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Guide for Residents

Welcome to the City of Lakewood

Lakewood Connect online servicesWhether you are new to the City of Lakewood or you have been a long-time resident, we are pleased that you chose our community for your residence. For those new to Lakewood, welcome! (Click here for new resident information.)

Where does Lakewood shop?

Lakewood has dozens of shopping destinations. Lakewood Center is one of the largest regional malls in Southern California. Lakewood Marketplace, Pioneer Square, and Lakewood Square offer specialty shops and super markets. The Wal-Mart center brings the world’s largest retailer to Lakewood. Lakewood’s Cherry Avenue “auto row” is home to three car dealers. The Candlewood Avenue “restaurant row,” Candlewood shops, and expanded Pacific Theatres complex make Lakewood Center an exciting nighttime destination.

See Lakewood Center on the Web

What city park programs are available?

Lakewood has ten major parks for family activities, organized sports leagues, community gatherings, and recreation classes. All Lakewood parks have picnic areas and plenty of beautiful landscaping. Mayfair Park and Bolivar Park each have public pools, with seasonal swimming instruction, water aerobics, diving, and lifesaving classes.

Rynerson Park, at Studebaker Road and Del Amo Boulevard, is adjacent to the San Gabriel River with easy access to the bike trail along the riverbed. The Equestrian Center, located on Carson Street just west of Studebaker Rd has horse boarding and bridle paths.

See Park Finder for full listing of parks

The seasonal Recreation Catalog highlights Lakewood’s entire recreation program. Copies are available at parks and from the recreation office, or by calling 562-866-9771.

Recreation class registrations can be made online

Volunteering in Lakewood?

Lakewood has been the recipient of many awards for community involvement in volunteer activities.

Find out more about volunteering

Can I rent a park facility?

Many Lakewood facilities are available for private use. For meetings and conferences, consider The Centre at Sycamore Plaza (562-804-4434). It offers complete banquet facilities and room accommodations for groups of ten to 1,000. The Centre also offers complete wedding receptions, elegant banquets, and party facilities.
For more information on park facilities, click here.

For smaller gatherings, both the Todd Center at Mayfair Park and the Palms Park Community Center offer smaller meeting rooms with separate, breakout room flexibility. Both facilities have access to service kitchens.

Monte Verde Park offers a unique, outdoor setting for family reunions and large gatherings. The lodge at Monte Verde Park also has a comfortable “great hall” for in-door activities.

The Lakewood Youth Center has two meeting rooms, kitchen facilities, and a large, secure patio area.

Lakewood also has two pools that are available for rental doing the summer swim season. The Mayfair and McCormick pools offer party packages that include organized activities, staffing and lifeguards, and refreshments.

For information on park and community center rental, call 562-866-9771, extension 2497.

How do I order Club Lakewood signature merchandise?

Lakewood residents show their neighborhood pride with city merchandise from Club Lakewood. The club sells uniquely designed t-shirts, sweatshirts (kids’ sizes, too), baseball caps fanny pack, license plate frames, and mugs. Club Lakewood is a great way to say “I Love Lakewood.” Items are priced from $5 to about $25.

Club Lakewood is located in the lobby of city hall and is open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The city’s signature line of Club Lakewood logo merchandise, as well as Lakewood videos and recreation program gift certificates, are available online.

To shop the Club Lakewood e-store, click here

Are there libraries that serve Lakewood?

Two libraries in the Los Angeles County Library system serve Lakewood residents:

Iacoboni Library, 4990 N. Clark Avenue, 562-866-1777.  Open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Nye Library, 6600 Del Amo Boulevard, 562-421-8497 open Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday from noon to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

You can obtain a library card with proof of Lakewood address, such as a drivers license or utility bill.

New resident information

Our Customer Service Liaison Staff has gathered this information to help make moving to Lakewood easier. Much of this info is also available in our online service guide and FAQs. See the buttons at the top of this Web page.

Utilities/basic services

Electric: Southern California Edison, 1-800-655-4555


Gas: The Gas Company, 1-800-427-2200


Phone service:

Verizon, 800-483-4000
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m.


The company serves three quarters of Lakewood.

SBC/ATT, 800-310-2355
Weekdays from 7 am to 9 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm


They serve the north-west area of Lakewood.

Trash pick-up:

Edco/BZ Disposal, 562-531-3054


City of Lakewood 562-866-9771

Additional community services, organizations

Animal Control Dog Licenses:

South East Area Animal Control Authority, 562-803-3301
9777 SEAACA Street - Downey 90241


Cable Service:

Lakewood's cable service supplier is currently Time Warner Cable, http://www.timewarnercable.com.
Call 888-892-2253 for cable service information.

Chamber of Commerce:

Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, 562-425-7500


4010 Watson Plaza Drive, Suite 130
Lakewood, CA 90712

Parks and Recreations

Lakewood Post Office

The Lakewood Post Office is on the north end of the Lakewood Civic Center at 5200 Clark Avenue. For service information, call the US Postal Service at 800-275-8777. An automated postal station is in the east parking lot of Lakewood Center, near Hardwick Street and Faculty Avenue.

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Building inspections; unsightly property issues
Centre at Sycamore Plaza
City Council profiles
Civic Center map
Club Lakewood
DASH Transit, general transit options
eMagazine subscriptions - weekly news
Event profiles and information
Facility rentals, reservations and catering
Fair housing
Flood zone information
Graffiti removal
Green living, environmental information
History - City of Lakewood
Home improvement
Hours and contact information
Information guide
KLWD 1620 AM emergency radio station
Parks and Recreation
Public Safety/Sheriff/Fire
Recreation Catalog and Signups
Service searches, service-by-address lookup
Transportaion services, DASH, transit options
Volunteer Opportunities
Water service, billing