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


May 4, 2018

Multicultural Food Demo & Competition

Presented by Lakewood SummerFEST & Sister Cities International Festival July 14

We are seeking chefs who are excited about promoting their establishments and highlighting their talents to provide a cooking demo on Saturday, July 14 at Fort Steilacoom Park for our annual SummerFEST celebration.

Last year SummerFEST attracted 30,000 people.

Format of event: Two chefs will prepare a multi-cultural dish side-by-side, featured in a 20 minute competition against each other. An emcee will facilitate the demo, describe the dishes, restaurants and interact with chefs.

After the timed competition each chef will offer samples. Samples will be prepared ahead of time and brought to the event. SummerFEST attendees will vote on their favorite dish by dropping marbles into a jar on a scale. The heaviest jar wins!

Next steps if you are interested:

  • Contact Anessa McLendon at Cha or (253) 468-0808.
  • Choose a time slot: 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.
  • Discuss with Anessa the dish that will be made.
  • Provide 50-100 samples (suggested at least 75) for judging.
  • Provide your own ingredients, tools, etc. for demonstration.
  • Send a bio, info about the dish, and anything else you would like the emcee to share.
  • Bring fliers, menus, etc. to promote your establishment.

What you will get in return

  • Massive exposure!
  • Your website linked to Summerfest website
  • Social media posts through City of Lakewood
  • Logo on food demo pamphlet
  • Winners receive recognition in Fall 2018 issue of Lakewood Connections Magazine distributed to 30,000 households
  • Exposure up to 30,000 people on day of the event.

What the City of Lakewood will provide:

  • Handwashing station
  • Covered shelter space
  • Tables
  • Emcee
  • Volunteers
  • Voting materials
  • Sound system

May 4, 2018

Are you interested in developing in Lakewood? Then you don’t want to miss the city of Lakewood’s annual Developer’s Forum, being held this year on June 14 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW in Lakewood.

This event is for Real Estate brokers, developers, contractors, property owners and partners.

Hear from Team Lakewood about what’s happening in the city. Learn about priority projects and why Lakewood is being recognized as a leader in the South Sound.

Keynote speaker Dr. Ali Modarres will address the challenge of sustainable urban development.

Other topics include:

  • An update by U.S. Congressman Denny Heck on federal housing priorities and financial services committee legislation, via video feed
  • Lakewood Downtown Plan update
  • Predictable permitting: Lakewood’s commitment across departments and agencies

Register today for this free event at . Breakfast refreshments will be provided.

May 4, 2018

An open house is planned for May 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW for people to learn more about a planned non-motorized trail project that will stretch roughly 1 mile along Gravelly Lake Drive fron Nyanza Road SW to Washington Boulevard.

Construction is expected to begin May 14 and last through September 2018.

Improvements include a non-motorized path, sidewalks and street lighting along the length of the corridor, improved storm drainage conveyance and pavement restoration.

The construction management team will talk about the project, the project schedule and traffic impacts. Drop in any time to learn more about what we’re doing to improve pedestrian connectivity and our roadway. Staff will be available to answer questions.

For more information about the project contact civil engineer Eric Swanstrom, (253) 983-7795 or email .


May 4, 2018

Coinciding with Earth Day, Port Orchard artist Karsten Boysen unveiled his 2,500-pound bronze Lotus Blossom on April 22, 2018 at the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive and Washington Boulevard for the public to see.

The piece is the city’s first public art piece and was commissioned by the Lakewood City Council and the Lakewood Arts Commission in 2017.

According to Boysen: “The sculpture honors the peacemakers and the peacekeepers of our community – especially the unsung heroes of every garden that graces the City of Lakewood.”

At 8 feet, the bronze sculpture is intended to be “an icon for the city where American, Gravelly and several other local lakes surround the area where Lakewold Gardens and many extensive landscapes abound,” Boysen said.

Boysen is a well-known Northwest artist with major commissions in Alaska, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington states. He currently has sculptures placed in Olympia, Belfair and Des Moines, Washington, as well as Lake Oswego and Hermiston, Oregon and Napa, California. His public art includes Petersburg, Skagway and Seward, Alaska, as well as the Kent Animal Control Shelter in King County.

“The City of Lakewood is reclaiming its heritage nurtured long ago by the community around Lakewood. The Public Art program for Lakewood enhances the cultural experience for local people and visitors,” Boysen said. “Increasingly art is contributing to the vitality of the city’s growth.”

The city paid for the $80,000 project with monies from its Art Fund. The city is allotted a certain number of days each year for the use of McGavick Conference Center which it makes available for public rental. Revenues from this usage go into the art fund to support efforts of the city's Arts Commission.

May 4, 2018

The central Puget Sound region (King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties) is preparing for growth in the coming decades – about 1.8 million more people and 1.2 million more jobs by the year 2050.

The Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2050, a long-range growth plan, will build on the region’s existing plan, VISION 2040, to keep the central Puget Sound region healthy and vibrant as it grows and will consider updated information and perspectives about a changing region. The plan will identify challenges the region should tackle together and renew the vision for the next 30 years.

Over the next two years, the Puget Sound Regional Council will work with cities, counties, tribes, other agencies and interest groups, and the public to develop VISION 2050. PSRC wants to hear from you! An online survey on issues and experiences in the central Puget Sound is now open. Responses are completely anonymous. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey is available online in six languages:

More information on VISION 2050 and ongoing opportunities to get involved is available online  .

What is PSRC? The Puget Sound Regional Council develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. PSRC is composed of over 80 jurisdictions, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region.

May 4, 2018

From Sound Transit:

This weekend, Sound Transit will be testing a Sounder train on the section of tracks adjacent to I-5 between the Tacoma Dome and Nisqually. This activity is part of the ongoing implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems.

This notification serves as a reminder that passenger and freight trains may be operating on the corridor at any time of the day or night, and at speeds up to 79 mph, including days on which no passenger services are scheduled. Please remain clear of the tracks at all times. Signals should be obeyed at all train crossings.

Testing is expected to continue in the coming months.


For more information

24-hour construction hotline: (888) 298-2395 

May 4, 2018

The Lakewood Police Department is once again offering FREE Adventure in Boating Education classes for people to earn their boater’s education card.

Current state law requires those 59 years of age and younger to have a boater’s education card in their possession if they are operating a powered watercraft 15 horsepower or greater, or pay a $99 fine. 

Classes will be held at the Lakewood Police Station (9401 Lakewood Drive SW) on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants should bring their own snacks/beverages. A 30 minute lunch break will be offered. 

Registration is FREE and is done through the City of Lakewood Parks Department.  If you’re interested in attending one of the classes please email Nicolette York (  ) or call at (253) 983-7835. 

After completing the class, participants will be provided their certificate and application for the boater’s education card. A $10 fee is due to Washington State Parks for the boater’s education card, which does not expire or need to be renewed.


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