The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has awarded the City of Lakewood with the Platinum Healthy Community Award for the impact of its Colonial Plaza redevelopment project on the community.

Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen accepted the award on behalf of the Lakewood City Council during the Pierce County Regional Council General Assembly meeting held on last month at the Pierce County Skills Center.

Formerly known as “Motor Avenue” the new stretch of roadway that opened in September 2019 incorporates modern and upscale urban design practices, leading to the creation of a public gathering space with a park-like atmosphere.

It also provides a central gathering space in the Lakewood downtown area, and will be the site of the upcoming inaugural Lakewood Night Market, which kicks off April 17, and will be held the first and third Friday of the month through Oct. 2 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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