I ran for Lakewood City Council in Ward 5 because Lakewood is a special place to live. As neighbors and community members, you deserve good people representing your voice and your interests, people that will work to keep it feeling like home for all of our neighbors and for years to come.

Here’s what can happen when people come together!

Wendi Strom with Lakewood dignitaries
Westgate Park, new playground dedication, August 2016. Pictured from left to right: Westgate Principal David Weiss, Jeffco School Board member Ron Mitchell, Lakewood City Councilperson Dana Gutwein, Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul, Wendi Strom, Lakewood City Councilperson Karen Harrison, Colorado State Congresswoman Brittany Pettersen, Colorado State Senator Andy Kerr, neighbor and project partner Amanda Karger, Lakewood City Connector Reg Cox, Jeffco School Board member Amanda Stevens, and Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee. Photo by Ben Skigen

Kids need outside places to play and learn. 

Providing that can be expensive! 

In 2014 I embarked on a journey with a neighbor and friend to revitalize our local park playground.  She was our grant writer extraordinaire while I donned myself with the role of bringing together our many community stakeholders to accomplish this cause.  

Before this effort, our park playground had equipment that was several decades old, and an air of division existed between the school and its neighboring community. This division was something I set out to intentionally heal along the way.  

While the school is tucked in a middle class neighborhood, many of our students lived at or near the poverty line, came from homes that moved frequently, and often spoke English only as a second language.  Fundraising for this large project would have been impossible if we relied on the school families alone.  But this was a community park, so I worked hard to bring every stakeholder of that community in to our journey.

While grants from the city, the district and Great Outdoors Colorado were a significant source of our funding, we could not have made this possible without the donations we also received from our school parents, neighbors, friends and our local small businesses.  

I will forever be grateful for the partnerships that came out of this project and the opportunity to see our neighbors, our school and our city come together with such an inclusive energy to rally around our parks and our kids!

Compassionate. Collaborative. Honest.

Paid for by Wendi For Lakewood