City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/13/2012

July 13, 2012
To:    Mayor and Members of the City Council
From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Opening Day at Lakewood Farmers Market a Huge Success: Over 500 people showed up to shop at the opening day of the first ever Lakewood Farmers Market. All of the 24 vendors were very happy with their sales and 15 more new vendors showed interest in joining the market. We had live entertainment with the 2011 Lakewood’s Brightest Star Sammi Bradley performing. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is still looking for a few hot food vendors to support the lunch time crowd. For more information about the Lakewood Farmers Market please call (253) 983-7887, go online to cityoflakewood.us/farmersmarket or visit the market Tuesdays, 7/17 to 8/28 from 11am to 3pm at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW). We look forward to continued success this summer.
  • Lakewood Summer Concert Series: On Tuesday, July 10th, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department hosted the second week of the 2012 Summer Concert Series at American Lake Park (9222 Veterans Drive SW). Peacemaker Nation played a compilation of songs paying ranging in genres from R&B, Hip Hop, to Doo Op and Reggae. The audience of over 50 enjoyed the great weather and sounds at American Lake Park. Join us next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for the finals of the Lakewood’s Brightest Star Competition.
  • City of Lakewood Hosts a $5/day Day Camp: The City of Lakewood’s $5/day Day Camp “CAMP CREATE” kicked off this week with the theme “Let the Fun Begin.” Campers enjoyed Water Works Tuesday, Wii Wednesday and Pick and Flick Friday along with hours of games, crafts and more! This day camp also included a nutritious lunch and snack provided by St. Leo’s Food Connections. Camp Create takes place Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm until August 17 at Tyee Park Elementary (11920 Seminole Rd SW). For more information call (253) 983-7887.
  • SummerFEST and Triathlon very successful: The City’s two-day SummerFEST festival concluded on Sunday evening July 1st around 6:00 p.m. The poor weather on Saturday morning made for a slow start but by evening the event was well attended. Although a few vendors chose not to display their wares in the rain, we had over 75 public market vendors and 22 food vendors. Over 980 children played in the kids’ zone and more people ran in the free 5K than we had last year. The movie Back to the Future was also well attended. The total two-day event attendance is estimated at 14,000 which is a bit higher than last year. A sunny Sunday along with a full day of SummerFEST activities brought the community back to the park. The big success of the weekend was the first ever inaugural SummerFEST triathlon. Mayor Richardson did the starting countdown to help125 athletes swim, bike and run to the finish line at Fort Steilacoom Park. There were athletes from throughout western Washington and Portland and all the way from British Columbia. Reports from the athletes have been extremely positive – we have been receiving e-mails and face book postings regarding how much they liked the course, how well organized the event was and that they can’t believe it was our first ever triathlon event. This will become a major Lakewood signature event.
  • Assistant City Attorney a speaker at Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association: Ass’t City Attorney Matt Kaser spoke at the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Mentor Meeting on July 12th about photo traffic infractions. Attorney Chris Torrone presented on photo infraction defense. About 24 people were in attendance.