The recreation division offers a diverse selection of youth recreational activities focusing on healthy, physical activity. Summer activities include: tennis lessons, a low cost summer day camp, track & field, and kids fishing event. Fall season offers Truck and Tractor Day, a Lego Building Competition (see Special Events), Healthy Start After School Program (see below) and Youth Basketball.
- Active Living and Wellness
- Arts, Culture and History
- Nature and Environment
- Personal Enrichment
- Community Building
Lakewood has other organizations committed to providing recreational activities for youth, including:
- Lakewood Family YMCA
- Boys & Girls Club - Lakewood branch (Gary and Carol Milgard Family HOPE Center)
Healthy Start After School Program
In addition to these city sponsored events, the recreation division also partners with the school district and with Communities in Schools of Lakewood to provide an after-school activity club at Tyee Park & Tillicum elementary schools, focused on providing a safe atmosphere with physical activity and nutritious snacks for low-income children. The program begins with a nutritious snack that includes uncommon fruits and vegetables. After snack, the children write in their journals, engage in warm-up exercises, play large group games, and receive lessons in nutrition. Healthy Start teaches these children the value of sportsmanship, fair play, and teamwork, and encourages them to strive to perform their personal best.
To ensure a safe swim environment for our youth, the life gaurd program provides lifeguards at both Harry Todd Park and American Lake North Park during the summer months.