By Andrew Neiditz, Lakewood City Manager
- Neighborhood Association Meetings Relocated to City Hall: Currently, three neighborhood associations meet at “Station 20” which is the West Pierce Fire and Rescue’s station on Pacific Highway. For the next two to three months, this station will be unavailable for these meetings. The Northeast and Lakeview Area neighborhood associations have therefore scheduled their July meetings at city hall in room 1E at 7 pm on July 19th and 6 pm on 28th respectively. The meeting locations for the six City-recognized neighborhood associations can be found under the “Weekly Meeting Schedule” link at www.cityoflakewood.us under “Regular Meetings.”
- Camp Murray Gate Update: The City has announced a meeting at the Tillicum Community Center for Tuesday, July 19th from 7-9 pm, to provide an update on the Camp Murray Gate situation. Citizens are encouraged to attend to learn more about this issue that affects the Tillicum neighborhood and our military neighbors.
- Springbrook Playground Program: This FREE neighborhood program at Springbrook Park is sponsored by the Lakewood First Lions and St. Leo’s Food Connection and has provided nearly 300 free lunches in the first two weeks. Located at 12601 Addison Street SW in the area commonly referred to as “McChord Gate” offers games and activities for children and youth in addition to the lunch program. The Lions Club provides funding support for city parks and recreation staff to organize sport activities, board games and arts & crafts. St. Leo’s provides the free lunches through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Bag lunches are served between 12:00-12:30pm for youth and children, 18 years old and younger. The lunch must be eaten on site and cannot be taken outside of the park. This is a drop-in program for children and youth that originated out of a federal Weed & Seed grant. This program helps to provide 3 of the 5 promises in Lakewood’s Promise: Caring Adults, Safe Places and a Healthy Start.
- Parks & Recreation “Camp Create”: Campers were mixing and making delicious treats this week at Camp Create. Campers made banana pops, dirty wormy sundaes and took a trip to Dominos on Bridgeport where they toured the store and made their very own small pizzas. This was all on top of the fun that they had swimming, playing games and creating pieces of art to take home. Next week’s theme is “We are the Champions” and campers will have fun playing sports, learning new games and have a fun day at Harry Lang Stadium.