February 14, 2022 – The Suburban Times

February 14, 2022: Summary of the week

Happy Valentine’s Day, Lakewood.

The City Council has formed an ad hoc Tree Advisory Committee to recommend revisions to Lakewood’s tree protection code to the public.

The JBLM North Access project is booming – Gravelly Lake has reopened between Nyanza and Veterans, and a new phase of work has begun along Washington Boulevard between 83rd and Gravelly Lake Drives.

Major repairs to the sewer under Steilacoom Boulevard are almost complete. Pierce County intends to reopen the roadway near Lakewood Drive on Friday.

Mark your calendars for spring events: Parks Appreciation Day is April 23, a youth fishing event is scheduled for May 14, and the first of four “Saturday Street Festivals” is scheduled for May 21.


The City Council forms an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Trees

Lakewood City Council appointed 11 local applicants to an Ad Hoc Tree Advisory Committee. The committee will meet regularly in March, April and May to develop proposals to revise the Lakewood Municipal Code related to tree protection.

Property rights and environmental concerns are fairly considered. The committee will present proposed code revisions in May. The committee’s proposals will be public and there will be several public hearings on the subject.

Lakewood’s beautiful treetops are vital, and the Lakewood City Council is taking steps to preserve them.

Gravelly Lake Drive reopened Friday between Nyanza Road and Veterans Drive and residents were able to test drive the new Veterans & Gravelly Lake roundabout.

Washington Boulevard between Lake City Boulevard and Gravelly Lake Drive was closed Monday morning. This phase of construction should be completed by early summer.

Local residents will notice a beautiful new roadway with nice, wide sidewalks on Gravelly Lake Drive. Similar improvements are planned for the entire section of Gravelly Lake Drive and Washington Boulevard.

Tacoma Community College


RED = LOCK
YELLOW = LOCAL ACCESS
GREEN = DETOURS

Steilacoom Boulevard is expected to reopen on Friday

Pierce County Public Works is almost done with a difficult major sewer repair:

Steilacoom Boulevard is scheduled to reopen on Friday, February 18 when the Pierce County sewer main repair project in Lakewood is complete. The contractor completed the paving work last week and will place temporary markings on Thursday. We will announce more details as we get closer to the reopening date. Permanent marking work is expected to take place in March, along with some finishing utility work. Both temporary and permanent road marking work is weather dependent. We appreciate the community‘s patience and understanding during construction.
Pierce County Public Works

Check out the project and current updates at www.piercecountywa.gov/LakewoodSewerMain.


Mayor Parish Coffee House
Thursday, March 24, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m
Fort Steilacoom Park Pavilion

Chat with Mayor Whalen about important community matters.

Park Appreciation Day
Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
Fort Steilacoom Park

Help us beautify local parks by pulling weeds and picking up trash.

Ed Selden Carpet One


Youth Fishing Event
Saturday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
American Sea Park

Learn to fish and keep your rod! This event is free, but registration is required.

dancing in the streets
Saturday, May 21, 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Fort Steilacoom Park

Bring your dancing shoes and cut a rug at downtown’s Colonial Plaza.

Join us for a fun fishing event for teens on May 14th – if the kids aren’t having fun, then Dad is!

  • Gravel Lake & Nyanza: Gravelly Lake Drive is now open between Nyanza Road and Veterans Drive. Washington Boulevard is now close between Lake City Boulevard and Gravelly Lake Drive
  • Steacroom & Lakewood: Steilacoom Boulevard is closed between Lakewood Drive and Gravelly Lake Drive — scheduled to reopen on Friday, February 18.
  • Steacroom & Custer: Sidewalk work is underway along the north side of Steilacoom Boulevard. The north lane (right lane if heading west) will remain closed for a while.
Pierce College



City council

Monday 7 February Regular meeting

The February 7, 2022 meeting began with a proclamation recognizing a 20-year sister city relationship between the City of Lakewood, Washington, and the City of Okinawa, Japan. Connie Coleman-Lacadie accepted the proclamation and shared video of an Eisa performance by an Okinawan performing arts group. Eisa is a traditional Okinawan folk dance.

The City Council also issued a proclamation to designate February 2022 as Black History Month. A video of prominent community organizer JoEthel Smith was shared with the council. In the video, Smith reflected on her memories of local black leaders.

The Association of Washington Cities has released an update on its retro-reimbursement program, which has recovered $111,994 in insurance costs for the City of Lakewood due to strict safety practices. Hank Jones shared an update on Lakewood Youth Council – their efforts have focused on brainstorming solutions to address youth mental health and justice.

Edward JonesBart Dalton

Notable on the consent agenda were the appointments of Emily Feleen to the Lakewood Arts Commission and Linda Smith to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center Public Facilities District Board. In addition, an agreement has been reached with BRCA for the design and construction supervision of upcoming improvements to Wards Lake Park.

Lakewood City Council appointed 11 local applicants to an Ad Hoc Tree Advisory Committee. The committee will meet regularly in March, April and May to develop proposals to revise the Lakewood Municipal Code related to tree protection.

Next meetings:


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