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Lakewood Officially Leases Fort Steilacoom Park

It’s official: the City of Lakewood now holds the lease for one of the biggest and most popular parks in the South Sound.

Last week, the City assumed control of the lease of Fort Steilacoom Park , a historic, 340-acre park located in the heart of Lakewood.

Fort Steilacoom Park is owned by the State of Washington. For years, it was leased to Pierce County and managed and maintained by the City of Lakewood via an interlocal agreement. Pierce County paid a portion of the annual operation costs under the prior agreement, which was set to expire the end of this year.

The state, Pierce County and the City had to approve the agreement. The Lakewood City Council voted to assume control of the lease in December, and the transfer between Pierce County and the City was finalized last week.

“This made sense given that the City maintains Fort Steilacoom Park and all of the different events and activities there throughout the year,” said Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth.

Dodsworth added that users won’t notice a difference, especially when it comes to the quality of the park or the types of events it brings, including the Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon and community festivals.