John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253) 589-3774JCaulfield@cityoflakewood.us
City Manager

June 26, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fireworks in Lakewood

As the country celebrates its independence this Fourth of July, the City of Lakewood recognizes that residents will purchase and use fireworks. But there are restrictions, and violation of these restrictions could result in a fine and even jail time. Not a good way to celebrate the Red, White and Blue, to say the least. To help residents determine what and what not to do, the City is providing this Q&A regarding fireworks  in the City of Lakewood. West Pierce Fire & Rescue also offers these tips:

  • Store fireworks out of children’s reach
  • Always keep water handy
  • Only use fireworks outdoors
  • Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand
  • Light one firework at a time and move away quickly
  • Never relight a “dud” - Soak used fireworks in water
  • Be considerate and clean up used fireworks
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children

June 19, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

The 115th U.S. Open Arrives in Lakewood's Back Yard

After years of planning and anticipation, the 115th U.S. Open - professional golf's biggest showcase - finally arrived at Chambers Bay Golf Course, right in Lakewood's back yard. On Monday, the public first converged on Chambers Bay for the practice rounds. One of the official park-and-shuttle locations for the championship is Fort Steilacoom Park. Throughout the week, Police and other law enforcement have reported that traffic is flowing smoothly.The championship runs through the Saturday and Sunday (and possibly Monday in case of a playoff). To view the City's numerous photos and posts, visit its Facebook , Twitter or Instagram pages.

Business Showcase: Crane's Creations

The City is happy to announce that Cranes Creations Florist, a local institution, as its June 2015 ‪Business Showcase. "Since 1970, the family owned-and-operated business has provided countless prom-goers from Clover Park, Lakes and Steilacoom High Schools with corsages and boutonnieres. It has saved apologetic husbands and boyfriends by offering an array of bouquets for their wives and girlfriends. It has done everything it can to allow grieving families to worry about one less thing after the loss of a loved one." For its years of dedication, commitment and operating in Lakewood, the City of Lakewood would like to recognize Crane’s Creations as its Business Showcase for June 2015. Read the Business Showcase on Crane's Creations .

June 5, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Wins National Communication Award

The City of Lakewood has been nationally recognized for its #IamLakewood  social media/community pride campaign. On June 3 at the National Association of Government Communicators  conference in Memphis, the City was one of the winners in the organization’s 2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards  , which recognize superior government communication products and those who produce them. Categories cover everything from printed materials to broadcast and online material to public education campaigns. The City of Lakewood won second place in the “Shoestring Budget” category – a new category this year that recognizes the best communication efforts with limited funds – for its #IamLakewood social media/community pride campaign.  This is the first year that the City of Lakewood has entered the prestigious national government communications competition. City, county, state and federal governments from across the U.S., as well as private companies that work with local governments, submitted more than 250 entries for 43 categories. NAGC awarded first, second and Awards of Excellence prizes for each category. The City of Lakewood was the only government –local, state or federal - from Washington to receive a NAGC award this year. Click here for the full story.

June 12, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

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  .

May 29, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Officer, Firefighter on 'Oprah'

Did you catch the "Where Are They Now?" piece on the Oprah Winfrey Show recently about Anthony Sukto , who at only 8 years old lost his mother and nearly lost his life at the hands of his father? This story has special meaning here in Lakewood, especially for Police Sgt. Mark Eakes and West Pierce Fire & Rescue's Jeff Colquhoun, who were at the scene that fateful night. But the relationship between Anthony (who's now a senior in high school), Sgt. Eakes and Colquhoun didn't end that night. View the story on the The Huffington Post  and grab a box of tissue. The City is proud of everyone who helped turn this story into a happy one after all.

Lakewood, UP and Pierce County to Develop Chambers Creek Canyon Trail

Leaders of Pierce County and the cities of Lakewood and University Place have agreed to work together to develop a trail through the scenic Chambers Creek Canyon. The two cities have already approved the agreement. With the Pierce County Council’s  unanimous approval on May 26, the three entities agree to collaborate on seeking grants and other funding sources to plan and build a recreational trail. “The property borders our respective jurisdictions, and it would be very expensive for any single entity to construct all on its own, so this resolution allows us to join forces and build something great for our residents,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy . Council Resolution 2015-57  , a bipartisan measure sponsored by Councilmembers Connie Ladenburg  and Doug Richardson  , cites the county’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan  ; the City of University Place Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan; the City of Lakewood Legacy Plan ; and the county’s Chambers Creek Properties Master Site Plan to support the development of natural recreational opportunities that link local communities. Read the rest of the story here .