Fort Steilacoom Park has always been considered one of the crown jewels of Lakewood.
Now, the City in which that 340-acre jewel is located will soon assume control of the park’s current lease through the State of Washington. This week, the Lakewood City Council voted to assume control of the lease from Pierce County.
Fort Steilacoom Park is owned by the State of Washington, leased by Pierce County and managed and maintained by the City of Lakewood via an interlocal agreement. Pierce County paid $50,000 annually to the City under the current agreement, is set to expire Dec. 31, 2014.
Assuming control of the lease allows the City of Lakewood to work directly with the State of Washington regarding future land use issues at the park, which generates hundreds of thousands of visits annually and is the venue for regional cross-country meets, events such as Truck and Tractor Day and the Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, a popular dog park and other amenities that draw people from around the region.
“We will be able to continue a great working relationship with the State of Washington,” remarked Mayor Don Anderson. “The thing that’s most important is users of Fort Steilacoom Park won’t notice a thing, meaning the park will still be managed and maintained as well as it is today. That’s a good thing.”
The official transfer is expected to take place sometime in 2014.
For more information on Fort Steilacoom Park and the City of Lakewood’s other parks, visit /government/departments/parks-and-recreation