News Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:46:54 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (City of Lakewood) Save the date: Lakewood artist reception Sept. 25

Hosted by the Lakewood Arts Commission, the public is invited every quarter to join us for a local artist reception where they can view the work of local artists displayed in City Hall. 

The upcoming meet and greet reception will feature the work of Rob Roy Wilson. He lives in Fircrest and started painting in fourth grade. Rob uses acrylic paint, recycled frames and even some recycled canvases to make his beautiful paintings. 

If you are interested in purchasing a painting or seeing more of Rob’s art collection, please call 253.566.5909.

If you are interested in having your art on display, contact Sally Martinez at 253.983.7758for more information.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:36:10 -0700
Lakewood mourns loss of retired Police Chief Bret Farrar The City of Lakewood and its Police Department are saddened to share the passing of retired Police Chief Bret Farrar.

Earlier this morning, Bret’s family notified us that Bret passed away Tuesday in Arizona. Bret had been battling another bout of cancer for several months. He was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.

Bret had a long and successful career in law enforcement, with the majority of his time spent serving the citizens of Lakewood. Bret played a large role in the creation of the Lakewood Police Department and served as the chief from 2008 until his retirement in April of 2015.

Under Bret’s direction the police department continued to build its relationship in the community, a move that helped reduce crime across the board and made Lakewood a safer place to live.

His leadership was especially critical in 2009 when he was faced with leading the department through one of its worst tragedies – the shooting death of a sergeant and three of its officers.

Through it all, Bret united the department and reaffirmed the conviction of the Lakewood Police Department to serve and protect the city.

Bret will be missed by all of those who knew him. His influence and leadership are still felt by those who worked with him both at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Lakewood PD.

“Bret’s commitment to the community went above and beyond his role as Police Chief,” Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield said. “He cared about our community as demonstrated by his commitment to countless charities and service groups in Lakewood.

“The city expresses its sympathy to Bret’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Caulfield said. “His family should be proud of the legacy he left in Lakewood. He will be missed.”

Our thoughts and condolences are with Bret’s family and close friends.

“As much as Bret meant to the Police Department and the City of Lakewood it pales in comparison to what he meant to his family,” said Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro. “They were extremely close and I can’t imagine the loss they are feeling.”

We will not be offering any additional comments or interviews at this time.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:45:12 -0700
Lakewood road project update: Gravelly Lake Drive If Gravelly Lake Drive between 100th Street and Bridgeport Way (near the Colonial Center) is part of your daily commute chances are you've been wondering: "When in the world will the construction end?!"

Well daily commuters you're in luck, the light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter by the day.

Since June contractor RW Scott has performed work on the busy thoroughfare, starting with upgrades to storm runoff catch basins before moving on to installing improved sidewalks with curb and gutter that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

When all is said and done this $1.84 million will provide continuous sidewalks along Gravelly Lake Drive from its intersection with Steilacoom Boulevard all the way down to Nyanza Road.

Other improvements with this project include updating the street lighting to LED lights and reconfiguring the right turn from Mt. Tacoma Drive onto Gravelly Lake Drive. Previously there was an island that separated right turning traffic from the rest of the lanes on Mt. Tacoma Drive. This right turn channel will be replaced with a dedicated right turn lane and a new signal at the intersection. The focus is on pedestrian safety by improving visibility at this intersection.

Other significant changes for Mt. Tacoma Drive include big changes to parking on front of the Colonial Center. The current configuration of angle-in parking along the storefronts causes significant traffic congestion during busy times as cars back out of the spaces and into oncoming traffic on Mt. Tacoma Drive.

This typically results in backups onto Gravelly Lake Drive. To fix this problem the angled parking spaces will be replaced with eight parallel parking spaces. The hope is this will reduce the backups onto Mt. Tacoma and Gravelly Lake drives during peak times.

Check out the video below to hear from project manager and Lakewood civil engineer Paul Candler about the proposed improvements.


]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:50:36 -0700
Sign up now for Lakewood's Triple the Fun Run series Triple the fun this holiday season and stay in shape while having a blast by signing up for the Triple 

the Fun Run series -- three races put on by Lakewood and held at our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park. 

Save money by registering for all three races instead of registering individually.

And after you finish your last race you will walk (or run) away with a crazy hat, t-shirt and scarf, as well as a special medal for those who complete all three races!

Register at


  • Triple the Fun Run Early Bird Special: $55 for all three races (on or before Oct. 16).
  • Triple the Fun Run Regular Fee: $75 for all three races (Oct. 17 to Oct. 29)

Individual race fee:

Race details:
All races begin at 10 a.m.; day of registration and packet pick up is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Halloween Crazy Hat 5k & 10k Run/Walk and FREE 1-Mile Run/Walk
When: Sunday, Oct. 29 
What: Wear a crazy hat to this upbeat fun run. Don't have one? All 5k racers will get the coolest, funky hat as part of registration (instead of t-shirt). Feel free to walk or run. All ages welcome in the free 1 mile run/walk.

Jingle Bell Rock 5k Fun Run and FREE 1-Mile Run/Walk
When: Saturday, Dec. 9
What: Dig out your favorite elf hats, Santa beards, striped stockings and other holiday gear. Everyone is welcome, including dogs, so bring the whole family and get your jingle on at Fort Steilacoom Park. 
Moms and dads with strollers are welcome to join the free 1 mile run/walk that is on paved paths. Warm up around the fire pit at the end and roast s'mores! T-shirts come with the 5k registration. Prizes for best individual adult costume, kid costumes, and best dog costume.

New Years Day 5k run/walk and free 1 mile run/walk
When: Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
What: What better way to ring in the the New Year than with a beautiful run at Fort Steilacoom Park. It will be chilly, but all 5k racers will get a scarf! Bring the kids to join in the free 1 mile run/walk.

Fort Steilacoom Park
8714 87th Ave SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Race distance:
3.1-mile Run/Walk
1-Mile Run/Walk for all ages and abilities

Volunteers needed:
We need about 25 volunteers to assist with various portions for each event. Call Sally at 253.983.7758 or email

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:20:49 -0700
Waughop Lake Trail dedication is tonight

Have plans for tonight? Come join us out at Waughop Lake for our trail dedication.

Mix and mingle starts at 5:30 p.m. at the new picnic shelter followed by a short presentation at 6 p.m.

Then the newly paved trail is all yours to discover and walk from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be stations at different points around the lake trail for you to learn about the lake habitat, see how the trail has transformed and learn how invaluable our volunteers and community partners were in making the improvements happen.

There will also be live music around the lake.

Park in the recently paved parking lot by the dog park and follow the signs to the new picnic shelter at Waughop Lake for the ceremony.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:13:10 -0700
Two informational meetings planned for Lakewood's Rental Housing Safety Program Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss one of the upcoming informational meetings planned to bring rental property owners and managers up to speed on the soon to be implemented Rental Housing Safety Program.

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7 p.m. OR Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

At these meetings city staff will offer training and information on the new Rental Housing Safety Program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years.

The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.

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Lakewood continues to work with B&I Public Marketplace Sept. 8, 2017

The B&I Public Marketplace was shut down Aug. 17 by the City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire & Rescue because it is unsafe for people to be inside.

During the week of Aug. 21 power was shut off to the building at the recommendation of the state Department of Labor & Industries, which determined electrical work done to the building is unsafe and hazardous.

City and fire officials are in regular communication with the building owners and their agent and all parties are working together.

The city and West Pierce Fire & Rescue have requested the following items from the owner:

  • Copy of Fire Protection Engineer evaluation of the building’s fire protection system.
  • Copy of electrical reports from Labor & Industries and utility providers Lakeview Light & Power and Tacoma Power.

These reports will include recommendations from the experts who inspected the property. City building officials and West Pierce Fire & Rescue representatives will use these recommendations to prioritize the work that must be done in order for the building to reopen.

City and fire officials will work with the building owner and their agent to create an action plan with the intent to address the most severe problems first. Once the items affecting public safety are fixed, the building can reopen.

A timeline for the completion of additional items not impacting public safety will also be drafted for the owner.

Once the action plan is complete it is up to the owners to hire licensed, bonded and insured contractors to do the work. That includes filing for permits and passing inspections once the work is done, as required by law. In some cases work may be required to be done sequentially, which could take time.

It is unknown how long it could take to complete the work, but it is not something that will be done in a matter of days. An accurate timeline is unknown until the prioritized list is created and the building owners hire contractors. Re-opening the building also depends on the work passing inspections.

The building will remain closed until it is safe for the public to be inside.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:07:58 -0700
Lakewood, West Pierce Fire & Rescue host joint 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony On Monday, Sept. 11 West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Lakewood will hold a short ceremony to honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and pay tribute to our first responders and military service members.

The program will include speeches by local officials from Lakewood and West Pierce Fire & Rescue and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The ceremony begins at noon and will be held at the flag plaza in front of City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood.


]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:47:07 -0700
Latest edition of Lakewood Connections Magazine is here

The latest edition of the Lakewood Connections Magazine hit mailboxes over the three-day Labor Day weekend.

Inside the publication you'll find:

  • Recognition of Joint Base Lewis-McChord on its recent centennial celebration
  • A reminder that fast trains are coming to Lakewood soon (December)
  • Information on our Fall Community Cleanup (scheduled for Oct. 28/29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Feature article on our recently established Veteran’s Treatment Court
  • Information on registering for the Rental Housing Safety Program
  • Updates on economic development, transportation and park improvements
  • Listing of upcoming events including the 11th annual Truck and Tractor Day, scheduled for Oct. 14 from noon to 3 p.m.

View the online version.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:26:01 -0700
Toxic Algae advisory issued for Lake Steilacoom The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department issued a toxic algae advisory for Lake Steilacoom Aug. 29, 2017. That means there are areas of the lake with algae that are unsafe for people and pets.

The advisory means people and pets should avoid areas of the lake where algae is present.

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in areas with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color (bluish or brownish). Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake.

Swallowing lake water containing algae or prolonged skin contact with the algae may result in illness, such as muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or nausea. Anyone who swallows water containing large amounts of algae should seek immediate medical attention.

The risk to pets is much greater than the risk to people. Pets have smaller body sizes and are more likely to drink water containing a heavy concentration of algae. If a pet ingests a large amount of algae and is showing signs such as vomiting, lethargy, disorientation, or seizures, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Runoff from fertilizers, animal and human waste reach our lakes and contribute to algae growth. Reducing the use of fertilizers, properly maintaining septic systems, and properly disposing of pet waste helps improve water quality in lakes, streams, groundwater, and Puget Sound.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:35:42 -0700
Sewage Spill Advisory lifted from Lakewood's Waughop Lake The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department lifted is sewage spill advisory from Waughop Lake Friday, following water quality tests that show the water quality has improved.

The health department posted the advisory earlier this year after storm lines from Pierce College drained into Waughop Lake. The College addressed the problem and worked to clean up the site.

Recent water quality samples from the lake showed the average E.coli levels below the health department’s threshold for requiring public notification of a sewage spill. The location near the outfall where the sewage drained from the college had one of the lowest results for E.coli.

The water quality results, in combination with the efforts by Pierce College led to the removal of the Sewage Spill Advisory.

An additional E.coli sampling will be taken following the next rain event to make sure residual sewage doesn’t impact the lake.

The toxic algae advisory remains in effect and areas with visible algae should be avoided.

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