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Harrison Prep School's Grand Opening

The Lakewood community is invited on Thursday, March 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to attend the grand opening celebration for the new Harrison Preparatory School, located at 9103 Lakewood Drive SW in Lakewood.

The event will feature a brief program and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Refreshments and tours of the school will be available immediately following the ceremony.

Lakewood's first Mayor,  Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William H. Harrison, former commander at Fort Lewis, will be the guest of honor at the ceremony as the school's namesake.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the grand opening of the new Harrison Preparatory School with our community,” said Debbie LeBeau, Clover Park School District superintendent. “Lakewood voters trusted us to complete this project with the passage of the 2010 school construction bond proposal. I’m proud to invite our community to see the new school.”

Lakewood-area voters approved a $92 million bond in 2010 to rebuild and modernize Hudtloff Middle School and build Harrison Preparatory School and Four Heroes Elementary School. Hudtloff Middle School was completed in September 2013 and Four Heroes Elementary School will open in September 2015.

The ground breaking ceremony for the new Harrison Preparatory School was held in August 2012. Students and staff moved into the new school in January 2015. Harrison Prep, which serves students grades six through 12, offers an International Baccalaureate program. The school's completion made Clover Park School District the first school district in Washington to provide the rigorous, college-prep IB program for all grades K through 12.

Attendees should turn onto Redwood Drive SW from Lakewood Drive SW. Signs and parking attendants will indicate where visitors should park.

For more information about the celebration, please contact Clover Park School District’s community relations office at (253) 583-5040.


Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/03/23/3704523/public-invited-to-celebrate-completion.html#storylink=cpy

YMCA's New Park, Courtesy of KaBoom!, Disney and the Community

It was billed as a community build day. It undoubtedly delivered.

This past Saturday, March 21, the community – more than 200 volunteers, by some accounts – converged on the Lakewood Family YMCA to build a playground that children and families throughout the community could enjoy.

Despite unpredictable weather conditions, volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels scurried to make the playground a reality. Helpers with heart and hard-working hands arrived steadily to move materials, assemble play equipment, snap together lumber and paint vibrant colors. The volunteers included grandparents, parents, parents-to-be, business leaders, personnel in military fatigues, firefighters and anyone else who was willing to work.

The playground is a community project, indeed. Local children helped design the park themselves when KaBOOM! and Disney Club Penguin announced in January the grant that would give Lakewood its newest community playground.

Six hours – yes, six hours - after volunteers begin to move ground and piece together equipment on Saturday, the Lakewood community had itself a new community playground. (Need proof? Check out this video from the Lakewood Computer Clubhouse)

The playground is intended to provide the children of Lakewood a safe place to play. The Disney Club Penguin-funded KaBOOM! grant provides funding for nonprofit, child-serving organizations to build new playgrounds so that kids, especially those growing up in poverty in America, can get the play they need to thrive.

Through Club Penguin's 8th annual Coins for Change program, players donated their virtual coins to unlock real world funding for a $1 million USD donation to various charitable projects around the world, including the YMCA's new playground. As part of the grant, the YMCA raised additional funds to prepare the site.

On Saturday, volunteers who want to see Lakewood remain a great place for children and families made a difference in their community. It’s one of the reasons we, at the City, are proud to share this motto: #IamLakewood.

You can see our photo album of the volunteers hard at work here: http://goo.gl/v53NkQ

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/20/2015

March 20, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

March 24 Meeting to Discuss Community Project at Fort Steilacoom Park

The City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will host a community meeting March 24 to discuss options for a new community project at Fort Steilacoom Park. The meeting - which begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 under the large Rotary Shelter near the park’s playground – will look at creating a potential outdoor performance area or gathering space somewhere at Fort Steilacoom Park. The Rotary Club of Lakewood, a longtime service group committed to improving the area, asked City Council to consider this project. The City Council asked the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to host a community conversation regarding this opportunity. Last year, the Rotary Club explored the idea of building an amphitheater somewhere within the park’s 340 acres, but based on community feedback the Rotary Club went back to the drawing board to consider other options.  

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mary Dodsworth at (253) 589-2489.

Amendment to Fort Steilacoom Park’s Lease

At the Lakewood City Council meeting at 7 p.m., March 23, the City Council will discuss a proposed amendment to Lakewood’s lease of Fort Steilacoom Park. The City Council will discuss extending the lease to 2040 and removing language that assigns financial responsibility to Pierce County if Lakewood somehow couldn’t meet the lease requirements.

For more information on the lease and its amendment: http://goo.gl/9hKO8o

Pierce County READS Proclamation

On March 16, the Lakewood City Council made a proclamation declaring March 1, 2015 to April 24, 2015 as Pierce County READS. On hand to accept the proclamation from Councilmember John Simpson was Kim Archer, Lakewood Branch Manager of the Pierce County Library.

City Council Passes Tax Incentive Measures

The Lakewood City Council unanimously passed two measures related to tax-incentive programs near the Lakewood Station on 11424 Pacific Hwy SW at its March 16, 2015 meeting. The first ordinance designated the area encompassing the Lakewood Station a tax incentive urban use center. The new designation establishes a multifamily tax exemption program in area. The exemption applies to the new housing improvement portion of the property taxes. Owners who make eligible housing improvements will be exempt from any tax increases related to those improvements for a period of 8 to 12 years. Next, the City Council passed a related resolution to designate some the area within the tax incentive urban use center as a residential target area. The resolution adds a tax exemption for eligible multifamily housing around the Lakewood Station from all value added property taxation for the exemption period.

For more information: http://goo.gl/l7X9dX

State of the City Presentation

On Wednesday, March 18, City Manager John Caulfield presented the 2015 State of the City for the first time. Speaking to the Clover Park Rotary Club, Caulfield gave an overview of the City's progress and performance in 2014, including its financial strength, its improvements in public safety, parks and other areas, as well as what residents should look forward to in 2015. The underlying message? "The State of our City is strong. Our future is bright."

Collections Amnesty from the Municipal Court

For a limited time the collections agency of the Municipal Court of Lakewood, University Place, Steilacoom and Dupont, AllianceOne Receivables, is offering to settle accounts for less than what is owed. You need to contact AllianceOne at (253) 620-2222 or (800) 456-8838 to see if you qualify for amnesty. DO NOT WAIT as this program is only being offered for a short time.

Toxic Algae Advisory for Lake Steilacoom, American Lake Lifted

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has lifted the Toxic Algae Caution Advisories for Lake Steilacoom and American Lake. The toxic algae bloom has decreased in size and no longer presents a public health concern. Toxic algae are capable of producing toxins and, if present in large amounts, can pose a risk to pets and people. Swallowing or prolonged skin contact with algae may cause illness that might include, muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and/or nausea.

If you see signs of a new toxic algae bloom or for further information, please contact: Ray Hanowell at (253)798-2845 (  ), or Lindsay Tuttle at (253)798-3530 (  ), or visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department website at www.tpchd.org/toxicalgae  

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

From the St. Patrick's Day Festival held by the Lakewood Senior Activity Center yesterday, March 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Decked out in their finest greenery, the older residents of ‪#‎IamLakewood  celebrated the holiday in style. Party-goers enjoyed a potluck buffet of healthy and delicious snacks. The festival also held a rousing game of "people bingo," where attendees had to match a table of different experiences and traits to their fellow party-goers. Players sniffed out who among their number had been born in Hawaii, traveled through all 50 states or been to Woodstock. Many a bingo was left just shy of success, when no one would admit to using plastic covers for their furniture.

The party was free for all the Center's members, and $3.28 for anyone else who wanted to swing by.

For more photos of the celebration: http://goo.gl/pqNU3e

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, March 23

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

Thursday, March 26

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Principles of Photography, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Memory Social Hour: St. Patrick’s Day, 2 p.m.

Friday, March 27

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Woodcarving, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

For more information: http://goo.gl/afZJSn   

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 23, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2014 Police Report
  • Review of public art funding options
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park lease update
  • Bridgeport Way Gateway project update
  • Proposed Resolution supporting a transportation package

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 6, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring April 7, 2015 as National Service Recognition Day
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set April 20, 2015 as a public hearing date on the 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Supporting a transportation package
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park lease
  • Approve public art project location at Washington Blvd. and Gravelly Lake Dr.
  • Reports by the City Manager - Review of Washington eminent domain laws 

Time, Venue Change for Fort Steilacoom Park Project Meeting

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 to discuss a community project at Fort Steilacoom Park has been moved to a new location due to weather-related concerns.

The meeting will now be held at 6 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in the Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW.

The meeting was originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. under the large Rotary Shelter near the park’s playground.

The topic is the proposed development of a new outdoor performance area or gathering space somewhere at Fort Steilacoom Park.

The Lakewood Rotary, a longtime service group committed to improving the area, first asked the Lakewood City Council to consider this project. Last year, the Rotary Club explored the idea of building an amphitheater somewhere within the park’s 340 acres, but based on community feedback the Rotary Club went back to the drawing board to consider other options.

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mary Dodsworth at (253) 589-2489.

Amendment to Fort Steilacoom Park's Lease

At the Lakewood City Council meeting at 7 p.m., March 23, the City Council will discuss a proposed amendment to Lakewood’s lease of Fort Steilacoom Park.

The City Council will discuss extending the lease to 2040 and removing language that assigns financial responsibility to Pierce County if Lakewood somehow couldn’t meet the lease requirements.

Management of the now-340-acre park has changed hands over the years. Fort Steilacoom Park was leased by the state Department of Natural Resources to Pierce County in 1970. In 2006, the City of Lakewood and Pierce County signed an interlocal agreement that allowed Lakewood to manage and maintain the park. In 2014, the City formally assumed the lease of the park from the Department of Social and Health Services.

When the City applied for a state grant to develop the trail around Waughop Lake, the City learned Pierce County was still listed as the “Assigner” on the agreement and would remain liable for payment of rents and any other performance issues if the City were not able to comply. Neither the City nor Pierce County realized that the County was still obligated to step in if the City fails to meet the terms of the lease.

According to DSHS, this is standard language in lease assumption agreements, however, both the State and Pierce County determined that Lakewood is fit to assume full responsibility of the lease for the foreseeable future, and DSHS is willing to make adjustments. The State is allowing the City to extend the lease of Fort Steilacoom Park to 2040 and remove Pierce County’s “Assigner” responsibilities in 2025, when the original lease ends

Mary Dodsworth, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director with the City of Lakewood, says Lakewood ultimately wants to discuss transferring the entire site to the City to improve the ability to deal with future issues and conditions.

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