Lakewood Sister Cities

Lakewood Sister Cities with photos


About Sister Cities 

Sister Cities International’s mission is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation - one individual, one community at a time.

The Lakewood Sister Cities Program is part of a global community that was formed in 1956, when President Eisenhower inaugurated the "People to People" program for the USA and the world. Lakewood joined the program in 1977 with our first Sister City relationship being with Sutherland Shire, Australia.

Chester, England

Photo from Sutherland Shire, Australia

Sutherland Shire, Australia


Lakewood has dedicated three parks to support to the Sister Cities Program:

Sutherland Shire Park


Past Visits

A delegation from Stade visited Lakewood in September 2018.

A delegation from Stade visited Lakewood in September 2018, presenting a book of beautiful photos from Stade. 

Watch below as Mayor Paul visits with Kai-uwe Klinge, a representative from the Stade delegation, about the Sister Cities program and about Stade.

Sutherland Shire, Australia, Delegation, June 2018
A Sutherland Shire delegation visited the city of Lakewood in June 2018. During their visit they attended a dinner with Lakewood City Council; participated in a City Council meeting; took a tour of city facilities; and enjoyed the Lakewood Sounds Exciting! concert. The delegation included: Mayor Carmelo Pesce, City Councilor Carol Provan, General Manager Scott Phillips, and Public Relations Executive Amie Lindsell.

People at the Sounds Exciting! concert.

Enjoying the Sounds Exciting! concert at the Lakewood Heritage Center


Cronulla Beach in Australia
Both communities exchanged gifts: A large framed picture of beautiful Cronulla Beach in Australia presented to Lakewood, and a vase of Colorado aspen wood presented to Sutherland Shire.

 Vase of Colorado aspen wood presented to Sutherland Shire.

Sutherland Shire, Australia, Student Exchange, November 2017

Mayor Paul reads a proclamation recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Sister Cities Program with students from Sutherland Shire, Australia and Colorado.

Watch as three students from Sutherland Shire visit with Mayor Adam Paul.