The Lakewood Beautiful Home Awards program marked its 33rd year on October 2 with city council members and 150 people gathering at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza to recognize the 2014 honorees for their accomplishments in landscaping, home maintenance and water-wise irrigation. The 110 recognized homes were chosen from 355 nominated residences.
A record 13 homes received a Water Wise Award from the city for using efficient irrigation and drought-tolerant landscaping.
Recognition was also be expressed to the many Lakewood Beautiful-nominated homes (and others not nominated) that display a pride of ownership and care and help make Lakewood’s neighborhoods so appealing.
“Lakewood Beautiful is one of the city’s oldest continuous programs because of the value and importance that Lakewood leaders have always placed on the program’s mission,” said Mayor Todd Rogers, who presided over the ceremony. “When caring, committed residents invest in and care for their homes and properties, property values get a boost and our community is a stronger, safer place for everyone.”
The event also included special “Water Recycling Partnership” honors going to ABC, Bellflower and Long Beach Unified School Districts, along with Saint Joseph High School and MY HOA Farm nursery, for joining with the city in using recycled water in the irrigation of some of their properties in Lakewood. This is the 25th anniversary of that Lakewood system. Recycled water is wastewater that has been treated to a safe level to use for irrigation. It requires a special distribution system and set of pipes, but for major water users, it can be worth the investment. In Lakewood, 321 million gallons of recycled water is used by parks, schools and others each year, which saves an amount of drinking water equal to what would be used by 1,100 households. “That’s a great water-wise savings,” said Rogers.
The Lakewood Beautiful Home Awards program is generously cosponsored by City Light and Power, Inc.; EDCO Waste Services; H&H Nursery; Lakewood Center; Lakewood Dental Arts; Lakewood Lions Club; Lakewood Pan American Association; Lakewood Regional Medical Center; Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe; Piazza Family Restaurants; R. F. Dickson Company; Water Replenishment District; West Coast Arborists, Inc.; and Willdan Engineering.
Photographs of Lakewood Beautiful’s Distinguished Recognition and Water Wise homes can be viewed at www.lakewoodcity.org/beautifulhomes.