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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 .

May 22, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Farmers Market Returns June 2

It’s back – bigger, tastier and more market-ier than ever before. The Lakewood Farmers Market  returns for its fourth season beginning June 2, and it will run every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Sept. 15. Once again sponsored generously by St. Clare Hospital, the market will take place at Lakewood Towne Center on the plaza at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.  This season promises to be the market’s best yet, as the City welcomes back vendors of some of the freshest produce, flowers, plants and other natural offerings around, as well as great arts, crafts and other goods. And if you’re a foody, the Lakewood Farmers Market is offering the best noms in the South Sound. Several regionally popular mobile food trucks will join the market, including:

For more information, click here .

May 8, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

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 Active.com  to register or to learn more information.

April 24, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Parks Appreciation Day 2015

Park Appreciation Day is Saturday, April 25. Lakewood residents have made this effort a success the last 14 years. The improvements and beautification projects completed by volunteers every year are too numerous to list, but they have all made a difference in our community’s parks. We count on volunteers each year to prepare Lakewood’s parks for the spring/summer season. The 2015 sites set for City of Lakewood Park Appreciation Day projects on Saturday, April 25, are:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park : Volunteers will be pulling scotch broom!  Other projects include restoring historic cemetery grave markers, planting flowers and repairing roofs and other areas on the playground
  • American Lake Park : The West Pierce Fire and Rescue Dive Team will clean up under water in the boat launch and swimming areas. Volunteers will also rake and clean up the beach and plant flowers.
  • Wards Lake Park : Trail maintenance and invasive ivy removal
  • Lakewood Community Garden:  The City will dedicate the new sign and entry area and then prepare the beds for the growing season
  • Springbrook Park:  Community garden development and plantings
  • Puget Sound Wildlife Area (game farm park in Oakbrook): Removing old fencing and general clean up

May 15, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Celebrates Lancers

On Friday, May 15, some 5,000 people stopped by Fort Steilacoom Park for Military Appreciation Day, celebrating the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The Lancer Brigade is Lakewood's "Community Connector" to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The event - which was produced by the City of Lakewood and the local chapter of the Association of the United States Army - offered activities galore for service members, their families, veterans and the entire community. Those included a car show, vehicle displays, vendor booths, a bouncy house, live music and free pizza. The day also featured a crossfit fitness challenge between the Lancer Brigade, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the Lakewood Police Department. There was even a special guest appearance by a Seahawk SeaGal. "This is great," Mayor Don Anderson said. "This is a great way to show support for our military." The City has posted photos from the event on its Facebook page .

May 1, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Launches New Websites

The City of Lakewood has a new online look and is planning even more improvements to help better connect with residents. The City of Lakewood has launched its new website. It has also launched a new Economic Development-oriented website at destination.cityoflakewood.us . For anyone who interacted with the City of Lakewood’s previous website, the new version provides a completely different experience. Designed and produced in-house, the City’s new website is easy to use and navigate for web users of all abilities. 

For more information: http://goo.gl/9nyWbS

April 17, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Harry Todd Park Dock Removal

Users might notice a different look to the popular dock at Harry Todd Park. This week, the City had to remove the inner-most sections of both “L”-shaped docks because of damage over the years. Essentially, where previously the two docks connected to form a “U” shape from overhead, the two docks now look like two straight lines or “fingers.” Parks and Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth says the damaged sections are about 45 years old. “They have been patched, repaired, reconfigured and removed over the past 12 years,” she said. “Each year, the dock has been harder and harder to sustain.” Specifically, the metal and materials connecting the dock sections had been compromised, and each of the removed sections is significantly waterlogged. The wave action - caused by storms in the winter and boating in the spring and summer season - contributed to the ongoing wear-and-tear of the dock system. That created multiple safety issues, Dodsworth says. The City has developed a capital program to replace the dock sections, as well as create better access for all to the shoreline area of the park, although it’s not going to happen this year. “Prior to replacement, we’ll need to complete the necessary design, environmental and permitting work," Dodsworth said. "Safety is a priority for us and the main reason for needing to remove the dock sections this year.” “Unfortunately, based on the condition of the dock, we couldn’t wait any longer to remove the sections,” said added. “We appreciate residents’ concerns and will do our best to create a fun and safe place for our community to play.”

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