We are one week away from SummerFEST – the city’s biggest party of the year!
Spend your Saturday, July 8 in our beautiful 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park. This family-friendly, FREE festival is a great chance to get outdoors, enjoy the summer weather and participate in a wide array of events.
The morning kicks off with our annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, which begins at American Lake Park and sends athletes through the city via bike until they reach Fort Steilacoom where they'll throw on their running shoes and traverse the trails to the finish line. Check out the stories of some of our previous participants . Register here .
For those a looking to expend a little less energy, there is a 5k and 10k race, as well as a 1 mile Kids' run. Learn about those events here.
Running not your speed? Don't worry there's plenty to do for those who just want to relax.
We'll have live music from Spike and the Impalers, Tacocat and Kuinka, children's arts and crafts, vendor booths, food trucks, trapeze shows, extreme trampoline performances, car show, International Festival and if you stick around for the evening hours fire dancers will perform at dusk. The night concludes with a movie in the park. But before you curl up on your blanket in the grass, check out the pet parade happening at 8 p.m.
Are you a car enthusiast? Then you won’t want to miss our annual car show, as well as a chance to meet BMW PRO3 Driver Lance Richert who will be there with his PRO3 car – no. 35 – signing autographs.
Richert has raced BMWs since 1999 after years of lapping days with the Puget Sound BMW Club. His PRO3 car is one of the first four BMW E30s that raced in the first PRO3 season after it was converted from ITS specs.
By day Richert does residential architectural design, but on the course he is a force to be reckoned with. He held the lap record for PRO3 twice at Pacific Raceways.
So what is PRO3? It is the largest and arguably the most competitive race group in the PNW. It’s a spec racing class for BMW E30s which has an intent to create a restrictive formula for BMW cars that focuses on driver ability instead of design/preparation of the car. Typically 30 or more PRO3 cars compete in the International Conference of Race Car Clubs each year.
Come meet Richert and learn more about PRO3 racing at SummerFEST July 8!
Independence Day is right around the corner, which means some residents will be using fireworks to celebrate the holiday.
According to the Lakewood Municipal Code , fireworks are allowed between 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., on July 3-5.
In Washington State it is unlawful to sell fireworks to any person under 16 years of age. It is the responsibility of any seller of fireworks to obtain and/or require proof of age of any consumer at time of purchase.
Allowed fireworks include:
- dipped sticks and sparklers
- ground and hand-held sparkling devices
- cylindrical or cone fountains
- ground spinners
- filter sparklers
- smoke devices
- Roman candles
- mines or shells
- illuminating torches
These are not permitted:
- sky rockets
- bottle rockets
- M-80’s, M-100’s or larger cherry bombs
- tennis ball bombs
- pipe bombs
- tampered, altered or homemade fireworks.
Lakewood and West Pierce Fire & Rescue want the community to celebrate safely. Each year thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – fires, devastating burns, other injuries, and even death.
The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home – period. Attend a public fireworks display and leave the lighting to the professionals. Here's information about nearby shows on July 4:
- JBLM Freedom Fest at Cowan and Memorial Stadiums : all day event July 3 (for military members and family); July 4 open to public, fireworks at 10 p.m.
- Steilacoom’s Grand Old Fourth of July on Lafayette Street, Downtown – dusk
- Tacoma’s Freedom Fair at the Ruston Way Waterfront – 10:10 pm
Independence Day can raise questions and concerns when it comes to safety. Here are some resources should you need to call someone for assistance.
If there is a code enforcement issue or concern related to fireworks, such as tall grass or improper sales, please contact West Pierce Fire & Rescue (253) 564-1623.
To report the use of illegal fireworks or discharging fireworks outside of the designated dates or times, please contact South Sound 911’s non-emergency dispatch line at (253) 798-4721.
Adult supervision around fireworks is important. Only adults should light fireworks and handle matches and lighters. Set family boundaries and talk with children about celebrating safely. Use care in selecting the area for discharge of fireworks, and the type of fireworks appropriate for that area. Weather conditions make grasses and vegetation dry and vulnerable to fire.
BE PREPARED - Before you light fireworks
- Use legal fireworks, available at licensed stands within the District Store fireworks out of children’s reach
- Keep pets safe indoors
- Always keep water nearby
BE SAFE - When lighting fireworks
- Only adults should light fireworks
- Only use outdoors
- Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand
- Protect your eyes
- Light one firework at a time and move away quickly
- Never relight a “dud”
BE RESPONSIBLE - After you finish
- Soak used fireworks in water
- Be considerate – clean up used fireworks
- Keep matches and lighters away from children
Starting Saturday (6/24) and continuing the fourth Saturday of every month, people can come to Fort Steilacoom Park to help restore sections of the 350-acre park.
The first work party will focus on restoration work around the Waughop Lake Trail. Work will include pulling ivy, cutting back blackberry bushes and doing other work.
This will continue through the dry summer months - and is a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours around the city.
Saturday's meet up begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. Meet at the blue barn near the dog park - look for a volunteer named Tari. Please bring your own garden gloves and remember to bring lots of water and sunscreen - it's supposed to be a hot one!
The city will provide vests and first aid kit.
If you're interested please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org . Drop ins are also welcome, but an RSVP helps us know what gear we need to supply and additional materials.
Don't worry if you can't make it Saturday - this is a recurring event, so there are plenty of opportunities to help going forward.
And thank you for helping us keep our city beautiful!
If you're trying to navigate the city this week, here's the roads to avoid while crews perform night work:
South Tacoma Way
Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street: Road closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 90th and 86th streets starting at 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Detour in place, businsses are open and signs will be posted ot help people navigate construction - flaggers will also be onsite to help get customerrs into businesses. The road is closed for grinding/paving work and to install two new traffic signals.
Elsewhere on South Tacoma Way the road will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting at 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. between state Route 512 and 96th St SW Wednesday, Thursday, Monday (6/26) and Tuesday (6/27) while crews stripe the road. Striping will occur Monday and Tuesday (6/26-27) on 100th, 96th and South Tacoma Way between 96th and 90th streets.
Detours will be in place, but expect delays.The city will work as quickly as possible to restore full access and thanks residents and visitors for their patience while these improvements are completed.
Closures are planned for Friday and Saturday between Kendrick Street and Steilacoom Boulevard for striping. Sections of road will be closed starting at 8 p.m. The intersections of Lakeview Avenue and 108th Street and Lakeview Avenue and 100th Street will close around midnight Saturday.
Drivers heading to Tillicum from northbound Interstate 5 at Berkeley Street (Exit 122) will need to plan an alternate route on Wednesday, June 28.
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the left lane of the northbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street. The closure is necessary so crews can safely install a repaired storm water pump.
Drivers will be able to turn right onto Jackson Avenue. However, drivers will not be able to turn left or continue forward onto northbound I-5.
The city has partnered with Whole Foods Market in University Place to support its Farmers Market Healthy Bucks program.
Through the partnership, Whole Foods Chambers Bay will dedicate 5 percent of its sales from June 22 to the city which will allow us to provide more Healthy Bucks to children in our community.
Through the Healthy Bucks program children 16 years old and under can purchase $2 worth of fruits and vegetables from market vendors. All they have to do is stop by the city booth at the market to pick up their Healthy Bucks, then walk around our market and pick out the fresh produce they want to buy.
Through this program we are not only providing our youth with the opportunity to buy fresh food, but we are teaching them the importance of healthy food choices.
This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors like Whole Foods Market. The city is honored and excited to be one of the groups selected as a partner for the Whole Foods Market Community Support Days, which only happen four times a year.
Please consider helping us achieve our goal of supporting our youth and providing them with healthy food by shopping at Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay, 3515 Bridgeport Way W, University Place on June 22.
Developers, property owners and those interested in doing business in Lakewood attended the city's third annual Developer's Forum June 15 at the McGavick Center.
The morning included presentations by three developers currently building projects in the city - Seth Borman, Travis Hale and James Guerrero - as well as information from city building staff about work the city is doing to improve the permitting and building process to make it easier for developers to do business in Lakewood.
While detailing the various project's his architecture group has done in the city, architect James Guerrero said Lakewood was "significantly easier to work with" that other parts of Pierce County. He noted in the past he would have put another city at the top of his list as the easiest to work with, but Lakewood has since clinched that position.
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