LaceyLife – July 2023

Join Us for a Day of Festivities!

Don’t miss the annual Lacey Fireworks Spectacular on Monday, July 3 at Rainier Vista Community Park.

Come and enjoy the free, community event — sponsored by TwinStar Credit Union, Capital Development Company, and Interstate Batteries — featuring live music, kids activities, aerial acrobatics shows, community booths, and we’ll end the night with a fireworks display set to music! You can also purchase food from on-site vendors. A perfect way to spend the day!
Please Note:

  • On-site parking is limited. Consider walking, biking, or parking at area schools and taking the free shuttle bus to and from the event.
  • No on-site ATM, due to limited use in the past. Most vendors take debit or credit card payments, however some may only take cash.

For more details, including a site map, entertainment schedule, and shuttle bus and school parking information, visit the event webpage.

Don’t Miss Cops, Cars N’ Kids: Saturday, July 29

Kids of all ages — adults, too! — are invited to Cops, Cars N’ Kids on Saturday, July 29 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot (420 College St SE). The Lacey Police Department hosts this FREE, interactive event as a way to connect and give back to our great community.

Stop by and chat with Lacey Police Officers, check out the cool car show, try on specialty police gear, learn how our police officers and staff keep our community safe, and so much more! We hope to see you there!

To get more event information, visit the event webpage.

A Summer of Recreation and FREE Entertainment Starts NOW!

If you’re looking for fun summer activities — look no further! Lacey’s Park System is one of the finest in the state. Best of all, the parks are free and open to everyone! You’ll find miles of ADA-accessible trails, pickleball, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, a disc golf course, play structures, a skate park, and so much more. Check out the Lacey Parks website and start your own Parksploration!

If music, movies, entertainment, and events are more your style — we have that too! Check out the Parks Events webpage to see the full schedule of free entertainment and let the fun begin!

New and Improved! Access to Public Meetings and Materials

Starting July 1, the City will have a new online system that will enhance access to public meetings and materials (e.g., agendas, minutes, videos, staff reports, etc.). The new public meetings portal features a more streamlined and easy-to-access site that includes:

  • A calendar of public meeting dates, times, and locations.
  • Searchable agendas, minutes, public notices, reports, and all other materials.
  • High-quality video streaming and recording.
  • Live meeting view with meeting progress and real-time information on Council actions.

The City’s new online system provides one source to access all public meetings and related materials with an improved user experience.

What Changes Will the Public See?
If you visit the City’s website you will see a new look to the:

  • Upcoming Meetings section of the home page.
  • Archives section of Council and various Boards and Commissions webpages

In-person and remote attendees will also see the addition of a live meeting monitor in the Council Chambers. This helps viewers track the progress of the meeting and actions taken by City Council.

If you have questions about the new public meetings system, please contact Kelly Adams, Special Project Administrator, at or (360) 412-2892.

City Celebrates Legislative Session Successes

The City is very excited to share some incredible highlights from the 2023 State Legislative Session that will benefit the Lacey community. The City is very thankful to our state legislative delegation for their support and leadership in 2023.

2023 Highlights

  • $1.15M for ADA pathway and inclusive playground at the new Greg Cuoio Park.
  • $100,000 for a Regional Athletic Complex transformer upgrade to allow for more electric vehicle charging.
  • $60M for housing and wrap-around services for individuals living within state rights-of-way and other encampments.
  • $32.5M in 2025-27 and $26M in 2027-29 for the I-5 Nisqually Delta. This is a long-term priority that will require state and federal support in years to come.
  • Stopping the pursuit of potential future commercial airport sites that interfere with military operations, like Joint Base Lewis-Chord, and creating a new working group to explore Washington’s future aviation needs.
  • Allowing for a Reasonable Suspicion Standard for Pursuits of Certain Dangerous Crimes.

For more information, you can view the complete list of 2023 State Legislative Priorities.

View the July LaceyLife in pdf format.