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


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.












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  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.

Lakeview Avenue

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.

It has come to the city’s attention that a letter impersonating Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro was recently sent to some residents.

The contents of the letter identify a specific house in the city as a drug house and encourage residents to take a stand against the activity.

This letter is fraudulent. The city of Lakewood and Lakewood Police Department would never send a letter like this.

If you have received this letter, please disregard and take no action based on its contents.

The city does mail information to residents from time to time, but information is always sent using official city letterhead or postcards. If the city needs to get a mass message out to residents it would be on official letterhead and accompanied by social media posts on Facebook and Twitter and would be written in a professional manner.

The city encourages people to report suspicious activity or perceived criminal activity to the Lakewood Police Department tip line at (253) 830-5049.

If residents have a question about the validity of communication from the city, please call City Hall at (253) 589-2489.

Click to see the letter.


















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.

Thank you!

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.

See the presentations from the forum and what the city is doing to entice redevelopment and new development.

A public meeting is planned for Thursday (June 8) from 6 to 7 p.m. to learn about a planned traffic calming project on Dekoven Drive.

Compact roundabouts will be installed on Dekoven at 100th Street and Meadow Road/Brook Lane to improve safety and reduce car speeds. The project will also include improvements to signage, striping and marking. Construction is estimated to start in September.

The meeting is at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW in the Lakewood Towne Center.

Contact: Jon Howe, Associate Civil Engineer, (253) 983-7847


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