MLCA Spring 2023 Newsletter

Win our Membership Drawing!!!

Submit your annual dues by June 9th to be entered into a drawing for gift certificates!

Your Annual Dues help support the Neighborhood Garage Sale, Annual Picnic, Holiday Tree Lighting, and various other community building events throughout the year!



MLCA Applies for Grants for Park Improvements

The Lakewood Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP) offers grants of up to $60,000 for qualifying physical improvement projects that residents believe will make a difference in their neighborhood. In late March of 2023, MLCA applied for three small grants through the Lakewood NPP for the following improvements at Meadowlark Park:

  • Adding electrical outlets and additional lighting at the pavilion
  • Installing two chess tables and seating at the park
  • Installing a charcoal grill near the pavilion!

We look forward to updating you on the status of these applications later this year, and hopefully the installation of one or more of these upgrades!

New Community Garden at South Lakewood Elementary

Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) recently installed a new community garden at South Lakewood Elementary. There are plots available for members of community! Let's grow our community together! If you're interested in the garden or a plot, check out their website or fill out this form.


New Neighborhood Events for 2023!

MLCA is introducing some new events for 2023! On Saturday June 3th MLCA and South of 6th will co-host a Community Bike Ride at Meadowlark Park. During the summer months of June, July, and August, MLCA will organize food trucks and yard games every Tuesday at Meadowlark Park! There will also be fun gatherings in the SLE community garden throughout the summer. Check out our events page for more information! 

2023 MLCA Events


Tuesday May 2nd 2023 — MLCA Board and Members Meeting, 7pm at Lakewood Church of Christ 100 Carr St

Thursday May 11, 2023 - SLE Community Garden Grand opening 4- 6pm.

Saturday June 3rd, 2023 — *New* Community Bike Ride! Meadowlark Park, 9am

Friday June 9th, 2023 — Pay your household annual dues by this date to be entered to win a gift certificate to a local business!

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, June 9th, 10th, 11th, 2023 — Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale, 8am — 4 pm

*Every Other* Tuesday in June, July, and August — *New* Food Trucks at Meadowlark Park, 5pm—7pm (June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22)

Sunday August 27th, 2023 — MLCA Annual Picnic, Meadowlark Park, 5pm

Tuesday September 26th, 2023 — MLCA Annual Meeting, Lakewood United Church of Christ, 7pm

Sunday, November 26th, 2023 — Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Meadowlark Park, 7 pm


Please RSVP on our events page so we can plan accordingly!

Letter from the President

          Spring is in the air! And it is the start of an exciting year for MLCA! If I had to choose one word to describe the theme for our neighborhood and for MLCA in 2022 it would be recovery. We faced the challenge of organizing the traditional slate of neighborhood events for the first time in several years. We pulled this off with your help! On behalf of MLCA, I thank you for the great participation at these events, particularly the Annual Picnic and Tree Lighting!

          For 2023, we look to build upon the success of last year and do even more. I consider the theme for MLCA and our neighborhood this year to be growth! We aim for growth in membership, growth in participation, and growth in the number of events we organize. With these objectives we hope to achieve an overarching goal — growth in the connectedness of our neighborhood and community!

Here are some of the things I am looking forward to for 2023:

  • Community Garden at South Lakewood Elementary—the garden is complete and the Grand Opening is May 11th!
  • Lakewood Neighborhood Participation Program Grants—MLCA has applied for grants for improvements to Meadowlark Park! • *New* Community Bike Ride Event — MLCA and South of 6th will co-host this bike safety and neighborhood ride event.
  • *New* Summer Food Trucks at Meadowlark Park — Tuesdays in June, July, and August we will gather for lawn games and a bite to eat from food trucks at the park!
  • Seeing more of all of you! I hope you are looking forward to this year as much as I am!

Please send in your dues to help make this possible. Here’s to a great 2023!

Chris Gibbons, President


South of 6th Sustainability

In 2016, the South of 6th Neighborhood was officially recognized as a Lakewood Sustainable Neighborhood. The South of 6th group hosts opportunities for engagement with your neighbors around all topics relating to conservation, community building, and overall sustainable practices.

South of 6th Sustainable Neighborhood has a website!

Check it out for upcoming gatherings and events -

Email us at with questions about planning get-togethers.

Spring South of 6th Events!

  • April 1st — Seed Swap at Meadowlark Park 1pm — 3pm Bring any extra seeds you don’t plan to plant and swap with neighbors!
  • April 22nd — City of Lakewood Earth Day Celebration, Belmar Park
  • May 6th — Backyard Compost Workshop. Check website for updates on time and location details
  • May 11th — Community Garden Grand Opening! South Lakewood Elementary, 4pm — 6pm

Look for more events coming this summer and fall for South of 6th!

MLCA has a number of ways you can get involved:

  • Attend the May 2nd Board Meeting and Sept 26th Annual Meeting!
  • Work with the committees for the Picnic and Tree Lighting events
  • Volunteer for another committee of MLCA
  • Consider serving on the Board of Directors for MLCA  

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