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

There are two opportunities to honor our veterans this year in Lakewood.

The first is Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at 7 p.m. at City Hall in Council Chambers (6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood) as part of the City Council's regular meeting.

The council will officiate the event, which will include participation from members of the Clover Park High School JROTC, the Lakes High School choir, a POW/MIA table display by the 2/2 Stryker Brigade.

A proclamation will be given to Joint Base Lewis-McChord base commander Col. Nicole Lucas, 62nd Airlift Wing commander Col. Rebecca Sonkiss, 2/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team commander Col. Jay Miseli and Charlie Bailey, USO senior director of site development and operations.

The second event is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., also at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers.

Speakers include U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, state Reps. Dick Muri and Christine Kilduff, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson and others.

The ceremony will recognize the 100-year anniversary of when the United States entered World War 1 (April 6, 1917) and the 100thanniversary of JBLM. Emceed by Bill Baarsma, the official program beings at 2 p.m.


Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the City of Lakewood, is in the running to bring a 10- to 12-week live music series to Fort Steilacoom Park for Summer 2018.

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation , a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, the city and Broadway Center hope to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards.

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is an exciting matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Up to 15 nonprofits will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.

Broadway Center submitted the proposal for a concert series in Lakewood. The proposed venue site is Fort Steilacoom Park. The proposal will be posted on the Levitt AMP website  for public voting through Nov. 20.

If selected, the concert series in Lakewood would be the first Levitt-funded concert series in the Northwest.

In order to be successful we need community participation, which means we need to get as many online votes as possible. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects its winners.

Supporters are asked to register and vote online.  Online public voting is open now and ends Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. The Levitt Foundation will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists and will select up to 15 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced Jan. 2, 2018.

“We are thrilled to be selected as a finalist for the Levitt Amp grant,” stated Broadway Center executive director David Fischer, “as this fits perfectly with Broadway Center’s mission to ‘energize community through live performance.’ Fort Steilacoom Park is the perfect setting for what could be the first Levitt concert series in the Northwest.”

Broadway Center and the City of Lakewood ask supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for their proposal.

Learn more at .

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 first-ever free Fall Community Cleanup, hosted by the City of Lakewood and LeMay Pierce County Refuse.

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).


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


Will you accept appliances?

We cannot accept any appliances as they can’t be put into the landfill. Residents can contact these companies that recycle appliances:

  • Recycling Resources, (253) 537-1400
  • Appliance NW, (253) 301-2405

What does general cleanup debris/yard waste mean?

General cleanup debris refers to non-organic items such as old toys, lawn furniture, unwanted items stored in garages, etc.

Yard waste refers to organic material that we currently pick up in the blue yard waste bins that residents currently have. This material is typically grass clippings, leave, tree trimmings, small bushes, etc. These are also accepted free of charge at the LRI Compost Facility located in Puyallup.

Will old furniture be accepted?

Yes it will be accepted if it’s not worthy of donation.

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!

This summer 10-year-old Lakewood resident Malikhi Griffin walked into Lakewood City Hall with a sandwich bag filled with coins. Inside was $21.50.

He met with Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and handed the bag over, telling her he was giving the money to the city to buy more plants for the city’s parks.

“I wanted to raise money for the city because I think it’s important to have things like parks and things like that so people can get into nature more,” the fifth grader said.

On Saturday Malikhi will be at Fort Steilacoom Park to help volunteers plant trees around Waughop Lake as part of the national Make a Difference Day event. One of the trees was purchased using his donation.

Malikhi loves the beauty of nature, he said, and wants to see “more plants added” in his community. His donation this summer is the second time he’s given his hard-earned savings to the city to help with beautification efforts.

The city appreciations Malikhi’s generosity and participation in our community events – he helped during Parks Appreciation Day in April, too. We can’t wait to see what great things are in store for this young man and his continued involvement with Lakewood.

Want to help Malikhi Saturday? Head to Fort Steilacoom Park to help with tree planting around Waughop Lake or grave site restoration from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Or head to The Little Church on the Prairie for other events requiring less manual labor, including:

  • Operation Christmas Child: Packing boxes to be delivered to children in countries around the world who lack basic items like shoes and socks, and who may have never tasted candy! We will be making an item to send and writing a personal note.
  • LASA Box Wrapping: We will team with the Living Assistance Support Alliance (LASA) here in Lakewood to help them wrap items for the holidays. Their headquarters is a few blocks from the church.
  • Moldova Girls: Moldova is one of Europe's poorest countries. Help cut fabric (bring scissors!) to be made into necessary items for girls ages 10-18. They will be delivered by the project leader when she goes there on a mission trip in 2018.

Contact Recreation Coordinator Cameron Fairfield at, (253) 983-7827 for more information about how to get involved with the city's tree planting event.

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 .

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: 


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