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


March 16, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Lakewood’s take on the short Legislative session

Following the adjournment last week of the 2018 Legislative session , Lakewood anticipates receiving In $1.876 million in state money for the following projects:

  • Fort Steilacoom Regional Park ($400,000): The State Capital Budget included funding specifically for the extension of water and sewer lines in the park. We expect to begin design later this year with construction in 2019. 
  • Lakewood Colonial Plaza ($500,000): This funding will be included as part of the city’s 2019/2020 proposed Biennial Budget. That is in addition to the anticipated $1.5 million needed to construct the project.  Project design, funded with $250,000 from the city, will begin later this year. Construction is expected in 2019. 
  • Harry Todd Waterfront Park improvement phase 1 ($976,000): $500,000 was allocated from the state’s Aquatic Land Enhancement Account for this project. This is in addition to $476,000 allocated from the Water Access grant included in the 2017-19 Capital Budget, which passed earlier in the session. Design for phase 1 will occur in 2018 with construction expected in 2019. 

The state Transportation Budget also advanced $2 million, at the city’s request, for its Lake City Businses District sidewalk project to the state’s 2019-21 budget cycle. This allows the city to combine two of its road improvement projects. They include: improving Veterans Drive from Gravelly Lake Drive to Alameda and then from Alemda to American Lake Park and then add sidewalks and road overlay along Veterans Drive between Gravelly Lake Drive and American Lake Park. Design will begin in 2019 with construction in 2020. 

The state Capital Budget also included a proviso to allow the transfer of ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park to the city; the same with the land that Pierce College is on.  The city initiated this process and the goal is to complete this process by the end of the year. 


REMINDER: Onyx Drive open house

An open house is planned for Tuesday, March 20 at Oakbrook Elementary in the library from 6-7 p.m. for Oakbrook residents to share their thoughts on planned street improvements for Onyx Drive.

The city has plans to improve Onyx between 97th Avenue and Phillips Road, but the first phase will focus on Onyx between 87th and 89th avenues. Public input is needed to shape the city’s plans.


Share your thoughts about the Downtown Plan

The draft downtown plan and draft planned action environmental impact statement will be presented to the public at an open house March 21 at 5:30 p.m. View them online now .

The city’s Planning Commission is hosting the meeting, which will have interactive displays and a chance for discussion. Refreshments will also be available.

All members of the public, agencies and tribes are encouraged to attend the meeting to provide comments on the plans. Comments are due by April 16 at 5 p.m.

Email comments are preferred and must be sent to with the proposal name (Lakewood Downtown Plan EIS) in the subject line. Include your comments in the body of your email message rather than as attachments. You can also submit written comments to:

Tiffany Speir, Planning Manager, Special Projects                                                     

City of Lakewood Community & Economic Development Department                                          

6000 Main St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 

Review the documents online .


Get your tickets: AUSA Night at the Rainiers

Join your friends and family in support of AUSA as they take over Cheney Stadium on Friday, April 6. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; first pitch is 7:05 p.m. The Rainiers are playing the Sacramento River Cats.

The $20 ticket includes a Reserved Seat and Ballpark Meal (hot dog, chips and bottled water). Each ticket purchased will benefit AUSA, the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter in Lakewood. For more information contact .

Secure your spot today .


Calling all volunteers: We need your help

Save the Date to join us Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at one of our many park sites for Parks Appreciation Day. The beautification projects completed by volunteers during this annual event have made a difference in our community park system. We count on volunteers and their support each year to prepare Lakewood’s parks for the spring/summer season.

2018 project sites:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW): We will restore our historic cemetery markers, planting flowers, paint gate to lake, fence work at the dog park and doing restoration around the new Waughop Lake trail.
  • American Lake (9222 Veterans Dr SW): Weeding, painting, ivy removal, laying bark in beds, cleaning the swimming beach and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will do underwater cleaning in our swim area. 
  • Wards Lake Park (2716 84th St S): Replace playground chips, trail maintenance, and invasive ivy removal, restroom painting.  
  • Springbrook Park (12601 Addison St SW): Preparing the beds for the growing season, building soil/compost bins, community garden plantings, and Clover Creek Stewardship projects, and general park cleanup.

Email Nikki York for a registration form: . We’ll see you with garden gloves on and tools in hand!


Save the date: Spring Community Cleanup

The city, in partnership with LeMay Pierce County Refuse, will host a spring community clean up for residents. The event is Saturday, May 5 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sunday, May 6 (8 a.m. to noon) at the Lakewood Transfer Station, 3869 94th St SW. 

Volunteers are needed to help with the event and multiple shifts are available. Please email Assistant to the City Manager, Shannon Kelley-Fong, if interested in volunteering ( ).


Calling all Boy Scouts

The City of Lakewood’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is looking for Boy Scouts to help with its Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event, happening this year on May 19 at American Lake Park.

This is a great opportunity for scouts to earn their fishing merit badges and get leadership skills. Scouts will be asked to help hand out poles, bait hooks and even show how to cast a line.

For more information or to sign up a troop, contact Sally Martinez at   or call (253) 983-7887.


Transportation updates

As spring nears we’re entering the busy season for road work. To see what’s planned throughout the city from now until 2023 read the city’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): The remaining project concrete work will tentatively occur March 21 and will last until the paving operations are finished. The grinding/paving may be done during the day and night. If night paving occurs the intersection of Mt. Tacoma Drive and Gravelly Lake Drive could be shut down.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): The contractor is installing storm and electrical conduit (spare and street lights). This is expected to continue next week. Traffic control is in place and motorists should expect delays.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Design has begun. The project will be advertised March 20 for April construction. Construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses.


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:

: Advises the City Council and city staff regarding the availability and delivery of the five promises within the city. Vacancy: 2 positions. Deadline: April 16.

Board and commission descriptions, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .


Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .


Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.

March 19, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Lakewood Appliance
  • Proclamation declaring March 11 – May 11, 2018 as Pierce County READS
  • Awarding a bid for Fort Steilacoom Park road improvements
  • Adopt zoning code amendments relative to flea markets
  • Adopt Title 5 business license amendment relative to flea markets


March 26, 2018 Study Session

  • Stormwater Utility Rate Study
  • Pierce County library update
  • Review of adult family homes ordinance 1
  • Special tactical team update


March 19 agenda