Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 •
Communications Manager

Everyone loves the historic barns at Fort Steilacoom Park, but sadly these iconic buildings aren't accessible to the public because of public safety hazards. That's about to change.

Partners for Parks wants to renovate the H barn as its latest community project with the intent that it will one day be available for community use.

First up is assessing the building. Partners for Parks is working with local architects and experts to gather the information necessary to develop a design, cost estimates and action plan. The volunteer-led group is preparing a study and wants to gather community input regarding this exciting opportunity. 

A community meeting is planned for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers (6000 Main St SW). 

Partners for Parks has a proven track record of driving and supporting local initiatives, including cleaning up park sites around the city, building restrooms and picnic shelters and most recently contributing $100,000 to the Waughop Lake Trail paving project at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Partners for Parks is a collaboration of Lakewood service organizations, community groups, educational institutions and businesses that have come together for the purpose of assisting in the improvement of Lakewood area parks.

For more information please email Partners for Parks contact Dave Betz at .  

The Pierce County Economic Development Department and the City of Lakewood Economic Development Department, with participating agencies, are hosting a FREE purchasing forum for local businesses Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

At this event participants will:

  • Learn about new and existing business opportunities with government agencies
  • Meet one-on-one with purchasing agents from federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Learn how to access agency portals
  • Learn about upcoming bidding opportunities 
  • Network with other Pierce County business owners and managers
  • Participate in educational breakout session(s) - to be announced 

Additional information: Registration opens at 8 a.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD SW, Lakewood (Clover Park Technical College). Contact Hans Kueck  ; (253) 798-2335 for more information.

We're a week away from the best free Fall Festival in the South Sound: the 11th Annual Truck and Tractor Day.

Presented by WSECU, this year's event will feature something for everyone. We'll have big rigs for kids - and adults - to climb aboard, honk the horn and see what life is like behind the wheel. We'll also provide free hayrides for the family around our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park, and don't forget all the great kids activities.

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma and Bricks 4 Kidz will be there with arts and craft activities, we’ll have live music by Seattle-based Squirrel Butter and Lakewood’s very own Original House of Donuts will be on hand to supply our “Donut on a String” game. Come play and see just how hard it is the eat a doughnut with no hands.

There is also a giant slingshot to launch pumpkins and kids will be given a free hard hat and pumpkins to decorate (while supplies last). Admission is free and food for purchase will be available from food trucks.

We hope that you’ll join us Saturday, Oct. 14 from noon to 3 p.m. for this quintessential Fall event.

**We ask all parents to please fill out a waiver before participating in the event. To save time you can fill yours out in advance and bring it along. Truck and Tractor Day waiver.

Check out these pictures from past Truck and Tractor Days:

It's time to show your #IamLakewood pride! Our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park is nominated for King 5 Evening’s 25th Annual Best of Western Washington for dog parks.

We're up against some steep competition and need your help to win. Voting is open between now and Oct. 29.

Please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

Click here and look for Fort Steilacoom Park, then click vote. You also enter yourself a chance to win a grand prize. 

Help show the rest of Western Washington what you already know: That Lakewood is the best!!!


October 6, 2017


A letter was hand delivered today to the owners of the B&I Public Marketplace stating that all critical public safety issues have been addressed and the city has deemed the building safe to occupy.

The building was shut down Aug. 16 due to public safety concerns. It reopened Thursday, Oct. 5.

After inspecting the building and the work done to bring the building up to code, Lakewood building officials, West Pierce Fire & Rescue representatives and officials from Tacoma Power and state Department of Labor and Industries concluded this week the building no longer posed a public safety hazard.  

The building was allowed to reopen with the condition that work continue to bring the remainder of the building into full compliance with state and local code. That work must be complete no later than April 9, 2018.

While the building is open, there are still some areas that are unsafe and will remain closed to the public until they are fixed.

As these areas are brought into compliance they will open.

After the closure, the building owner worked with local and state officials to ensure proper repairs were made to the building. That included hiring professional, licensed electrical contractors, fire protection engineers and architects to address the safety hazards identified.

City and fire officials recognize the impact the closure had on local businesses and worked with the building owner to expedite the inspection and permit process. The city will continue to work in partnership with the building owners in the coming months to bring the rest of the building into compliance.

Looking to get rid of old items before the holidays? The city of Lakewood and Pierce County Refuse are teaming up to offer a free fall cleanup for residents.

Pierce County Refuse is opening its Lakewood Transfer Station Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the event.

A photo ID or a recent utility bill is required to prove Lakewood residency. If you need assistance, please contact (253) 875-5053/800-34-LEMAY.

For items in good condition that aren't ready for the trash there will be a donation truck on site to collect items for reuse (i.e. either a Goodwill truck or St. Vincent DePaul).


What: 2017 Fall community cleanup

Where: Lakewood Transfer Station, 3869 94th St SW, Lakewood

When: Oct. 28 and 29, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items accepted:

  • We will accept general cleanup debris from home/garage/yard/attic clean outs and old or broken furniture for disposal.
  • These items will be accepted for recycling or donation:
    • DRY mattresses
    • Clothing
    • Scrap metal
    • Tires

Items not accepted:

  • Yard waste: this can be recycled for free at the landfill or every other week curbside
  • Hazardous waste
  • TVs, computers and other electronics
  • Paint
  • Propane tanks and cylinders
  • Automotive parts and accessories
  • Construction and roofing material
  • Commercial garbage
  • Regular garbage that is picked up curbside

Since the passing of retired Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar last week many people have reached out to express their sympathy to the police department, city and Farrar’s family. We appreciate the support and thank the public for its kindness.

At the request of the family a private memorial service is planned for Saturday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lakewood.

The memorial is for family, friends and law enforcement.

If there are members of the public who would like to pay their respects, they are welcome to gather at the corner of 112th Street and Bridgeport Way.

A large police procession is not planned, however there will be a small procession with Farrar’s family expected to arrive at the church around 3:30 p.m. from Bridgeport Way to 112th Street.

Farrar’s family and the City of Lakewood extend their thanks to the community for its compassion and understanding during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lakewood Officers Charity Fallen Officer Fund (P.O. Box 98298, Lakewood, WA 98496-8298).


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