Lakewood Planning Improvements to Wards Lake Park – The Suburban Times

Town of Lakewood announcement.

Wards Lake Park is a beautiful nature preserve in northeast Lakewood. It is home to historic oak groves, natural habitats, a scenic lake, walking trails, and more. It could also benefit from improvements.

Visibility is poor in some areas of the park. These become prone to dumping trash or camping. The entrance to the park is discreet; many inhabitants can pass and never know how to visit.

Director of Parks and Recreation Mary Dodsworth shares ideas for improving Wards Lake Park during a design meeting on April 12, 2022.
The city is finalizing the design for Wards Lake Park to prepare for permitting and construction.
A new dog park, walking paths, entrance signs and a pump track will be popular attractions at Wards Lake Park.

The City intends to begin improvements by early 2023. Plans include the addition of a dog park, an ADA-accessible walking trail loop around the lake, a new bridge, and a “pumping track”.

A pump track is a hilly course for cycling and skateboarding. Runners run up and down small hills and “pump” down the downhill to build momentum to reach the next hill.

A “Pump Track” in Leavenworth, Washington (Image courtesy of the City of Leavenworth)
Anne Frank's Diary at Lakewood Playhouse

The City held several rounds of public engagement to invite ideas for the park in 2019. The City released a video tour of the proposed improvements in 2020. The City is currently finalizing these plans to prepare for permitting and construction.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2023. Slight permitting delays are possible due to the sensitivity of the park’s wetlands and natural habitats.

Local birder Russ Smith mentioned spotting more than 80 species of birds in his years of visiting the park. Wards Lake Park will soon be more inviting for its human visitors while remaining a sanctuary for its wild visitors.

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