Jefferson County City Parks
Arvada and North JeffCo Rec District
Arvada's 68 parks are an addition to North JeffCo's 17 facilities combine for 135 miles of hiking, biking and horse back riding trails. The sweetest Arvada Park is the Olde Towne square which is now undergoing improvement. www.NorthJeffCo.org
Clear Creek Trail, offers 25 miles for walking, biking, and running from Hwy 93 in Golden through Wheat Ridge. It is surrounded by 300 acres of a greenbelt buffer to busy urban surroundings.
Crown Hill Park is one of the best "city" parks in Jefferson County that was acquired and is managed by JeffCo Open Space. Both Wheat Ridge and Lakewood list it as one of their own. Bordered by Kipling and Crown Hill Cemetery, between 26th and 32nd Avenues, Crown Hill is a 242-acre urban oasis with 10.5 miles of trails around a lake and pond. Visitors walk, run, skate, bike, ride horses, picnic, fish and watch wildlife. Migratory and nesting birds are prolific, red-wing blackbirds live in the cattail wetlands, rabbits race through the trail edges, and an occasional coyote is seen. One family in the neighborhood walks a llama that causes delight of passers-by. It is a natural, wheelchair accessible, peaceful respite within urban surroundings. Every Friday at noon thru July 29, bagpiper Michael Lancaster performs at nearby Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery.
Golden Parks & Recreation (www.ci.golden.co.us 303-384-8100) has preserved a total of 153 acres, including Fossil Trace Golf Course, for a city population of 18,000 and 50,000 in unincorporated Greater Golden. Lions Park, along 10th Street from Washington Avenue to Hwy 93, offers a unique trail along Clear Creek for walking (with leashed dogs) running, biking, kayaking, and enjoying views of the Table Mountain to the east and Lookout Mountain to the west. Golden Community Center at 1470 Tenth St.,offers a full array of recreation, fitness, and enrichment opportunities including engineering and robotics. Golden also offers one of the best playgrounds for children in Colorado is adjacent to a duck pond at the Community Center. Golden Parks total of 152.5 acres of groomed parkland plus 373 acres of open space, Fossil Trace Golf, The Splash, Clear Creek Whitewater Course, and excellent programs for Seniors.
Lakewood Parks & Recreation (www.lakewood.org) has preserved a total of 7,193 acres, including two golf courses and the Bear Creek greenbelt. Of Lakewood's 90 parks and 18 facilties, including four recreation centers, three outdoor swimming pools and many ball fields, Views picks these three as "best" for the population of 140,000.
Lakewood offers 18 facilities, a variety of youth sports camps, enrichment activities, boxing, wrestling, lifeguard training, hockey, computers, fencing, massage, racquetball, rock climbing, hunter education, horse camp, tennis, dance, visual arts, performing arts, morning birding and many more activities at Bear Creek Lake Park.
Lakewood Heritage Center (797 S. Wadsworth. 303-987-7850) This village of historic structures offers a glimse of 100 years past. It adjoins 133-acre Belmar Park that has lakes, walking and horse trails, picnic tables and shelters. Addenbrook Park is 111 acres at 600 So. Kipling Pkwy, where visitors can enjoy a sack lunch break, walk or run along trails, enjoy picnic shelters, a playground, ballfields, tennis courts, restrooms, a horse trail and area, and feed the geese and ducks at a delightful pond. Lakewood left 40 acres undeveloped to border the park.
Bear Creek Lake Park/Soda Lakes (15600 W. Morrison Rd. 303-697-6159) This 2,624 acre park is a jewel where: Visitors can run with their dogs on leash (and clean up their pet's waste); Bikers yield to all other trail users; Horses stay on designated trails; Visitors enjoy watching coyotes, birds, deer, and an occasional black bear or wild cat; all on 15.7 miles of trails. Bear and Turkey Creeks meander through the reservoir to add a bit of challenge for sailing, boating, and wind surfing. Other opportunities are for overnight camping, picnic tables and shelters, outdoor barbecues, and restrooms.
Westminster Parks & Rec (www.ci.westminster.co.us 303-460-9690 x110)
Facility Centers: City Park Fitness & Recreation, Community Senior, Swim & Fitness, West View, Countryside Outdoor Pool, Kings Mill Outdoor Pool, Westminster Sports Center, two golf courses, Standley Lake rec area, an ice arena and hocky center.
Standley Lake Park is owned and managed by the City of Westminster. The 1,000 acre lake supplies water supply for Westminster, Thornton and Northglenn. The total park area of 3,000-acres is alive with activity year round. The one-mile long dam is at the east side of the park. There are trails for bikes, hiking, and horseback riding, 60 designated campsites, boat ramps, a "Comfort Station," small amphitheater and Visitor Center. Over 100 species of wild animals can be observed. The Northwest corner of the park is restricted to protect bald eagles. Sailing education is managed by www.communitysailing.org 303-757-7718.
Wheat Ridge Parks & Rec (www.ci.wheatridge.co.us 303-321-1300) Rec Center and pool at 4005 Kipling offers a full program of fitness/wellness, sports, enrichment, youth athletic. The Senior Community Center at 6363 W. 35th Ave (303-205-7500) is outstanding.