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


May 8, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

2nd Annual Studio Fitness 5K

The 2nd Annual Studio Fitness 5K this Saturday, May 9.

The event benefits the City of Lakewood’s Healthy Start program, which is an after-school program that provides kids with physical activity and nutritious snacks. The program starts when the school day ends, with a snack that includes uncommon fruits and vegetables. After the snack, the children do a few minutes of journaling followed by warm-up exercises, large group games and nutritioun lessons. Oakwood, Tyee Park and Tillicum Elementary schools host the program. Funding for student transportation is necessary to keep the program running.

The Run/Walk starts and ends at Studio Fitness, 11112 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW in Lakewood. Check-in is 9 a.m. Registration is $40. There will be post-race refreshments and raffles.

Visit the event page on  to register or to learn more information.

“Adventures in Boating Education” Class

The Lakewood Police Department will offer a free "Adventure in Boating Education  " class this Saturday. The class is open to anyone, even if an attendee is not a Lakewood resident. 

Current state law requires those 59 years of age and younger to have in their possession a boater’s education card if they are operating a powered watercraft of 15 horsepower or greater. The fine amount for not having a card is $87, along with your day on the water being over.  The classes will be held at the Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW, on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, May 9: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To find out more, click here .

Military Appreciation Day

On May 15, the City of Lakewood and the AUSA Lakewood Subchapter will host a “Military Appreciation Day” for the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. 

  • WHAT: “Military Appreciation Day” for the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team
  • WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 15
  • WHERE: Fort Steilacoom Park, Lakewood
  • COST: Free

The Lancer Brigade is Lakewood’s “Community Connector” to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. As such, this celebration will offer a SummerFEST-like atmosphere. An estimated 3,500 to 4,000 soldiers with families and children are expected to attend. Admission and parking to the event is free, and all are welcome to attend. Entertainment will consist of a public market, food vendors, a car display, “kids zone” play area, live music and fitness competitions.

Parks Appreciation Day Recap: Almost 200 Volunteers

The City of Lakewood Parks Department hosted multiple Park Appreciation Day projects at several park sites on April 22. One hundred and eighty nine (189) volunteers donated 756  hours of time/labor to complete projects at six park sites including Fort Steilacoom Park,  American Lake Park  , Wards Lake Park  , Lakewood Community Garden  , Springbrook Park  , and the South Puget Sound Wild Life Area  .  

All of the projects designed for Parks Appreciation Day were completed and included:

  • Playground renovation
  • Spreading trail and playground chips
  • Pulling weeds
  • Laying 120 yards of mulch/topsoil; planting flowers
  • Building compost bins
  • Building garden plots
  • Removing scotchbroom
  • Cleaning out swimming area/beach
  • Placing markers in the historic FSP cemetery
  • Cleaning in the dog park
  • General park maintenance.

This is another example of why we live by the following hashtag-inspired motto: #Iamlakewood . To read the whole story, click here .

Major Road Work Update, 5/5/15

Here is an updated schedule of major road work in Lakewood this week, courtesy of Public Works:

  • Bridgeport Way at Pacific Highway:  Median work on Bridgeport Way at Pacific Highway will take place between April 27 and May 27.  Daytime left lane closures, southbound Bridgeport Way, at the median, will be required on and off throughout the project timeline. Flaggers, modified signal timing, and police officers will be utilized to maintain all traffic movements as much as possible. 
  • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75thPaving will take place the evening of Friday, May 8.  Paving will require temporary lane and driveway closures.  Temporary detours may be in-place.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, May 11, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Mental health professional services status report
  • Amending fee schedule for temporary business licenses
  • Review of sale of surplus City property

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, May 18, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Approve Lakeholme Road street vacation
  • Approve fee schedule for temporary business licenses
  • City Manager Report - Development Services cost recovery review