Parks & Recreation

Lakewood enjoys 600+ acres of parkland across 14 parks. Our parks feature wildlife, beaches, playgrounds, sports fields, trails, and more. The City also organizes community events and activities for kids and older adults.

Lakewood Parks & Recreation
6000 Main St SW, 1st Floor
Lakewood, WA 98499

(253) 983-7887
[email protected]

Phone & Staff Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Report a Park Maintenance Issue:
(253) 267-1628

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Pardon Our Dust: Moving the “Big One” (Tenzler Log) to Ft. Steilacoom Park

Last year, the City of Lakewood agreed to take ownership of the “Big One”, a large log section located in front of the Flora B. Tenzler Memorial Library. The City must now determine a new location for the log to be moved, as well as how to safely install and display it for the public to enjoy. 

Big One History:   The giant cut section of a Douglas fir tree sitting in front of the Lakewood Library is known as The Big One.  The tree was born in 1359 and cut in 1945, making it 586 years old when felled.  In 1946, with great fanfare, the log was unveiled to the public and displayed at the Northwest Door Company Plant in Tacoma.  The company’s president, Herman E Tenzler, added signs showing the age of the tree and famous events during its lifetime.  In 1965 they moved and installed the log at the Lakewood Library where it’s been on display 24 hours a day in a specially built glass enclosure at the front of the library.  At 12′ 9″ in diameter and 40′ in circumference, it is said to be the largest Douglas fir tree ever to be cut.  The section on display weighs approximately 9¼ tons.

In November, 2023 Council reviewed various options to house the historic log. Ultimately, decision was made to place this log at Fort Steilacoom Park due to the following considerations:

  • Regional Park location with historic amenities
  • Parking nearby and access to trails
  • ADA access exists throughout the site
  • Hundreds of thousands of annual visitors
    High visibility for public viewing
  • Natural surveillance based on park visitors
  • Could be located along Nisqually Loop Trail
  • Could add Indigenous /Nisqually history to current American historic markers
    Existing historic features and interpretive displays along Discovery Trail(s) to supplement experience.
  • Natural Setting to match display
    Scale of installation is appropriate to site
  • Easy access for semi-truck and crane
  • Space to add an enclosure to support the display without encroachment to existing site amenities

On February 5, 2024, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Staff provides an update on a current partnership with the Nisqually Tribe to curate an outdoor exhibit along Waughop Lake in Fort Steilacoom Park. As part of the themes being explored, a stop at the historic log was discussed as a place to share additional information.

On March 14, 2024, an interlocal agreement between Pierce County Library System (PCLS) and City of Lakewood was formalized to receive the HISTORIC LOG and place it at Fort Steilacoom Park.

On April 8, 2024, staff prepared a summary of costs and recommendation for council action to pursue construction of a log cradle, and shelter for the historic log at Fort Steilacoom Park.

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Springbrook Park Improvements complete

Lakewood’s Springbrook Park has new additions ready for public use. The city spent 2022 and 2023 upgrading the park to add new amenities and expand offerings. Improvements include a dog park, walking paths, new basketball courts, and a pump track where kids and adults can ride bikes around a loop. The park’s community garden was also moved and enlarged.

City Planning Improvements to Wards Lake Park

The City intends to begin improvements by early 2023. Plans include the addition of a dog park, an ADA-accessible walking trail loop around the lake, a new bridge, and a “pump track”.


Photos and Videos

A man holds a fish that he caught on the docks of Harry Todd Park.
A fisherman releases a yellow perch he caught from the new Harry Todd Park dock.
Two men facing opposite directions push wheelbarrows.
Volunteers help out at Parks Appreciation Day.
Three paddleboarders enjoy the water at American Lake Park on a sunny day.
Paddle boarders enjoy American Lake.
A woman laughs as she talks to a customer at her flower stand at Lakewood Farmers Market.
The opening day of the Lakewood, WA Farmers Market on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.
A young girl sings at the Pavilion at Fort Steilacoom park during a summer concert event.
Summer Nights at the Pavilion Concerts is a perfect way to unwind after a long summer day.
Two men jump on "extreme" trampolines" at Lakewood SummerFEST.
Friends enjoying the “Extreme Trampoline,” along with other activities at the annual Lakewood Summerfest.

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