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Public Meeting On Waughop Lake Pathway

Attention Fort Steilacoom Park users: Do you want to hear about the future of the pathway around Waughop Lake?

The City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 22 at Fort Steilacoom Park to discuss improvements to the path.

The park is located at 8714 87th Ave SW in Lakewood.

The meeting will take place near the entrance to Waughop Lake from the park’s main gravel lot. Be sure to bring your own chair.

This public meeting will take the place of the Board’s regular monthly meeting, which was scheduled that same evening.

For more information, contact Lakewood Parks and Recreation at (253) 983-7887.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Back To School Drive

West Pierce Fire & Rescue is collecting school supplies to help local students. Donations can be made at Station 31 (3631 Drexler Drive West) or Station 20 (10928 Pacific Hwy SW) until noon, Aug. 20

Supplies that are needed:

  • Backpacks
  • 3 Ring Binders/Dividers
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pens
  • Crayons (24 count)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Bottles of Glue & Glue Sticks
  • Wide/College Rule Spiral Notebooks
  • Wide/College Rule Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pink Erasers
  • Boxes of Kleenex (100 plus count)
  • Rulers/Protractors
  • Folders with inside pockets

Students in need of supplies can attend the FREE Back to School event on Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at City of Faith Christian Center, 11011 Occident Avenue SW, Lakewood, WA.

City, DOC Help Clean Blighted Lake City Home

With the help of work crews from the state Department of Corrections, the City is working to clean up a blighted and neglected home in the Lake City neighborhood.

According to Lt. Dave Guttu with the Lakewood Community Safety Resource Team, this home has been a problem for years. A stop-work order was issued for the previous homeowner. After it was eventually taken over by a bank, the unoccupied, single-family home became a source of theft, dumping and other issues.

"It's not a bad street," Guttu says of the neighborhood off Kenwood Drive Southwest. "It's just people have walked away. This house affects the whole street."

Recently, Community Service Officer Dawn McGinnis began speaking with the president of the bank - the Lakewood branch of Key Bank - on ways to work together to improve the overgrown shrubs, piles of garbage and damaged interior resulting from theft.

Now, crews are working - along with the help of LeMay - to clean the house. Ultimately, the goal is to make it livable and suitable for an owner.

Great coordination on everyone's part.

Speed Radar Trailer on Zircon Drive Getting Results

The City of Lakewood's speed radar trailer program seems to be as effective as ever, which is making Lakewood's streets safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

After introducing the radar trailer program on Onyx Drive Southwest in June, the City placed it in the 8200 block of Zircon Drive.

The results? Residents were ecstatic to see it, and some have noticed a drop in speeding.

Kudos to the City's Public Works Department on creating a successful program that residents appreciate.

SummerFEST 2014: 'Huge Success'

Another beautiful, hot day. Another Lakewood SummerFEST in the books.

On July 12, the City of Lakewood held its annual summer festival amid sunny skies and temperatures in the 90's at Fort Steilacoom Park. Here are some highlights:

  • The third annual SummerFEST Triathlon was a huge success with its largest participation to date: 176 triathletes
  • More than 700 kids made their way to our inflatable Kidz Zone area
  • Festival guests wandered through 117 vendor public market spaces
  • Attendees also enjoyed delicious fair food and drank plenty of bottled water
  • The misting station was a big hit, and everyone tried to find some prime real estate in the many shady spots throughout the park.

SummerFEST 2014 was another success for the City of Lakewood, according to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth.

"Kudos to the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department for leading the effort," she said. "We couldn’t have done it without the support of our Police Department, CSRT, West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Partners for Parks and countless others for helping us host another fabulous City event!"

To view a video from SummerFEST 2014, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjgQTiv1mPY .