In June of last year, the Lakewood City Council passed a $177 million balanced budget covering two fiscal years, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018. On June 27, 2017, the city council carried out a financial review at the half-way point of that budget and gave the approval to proceed with several new projects to update Lakewood parks, community buildings and roads.
The second year of Lakewood’s budget includes funds for:
- Rynerson Park improvements—including new restrooms and picnic shelters.
- Monte Verde Park lodge improvements—including new flooring and new doors.
- New picnic shelters for San Martin Park.
- New surfacing for the Mayfair Park tot lot.
- Burns Community Center enhancements. (At their June 27 meeting, the Council approved the lowest, responsible bid from De La Riva Construction Co. of Anaheim, to carry out the enhancement work, which includes a new outside elevator, new flooring, restroom renovations, and expanded space for building users. Work is expected to begin shortly and be completed in the spring of 2018.)
- Repaving Woodruff Avenue, expected to take place near the end of 2017.
- Re-landscaping the parkways along Paramount Boulevard to be attractive and water-wise. Lakewood won a state grant to help pay for this project. Work is expected to begin by the end of 2017.
In the new fiscal year from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, Lakewood will continue to fully fund law enforcement services from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and the city’s award-winning recreation programs for all ages.
“I want to compliment my council colleagues,” Mayor Diane DuBois said, “for fine-tuning a two-year budget that maintains Lakewood’s priorities of public safety, good streets and infrastructure, and wonderful parks and recreation programs for all ages. With this budget, we keep Lakewood looking good and working well, now and into the future.”
You can see Lakewood’s budget by going to lakewoodcity.org/budget.