Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 • bgrimley@cityoflakewood.us
Communications Manager

In case you needed another reason to attend the City of Lakewood's 20th Annual Tree Lighting on Dec. 2 , we have another one.

This year's event will feature a new route for the parade - yes,the same one that ends with a visit from Santa Claus himself. Unlike previous years, the parade - which begins at 5:30 p.m., and lasts about 15 minutes - will run along 59th Street Southwest at Lakewood Towne Center.

It will begin toward the area next to 24-Hour Fitness and end at the roundabout near Lakewood Towne Center, where the annual lighting of the Christmas tree will take place.

The City of Lakewood encourages event-goers to watch the parade along 59th Street and to wave "Hi" to everyone featured in the parde.

Of course, there will be plenty of other opportunities for Christmas cheer at this free, family friendly event will come aplenty. Some of the scheduled fun includes:

  • Check out entries in the City’s first “Inspiring Young Creators” Competition . The LEGO-inspired creativity and imagination of our community’s youth will be on display, piece by piece.
  • Christmas music and carols from the Clover Park High marching band, Lakes High Studio Choir, Mann Middle School Choir.
  • The talents of the Charisma Dancers.
  • Arts, crafts and “Minute-To-Win-It” games for youth and youth-at-heart.
  • As always, a Christmas parade in front of City Hall and a visit by the Kringle-y One himself, Santa Claus!

In Lakewood, the annual Tree-Lighting signals the start of the Christmas season. Join your neighbors and help us welcome the holidays on Dec. 2.

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On Nov. 7, 2016, the Lakewood City Council unanimously approved a resolution officially recognizing the vital role and public purpose of the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund.

The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund – a donor-advised fund of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation – was formed as a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization by the Lakewood Rotary Club and Clover Park Rotary Club to address critical needs in Lakewood and to serve Lakewood residents more directly, especially its neediest.

 

About the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund

The two Rotary clubs wanted to be more Lakewood-oriented in their charitable efforts, and all the money raised benefits Lakewood organizations and citizens.

The Foundation’s goal is to establish a $1 million endowment in order to fund projects and scholarships to benefit children, families and charities in Lakewood. The $1 million endowment should generate $50,000 or more each year for grants to deserving students and charities that work to meet the needs of Lakewood’s low-income population.

In 1999, the Foundation received a remarkable gift from Lakewood resident Marianna Shaw before her death from cancer. Widowed the previous year, one disabled son already deceased and another cared for in perpetuity through a trust, Marianna directed her Executor to divide her remaining estate equally to serve four areas: her church, her late husband’s alma mater, cancer research, and her community.

Neither well-to-do nor well known in Lakewood, Marianna left the surprising sum of $85,000 to the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund. She was confident that this relatively unknown organization would make good choice about how best to serve her fellow Lakewood residents, especially the neediest.

Since Marianna’s gift in 1999, the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund has received several gifts of $50,000 or more, along with countless smaller donations, raising the current asset value to over $800,000.

To date, the Foundation has made more than $94,000 in community grants, $25,000 in student scholarships, and facilitated more the $300,000 in specific community projects .

The Foundation Fund is governed by a nine-member board  of volunteer directors: three from Lakewood Rotary Club, three from Clover Park Rotary Club and three community representatives.

 

Resolution
  • A RESOLUTION of the City Council of the City of Lakewood, Washington, recognizing the vital role and public purpose of the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund.
  • WHEREAS, the City of Lakewood, Washington established in 1996, and ever dedicated and striving to perfect those values and attributes of vital and flourishing urban community within its jurisdiction and authority, to include beautification, improvement or maintenance of public spaces and rights of way within the City of Lakewood, Washington; and,
  • WHEREAS, since incorporation, volunteers have expended significant amounts of time and energy to further promote the aesthetic enhancement of different areas of the City, including major intersections and traffic islands, making a significant beneficial difference for the entire City; and,
  • WHEREAS, the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, operating as a donor advised fund of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, is formed to promote the enrichment, vitality and cultural heritage of community, with exclusive dedication to Lakewood, Washington; and,
  • WHEREAS, the collaboration of all parties to these ends are of mutual benefit to the City of Lakewood, its citizens and prospects, to include its Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, its Parks & Recreation, and the Well- Being of its People (its Social Capital); and,
  • WHEREAS, in recognition of the public benefit achieved by the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund in partnership with the City of Lakewood to ensure continued funding, it is desirable to formally acknowledge the valued public purpose of the organization;
  • NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAKEWOOD, WASHINGTON, HEREBY RESOLVES as Follows:
    • Section 1. That, as funding for the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund is used to the exclusive public benefit of the City of Lakewood, the City of Lakewood hereby recognizes the Lakewood Community Foundation as serving a public purpose and hereby establishes a partnership with the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund for public improvement and service to the City of Lakewood community.
    • Section 2. Effective Date. That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect upon passage and signatures hereon.

ADOPTED by the City Council this 7th day of November, 2016

(This message comes from Sound Transit. For more information, visit ST's website )

Sound Transit's contractor is planning to install a single right lane closure of I-5 Northbound and southbound from Monday, Nov. 14 starting at 8 p.m. until Friday morning at 5 a.m. The lane closures will be located just north of the North Throne Lane interchange (exit 123) to accommodate the directional boring underneath I-5 for the installation of the traffic signal conduits.

 

What to expect
  • This work will be occurring at night
  • Traffic signs will be in place 48 hours in advance
  • Equipment will sound similar to a truck engine running and vacuuming gravel
  • Openings will be covered when work is not occuring

WSDOT has contracted with Sound Transit to deliver the track and signal work, including upgrading crossings, bridge rehabilitation and construction and retaining wall construction.

The Point Defiance Bypass project includes a new Amtrak passenger train station in Tacoma's Freighthouse Square, new and upgraded track between Tacoma and DuPont and five reconstructed at-grade crossings, each with advanced warning and signal systems. When all work is complete in 2017 it will provide more frequent, reliable and faster Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service in Washington.

The following is the construction schedule for the South Tacoma Way  project (between 96th Street and SR 512) for the week beginning Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, according to the Lakewood Public Works Department:

  • Drivers should expect lane closures as the contractor continues work associated with the sidewalk on the east side of South Tacoma Way between Great American Casino and Pal-Do World. Other areas scheduled for work next week include work associated with the signal upgrades at South Tacoma Way-100th Street Southwest and South Tacoma Way-96th Street, as well as curb/gutter/sidewalk work in front of Eagle Leather.

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Looking to make up after overindulging during Thanksgiving this year? The City of Lakewood is offering a healthy, fun way to do so.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the City will hold its annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run , presented by Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital.

Both runs take place at Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave., Lakewood. The 5K begins 10 a.m., and the kids run will begin shortly afterward. Cost is $15 for the 5K; the 1 Mile run is free.

In addition to the runs, the day will feature a holiday costume contests for both humans and dogs, prizes and much, much more.

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The Boulevard of Remembrance will become reality.

To celebrate, the public is invited to The Boulevard of Remembrance Ceremony on Veterans Day. Speakers will include Rep. Dick Muri and Rep. Christine Kilduff, former Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson, JBLM I Corps Deputy Commanding General for Operations Brigadier General Dany Fortin and Charlotte “Polly” Medlock.

Following an overwhelming show of support from the City of Lakewood and other local governments and organizations, the State Transportation Commission this month approved the naming of stretch of Interstate 5 near the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) corridor.

The effort – intended to commemorate and honor of those who served in World War I, as well as the South Sound’s military heritage - involves the placement of a historical marker and preservation of surviving trees between the Mounts Road exit and the McChord exit.

Here are details on the event:

  • WHAT: Boulevard of Remembrance Ceremony
  • WHEN: 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11
  • WHERE: Lakewood City Hall, Council Chambers, 6000 Main St. SW

 

History

In 1928, the Tacoma Garden Club established a plan to commemorate those who served in World War I. Individual citizens and organizations in Pierce County funded the placement of 500 Northern, Scarlet, English, and red oak trees along the Pacific Highway (now I-5) from the Nisqually River to Ponders Station.

Each tree memorializes an individual, organization, or military unit that served during World War I and many of the trees are visibly marked by a copper plaque set in stone recording the name of the honored person or organization.

On March 16, 1928, the “Boulevard of Remembrance” was formally dedicated by local and state leaders. In the decades that followed, however, a large portion of the memorial was destroyed by expanding roadways and freeway construction, thereby reducing the number of trees on the “Boulevard of Remembrance” from 500 to 66.

In the 1980s, a group of local preservationists, including Charlotte Medlock, born 1925, waged a successful campaign to save the 66 surviving trees and in 1989. Pierce County Resolution R89-164 recognized the importance of preserving the “Boulevard of Remembrance” as a visible commemoration of the sacrifices many bore in the defense of our nation. The 66 remaining trees located along I-5, from the Nisqually River to Ponders Corner and Fort Lewis, continue to honor our World War I veterans, organizations, and other individuals who contributed to the war effort.

In observance of Veterans Day, Lakewood City offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

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