6/9/22 JBLM-North Access Improvement Project Update

Phase I – Gravelly Lake Drive Night Paving of Gravelly near Nyanza – The Contractor is scheduled to pave the top lift of asphalt along Gravelly Lake Drive between Pacific Highway and Nyanza and along Nyanza, just northeast of Gravelly Lake Drive on Monday, June 13 beginning at 8:00 p.m. With cooling and laying temporary striping, the roadway should be …

Lakewood to Host “Tree Tour” on Friday, June 3

The City of Lakewood will host a “tree tour” on Friday, June 3 with the Tacoma Tree Foundation and the Department of Fish & Wildlife. The tour will introduce participants to Lakewood’s lovely mix of firs, blossoms, oaks, and other trees. The tour will also discuss tree maintenance and the state of our urban canopy. Lakewood Tree TourFriday, June 3 …

Lakewood Police Department Publishes 2021 Annual Report

LPD responding to increases in property crime, evasions, and accidents Lakewood, Wash. – Chief Mike Zaro presented the Lakewood Police Department’s 2021 Annual Report to the Lakewood City Council on Monday, March 28. LPD experienced a series of challenges in 2021. The department lost 20% of its personnel to a wave of retirements. New legislation often inhibited officers from detaining suspects …

Deputy Dom Calata Memorial Information

Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Dom Calata was shot during a SWAT operation on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. He died on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Sergeant Rich Scaniffe was also shot during the incident. He is now home from the hospital, but faces a long journey towards recovery. The public may support these deputies, their families, and their communities in several …

Census Bureau Publishes 2020 American Community Survey Data

Lakewood diverges from state, national averages in many areas The United States Census Bureau has published data from the 2020 American Community Survey (ACS). By the Census Bureau’s latest estimates, Lakewood has a population of 63,612 residents. Lakewood is one of just 15 Washington cities with a majority population of people of color; 51.9% of Lakewood’s population is BIPOC. Key …

Upcoming Community Coffeehouse to Discuss Public Safety and Policing

Lakewood Mayor Jason Whalen hosts bimonthly “coffeehouse” sessions to invite open conversation with residents. Mayor Whalen will host a Community Coffeehouse session on Thursday, March 24 to invite open conversation about public safety and community policing with residents.  Hosted every other month, Community Coffeehouses are opportunities for open conversations with the mayor and other Lakewood officials. The meeting will be …

1/23/2022 JBLM-North Access Improvement Project Update

The Gravelly Lake Drive and Veterans Drive roundabout is taking shape. The contractor will complete the final two concrete pavement pours in the roundabout early this week. Following that, the contractor will finish the remaining sidewalk and curb sections. The contractor is scheduled to pave the base lift (top lift of this section possible depending upon temperatures) next week. Additionally, …

Mayor Jason Whalen to Host “Coffeehouse” Resident Engagement Sessions

Casual conversation sessions will be held bimonthly on Thursday evenings after work hours. Lakewood, Wash. – Lakewood’s new mayor Jason Whalen has announced bimonthly “Community Coffeehouse” conversation sessions to invite conversation with residents. Each session will be themed and will begin with a presentation from the mayor or a guest speaker before opening the floor for residents with questions and remarks …

Lakewood Police Department Welcomes Class of 16 New Officers

Chief Zaro welcomed a new class, promoted two officers, and presented two awards during Tuesday’s Commissioning Ceremony. The Lakewood Police Department welcomed a class of new officers during a Commissioning Ceremony on Jan. 18, 2022. 16 new officers joined the LPD ranks, including 10 entry-level officers and six lateral officers. Two LPD officers were promoted to detective. “Tonight, we have …

Weekly Bulletin: Jan. 14, 2022

Lakewood Celebrates #MLKDAY2022 with Community Film The City of Lakewood has released its 2022 video celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: “The World Lives in Lakewood”. 2020 census data revealed Lakewood’s BIPOC population has surpassed 50% of its total population. Diversity and vibrant cultural heritage are defining assets of Lakewood. This city is a mix of languages, art, dance, …

Weekly Bulletin: Jan. 14, 2022

Lakewood Celebrates #MLKDAY2022 with Community Film The City of Lakewood has released its 2022 video celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: “The World Lives in Lakewood”. 2020 census data revealed Lakewood’s BIPOC population has surpassed 50% of its total population. Diversity and vibrant cultural heritage are defining assets of Lakewood. This city is a mix of languages, art, dance, …

Lakewood Premieres “The World Lives in Lakewood” in Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Video celebrates Lakewood’s cultural heritage and contrasts the historic perspectives of civil rights activists with students’ visions for the future. The City of Lakewood has released its 2022 video celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: “The World Lives in Lakewood”. Each year, the City of Lakewood remembers the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to advocate for justice …

City Manager’s Weekly Bulletin: Jan. 7, 2022

Jason Whalen Appointed as Mayor of Lakewood On Jan. 3, 2022, Jason Whalen was appointed by the Lakewood City Council to the position of Mayor. Mary Moss was appointed to the position of Deputy Mayor. Whalen is Lakewood’s fifth Mayor since the City’s incorporation in 1996. At the time that we were sworn in 12 years ago, it was one …

Winter Safety: Snow & Ice, Road Conditions, Extreme Cold

SNOW & ICE Snow & ice can be hazardous on roads or around your home. Around the House SIDEWALKS: Residents are encouraged to clear snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. HEART ATTACKS: Sudden exertion in cold weather can trigger heart attacks. Shovel slowly; take it easy. On the Roads PLOW ROUTES: See the map below for plow routes. Lakewood’s …

City Manager’s Weekly Bulletin: Dec. 30, 2021

Crews Working Around the Clock to Clear Roads of Snow, Ice Snow fell on Lakewood several times throughout the week, and Lakewood plows and salt trucks circled the city night and day in response. Roads are cleared based on a priority system. The most-traveled roads will be plowed first. Refer to the map below. Bookmark the City’s “Weather & Emergency” …

JBLM-North Access Improvement Project Update 12/23/21

Progress continues at the Washington Blvd./Veterans Drive roundabout. The contractor poured the curbs around the roundabout this week. No work will be performed next week with weather expected to not be conducive to progress. The contractor expects to complete this phase of work in mid-February. The intersection of Washington Blvd and Gravelly Lake Drive will close at that time. The …

City Manager’s Weekly Bulletin: Dec. 23, 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Tree Advisory Ad Hoc Committee to be Formed The City of Lakewood will convene an ad hoc committee to review current tree preservation code and prescribe revisions to be considered by the Lakewood City Council. The Tree Advisory Ad Hoc Committee will be comprised of up to 13 members representative of diverse stakeholder perspectives. Those …

Community Q&A about New Homeless Shelter to Occur Nov. 22

The Comfort Inn at 86th & Hosmer in Tacoma was recently purchased for emergency shelter. Lakewood, Wash. – The Comfort Inn near 84th and Hosmer in Tacoma will be converted to an emergency homeless shelter. Residents are invited to a Q&A session on Monday, Nov. 22 to discuss plans for the shelter and ask questions. Comfort Inn Homeless Shelter Zoom …