This week was a big week for the Springbrook Park expansion project in the city's Springbrook neighborhood.
Rising from the mud pit that once held the old playground equipment is a new play structure designed with children of all ages and abilities in mind. The Seahawks inspired blue and green equipment spans the play area and includes a large structure for older children and a smaller structure for the younger kids.
The new playground equipment was installed over the course of the week by dedicated volunteers including members of the Springbrook community and its Springbrook Connections group and members of the S-2, 1-14 CAV 1-2 SBCT from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. City parks and recreation and facilities employees also did some heavy lifting.
This is the latest phase in the expansion and redevelopment of the city-owned park in Springbrook.
The city is investing nearly $1 million into the project, allowing the park to more than double in size, make way for new walking trails, picnic tables, a second picnic shelter and the new playground equipment and expansion of the community garden.
Completed work includes installing a bridge over Clover Creek to provide pedestrian access to the park from an isolated area of the community off 47th Avenue Southwest, restoring the Clover Creek shoreline and relocating and expanding the community garden at the park.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new park is planned for April 22, Parks Appreciation Day. More information on that event will follow.
Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield recognized longtime volunteer and youth advocate Kurt Sample Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, for his service to youth in the city.
Sample led the program for 15 years, which operates at Lochburn Middle School and the Lakewood Family YMCA as a drop-in club for students to get hands on experience with computers, videography, robotics and other science and technology related fields.
He also ran Lakewood’s Promise, an agency made up of youth-focused organizations with a shared vision to provide opportunities for Lakewood youth to succeed through collaboration.
Thanking Sample for his contribution to the city, Caulfield said the city “needs more folks like you.”
“The level of energy you brought to Lakewood has been second to none,” Caulfield said. “On behalf of the Mayor, City Council and city of Lakewood I want to say ‘Thank you.’”
Sample will become the new director for Sound View Camp, a youth camp located on the Key Peninsula.
Watch the YouTube video of Sample's recognition during the Lakewood Community Collaboration meeting.
The City of Lakewood was recognized for excellence in governmental accounting and financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada(GFOA). The GFOA presented the award to Tho Kraus, Assistant City Manager of Administrative Service and Chief Financial Officer at the City of Lakewood, as the individual primarily responsible for preparing the 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report . This award represents the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, for providing accurate and transparent information in aiding the pursuit of financial well-being.
More background on the Certificate of Achivement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the GFOA:
On Tuesday, January 3rd, City Council recognized Becky Huber for her commitment to preserving and memorializing the history of Lakewood. She served as President of the Lakewood Historical Society for ten years, where she sought to celebrate Lakewood, and it's role in the development of the Pacific Northwest. Through the Society's work, she commemorated the landmarks and historical buildings that made up the community's identity. Becky Huber and the Lakewood Historical Society also hosted a variety of lectures, book talks, programming and other events. Lakewood City Council recognizes Becky Huber and thanks her for all her accomplishments.
Judge Susan Adams was sworn in as Lakewood’s Municipal Court Judge Feb. 6, 2017 before the Lakewood City Council.
In the coming weeks she will visit the cities of University Place, DuPont and the town of Steilacoom to be sworn in at each location as Municipal Court Judge for the respective jurisdictions.
Adams replaces Judge Grant Blinn who was elected in November to the Pierce County Superior Court.
Adams was appointed in January 2017. She previously served as director of the Crystal Judson Family Center in Tacoma for nearly 12 years.
Prior to joining the Tacoma nonprofit Adams was a deputy prosecuting attorney for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office for 14 years. While prosecutor Adams served as division chief, supervisor of the domestic violence unit, felony trial team chief and felony trial lawyer.
Adams also served as Judge Pro-Tempore for Lakewood and the city of Puyallup.
She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puget Sound school of law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University.
In 2015 Adams was named a Woman of Influence in South Puget Sound. She is a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum of Tacoma/Pierce County (class XIV). She is a Rotary Club of Tacoma No. 8 member and serves on the board of directors for St. Francis House in Puyallup.
Adams is a lifelong resident of Washington. She and husband Scott have been married more than 14 years and have two children.
Lakewood’s municipal court holds limited jurisdiction and hears criminal misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, infractions and parking and photo infraction violations in the cities of Lakewood, University Place, DuPont and the town of Steilacoom.
Municipal Court is located at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.
Visit the city of Lakewood YouTube channel to see footage of Judge Adams being sworn in.
The source of raw sewage that was flowing sporadically into Waughop Lake from nearby Pierce College was found at the end of January.
City stormwater management officials met with the college's contractor as they found where a sewer pipe was mistakenly connected to a stormwater pipe. The contractor dug up the pipe and capped it, preventing further sewage from spilling into the lake through an outfall pipe from the college.
The next step for the college is to flush the storm pipe downstream and clean the lake at the outfall. A date for when this will happen has not been set.
Previously the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department posted caution signs around the lake because of the sewage spill. The water may not be safe for people or animals to enter. The city continues to work with all local partners to create a safe and healthy environment.
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