now: Lakewood Developer’s Forum

Interested in developing property in Lakewood? What about selling or investing? If you answered yes, then you won't want ot miss the third annual Lakewood Developer's Forum.

This year's event is Thursday, June 15 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the McGavick Center.

Hear from Congressman Denny Heck who will speak about federal housing priorities and Financial Services Committee legislation and talk with Lakewood development staff. Information will be provided about current projects in the city and opportunities that are available. This is a great chance to network.

The event is free, but registration is required.


Weekly transportation update

108th Street (Main Street to Bridgeport Way): Work is predominately complete. Final items are being reviewed with the contractor but no more roadway impacts are anticipated.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): The overlay work was completed this week. Next up: the  contractor will raise the valve boxes, manholes, and catch basins to meet the roadway. Work will likely stop on June 6 to give time for the road to cure before the striping can be applied. Striping is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of June 19 and will occur at night.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor began work this week. They are currently clearing and removing bushes and trees that are in the path of the improvements. No major traffic impacts are expected, yet.

Lakewood Drive between 100th St and Steilacoom BLVD remains down to one lane in each direction while new pavement is installed. Please find alternate routes.


Chambers Creek Canyon Trail

Lakewood is working with University Place and Pierce County on an effort to build a continuous trail through the Chambers Creek Canyon from Kobayashi Park in UP to Chambers Creek Road. The canyon borders both cities and enters Pierce County property at the Chambers Creek Regional Park.

There will be three trailhead access points in Lakewood. Read the report .

For more information contact Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services director Mary Dodsworth: (253) 983-7887,


Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies.

Public Safety Advisory Committee : Members provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The committee reports to the council and assists in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with city and department policies. Three vacancies.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .


Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

June 5, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council recognition and report.
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Endorse Pierce Transit to the AWC Employee Benefit Trust
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Approve amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
  • Adopt Six Year (2018-2023) TIP
  • Approve custodial services contract for City facilities
  • Reports by the City Manager: Review of Title 18A code amendments and review of memorandum of understanding with Lakewood Rotary regarding Fort Steilacoom Park pavilion


joint meeting with the University Place City Council June 12, 2017, will begin at 6 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall.

June 12, 2017 Joint Meeting with University Place City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Puget Sound Regional Council update.
  • Review of Regional Centers Framework Report –Mr. Josh Brown, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council

Study session begins at 7 p.m.:

June 12, 2017 Study Session

  • I-5/JBLM Corridor improvements update – Mr. Bill Elliott, WSDOT
  • Information Technology Strategic Plan update
  • Review of code amendment regarding work crew eligibility criteria
  • Review of Chambers Creek properties MOU update
  • Review of 2016 Supplement to the 2000 Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan

Read the full agenda packet.