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Community Gateways Meeting

Interested in making the entrances to the Lakewood community look even better?

The City is facilitating a stakeholders group made up of representatives from various advisory boards, community organizations and businesses. Although the purpose of this group is to improve the look of the Bridgeport-Pacific Highway gateway, they are also developing a City-wide vision that can be used for all Lakewood gateways.

Besides the many visitors coming to the area for the U.S. Open in June 2015, improved entries and positive image of Lakewood may have an effect on future tourism and economic development.

A community meeting to review several design options is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. All are invited to attend. A preferred design option will be shared with Lakewood City Council at the conclusion of this process, along with costs and funding and phasing options.

Lakewood Police Open House

Lakewood Police will hold an Open House event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13. The open house is intended for anyone interested in learning about the Police Department.

12th Annual Father Daughter Dance (Photos)

It's safe to say that the 12th Annual Father Daughter Dance, held at Lakes High School , was a huge success.

With 284 people in attendance, this was the City of Lakewood's largest turnout to date. We worked with several community partners to make every detail of the dance perfect.

The City would like to give a special thanks to Old Country Buffet for donating 300 cookies, Albertson’s for donating six cases of water, Washington Floral Service for donating half of the flowers and Cash & Carry for their $25.00 donation.

The City used the Monopoly “On the Boardwalk” theme throughout, and the night included vibrant colors, oversize dice and Monopoly card centerpieces. One dad even dressed up as "Rich Uncle Pennybags," the Monopoly Man, complete with a tux and top hat.

At the end of the evening, each girl received a long stem rose and a Monopoly themed candy bar. This event creates lasting memories and new traditions for many of our local families.

Click here for a Facebook photo gallery of the dance.

Council Approves Contract For JLUS Study

The City of Lakewood took a major step this week in charting the region's future growth and development with Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council awarded a contract for professional services to AECOM Technical Services, Inc., to assist the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) in completing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for JBLM and surrounding communities.

The purpose of the JLUS is to create a long-term planning partnership that balances the protection of the health, safety, quality of life, and economic prosperity of local communities while ensuring the continuation of the military missions of the area. The study will emphasize ways to promote coordination, maintain the positive economic impact of the installations, and preserve critical civilian and Department of Defense investments.

The JLUS is a cooperative process among state, county, and local governments, the public and JBLM. The study examines land use, growth trends, and civilian and military activities in a region that hosts a diverse range of critical military operations, highly urbanized and growing population centers, and uniquely valuable environmental assets. The study area consists of portions of Thurston and Pierce Counties, the cities of Lakewood, Tacoma, University Place, Roy, Yelm, Lacey, DuPont, and Steilacoom, the Nisqually Indian Tribe Reservation, JBLM, and Camp Murray.

The project will officially begin in April 2014 and will include multiple opportunities for public participation and comment. The projected completion date for the study is September 2015.

If you would like additional information, please contact Mary Huff, Program Coordinator for SSMCP, at 253-983-7774or at mhuff@cityoflakewood.us.

Lakewood Recognized at 4-2 Invactivation

On Friday, March 14, the Army conducted the official inactivation ceremony for4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

And with it, Lakewood officially said goodbye to its longtime Community Connector to the base.

The ceremony marked the end of a remarkable relationship between the City and the Raider Brigade. The two were intertwined, as much as a community and brigade could be.

When the 4-2 returned from deployment and rejoined their families and friends, the City celebrated. When they lost a soldier, the City mourned. Lakewood was mentioned multiple times on the official Army video about the Brigade, which can be viewed on the City of Lakewood's hompage .

Raider Brigade soldiers were seen throughout the community, whether it was volunteering at a community festival, thanking a business owner or speaking to elementary school students about the importance of Veterans Day.

On Friday, the 4-2 recognized the City for its support and gave Lakewood an award for organizing a community parade when the Brigade returned from deployment in 2013. It also recognized former Lakewood Mayor and Pierce County Councilman Douglas Richardson with the highest civilian honor for his support of the Brigade during his tenure.

The ceremony had special meaning for Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson, who as a journalist embedded twice with the Brigade while overseas, something for which he said was an honor.

He added that while Friday marked the end of Lakewood's relationship with the 4-2, the community can reflect on the unique connection it had to the Raider Brigade.

"This is a good day," Simpson said. "It marks the end of a great chapter in Lakewood's history."

Again, the City thanks every member of the Raider Brigade and their families for our relationship, which Lakewood will never forget. We also can't wait to start a new relationship with our new Community Connector, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division .

Click here to view a Facebook photo gallery of Friday's festivities.