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


June 12, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

U.S. Open: Important Things To Remember

Information: (253) 589-2489

Finally, after years of planning and anticipation, the115th U.S. Open is finally here, beginning with practice rounds on Monday, June 15 at Chambers Bay Golf Course, right in our own back yard!

The event is scheduled for June 15-21. Fort Steilacoom Park is one of the designated sites where attendees can park and take a shuttle to the course (Click on the map to the right to view how attendees will be parking). Traffic from other parts of the South Sound may use Lakewood to get to the course. Because of that, the City of Lakewood would like to offer these important facts that residents and visitors should keep in mind:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park will be open to general public all week during normal park hours – the City is NOT closing the park. 
  • Parking is free and users do NOT need a special pass to park. Everyone is always welcome at Fort Steilacoom Park. 
  • Park guests (regulars and visitors) will enter the park from a few new areas. There will be signage and parking lot support staff to help everyone safely access the area.  
  • The gravel parking lot near the lake is not being used by the US Open visitors, so regular users will be able to find a place to park.    
  • The sidewalk trail along Steilacoom Boulevard will be open to foot traffic. A portion will be closed, but pedestrians will be routed around it so they can still get to the other side of the screening area.
  • They anticipate the busy hours to be from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you are concerned about the impact, you may want to visit the park at alternate times.   
  • For those want to take public transportation to the park instead of driving, they should use Pierce Transit bus route No. 212 or check Pierce Transit website  for more information.
  • Since there will be more people visiting the park and cars will be driving in places they normally don’t go, everyone should exercise care and caution. 

To find out more about Lakewood's role in the 115th U.S. Open, visit the web page  we've created for the event, or our Economic Development page  .

Lakewood-Based RAM Brewery Announces Special Seasonal Beer For U.S. Open

The RAM Restaurant & Brewery is excited to welcome the U S Open at Chambers Bay with the tapping of their Lone Tree Kolsch small batch seasonal beer. This brilliant, golden hued German-style Kolsch is inspired by a Lone Fir perched off the 15th green. Brewed with Pilsner malt and Azzaca Hops, it is light bodied with a crisp malt profile and a refreshing hop finish. 

Dave Leonard, Director of Brewing Operations said,” It’s exciting to have this Major golf event in town and we wanted to brew a special beer to welcome fans as we continue to celebrate our 20th year as a brewery! Kolsch is a favorite style of ours, it pairs perfectly with summer in the Sound and is ideal for relaxing after a round on the links.”

WSDOT: Travel Tools Help U.S. Open Drivers Hit Hole-In-One

While golfers love a long drive down the fairway, attendees of the U.S. Open  will not want to miss any action due to a long drive on the freeway. With one of professional golf’s most prestigious championship tournaments teeing off at Chambers Bay in University Place next week, the Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers they may encounter occasional higher-than-normal travel times during morning and afternoon commutes. To better accommodate expected high volumes of fans and tourists, shuttle-bus services  will be available to transport spectators to and from Chambers Bay. Shuttle-bus services are provided by organizers of the US Open. Drivers may encounter occasional backups at interchanges leading to two shuttle-bus stations:

  • Interstate 5 on- and off-ramps at Bridgeport Way Southwest in Lakewood (Shuttle-bus station at Fort Steilacoom Park).
  • State Route 512 on- and off-ramps at Meridian Avenue East (near the Washington State Fair) in Puyallup.

In addition, drivers will begin to see informational signs installed along state highways throughout Pierce and King counties that direct spectators to two parking areas  . The signs are being funded, installed and maintained by the organizers of the US Open.

Council Awards Bids To Improve Streets, Utilities

The Lakewood City Council recently awarded a series of contruction bids scheduled to begin this summer that will result in improved streets and utilities:

  • Chip Seal Program: In May, the Lakewood City Council awarded the $218,810 bid for its 2015 Chip Seal Program to Granite Construction Company. Working with the Public Works Department, the contractor is scheduled to begin the work (Oakbrook 3rdAddition) in July, with a tentative completion date sometime in August.
  • Overlay Projects: Also, the Council awarded a $475,064 contract to Miles Resources for construction of its 2015 overlay projects, including Main Street from Gravelly Lake Drive to 108th Street and 59th Avenue rehab from 100th Street to Bridgeport Way.
  • Woodbrook Sewer Extension: In May, the Council also awarded a nearly $1.3 million contract to Northwest Cascade, Inc., for construction of the second phase of the Woodbrook Sewer Extension Project. Through this project, the City will construct sanitary sewer infrastructure along 146th St SW, Woodbrook Drive and 150th Street SW in the Woodbrook neighborhood. This extension will complete the loop of sanitary sewer infrastructure in the Woodbrook industrial zoned area. Additional improvements include storm drainage improvments and full depth asphalt roadway reconstruction.

New Travel Time Signs Activated in Pierce, Thurston Counties

Just in time for summer vacations, drivers traveling on Interstate 5 between Lacey and Tacoma have a new source of traveler information on the road and on the web. Earlier today, the Washington State Department of Transportation activated five new roadway signs that display travel times on I-5 between State Route 510 in Thurston County and Tukwila in King County. The five signs, located on both northbound and southbound I-5, display estimated travel times so drivers can take more control over their commutes, and make on-the-road route decisions.

6-Year Transportation Improvement Program Available For Public

The final draft of the 6-Year Transportation Iimprovement Program is available for public review and comment. (Click here to view the draft  )

The 6-Year TIP outlines the transportation-related projects (including sidewalks and pavement rehabilitation) that the City intends to pursue over the next six years. The Lakewood City Council will hold a public hearing at its meeting July 6, 2015. The meeting begins 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Comments and questions may also be emailed to:   .

Public Hearing on Cottage Housing

The City of Lakewood Community Development Department is proposing to allow cottage housing - detached units of limited size constructed around a common open-space area - as a way to provide for increased density in some of the City’s single-family residential neighborhoods. Cottage housing would be allowed at densities above what would be permitted with standard single-family or multi-family development. In return, developers would have to comply with a certain design standards intended to make the cottage housing development more attractive and compatible with existing residential development. A public hearing will be held before the City’s Planning Commission to receive public comment on the proposed new rules. The public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in the Council Chambers at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW in Lakewood. If you have questions, comments or would like more information about cottage housing, please contact Planning Manager Dan Catron at (253) 983-7730.  Written comments are also welcome.

Economic Development

City of Lakewood Holds Developers Forum

On June 11, the City of Lakewood held its first Developers Forum. The event gave those interested in developing in Lakewood two hours-worth of information on the Community Development process and why the community is ripe for redevelopment. About 80 people attended the forum at the Sharon McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College. The underlying message to developers: Lakewood is ripe for development, and it is open for business, especially for those who want to push our community forward. The event featured several guest speakers who covered a range of topics, including Lakewood's development market, the process and timeline once developers submit applications to the City, different projects that have succeeded in the community and the military's impact on Lakewood, Check out the full story here .

New Economic Development Newsletter

The City of Lakewood has posted another edition of its latest edition of the official City newsletter, the Lakewood Index . The newsletter is full of information and statistics, including:

  • How businesses can showcase themselves and the community to newcomers during the 115th U.S. Open
  • A piece on the City of Lakewood's new Economic Development-focused website,
  • Business Showcase on Harold Allen Realtors
  • More stats and figures

Lakewood Index is the City of Lakewood's Economic Development-focused electronic newsletter. It is published on an as-needed basis by the Economic Development Department. It is emailed to those who sign up for it, and it's accessible on the City of Lakewood's website. To view a copy, visit our Lakewood Index  page.

Parks and Recreation

Lakewood Farmers Market: Week 2

The weather cooperated immensly in the second week of the Farmers Market, much more than market's first week. With temps in the high 70's around lunchtime, everything seemed brighter - from the flowers to the asparagus to the kettle corn. The Lakewood Farmers Market is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Tuesday through Sept. 15 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

WANTED: SummerFEST Triathlon Volunteers

We’re excited to announce our 4th annual SummerFEST Triathlon on July 11, 2015.  The ½ mile open water swim in American Lake is followed by a 14 mile bike ride through Lakewood, JBLM and Steilacoom and then finishes with a 3.1 mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park.  Volunteers are needed to help out along the bike and running courses to ensure safety (and cheer along the athletes). After the big race you can stay and enjoy SummerFEST which will feature entertainment on two stages, food booths, public market vendors, beer garden, a car show, static exhibits and a regional soccer tournament.  The evening will end with the Reptile Man (and his friends) and at dusk we’ll show the Lego Movie in the park. Call us at (253) 983-7887 if you can help!

City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, June 15, 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:

  • Proclamation recognizing Bret Farrar, retired Lakewood Police Chief

  • Business showcase – Crane’s Creation – Mr. Bob and Roma Crane, Owners

  • Set July 6, 2015 as the date for a public hearing on the Six Year TIP

  • Set August 3, 2015 as the date for a public hearing on vacating Bridgeport Way & Lakewood Drive R-O-W

  • Set August 3, 2015 as the date for a public hearing on vacating portion of 100th Street SW R-O-W

  • Appoint members to the Salary Commission

  • Appoint a member to the Arts Commission

  • Public Hearing on Lakeland surplus property

  • Approve a portion of property on South Tacoma Way condemnation

  • Approve Elway Research, Inc. agreement re:  SSMCP community survey

  • Approve IT 6-Year Strategic Plan Funding proposal

  • Approve Lakewood’s Promise agreement

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, June 22, 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:

  • Bid award storm drain repair project (Bridgeport Way & Steilacoom Blvd)

  • Bid award Bridgeport Way overlay (RR tracks to 112th St) and  Steilacoom Blvd overlay (Lakewood Drive to w/o South Tacoma Way)

  • Bid award for Madigan Access Phase II 

Following the City Council special meeting on June 22, 2015, the Council will be holding a Study Session, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting

  • Review of Community Visioning Plan

  • Review of Investment Policy Resolution & Creation of the Investment Control Fund

  • Review of 1st Quarter 2015 Financial Report