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American Lake Park Hosts Two Weekend Water Events

There are two aquatic events happening April 26-27 at American Lake Park:

Kayak training event

On April 26-27, about 50 participants (30 trainees and 20 trainers all in kayaks) use the beach area for pre-water entry training. They then move into the water for further training. A number of the participants are seniors. The City pulls the swimming rope back to the side of the swimming area so there is no impediment to smooth water. It also unlocks the gate between the launch area and the swimming area so attendees are able to carry their kayaks from the launch area to the event area in the park. The event has been annually at this site for the past several years,

Cast Mater Bass Fishing Club

On April 27, the Cast Master Bass Fishing Club is conducting a tournament arranged through the WA State Fish and Wildlife Department and launching from the American Lake Park Boat Launch facility – about 20-30 large bass boats involved in the tournament and participants have been directly invited to fish in this event.

Parks Appreciation Day is April 26

Park Appreciation Day has been celebrated in Lakewood for 13 years. The improvements and beautification projects completed by volunteers during this annual event are too numerous to list, but they have all made a difference in our community’s parks. We count on volunteers and their support each year to prepare Lakewood’s parks for the spring/summer season..

The 2014 sites set for City of Lakewood Park Appreciation Day projects on Saturday, April 26, are:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park — the major project is pulling scotch broom! This is not particularly fun or exciting project, but it is really crucial this year to prepare for the 2015 US Open Golf Tournament and we need more volunteers than ever before to help us remove this invasive plant.
  • Also at the FSP site, a group of volunteers will be tasked to help with restoration of historic cemetery grave markers and cemetery clean –up. The playground is receiving repairs and will need volunteers to help wrap up the project on Saturday.
  • American Lake Park – the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Dive Team will clean up the swimming area, and volunteers will help remove the underwater materials collected by the crew.
  • General clean up of the American Lake Park beachfront sand will coordinate with the water clean-up.
  • Wards Lake Park – trail maintenance and sign installation.

If a community/church group is interested in a specific park site and can provide the numbers of volunteers adequate to take on a project, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will coordinate with them directly to develop site specific projects to spread chips under playground equipment. The City will provide the chips and some gardening tools for these groups. Firm commitment by volunteers would be necessary for these individual group projects.

Join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 9:00 am. To register your family, service organization or your school or church groups, please call Suzi at 253‐983‐7758. We’ll find a spot for you and will appreciate your help.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/18/2014

April 18, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Jermaine Kearse Day

The City of Lakewood and Clover Park School District honored Super Bowl champion and Seattle Seahawk Jermaine Kearse with a hero's homecoming April 12 at Harry E. Lang Stadium.

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson awarded the Lakewood native a “Key to the City,” as well as declared April 12, 2014, as Jermaine Kearse Day in the City of Lakewood. Some 600 people attended the event, which required collaboration between the City, CPSD, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and others. It also marked the first event in which the City worked directly with its new Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 2-2 Lancer Brigade.

The event generated plenty of psotive media coverage, including all four major television networks in the Puget Sound, The News Tribune and the Seattle Seahawks.

Attendees even got the chance to meet Jermaine, as he attended a meet-and-greet session with elected officials and signed autographs for nearly an hour after the ceremony.

To view the Seattle Seahawks’ official video, visit .

City Honored With AUSA Award

On April 12, the City of Lakewood received a big honor that recognized its support of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. At the AUSA Sixth Region Annual Meeting and Symposium in Portland, the City of Lakewood got the Sixth Region Exceptional Contributions Award for its service to soldiers, veterans and family members of 4-2, the City's former Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The City was recognized for its massive parade welcoming Raider Brigade soldiers home in 2013 and other efforts to support the brigade, which officially inactivated in March. The City of Lakewood's new Community Connector is 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

In addition to the City of Lakewood being recognized, the Lakewood Subchapter of AUSA recived the Major General (CA) Ronald H. Markarian Award for Outstanding Cooperative Success for its superior service to the City of Lakewood and the Raider Brigade.

The 4-2 also was recognized with the Sixth Region Distinguished Unit Commendation for exceptional performance of combat and civic duty. including multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, from June 2006 through March 2014.

Sister Cities International Festival

The Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA ) is hosting its annual Sister Cities International Festival on April 25 to April 27.

The festival highlights one of its sister/friendship cities each year. This year, Okinawa City will be highlighted through the festival’s main performances. In past years, Lakewood’s additional sister cities of Bauang, Danzhou and Gimhae were highlighted.

The event will take place at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus at 9401 Farwest Drive SW in Lakewood.

The free, family-friendly event will honor the rich cultures of the Philippines, China, Korea, Japan and more. Activities will include cultural entertainment, art exhibits, and international cuisines and arts and crafts vendors touting jewelry, art and other goods.

The feature act is a special performance by members of the renowned Miyagi-Ryu Minoruno Kai-Megumi Matsuda Dance Institute from Okinawa City, Japan. Other entertainment includes performers and troupes from Korea, Guam, India, Thailand, Samoa, Afghanistan, Philippines and Ireland.

Additional highlights include:

  • A public market featuring arts and crafts and ethnic food vendors.
  • A Kids Corner with face painting, calligraphy lessons, origami and more.

A full schedule of activities and performances, as well as a list of vendors, can be found at .

The Lakewood Sister Cities Festival - ArtsFest Celebration is proudly sponsored by Clover Park and Lakewood Rotary Clubs, Pierce County Crime Stoppers, Lakewood Family YMCA, Asian Pacific Cultural Center, The Ranger, KLAY Radio, City of Lakewood and Pierce College.

City Installing Flashing Yellow Arrows

City is converting many of its "doghouse-style" signal heads to flashing yellow arrows in the coming months. There are a couple of the flashing yellow arrows installed, and you'll soon find more around Lakewood.

For reference, see the attached picture depicting a flashing yellow light, with one column of lights. When making a left during a flashing yellow light, the driver must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the sidewalk. For more information, visit

Fairy Garden Tea Party

On April 12, the City of Lakewood held its annual Fairy Garden Tea Party. More than 50 little fairies joined the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department at the Lakewood Activity Center.

After receiving their wings and tiaras, each Fairy spent her afternoon sipping tea and lemonade, snacking on cookies and making a butterfly magnet to showcase their future masterpieces! It was an enchanted evening of wings, wands and all things fairies.


Free Boating Classes

The Lakewood Police Department is offering the FREE boating education class required by law for people ages 41 and under that will allow them to operate motorboats with 15 horsepower or greater engines and learn about boating safety. The classes will be held at the Lakewood Police Station, 94012 Lakewood Dr. SW, on the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 27 9:00 am to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 17 9:00 am to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 7 9:00 am to 5 p.m.

Participants should bring their own snacks/beverages – only a 30-minute lunch break will be offered, so they might want to bring a sack lunch.

Registration will be processed through the Parks/Rec Activenet system. The contact for registration is Dennis Higashiyama and his number is (253) 983-7835. Registration is FREE. After completing the class, participants will need to pay a $10 fee to Washington State Parks to obtain the actual Boaters Education card. (This class is not a Parks/Rec program – it is being presented by the Lakewood Police Department – we just help facilitate the registration.)

Parks & Recreation

Fort Steilacoom Park Playground, Shelter Closures

The Fort Steilacoom Park Playground and the two FSP shelters will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week – April 23, 24, 25, and 26, for renovation/restoration/repair to the playground . This project is spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and is a follow-up to their initial playground building/funding project in 2009. Please bring your families to the park at the end of the construction period to enjoy the newly restored facility.

Please remember, too, that the City has a small supply of playground fence slats for sale at a fee of $100 each and you can purchase a slat to surprise a child or grandchild or honor a family member. Each slat can be engraved with up to 22 letters and spaces and a minimum order of at least 10 slats must be submitted at one time for fabrication. Please contact the City at (253) 983-7887 to order a fence slat.

Economic Development

Lakewood United

Economic Development Manager, Ellie Chambers-Grady spoke at Lakewood United this week. She talked about City focus areas for development/redevelopment, projects completed and in the works, and provided a general overview on the state of the City.

Master Builders Forum

Councilmember Marie Barth and City employees attended the 2014 MBA Pierce County Housing forum. Topics covered included Real Estate Market Trends from 1969 to current times for Washington State and Pierce County, Central Puget Sound Real Estate Research, and Annual Forecasting. Attendees also learned about homeowner building and renovation plans, priorities, and motivations.


Booker-Hay Trains With Steilacoom

On April 16, Assistant City Attorney Anita Booker-Hay conducted training with Town of Steilacoom Police Officers. The training included a criminal law update, practical tips for incident report writing and an overview of the City’s prosecution efforts and charging standards.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation Teachers Appreciation week
  • Proclamation recognizing Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase of Davinci Salon & Spa
  • Public Hearing on FY 2014 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2014 budget amendments.
  • Set May 19, 2014 as Public Hearing on amending tax incentive urban use center.
  • Approve an agreement for a Community Visioning Plan
  • Approve waiving competitive bidding requirements to purchase specific signal equipment.
  • Approve a HOME loan agreement with Gravelly Lake Townhomes, LLC for redevelopment at 8919 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.

The City Council will be holding a special meeting with the State legislators on Monday, April 28, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Overview of 2014 Legislative Session

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 28, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of fleet and equipment plan.
  • Review of information technology plan.
  • Review of imprest funds code amendments.
  • Review of Title 12 Public Works code amendments and sewer availability

Police Search For Fatality Hit-and-Run Suspect

On Sunday, April 20, 2014, a fatality hit and run accident occurred at approximately 5 a.m., in the 4000 block of 96th Street South in the City of Lakewood.

The 19-year-old male victim had just been involved in a single-car accident where his vehicle had travelled off the main roadway. According to a witness passenger in the victim vehicle, the victim then went into the roadway in what investigators believe was an effort to flag down a passing motorist for assistance. The victim was struck by a vehicle going westbound on 96th Street, which only stopped briefly after the collision. The witness passenger told investigators that he yelled at the driver that he had just hit the victim. The driver then fled the scene without identifying himself or attempting to render aid for the victim.

The witness described the suspect vehicle as a tan or white Ford Windstar type minivan being driven by a young looking white male and reported seeing at least three other occupants in the fleeing vehicle. The suspect vehicle should have front end damage towards the right front fender/wheel area and possibly undercarriage damage too.

Lakewood Traffic Investigators in cooperation with the Metro Collision Response Team investigated the collision scene and are still working to identify the driver and passengers, along with locating the suspect vehicle.

The Lakewood Police Department is asking for the driver and passengers to come forward with their information and to report what happened.

If anyone in the public knows anything about this case, they are urged to call the Lakewood Police Department at (253) 830-5000 or the Lakewood Tip Line at (253) 830-5064. Tips can also be submitted through the Lakewood Police website at /government/departments/police/crime/tips or through Crimestoppers at (253) 591-5959 or

City Installing Flashing Yellow Arrows

Quick question: Flashing yellow arrows. You've seen them in other communities - do you love 'em or hate 'em?

The reason the City wants to know is it's converting many of its "doghouse-style" signal heads to flashing yellow arrows in the coming months. There are a couple of the flashing yellow arrows installed, and you'll soon find more around Lakewood.

For reference, see the attached picture depicting a flashing yellow light, with one column of lights. When making a left during a flashing yellow light, the driver must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the sidewalk.