City Manager's April 7, 2023 Weekly Bulletin

Lakewood Managers Bulletin: April 7, 2023

Spring Community Cleanup dates set

Got Junk? Lakewood Community Cleanup is April 15 and 16, 2023 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. More details:

This weekend is your last weekend to gather up your unwanted items to dispose of for free at our Spring Community Cleanup. Bring your unwanted items to the Lakewood Transfer Station Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16, 2023 between 8 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

The city partners with refuse provider LeMay to offer this service free to Lakewood residents. Proof of Lakewood residency required for admittance. The Lakewood Transfer Station is located at 3869 94th Street SW.

Smaller items must be bagged and cannot be loose. Larger items like furniture do not need to be bagged. Hazardous materials like paint or other chemicals will not be accepted. Neither will larger-scale construction debris.

Find a complete list of what will and will not be accepted.

Next Lakewood Artist Reception is April 17

Meet local artists Mauricio Robalino, Renee Meschi, and Laura Martinez at the next Lakewood Artist Reception. The event is Monday, April 17 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. It begins at 5:30 p.m.

We honor local artists by hosting regular artist receptions. For each event artists hang their work in the entryway and ground floor hallways of City Hall for a limited time for the public to enjoy.

The reception offers an opportunity for visitors to meet the artists, learn about their inspiration and their chosen artistic medium. Light refreshments are served.

Learn more about public art in Lakewood.

Parks Appreciation Day

Parks Appreciation Day is April 22, 2023 in Lakewood Washington from 9 am to 12 pm

Join you neighbors to help cleanup Lakewood’s parks and get them ready for the busy spring and summer season. Our annual Parks Appreciation Day is Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help clean up park areas, remove noxious weeds, spread wood chips and assist with overall maintenance. Park sites needing work this year include:

  • Edgewater Park
  • Fort Steilacoom Park
  • Harry Todd Park
  • Kiwanis Park
  • Lakewood Community Garden

Let us know you’re coming: Sign up online.

Council Corner: April 3, 2023

Proclamations: Council read two proclamations at its meeting Monday. The first recognized LASA Executive Director Janne Hutchins for her dedication to serving the Lakewood community. Throughout the course of her career with the organization Hutchins made a significant impact in Lakewood helping establish affordable and low-income housing options for residents and connecting them to services. Hutchins is retiring from the organization after more than 25 years. Read the full proclamation.

Council also proclaimed April 22, 2023 as “Parks Appreciation Day” in Lakewood. The proclamation acknowledged the significant role parks and open spaces play in the lives of Lakewood residents. It also encouraged people to sign up to volunteer April 22 to help with the cleanup efforts of our parks on Parks Appreciation Day. Read the full proclamation.

Watch the meeting.

What’s on deck: The Lakewood City Council will meet Monday, April 10 at 7 p.m. for a study session. Tentative agenda items include:

  • Review of 2022 Annual Police Report
  • Review request to allocate $1 million in federal HOME funds and $1.175 million in federal HOME-ARP to the Living Access Support Alliance (LASA) Gravelly Lake Commons affordable housing project
  • Review of City Hall Energy Audit

How to attend: Attend in person at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW; Join via Zoom (or dial 253-215-8782 and enter meeting ID: 868 7263 2373), or watch live on the city’s YouTube channel.

Have a creative kid?

The Pierce County Library System invites children and teens to design the next Peirce County Library System library card.

Submissions will be accepted at any Pierce County Library now through April 30, 2023.

Artists are limited to one entry per person. Artwork must be portrait or landscape orientation and up to 7 inches x 11 inches in size. Professional artists will review entries and select finalists. Then, in the coming months, the public will vote online for their favorite designs in two age groups ages (5-11 and 12-18).

Learn more.

Join our Independent Salary Commission

Get involved: Independent Salary Commission. 5 positions open to Lakewood residents.

Want your voice to be heard? There are five positions open on the Lakewood Independent Salary Commission, which decides the salaries for the Mayor and City Council.

For more information on what the commission does or requirements to volunteer, visit the commission website.

Interested in getting more involved in the city? Check out our boards and commissions website to find volunteer opportunities.

Register now for Kids Fishing Event

Kids holding the fish they caught at the Lakewood 2019 Ray Evans Memorial Fishing event

Registration is now open for the city of Lakewood’s annual Kids Fishing Event. This event allows children 5 to 14 years to fish off the shoreline of American Lake.

Cost is just $5 per participant. Children get to keep their pole and their catch. All necessary fishing supplies are provided.

This year’s event is Saturday, May 13. Note the location change: The event will be held on the shoreline of Harry Todd Park. Sessions are 45 minutes and run every hour on the hour from 8 to 11 a.m.

Space is limited. Sign up today:

Emergency Food Network Hunger Walk

Emergency Food Network's Hunger Walk May 6, 2023 in person and virtual walk

The Hunger Walk is an annual opportunity for the community to support Emergency Food Network’s mission of providing food to our neighbors in need “so that no person goes hungry.”

The 2023 Hunger Walk will take place May 6 at Fort Steilacoom Park. Virtual registration is available.

Register online.

Work for the city of Lakewood

We’re hiring! Looking to change careers? Looking for a new job? Ready to re-enter the job market?

Join the city of Lakewood! We have a variety of job positions open. Lakewood offers a competitive benefits package. We are part of the state retirement system (PERS). And the city is a beautiful place to work.

Available positions include openings in our maintenance division, Information Technology and police department.

Find a current list of open positions online.

Road project updates

Washington Boulevard

Work on storm drainage installation was completed this week on Washington Boulevard between Alameda Drive and Lake City Boulevard.

Crews continued grading the roadway to prepare for sidewalk installation and paving. Concrete pouring continued for curb and gutter near Vernon Avenue and Washington Boulevard.