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City Departments Join Forces To Improve Street Landscapes

Residents might have noticed a sprucing up of Lakewood’s streets over the past six months.

The cleaner, brighter streets and sidewalks are no accident. They’re the result of a pair of departments from the City of Lakewood coming together to get the job done quicker and more efficiently.

In May, the City asked its Parks, Recreation and Community Services department to temporarily manage the streets landscape program – a job that included reviewing the overall work program and providing resources and support to keep pace with ongoing maintenance and special projects.

Based on a successful work program and a knack for getting the job done, the PRCS was a natural fit to work with Public Works’ streets landscape program. Together, they were able to share resources and best practices to improve areas across the City. The benefits included:

  • Improved efficiency
  • Utilization of a daily schedule and best practices
  • Ability to work on special projects
  • Improved oversight of the program

But the result the public has noticed? Better-looking street landscapes throughout Lakewood.

“We’re able to get so much more done because we have all of these skills and resources,” said Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director.