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Category: Fort Steilacoom Park


Pierce council clears path for Lakewood park handoff

The Pierce County Council cleared the way today for Fort Steilacoom Park to become a true city park by approving a three-year maintenance agreement with Lakewood.

The county will pay the city $50,000 a year to offset Lakewood’s cost to maintain the 340-acre regional park through 2014, when the county will terminate its lease agreement with the state. Lakewood would then negotiate a lease with the state.

County Council member Dick Muri described the park as the “crown jewel” of the Lakewood area.

Muri said it’s the right time to hand over the park to Lakewood.

The City of

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Toxic algae continues to bloom at Waughop

Sen. Mike Carroll is asking the health department to close, or at least treat, the toxic algae blooms at Waughop Lake (Shown above).

Over the past few decades, they’ve become regular patrons of Lake Waughop at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

Blooms of phosphoric blue-green algae regularly surface at the popular recreation spot. It’s the same 30-acre lake where animals drink, ducks swim, people fish and hobbyists run their model boats.

The blooms contain the liver toxin microcystin, which can poison plants, animals and humans.
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Lakewood, Pierce County to discuss Fort Steilacoom Park

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Lakewood and cash-strapped Pierce County are scheduled to begin negotiations over how Fort Steilacoom Park should be managed the next five years.

The agreement that the city and county signed in 2006 – which required each to pay $240,000 annually to cover the 340-acre park’s maintenance and operations — expires this year.
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