Final Phase Scheduled 12/10/13 @ 8:00 a.m. – Almost Done!

We hope that the holiday spirit is filling your home. As we head towards Christmas, the Friends of Oakbrook are very thrilled to announce that Father Nature Landscapes has scheduled this next Tuesday 12/10/13 at 8:00 a.m. as the final phase of our beautification project.

Father Nature Landscapes will be installing the most amazing landscape design, donated by Amy R. Wolfe, Landscape Design. Thanks Amy! You’re incredibly talented and cannot wait to see your design come to life!

After the installation of the sign, Father Nature Landscapes, along with Green Tech Excavation and friends, installed the lighting and irrigation. See night photos:

All photos:

We still are in need of $500-700 to complete the project with mulch, etc. Donations being accepted at

This has been a true community effort. A HUGE THANK YOU to our many residents and business Supporters for Oakbrook Entrance Beautification Project:

Green Tech Excavation and friend Nick Zolle from Habitat of Humanity
Father Nature Landscapes
7th Edition Homeowner’s Association
Keep Lakewood Beautiful
Amy Wolfe Landscape Designs
Joseph McNellis & Son’s Concrete
Mis Tres Amigos Restaurant
Wild Thyme Nursery
Blue Ribbon Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Tacoma Lock & Safe
Lakewood Appliance
Overhead Door of Tacoma
4th Edition Homeowner’s Association
Power Effects Signs
City of Lakewood

Please join us and come out on Tuesday morning to say hello, donate or wave hello and cheer us on.

Merry Christmas one and all!

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Sign Installation Complete

Hello Neighbors!

A heartfelt thanks goes out to those that came out to help us celebrate a momentous occasion today despite the inclement weather. Today, we unveiled our very first Oakbrook Community sign, after 40 years.

Below is our new sign!! Woohoo!! We thank Chad Bickle for all his connections, hard work and contributions. He received a key to our neighborhood and we’re thinking of dubbing him Mayor of Oakbrook! Thanks Chad Bickle and Greentech Excavation!

We also want to thank long time resident Warren Wismer whose effort yielded a sign we can be proud of at a price we can afford. Thanks Warren for working with us on this project. We’re glad you jumped in and saved us!

More photos:

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Father Nature Landscape has indicated they will be out this coming week to install the irrigation and lighting. Thereafter, we’ll be planting plants!

Again, a hearty thanks goes out to all who have financially contributed to this effort. We hope that our efforts are making you proud.

Unfortunately, we are still in need of donations. Donate online at We think that another $1,000 should be all we need to complete everything. Checks can be sent to PO Box 88051 Steilacoom 98388.

Stay tuned for our next report coming soon!
Friends of Oakbrook

Chad, Ed, Chere, Shane and Lisa

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September Update

It’s been a month since our last clean up and a lot has been going on behind the scenes. Due to the kindness and generosity of a resident, (who shall remain nameless by request) of Oakbrook, we have been able to finalize a GORGEOUS DESIGN for our community sign! Thank you “nameless” for all you have done behind the scenes!!!


Today, due to the efforts of Chere Clark and Ed Nieves, our beautiful baby Maple Paperbark tree was planted today! Thank you Ed and Chere. Hope you didn’t hurt your back! Special thanks to Wild Thyme Nursery for their generous donation of this lovely tree, whom we have named “Bella.”

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Lastly, we are excited to see that our article got printed in the Lakewood Connections newsletter that arrived in our mailbox this weekend!


Thanks Chere Clark for your beautiful prose to showcase our effort here in Oakbrook!

What’s Next?

We will be meeting on Mon/Tuesday of this next week to order the sign, plan the concrete footing and schedule the planting of the rest of the landscape with Father Nature Landscapes.

Stay tuned. Much more goodness to come!
Friends of Oakbrook
Lisa, Shane, Ed, Chere and Chad
–>We still are seeking donations. The sign was much more expensive than originally planned, but will be very much worth the money and will last a long time. Donate today!

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Save the Date: 8/24 Cleanup Just 10 Days Away

So, what’s next?

-        The activity at the entrance, at Onyx and 87th, will resume on Saturday, August 24th, 9 AM to Noon, with another community clean-up.  This time, the local Starbucks store is lending a hand, with employees donating their time and energy to team up with Oakbrook residents.  The plan is to extend the clean-up efforts further down along Onyx.  We will be weeding, trimming overgrown vegetation, picking up trash, and clearing brush and debris.  Come and join the fun—bring gloves and tools!  We’ll have safety vests and equipment on hand.

-        A first look at the design for the future Oakbrook entrance sign!  Even better:  We hope to have several design choices ready for your consideration and your vote—on the August 24th clean-up day!  Stop by, take a look, and say hello; we would love to meet you!

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Oakbrook is Buzzing Around Project Beautify

The buzz of excitement around Oakbrook is growing!   There’s definitely a sense of renewal, as friends and neighbors continue efforts to beautify our community, one project at a time!

As we wrapped up Phase 1 (excavation and wall), our neighborhood project received local media attention in the Sunday, August 4th edition of the Tacoma News Tribune.  Check out the extensive coverage this article gave the project, at:  KING 5 expressed interest in showing up at our next work day (scheduled for 8/24 at 9:00 a.m. at entrance) where Starbuck’s will be volunteering their support.

To date, the community response has been tremendous, with many residents, local businesses, and organizations expressing their support—and donations are still coming in.  Keep Lakewood Beautiful recently provided a small works grant in the amount of $250!  Special thanks, as well, to Power Effects Signs, Overhead Door, Tacoma Lock and Safe, Blue Ribbon Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, and Lakewood Appliance for their generous donations and/or services! 7th Edition Homeowner’s Association has expressed their support of our project as well.

A huge thank you is in order:  THANK YOU to all of you, our Oakbrook friends and neighbors, who have contributed to the cause with your time, talents, ideas, and dollars!

With Phase 1 complete, Phase 2 is in the works. In just a few days, we should be receiving landscape design plans from Father Nature Landscape! (So exciting!) Thereafter, the permanent landscaping at the Oakbrook entrance at 87th and Onyx will be installed in the coming weeks, with the design and labor services being donated by Father Nature Landscapes!  The funds our community has collectively raised will pay for the materials needed to beautify the corner with low-maintenance, indigenous plants.

Phase 3 will be close behind the landscape. We’re currently working on securing a sign company and a design for our community entrance sign! Once installed, the initial goal of Project Beautify will be fulfilled:  to have an attractive, welcoming neighborhood entrance that truly reflects our great community!

Update on Fundraising:  All totaled, nearly $7,000 has been raised! We have raised our goals because we of early overages on project costs. There are almost always overages when it comes to construction anyways, right?! Our fundraising will continue, with the goal to raise funds $10,000 or more. Whatever overages we have will go toward paying for ongoing maintenance of the entrance and perhaps further beautification projects.

Keep current on these and future developments on:

The project website @

Facebook @

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Phase 1: Complete!

BEFORE PHOTO: The entrance corner 3 years ago during first cleanup (Oct 2, 2010):Image

AFTER PHOTO: Phase 1 – July 20, 2013 excavation and rock wall construction!


Amazing! Thanks Green Tech Excavation! IF YOU LOVE THE WORK that Green Tech Excavation performed, please give them a review on Angie’s List or Google. Thanks!

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Update on Project Beautify!

It’s been 10 days since our 3rd clean up and 8 days since we started the excavation and rock wall. A BIG THANK YOU goes out to Chad Bickle and Green Tech Excavation for helping complete Phase 1!!  A lot has been going on and here’s an update on Oakbrook’s Project Beautify:

  • We’ve raised $4,500 dollars and we’ve also raised our fundraising GOAL to $7,000 due to current project estimates. Any overages in funds raised will go toward establishing a maintenance fund, and even possibly extending the pathway from 89th to Oakbrook Park for Phase 4.
  • We’re proud to announce support from Starbuck‘s (Hipkins & Steilacoom) and Blue Ribbon Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning and that we are in discussions with Keep Lakewood Beautiful, the 7th Edition Homeowner’s Association, the 4th Edition Homeowner’s Association and the Oakbrook Golf & Country Club about supporting the Project Beautify. Crossing fingers!
  • Mid August, we should be receiving a landscape design from Father Nature Landscapes (Phase 2). They will be donating the design and labor services, but all materials will have to be purchased through the funds we raise.
  • We’re currently working on concepts for an Oakbrook sign (Phase 3).
  • Today, we had an interview with the Tacoma News Tribune and will be submitting an article to the City of Lakewood next week for the Lakewood Connections Newsletter. We’re hopeful for an article to be published with the Tribune the end of this week! Stay tuned.

What’s next?

So, share this website with your neighbors and friends and tell them what we’re up to. What we’re demonstrating with this effort is the POWER OF COMMUNITY and what can happen when people who care come together to push positive forward! If you haven’t donated, donate today or get involved. Write us at!

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