We continue to work with our community partners to raise funds for special projects, provide labor for service projects and special events!

On October 15th, 2017,  Partners for Parks held the 2nd Annual “Walk the Waughop” event to celebrate the completion of the Waughop trail and raise funds for the two upcoming projects – Ft. Steilacoom Barn Restoration study and connecting the Chambers Creek trail. Thank you to all who came out (and those community members we met at the park!) to support PFP!

Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Clover Park for donating and serving hot dogs at the event! A huge thanks to all our sponsors – Bruce Dees & Associates, Carr’s Restaurant and Catering, Designated Real Estate Co. LLC, Harborstone Credit Union, McDonald’s, PacWest Western Lumber Inc, Rotary Club it Clover Park, Lakewood Rotary and West Pierce Fire Fighters Local 1488.



2017:  The renovation of the trail around Lake Waughop at Fort Steilacoom Park was completed in the Spring.  Improvements included creating a new accessible mile long asphalt perimeter path around the lake and adding benches, picnic shelter, view platforms and other site amenities, interpretive signage, parking lot improvements and habitat enhancements (remove dead and invasive vegetation and add native plants). The completed project includes a 14′ wide Trail with a 4′ soft surface buffer on the edge of the walking trail.  For more information, click here.

Lake Waughop Trail Renovation


2016: In the Fall, one of our many partners, Kiwanis Club of Clover Park, donated $1,000 to Park Lodge Elementary to install a gravel walking path around the field area! The Clover Park Kiwanis and members of the Clover Park School District grounds crew worked last week to excavate dirt and spread gravel! The walking path can be used by the school and community members in all weather! Partners for Parks keeping Lakewood beautiful!


2016:  In February, the Partners for Parks board of directors presented a check to the Lakewood city council to support development of the new Lake Waughop lake trail.  Construction began 2016.



2014: In January, the Board of Directors voted to fund two new projects. $5000 will go to the demolition of the vacant house currently on the Springbrook property. This will allow further development of the park for community use. The second larger project is the renovation of the trail around Waughop Lake at Fort Steilacoom Park. This will be a multi-year commitment and will greatly enhance this much used portion of the park. Partners for Parks has committed to raise $100,000 towards this project.


2013: Additional clean-up of property in the Springbrook neighborhood. Over 8.62 tons of garbage was disposed of with the help of many community partners.

Springbrook before



Springbrook after

AFTER – 8.62 tons of garbage removed!

2012: The Black Tie & Blue Jeans went “Viva Las Vegas” with games of chance scattered around the Sharon McGavick Center. The Board of Directors increased to sixteen members.


2011: Partners for Parks presented a check for $100,000 to the City of Lakewood on June 6, 2011 for funding the second restroom at Fort Steilacoom Park.


2010: The Partners for Parks board voted to fund a second restroom at Fort Steilacoom Park by the children’s playground. The Black Tie & Blue Jeans event “A Night with the Stars” was held at the Sharon McGavick Center on March 6.


2007: The first Black Tie & Blue Jeans signature fundraising event was held at the Lakewood Ford dealership.


2006: The Board of Directors was expanded to eight members.


2005: Partners for Parks established a Board of Directors and became a 501C not-for-profit organization. The original board members were Michele Johnson, Mike Larson, Jay Mayer, Helen McGovern and Charlie Maxwell.


2001-2005: Between these years over $80,000 was raised to build a restroom/concession stand at Fort Steilacoom Park by the baseball fields. The building was dedicated in 2006.


2004: The City of Lakewood sponsored SummerFEST and Partners for Parks started the Classic Car Show.


2002: Partners for Parks held “It’s a Dusey” on the grounds of Harold LeMay’s residence in Spanaway.


2001: Partners for Parks was founded and began with a clean-up of 3.5 acres at Springbrook Park (a community adjacent to the gate of the then McChord Air Force Base). Clean-up included pulling yards of blackberry vines, carting away debris and garbage that had collected over the years and dredging the steam that borders the property. This park is the only public space in a low income area and serves as a gathering place for young children, families & seniors. Partners for Parks raised $26,000 at the first fundraising event.