Special events celebrate Lakewood's 65th anniversary
Residents of all ages came out to Del Valle Park’s airplane playground on Saturday, April 13 for a city-wide celebration of Lakewood’s 65th year of incorporation. Hula hoop contests, ‘50s era classic cars and music, and the city’s anniversary mascot Woody the Tree joined in for the special day.
In a “blast from the past,” Mayor Todd Rogers, City Council Members and Woody the Tree arrived at Del Valle Park in a parade of 1950’s classic cars—all owned and driven by longtime Lakewood residents. As the crowd awaited, the 1954 #1 single “Sh-Boom Sh-Boom” played loudly, evoking a sense of nostalgia and joy.
“When the early residents of Lakewood set out to incorporate the city, they wanted many of the same things we still hold dear today: a safe community to live and raise a family in; schools, parks and recreation to enrich us; quality city services; and neighbors who care for and take pride in their homes,” Mayor Rogers said. “And that’s why our motto is still so fitting, ‘Times change, values don’t.’”
On April 16, the exact day of incorporation in 1954, Mayor Rogers, Woody the Tree and council members joined a large turnout of seniors for lunch and dancing at a special celebration at Weingart Senior Center. Two 65th-themed cakes were cut and served to all to mark the occasion.
Many guests held their hands high when asked how many had lived in Lakewood since the early days as a city, and four were original residents.
Attendees at both events enjoyed posing for photos against a large photo backdrop featuring historic images of Lakewood.
Photo: Mayor Todd Rogers with original residents Billie and Dwight Foster and 65th Anniversary mascot Woody the Tree.
You can view the photo gallery from both events at www.lakewoodcity.org/65gallery.
“We thank the generosity of our sponsors who helped us celebrate another milestone of our cityhood,” said Mayor Rogers.
Special thanks go to Water Replenishment District board president John Allen and Willdan for financial sponsorships, and to Cassidy’s Corner Café, Golden State Water Co., Labwerkz Printshop, Lakewood Center and R.F. Dickson.
If you missed the celebrations, you can still share in the commemoration. Woody the Tree is featured in a series of eight collectible cards that pays homage to each decade since the city's incorporation. A limited number of cards are available free at City Hall at the main receptionist counter.