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Lakewold Gardens Nominated for National Historic Register

Widely acclaimed for the beauty of its landscape architecture, another aspect of Lakewold Gardens could soon garner some national recognition: its historical significance.

Lakewood’s own historic estate has been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation announced this week.

The 10-acre complex – which is canvassed with rare and native plants, State Champion trees, more than 900 rhododendrons, 30 Japanese maples and a stunning statuary – was also re-listed in the Washington Heritage Register.

If selected to the national register, the designation would give Lakewold Gardens important protections and tax breaks that the Friends of Lakewold, the gardens’ caretakers, could use for further preservation efforts.

Lakewold Gardens have been a staple of life in Lakewood for more than a century, even before they made their first headline in the Tacoma Daily Register in 1913. Back then, the gardens were owned by the Alexander family, the land’s original buyers.

George Corydon and Eulalie Wagner purchased Lakewold in 1938. Eulalie Wagner shaped the gardens into the form that we recognize today in 1958, with the help of famous landscape architect Thomas Church. The two would spend decades refining Lakewold to draw people to the garden.

The gardens are broken into formal and informal outdoor “rooms”, a reflection of European landscape architecture at the time. Visitors can still see Eulalie. Wagner’s influence in the gardens’ naturalist displays, especially her passion for Rhododendrons.

Lakewold Gardens features over 250 species of Rhododendrons, Japanese maples and other unique trees, shrubs and groundcovers from around the world.

Eulalie Wagner donated the gardens to the Friends of Lakewold in 1987, nine years after her husband’s death. According to the Lakewold Gardens website, she wanted to ensure the gardens were cared for: "As we become more and more city creatures, living in manmade surroundings, perhaps gardens will become even more precious to us, letting us remember that we began in the garden.”

Lakewold Gardens officially opened in 1989, two years before Eulalie Wagner passed away. Today, her wish lives on. More than 7,500 visitors come to see the gardens every year. Another 4,000 visitors come for weddings and other special occasions.

Learn more about Lakewold Gardens at their website: http://www.lakewoldgardens.org/ You can also purchase the book “Lakewold: A Magnificent Northwest Garden” or their documentary “Where the Blue Poppy Grows” online or at the gardens.

For more about historic preservation and what it means to be listed on the Washington Heritage Register, check out their website at http://www.dahp.wa.gov/washington-heritage-register .

City Offices Closed For Veterans Day

In observance of Veterans Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Tuesday, November 11.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive

  • WHAT: Lakewood Police Department 5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive.
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 26.
  • WHERE: Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW.
  • WHO: The Emergency Food Network, as in Police has partnered with the organization that provides food to some 60 food banks

The City of Lakewood is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive at the Lakewood Police Department on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Please help us make this another great year of honoring the memories of our fallen by working toward something they believed in passionately: Making a difference in the lives of the people in the community they served.

In partnership with the Emergency Food Network, we will be on site on Nov. 26 to receive any donations that you can drop off. The above poster shows a list of items that are needed most. As in previous years, we will have bins in place at Lakewood Police Department prior to Nov. 26, in case that particular day doesn't work for anyone who wants to participate. We look forward to seeing you Nov. 26, and we want to thank you, in advance, for your support. It is because of all of you that we have been able to turn this event into a huge success. There aren't enough words to express our appreciation for your generosity and continued support over the years.

City Council Veterans Proclamation

On Monday night, Nov. 3, the Lakewood City Council honored the heroes who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe.

As part of its annual Veterans Day Proclamation, the City Council recognized the valor and accomplishments of many of our local veterans.

First, the City Council recognized Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Bill” Harrison, the City’s first Mayor. The military recently honored the former 7th Infantry Division and I Corps commander by naming a building – “Harrison Hall” - in his honor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. During his career, Harrison served as the commanding general of 7th Infantry Division, I Corps and Fort Lewis. He was elected as Lakewood’s first Mayor in October 1995. Harrison Hall will serve as 7th Infantry Division's headquarters building.

The City Council also honored Carlene Joseph, 2014 AUSA National Award recipient of the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal, which is awarded to the individual who has contributed most significantly to the advancement and mission of AUSA. Joseph joined the organization in 2002, made an immediate impact with the authoring of the Chapter’s newsletter and was voted President of the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter in 2009.

Finally, the City Council proclaimed November as Veterans Appreciation Month and recognized Anne Sprute, Founder and CEO of Rallypoint/6, Washington’s largest one-stop resource center for transitioning service members, veterans and their families located in Lakewood.

The night also featured representation from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division (the "Lancer Brigade" is the City’s Community Connector to JBLM), ROTC groups from both Clover Park and Lakes High School and a video tribute.

A pair of World War II veterans led the audience in the pledge of allegiance. The City Council even invited all veterans in attendance to the dais for a group photo.

For a full gallery of photos, check out the City's official Facebook page .

Thank you, all veterans, for your service and sacrifice. #IamLakewood

Jingle Bell Rock ... Your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s third annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K run, in partnership with St. Clare Hospital.
  • WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. Stay afterward for a festive after-party with music and snacks. T-shirts and timing chips can be picked up 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Dec. 5, or the day of the race.
  • WHERE: The course begins and ends at the roundabout in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.
  • COST: 25$ per person. Runners can sign up online at here (https://apm.activecommunities.com/lakewoodparksandrec/Activity_Search/jingle-bell-rock-5k/2602) or call (253) 983-7887.
  • WHAT ELSE: Ugly. Christmas. Sweaters. Wear 'em.

Most of the year, we laugh at them. We hide them. We don't dare wear them.

But this year, the time-honored tradition of the Ugly Christmas Sweater is the inspiration for the City of Lakewood's annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K.

Warm up your holiday spirit with the whole family - even pets - on Dec. 6 at Lakewood City Hall. Dress for the weather, as this 5K will run, rain or shine.

It’s going to be another cold one, so remember to rock your favorite ugly Christmas sweater to keep in the body heat and express your holiday sense of humor. The best way to celebrate this ridiculous but beloved holiday tradition? With hundreds of other people, of course.

So dig out that old sweater that you haven’t donned since the Christmas your grandparents gave it to you. Better yet, get together with your friends and decorate your own holiday fashion disaster, er, masterpiece, and wear it on the day of the 5K.

The City's annual holiday run (you can walk or jog too) is a partnership with the community and a way to bring the residents of Lakewood together. As in years past, St. Clare Hospital is a presenting sponsor of the Jingle Bell Rock 5K. This year, the Lakewood hospital is joined by sponsor Drangsholt Orthodontics. Last year’s attendees might remember Drangsholt Orthodontics’ water stop, where runners could grab some refreshments and a free jingle bell.

"It’s about everyone out there having fun in their Christmas sweaters,” said Arielle Carney, Lakewood Parks and Recreation Coordinator.