The Parks Advisory Committee and city staff have recommended a plan which does not take advantage of the potential to provide inclusive and equitable local access for all the neighborhoods surrounding the lakes of Lakewood.
The concern is that the currently recommended plan calls for no improvement, or worse, the potential sale or other disposal of a number of our valuable and publicly owned lake access points. One specific concern is in regard to Steilacoom Lake. Six street ends on the lake have been under consideration…only three have been recommended for improved public access.
The inequity is geographical, the three recommended sites are all on the west side and far north ends of the lake, they provide local and walk-able accesses for only those select neighborhoods near the lake. It is the southeast side neighborhood which has been denied a similar and equitable lake access point.
This inequity is a problem which has a solution. Where possible the City Council of Lakewood should forgo the current advisory recommendations and consider more equitable geographic distribution of our public lake access points.
More information is available at: www.re-developmentgroup.com/lakewood/lakeaccess/
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