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


April 13, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Time is running out to take Downtown Plan survey

We’re nearing the end of the open public comment period on the draft Lakewood Downtown Plan. Comments will be accepted through Monday, April 16.

The city created an online survey  for residents to review key components of the proposed downtown plan, and provide insight on what people like, what challenges we face and other ideas so that we can create the best plan for your downtown.

The draft downtown plan provides a vision and action strategies for creating alternative land uses, streets and a central park in the city’s commercial center around the Lakewood Towne Center.

This survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and we really want to hear from you.

You can also submit comments via email to . Please include proposal name (Lakewood Downtown Plan EIS) in the subject line and include your comments in the body of the email.

Emailed comments are preferred, but written comments can also be mailed to:

Tiffany Speir, Planning Manager, Special Projects                                                     

City of Lakewood Community & Economic Development Department                                          

6000 Main St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 


Public Hearing set for Downtown Plan

The Lakewood Planning Commission will hold a public hearing May 2 at 6:30 p.m. on the draft Lakewood Downtown Subarea Plan, Planned Action Ordinance, associated Comprehensive Plan amendments, and draft Downtown Development Code. 

The meeting will be held at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main St SW) in the Council Chambers.

More information about the Lakewood Downtown Plan, associated documents, and additional future meetings can be viewed at .   

You may provide comments online at or by mail to Tiffany Speir at 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood, WA  98499. Questions can be directed to Tiffany Speir, Planning Manager at (253) 983-7702 or .


Public art dedication April 22

The public is invited to a dedication of the recently installed public art piece at Gravelly Lake Drive and Washington Boulevard.

The dedication ceremony is April 22 at 9 a.m. at the intersection. People should park in the nearby Lakewood Water District parking lot at 11900 Gravelly Lake Drive SW.

Designed and produced by artist Karsten Boysen, the Lotus Blossom was commissioned by the Lakewood City Council and the Lakewood Arts Commission in 2017.

The city paid for the $80,000 project with monies from its Art Fund. The city is allotted a certain number of days each year for the use of McGavick Conference Center which it makes available for public rental. Revenues from this usage go into the art fund to support efforts of the city's Arts Commission.

The artwork is bronze and weighs more than 2,500 pounds. The dedication ceremony coincides with Earth Day.



Onyx Drive Online Survey

Do you live in Oakbrook? We want to hear from you. Please take a minute to complete this online survey to help us determine what road improvements to make between 97th Avenue and Philips Road.

The first phase of the project will focus on Onyx between 87th and 89th avenues.

Take the online survey now.


YMCA Healthy Kids Day

ymca logoAre the kids in your life already dreaming of summer? When kids are inspired, they can do anything! Let's awaken their imagination so they can explore new activities and healthy habits!

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the fun. We can't wait to see you there on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m.  to 1 p.m. Cost: FREE! This event is open to the community.


  • Games, Crafts, and Demos
  • Special Guests
  • Bounce House
  • Performances
  • Touch-a-truck
  • Register for summer programs
  • Local vendors and interactive community partner booths
  • Healthy snacks
  • Join the Y - 100% off joining fees all day!‚Äč

Lakewood Historical Society presents Head in the Clouds

Don't miss the Lakewood Historical Society's April 24 program at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.

Learn about the fascinating story of Harold Bromley, the first pilot who attempted to fly over the Pacific in 1929, leaving from what is now McChord Field. Presented by noted historic preservationist, Michael Sullivan, this event is free to the public. For more information visit:




Parks Appreciation Day is almost here

Parks Appreciation DayCome out to one of our many park sites and help with beautification projects. 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 for a volunteer registration form.


Looking to Volunteer?

Our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is looking for Boy Scouts to help with our annual Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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 , (253) 983-7887.


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 ( ).


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.

Steilacoom Boulevard: One lane of westbound Steilacoom Boulevard between 88th Street and Ardmore Drive reopened this week to help alleviate some of the congestion experienced due to the road closure so that crews could repave the roadway. The contractor will alternate which westbound lane is open depending on the work being done. Please use caution while driving through this area and plan accordingly.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): Striping is tentatively scheduled for the nights of April 16-19, if the weather cooperates.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): Preparation work continued this week as the contractor gets ready to pour sidewalks and driveways. That work is expected to occur next week, weather permitting. Electrical work also continues. Traffic control is in place and drivers should expect minor delays.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Bid opened Tuesday and the apparent low bidder is Miles Resources. The Lakewood City Council is expected to award the contract at its April 16 meeting. Construction is tentatively scheduled for early May.

Dekoven Drive: The project is currently suspended until permanent pavement marking and striping can be done, which is weather dependent.


Join a community advisory board

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:

Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board: Vacancy: 2 positions. Deadline: April 16.

Lakewood Arts Commission: Vacancy: 3 positions. Deadline: May 21.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board: Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: May 21

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.

April 16 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation declaring April 28, 2018 as Parks Appreciation Day – Mr. Jason Gerwen, Chair, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Business showcase – Tacoma Trophy, DJ and Judi Brown, Owners
  • Adopt fee schedule amendment for small cell wireless application fee
  • Public Hearing on FY 2018 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on Comcast cable franchise renewal
  • Adopt adult family homes and enhanced service facilities ordinance
  • Awarding a bid for 59th Avenue overlay
  • Adopt Woodbrook Hunt Club clubhouse and kennel landmark designations
  • Reports by City Manager – Municipal Court update and Review of WSDOT Quit Claim Deed for I-5/JBLM congestion relief project


April 23, 2018 Study Session

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting
  • Parks Capital Improvement Program update
  • Marijuana land use regulations update
  • Surface Water Management Fee update
  • Review of 2017 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2018 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Review of Transportation Benefit District Annual Report


April 16 Agenda