One of Lakewood’s newer landmarks is getting some statewide attention for its pedestrian-friendly design and overall accessibility.
The Feet First Walkable Washington Program – which recognizes and supports communities creating “walkable places” throughout the state – will recognize the Lakewood Station Connection Project at its annual symposium and awards ceremony April 2 in Redmond.
The program will showcase the Lakewood Station Connection as an example of the projects from cities, counties, school districts and community organizations that are intended to make Washington a safer, easier and more inviting place for people to walk. Walkable Washington has even produced a case study about Lakewood Station Connection.
Opened in 2013, Lakewood Station Connection is a result of calls for transit improvements at the Lakewood Sounder commuter rail station. The project was specifically identified in the City’s first Comprehensive Plan, which called for a mix of office, retail and high-density residential uses supported by direct, regional transportation access.
The Lakewood City Council proposed two top priorities for the Lakewood Station Connection Project:
- To significantly increase the station’s regional access and improve connections between neighborhoods and major employers;
- To promote the Lakewood Station area as a multi-modal commuter hub by incorporating non-motorized travel and connections that will enhance the livability and the attractiveness of the community.
The Lakewood Station Connection Project includes a pedestrian bridge across the Sound Transit railroad tracks, as well as connecting the Lakewood Sounder Station to the residential and employment area of Kendrick Street immediately to the north. Street improvements include sidewalks, bicycle facilities, street lights, and street trees installed along Kendrick approximately 900 feet from the pedestrian bridge north to 111th Street Southwest.
Benefits for the community include a safe and secure walkable neighborhood, increased housing development, new retail and business opportunities, and an important connection to the City of Lakewood Sounder multi?model transit hub. The City of Lakewood plans to follow up with this new development by installing more way finding signs and promoting the station’s usage.
The Walkable Washington Annual Symposium and Awards is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 2 at Redmond City Hall, 15670 Northeast 85th Street.
Part of the Feet First Cities Program, it’s the state’s only event designed to provide creative networking opportunities, helpful resources, and awards to organizations and cities building healthy, livable and walkable communities. The symposium offers a fun learning environment with sessions moderated by experts to discuss projects and programs implemented in the last three years throughout Washington.