Fort Steilacoom Park is the crown jewel of Lakewood, offering venues for sports, events, dogs and enjoying nature. To support events in the park, small areas of the tall, flowing grasslands are mowed to be used as temporary parking areas for events.
The citizens of Lakewood have relied on the city to protect the park when issuing use permits for events by denying permits for activities that have no relationship to the park, which limit general use of the park or that require modification to the park.
The city was naive to allow a park to become a parking lot. The tall grasses are mowed down (sorry, birds and animals), ball fields painted with lines for parking (sorry, kids), hedges cut down for paved access (sorry, walkers) and traffic funneled deeply into neighborhoods (sorry, residents).
Welcome, golf fans; remember to wipe your feet in Lakewood before you get on the bus. We don’t want a dirty bus.