Public Works Department

The Public Works Department provides a wide variety of services to the citizens of Lake Forest Park and to the City of Kenmore through a contract. The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance, operation and repair of the city’s streets, surface water infrastructure, buildings and grounds facilities, parks, sanitary sewer, and 24/7 emergency response.

Funds

Four separate funds provide the resources for the Public Works Department: the General Fund, the City Street Fund, the Surface Water Utility Fund, and the Sewer Utility Fund. The City of Kenmore pays the City of Lake Forest Park for their share of Public Works services. Working together, both cities are able to provide more crew response, better fleet capital investment and overall service provision at a lower cost than either city could provide individually.

Environmental Programs

  • Flood Reduction Program Implementation
  • NPDES Permit Compliance
  • Environmental Education
  • Grant Administration
  • Community Involvement and Outreach
  • Surface Water Management/GIS Mapping
  • Park Planning
  • Liaison to Regional Environmental and Flood Reduction Organizations
  • Commission Administration
  • Volunteer Coordination

For more information  view the Environmental Programs page.

Sewer

Lake Forest Park owns, operates and maintains the sewer utility to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens and visitors of Lake Forest Park.  The Public Works crew is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 225,000 feet of gravity sewer main, 11,000 feet of pressure main, and the operation and maintenance of two lift stations. The city maintains relationships with adjoining jurisdictions, cities, water districts, sewer districts, King County Metro, the State Department of Ecology (DOE), and the Seattle - King County Health Department in the operation of this utility.

For more information view the Sewer Utility, Maintenance, Cost, and Connections page.

Inclement Weather

In Lake Forest Park, winter can bring heavy rain, high winds, snow and ice. The City starts preparing for winter weather in the summer by training staff, preparing equipment and working with local agency partners. The Public Works Department provides a wide variety of services to the citizens of Lake Forest Park and to the City of Kenmore, including 24/7 emergency response.

For more information on Inclement Weather, Emergency Numbers, Spills, Snow Removal, Flood Preparation, and Sandbag Depots view the Inclement Weather page.

Parks Maintenance

The Public Works Department is responsible for landscape maintenance services to preserve and improve the quality of each City outdoor facility. These maintenance services cover 34.58 acres of park and open space. A broad range of equipment and skilled workers are needed to maintain and improve the great variety of trees, shrubs, annuals, grass areas, irrigation systems, pathways (30,000 feet), park structures (drinking fountains, tennis courts, etc.), and outdoor play equipment. The crews oversee these assets including structures and landscape maintenance.

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Surface Water: Operations and Maintenance

The Public Works Department provides for the maintenance and operation of the surface water/drainage infrastructure for Lake Forest Park as well as the City of Kenmore. This includes the inspection, maintenance, protection, and operation of both cities' networks of pipelines, ditches, detention facilities, and streams.

Streets: Operations and Maintenance

The Public Works Department provides for the maintenance and operation of the streets for the City of Lake Forest Park as well as the City of Kenmore.  The Public Works crew is responsible for pothole repair, shoulder maintenance, sign maintenance, guardrail repair, snow plowing/sanding and road maintenance with includes the annual road overlay program as well as crack sealing and chip sealing.