Lakewood Can Benefit From U.S. Open Buildup

On the first day that people could sign up to volunteer for the 2015 U.S. Open on Monday, officials saw an "amazing" 3,000 people enlist.

Those volunteers will help organize an event that's expected to bring 235,000 peopole to the South Sound over the week of the championship, June 15-21.

It's numbers like those that make Lakewood and neighborhing communities to Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place poised to benefit from one of golf's biggest events, Director Danny Sink told the Lakewood City Council on Monday night.

One of the ways Lakewood - located only a few miles south of the Pierce County owned course - could be involved with the 2015 U.S. Open is transportation. Specifically, the USGA and Pierce County will likely try and work with Lakewood to allow overflow parking at Fort Steilacoom Park. Those deals are typically signed a year out of the tournament.

Lakewood, however, will only be a small piece of the event's overall transportation plan, which will involve shuttling event-goers from off-site locations to the golf course. On Monday, Sink said officials are considering a "train" option with Sound Transit that would bring visitors from Seattle to Chambers Bay.

In terms of traffic control, Sink estimated abouot 100 traffic "checkpoints" near the golf course that will be coordinated through Pierce County. Lakewood could be asked to help, for example, at the potential Fort Steilacoom Park parking site.

But the biggest benefit to Lakewood could come weeks before the first swing. Sink told the Lakewood City Council that there are opportunities to market the community to workers and volunteers via lodging, dining and other services that they'll need as they help prepare the tournament site.

"Don't focus on the week-of," he said.

To access the online application and read full committee descriptions, visit https://2015volunteers.usga.org . To request a mailed application, send an email to .

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org .