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

The City of Lakewood recently received grant funding to pay for an aquatic vegetation management plan for American Lake. 

The city requested the grant because of an increase in Eurasian Watermilfoil in American Lake. Eurasian Watermilfoil is a non-native, invasive aquatic plant that is spreading the lake. The city wants to control the watermilfoil and its spread, but must first get state approval of its management plan by the Department of Ecology.

A public meeting is planned for Thursday (Oct. 26) at 6:30 p.m. at Tillicum Elementary School, 8514 Maple St. SW, for people to learn more about Eurasian Watermilfoil, how to control it and to provide input on the management plan.

For more information contact Greg Vigoren, (253) 983-7771, or email .

Looking to clock some volunteer hours? We need your help for our first Lakewood Community Clean Up, Oct. 28-29, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here's the details:


Volunteer Duties:

  • Assist in directing traffic through the event
  • Help unload materials out of vehicles at transfer station 

Where and When:

  • Lakewood Transfer Station – 3869 94th St SW
  • October 28 and 29. Morning and afternoon shifts available.


  • At least 18 years old.
  • Volunteers will need to wear close-toed shoes and long pants. All other safety equipment will be provided.

Contact for further questions:

We appreciate your help!

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 .  

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.

Did you know that children who participate in team sports tend to make bigger strides in academic achievement because they learn the importance of time management and discipline? Team sports are also a great way for children to build social and teamwork skills, develop positive relationships with their peers and adults and build confidence.

Sign your child up today for Lakewood's Youth Basketball League and lay the foundation for their future by teaching them the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.

The registration deadline is Dec. 8, but register by Nov. 3 and receive a $10 discount.

Lakewood Youth Basketball


  • K/1st Grade Coed  
  • 2nd/3rd Grade Boys
  • 2nd/3rd Grade Girls
  • 4th/5th Grade Boys
  • 4th/5th Grade Girls


  • $55 if registered by Nov. 3
  • $65 Nov. 4 to Dec. 8 (deadline)


Jan. 8 to March 330, 2018


Volunteer coaches needed, please contact Recreation Coordinator Cameron Fairfield (; (253) 983-7827) if interested.

How to Register:


In person: Front counter, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. 

Email: Fill out the registration form and send it back to Cameron Fairfield: 

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:


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