Summer’s here, and the time is right…

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Article By Mayor Diane DuBois

Can you complete that sentence? Yes…“for dancin’ in the streets!” And in the parks of Lakewood…and for a whole lot of other family fun, too.

Concerts in the Park. One of my personal Lakewood favorites…there’ll be lots of dancing, picnicking and seeing friends in Del Valle Park every Thursday night starting at 6:30 p.m. from June 22 through August 10. To make your picnicking easy and creative, the city has arranged for a variety of food trucks to come, with interesting and tasty names like Peaches Southern BBQ Truck, The Greasy Wiener Truck, Dip’d Truck, Pirates Bistro Truck, Paradise Cookies Truck and long-time favorites Super Mex Catering Truck and Mr. B’s Kettle Corn. Check out the food and band schedule at www.lakewoodcity.org/concerts or call city staff at the number at the bottom of this article.

Public Safety Expo. This is one of the kick-offs to every Lakewood summer. Kids can enjoy a wide range of fun—all free—including carnival games, bouncers and an amazing rock climbing wall. It’s also a chance to meet your Sheriff’s and Fire personnel, get crime prevention and safety tips, and have your kids spend some fun time up close with the Sky Knight helicopter and even a fire truck and Sheriff’s vehicle. The free family fun runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 at Mayfair Park.

Civic Center Block Party. There will literally be dancin’ in the street to live music on Clark Avenue in front of City Hall for the biggest celebration that Lakewood throws all year. There’s also the Taste of Lakewood food booths and family fun zone with rides and amusements—all starting at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 on Clark Avenue. And an amazing, safe and legal fireworks show wraps things up starting at 9:15 p.m. For details, go to www.lakewoodcity.org/BlockParty or call city staff at the number below.

Pool time! Lakewood is fortunate to have two large community pools (at Bolivar Park and Mayfair Park). They are great for swim lessons, lap swimming and good ole’ cooling-off fun. Check out the opening dates, hours and activities for each pool at www.lakewoodcity.org/aquatics or call city staff at the number below.

Parks and playgrounds everywhere! One of the best aspects of the way Lakewood was originally built was the placement of a park in every neighborhood. Our city council does our best to keep those parks looking beautiful and updated with new play equipment. In recent years, new play areas have been added to Biscailuz, Bloomfield, Bolivar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms, Rynerson and San Martin parks. Our parks include airplanes, pumpkins, a 75-foot zip-line….and lots more. Visit your neighborhood park this summer, or go try out a new one in another part of Lakewood for fun. I bet you’ll see a lot of smiles, hear a lot of laughter and even see some dancing! For more ideas on fun in Lakewood, go to www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation or call your city recreation staff at 562-866-9771, extension 2408. Have a great summer everyone!

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