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The City of Golden Parks and Recreation Department has commissioned a Parks and Recreation Master Plan Survey as part of an effort to update the 2008 Master Plan and they need your help! Community input is an important part of this process and helps the Parks and Recreation Department to best tailor the plan to reflect Golden residents’ desires and needs.
Go to www.goldenparkssurvey.org/open to fill out the Parks and Recreation public survey. The results of the survey will provide critical information in determining community values, satisfaction levels, needs and priorities, and demographics for Golden Parks and Recreation’s long-term planning efforts. Questions asked include what types of programs, facilities, and services residents want in their parks system and where priorities should be placed.
For more information, contact:
Parks and Recreation Executive Assistant/Department Liaison
Over the past several weeks, four cases of rabies in skunks have been confirmed in Jefferson County and throughout the metro Denver area. The first case was reported at the end of April and was the first ever confirmed in Jefferson County. With this news, Foothills Animal Shelter and Jefferson County Public Health are strongly encouraging all pet owners to make sure their animals are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.
Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals, and is almost always fatal. When rabies is present in wildlife, the risk of transmission to humans and domestic animals increases dramatically. Wild animals infected with the virus can spread it through bites and scratches.
“With the dramatic increase of confirmed cases of rabies in the metro Denver area, we want to encourage all pet owners to make sure their pets’ rabies vaccines are current. It is an easy and effective way to help protect both pets and humans from this deadly disease. Sometimes dog and cat owners do not realize the importance of the vaccine. If your dog or cat interacts with a skunk in your backyard and is not vaccinated, the animal may need to be quarantined for up to 180 days,” said Jennifer Strickland, Executive Director of Foothills Animal Shelter.
Pet owners should speak with their veterinarian about getting a rabies vaccine and keeping it updated. As another option, Foothills Animal Shelter offers rabies vaccinations at weekly Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinics.
Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic details
- What: Affordable Vaccine, License, & Microchip Clinics
- When: Every Friday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and various Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m.
- Where: Foothills Animal Shelter (580 McIntyre Street in Golden)
- Note: No appointment necessary. If applicable, please bring your pet's past written vaccine records to help us better serve you.
- More info and full schedule: Foothills Animal Shelter
Other tips for pet owners to prevent possible exposure to rabies
- Avoid contact with wild animals. Make sure your dog is on leash at all times to avoid the possibility of contact with wildlife.
- Keep your cats indoors to decrease the chance of contact with wild animals.
- Do not intentionally feed wild animals or leave your pet’s food outside.
- If you believe your pet has been bitten or scratched by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian immediately.
The City of Golden Parks and Recreation Department has commissioned a Parks and Recreation Master Plan Survey as part of an effort to update the 2008 Master Plan. Community input is an important part of this process and helps the Parks and Recreation Department to best tailor the plan to reflect Golden residents’ desires and needs.
A random sampling of Golden residents was invited to take a survey via postcard. These responses will provide statistically valid results. Residents who have received a postcard are encouraged to follow the web link on the card to fill out the Parks and Recreation survey. Completed surveys will be entered into a drawing to win one of two prizes: one 20 visit pass for the Golden Community Center and one 10 visit pass for the Splash Water Park!
The results of the survey will provide critical information in determining community values, satisfaction levels, needs and priorities, and demographics for Golden Parks and Recreation’s long-term planning efforts. Questions asked include what types of programs, facilities, and services residents want in their parks system and where priorities should be placed.
This project is led by GreenPlay, LLC with survey and data work done by RRC Associates. A total of 3,000 households in the City of Golden will be mailed a survey, and responses from these residents will comprise the statistically-valid sample.
Residents who were not selected for the random sample will have the opportunity to participate in a larger Golden Parks and Recreation public survey in several weeks. The website for this open link survey will be shared in coming weeks both here and through the Weekly Digest.
The City of Golden water meter replacement project began in late March and will continue for several months until completed. Keystone Utility Systems is the City’s contractor for this project and is currently working all over the city. A typical residential replacement will take approximately 20 minutes; a commercial replacement may take several hours. If your meter is in a pit outside, you do not need to do anything. If you have an inside set meter you will need to contact Keystone and schedule an appointment. You can schedule via email at Office@keystoneutilities.com or by phone at 1-877-587-2279 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Keystone has sent out notices to all residents and commercial accounts that will need to set an appointment for the replacement. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday between approximately 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please remove any items blocking access to the water meter before Keystone arrives to ensure a quick and trouble free replacement.
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair!