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

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:

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).

Hosted by the Lakewood Arts Commission, the public is invited every quarter to join us for a local artist reception where they can view the work of local artists displayed in City Hall. 

The upcoming meet and greet reception will feature the work of Rob Roy Wilson. He lives in Fircrest and started painting in fourth grade. Rob uses acrylic paint, recycled frames and even some recycled canvases to make his beautiful paintings. 

If you are interested in purchasing a painting or seeing more of Rob’s art collection, please call (253) 566-5909.

If you are interested in having your art on display, contact Sally Martinez at 253.983.7758for more information.

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!!!


Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss one of the upcoming informational meetings planned to bring rental property owners and managers up to speed on the soon to be implemented Rental Housing Safety Program.

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7 p.m. OR Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

At these meetings city staff will offer training and information on the new Rental Housing Safety Program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years.

The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.

The City of Lakewood and its Police Department are saddened to share the passing of retired Police Chief Bret Farrar.

Earlier this morning, Bret’s family notified us that Bret passed away Tuesday in Arizona. Bret had been battling another bout of cancer for several months. He was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.

Bret had a long and successful career in law enforcement, with the majority of his time spent serving the citizens of Lakewood. Bret played a large role in the creation of the Lakewood Police Department and served as the chief from 2008 until his retirement in April of 2015.

Under Bret’s direction the police department continued to build its relationship in the community, a move that helped reduce crime across the board and made Lakewood a safer place to live.

His leadership was especially critical in 2009 when he was faced with leading the department through one of its worst tragedies – the shooting death of a sergeant and three of its officers.

Through it all, Bret united the department and reaffirmed the conviction of the Lakewood Police Department to serve and protect the city.

Bret will be missed by all of those who knew him. His influence and leadership are still felt by those who worked with him both at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Lakewood PD.

“Bret’s commitment to the community went above and beyond his role as Police Chief,” Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield said. “He cared about our community as demonstrated by his commitment to countless charities and service groups in Lakewood.

“The city expresses its sympathy to Bret’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Caulfield said. “His family should be proud of the legacy he left in Lakewood. He will be missed.”

Our thoughts and condolences are with Bret’s family and close friends.

“As much as Bret meant to the Police Department and the City of Lakewood it pales in comparison to what he meant to his family,” said Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro. “They were extremely close and I can’t imagine the loss they are feeling.”

We will not be offering any additional comments or interviews at this time.


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