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Fort Steilacoom Park is Top Dog Two-Years in a Row

Lakewood’s Dog Park wins Best Pet Park in Best of the South Sound

Fort Steilacoom Dog Park is the “Best Pet Park” for the third year in a row according to South Sound magazine readers. The results are included in the magazine’s “Best of the South Sound” issue.

Fort Steilacoom Dog Park has 22 acres of fenced off-leash open space located at 8714 87th Ave SW in Lakewood, Wash. Landscaped with bushes, trees and logs, and furnished with water fountains and benches; the area is the perfect playground for dogs of all sizes, including a separate small dog area. Lakewood’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services manages the park.

“We love that Lakewood is the best place for dogs,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “We are honored.”

Fort Steilacoom Dog Park currently has a 4.5 star rating on Yelp and has been open since 2006.

According to reviews the park is a treat for dogs and pet owners. One owner added, “This place is great for any dog owner. I love taking my pups here and letting them play. All the owners that come here love dogs and love meeting new pups.” Another Yelp user stated, “This is a great dog park in the middle of a great park. I really appreciate the small dog and large dog areas. Well maintained areas, doggie bags available, and lots of non-fenced paths if you just want to walk and explore… Bottom line: definitely worth coming to!”

Lakewood Businesses Voted Among "Best of the South Sound"

Four Lakewood Amenities Honored by South Sound Magazine

Three Lakewood businesses and the Fort Steilacoom Dog Park were voted Best of the South Sound by South Sound magazine’s readers. The magazine has been surveying its readers for four years.

With many locations throughout the South Sound, Harborstone Credit Union was recognized as the top credit union. It is affectionately called the “Unbank” and the credit union serves as a resource for both personal and business financing needs. The branch in Lakewood is located at 6019 Lake Grove St.

Infusion Interior Design was honored for its showroom and design team. Located at 7513 Custer Rd W. in Lakewood, Infusion offers a wide variety of design services including, space planning, color selection, window treatments, furniture specification and selection, floor and wall finishes, project coordinating, furniture and accessory buying and room re-design.

Amber Marie Thiessen of Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital was voted the best veterinarian. Thiessen is a graduate of Washington State University’s Veterinarian Medicine program and has been practicing at Chambers Creek since 1999. The pet hospital is located at 7210 Bridgeport Way W. in Lakewood.

Fort Steilacoom Dog Park was voted “Best Pet Park” for the third year in a row. The 22 acre fenced park is located at 8714 87th Ave S.W. in Lakewood. The off leash area caters to all dogs and features a separate area for smaller dogs.

“Lakewood has incredible businesses and lifestyle amenities,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood, “We’re thrilled that others notice this as well.”

Located next door to Lakewood, Chambers Bay Golf Course, the site of the 2015 U.S. Open was acknowledged as the South Sound’s best golf course. As a Scottish-links style course with Puget Sound views, Chambers Bay is considered a top course in Washington and one of the top places to play on the West Coast. Chambers Bay is one of just two West Coast courses that will host a U.S. Open in the coming years.

Special game day Sounder trains this season

Sounder trains will serve weekend Mariners and Sounders FC daytime games

Seattle Mariners and Sounders FC fans can leave gridlock behind and take Sound Transit’s popular Sounder commuter rail trains to weekend day games this season. Special Sounder service will operate in addition to regular Link light rail service to and from the stadiums.

Sound Transit will run special Sounder trains to three Sounders FC events beginning Saturday, April 13 through Saturday, July 20. Game day trains will serve 12 Mariners games beginning Sunday, April 14 through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Inbound trains from the south will depart Lakewood at 10:45 a.m. Inbound trains from the north will depart Everett at 11:15 a.m. Return trains depart King Street Station 35 minutes after the games are over.

Complete game day Sounder train schedules are available at .

Link light rail serves 13 stations in downtown Seattle, SODO, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, Tukwila and SeaTac. Link’s Stadium Station is a half block from Century Link Field and Safeco Field.

Regular fares will apply for all Sound Transit services. ORCA and all standing transit passes will be accepted. Getting an ORCA card is a great way to skip lines at ticket vending machines. Cards only cost $5 for adults, plus whatever amount a rider chooses to load in the card’s E-Purse or the cost of a pass that is good for unlimited transit trips. ORCA works on trains, buses and ferries throughout the region. More information is available at .

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/12/2013

April 12, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for the City Center
    • Real Properties of America (RPAI) presented this week to the Lakewood City Council: RPAI, the largest single property owner in the Towne Center Mall presented their plan for redevelopment in and around the Gottschalks building. The plan includes the possibility of demolition of the building and the addition of new retail space and restaurant pads. RPAI Senior Management indicated that they are in discussions with several tenants for the Joe’s building, new retail concepts, and have secured restaurant tenants. While the plan is not set in stone, they are very optimistic about the centers increased success, remain open to suggestions on best uses of space, and are a committed partner. RPAI owns 75% of the tenant space in the mall.
  • Council Priority: Foster Redevelopment of the Pacific Highway Corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • New Market and Gas Station: The City of Lakewood is pleased to welcome its newest Pacific Highway business just north of the Holiday Inn Express. Nisqually Markets opened on April 8th with a formal gathering of tribal council members, city officials, and other dignitaries. Store offerings include Nisqually fresh frozen salmon. And, if you don’t want to pump your own gas, attendants are on hand to assist.
  • Other items of interest:
    • City earns WellCity Award: Thanks to a very dedicated Wellness Committee with representatives from all departments, Lakewood earned a “WellCity Award” from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust. Lakewood is one of 83 cities to receive the award. The award is based on meeting stringent best practice standards in promoting employee health. Award recipients receive a 2% premium discount on medical coverage for employees and their spouses in 2014.
    • Lakewood police officers carry American flag at Mariners’ home opener: The Lakewood Police Department was invited to present the American flag on the field of the Seattle Mariners’ home opener on Monday night at Safeco Field. Approximately 40 LPD officers/staff participated in the event, after attending a practice day on Sunday. Officers/staff walked the flag out onto the field and unfurled it in front of a nearly packed stadium. LPD was initially invited to present the flag after the four officers were murdered in 2009. The Mariners have invited LPD back three times since. The event was covered by the Tribune and pictures posted on the LPD Face book site. Everyone who participated had a great time and received seats to the game after the ceremony.
    • More about Lakewood in South Sound Magazine: The American Society of Interior Designers is showcasing their talent in the historic Wagner House at Lakewold Gardens from April 2-21. This “Tour Designer 2013 Showhouse” will benefit the Washington American Society of Interior Designers, Lakewold Gardens and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center. In addition, the Today in America show with Terry Bradshaw featuring Lakewood as one of “America’s Hidden Gems” is highlighted. The show is being aired across the country beginning this month.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/5/2013

April 5, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT Staff conducts Robbery/Customer Service Training: Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT) CSO Gail Conelly conducted training on robbery and customer service for 25 cashiers and management staff at the newly opened Nisqually Market, located at 11741 Pacific Hwy SW in Lakewood. The robbery portion of the presentation focused on prevention, as well as what to do after the robbery occurs. The customer service portion focused on preventing shoplifting and dealing with escalating/irate customers, as well as how to diffuse the situation and what happens if it all goes wrong. The staff was very pleased with the presentation and had several situations that they had questions about.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Interim City Manager is speaker at Clover Park Rotary and Lakewood United: This week, Interim City Manager Heidi Wachter was the guest speaker at the Clover Park Rotary Club and Lakewood United. She gave a presentation on the “State of the City”.
    • Fairy Garden Tea Party: This Saturday, April 6th, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will host the 3rd annual Fairy Garden Tea Party. At this event each participant will go through a fairy transformation when they get their wings, they create a beautiful craft and enjoy tea and snacks. A very special visitor will guide the new fairies through the fun activities. This event has sold out every year and we are really excited to once again be able to offer it.