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The City of Golden has a great reputation as a prime location to live, work and play. The City works hard to provide every opportunity for healthy living, and now our venture is award winning! We are honored to receive the award of “Elite Status” from LiveWell Colorado’s HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign.” HEAL, short for Healthy Eating, Active Living, recognizes Golden for its citywide commitment to creating an environment that fosters health, safety, wellness and physical activity for all residents and visitors.
A few examples of our efforts include changes to the City’s Planning code, which requires all farmer’s markets in town to accept SNAP benefits (Colorado’s Food Assistance program). We have decreased water tap fees, making it more affordable for places to install water bottle filling stations and fountains. Vending machines located in the Golden Community Center and City Hall follow the USDA guidelines for healthy snacks and make access to them quick and easy.
Active lifestyles are encouraged in a wide variety of venues including (but not limited to) the new Ulysses Skate Park, bike skills park, well-maintained trails, an advanced kayak course on Clear Creek, the Splash Water Park, and an impressive golf course, Fossil Trace.
Transportation is easier than ever, with expanded Green Bus hours and connections to the Light Rail station; an expanded Bike Library which allows people of all ages to check out bikes at various locations throughout town; two Zip Cars available as part of a car-sharing service; and improved bridges that allow for better and safer traffic flow over busy streets for cyclists and pedestrians. For our youngest residents, we have the annual ‘safe routes’ walk and bike to school days.
These are just a few examples of the City’s efforts toward our Golden Vision 2030 goals. Golden is proud of our commitment to health and wellness, and excited to be one of a select few cities in Colorado to achieve Elite Status.
After careful review and consideration for much of this year, City Council created a new citizen board to provide recommendations to staff and City Council regarding issues related to mobility and transportation. The new Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board (MTAB) was created by Ordinance 2058, adopted on July 13, 2017.
The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will be an advisory board focused on transportation and transit issues within the city. The board will provide a venue to evaluate the relationship between mobility of all types and the economy, sustainability, safety, land use, neighborhood integrity, and emergency response times; and study the importance of transportation access to health care, employment, education, housing, business, and recreational facilities. The board’s recommendations will contribute to community and neighborhood plans prepared by Planning Commission, and to policy and strategic decisions of City Council.
The board will be comprised of seven members, each of whom shall be a resident of the city. City Council specifically intends that the Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board membership consist of a diverse and committed group of individuals with a variety of complementary skills, critical thinking abilities, and expertise as necessary to fulfill their duties.
Interested residents are encouraged to apply for this exciting new volunteer opportunity. Apply online! The deadline for filing is October 31, 2017. Save November 30, in the evening for interviews with City Council.
For more information about the Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board, contact City Engineer, Joe Puhr at email@example.com.
As of October 21, 2017, the Golden Community Center swimming pools, hot tub and sauna will be closed for a major renovation of the mechanical room. The closure is expected to last through mid-December.
"What will happen during this major mechanical renovation?"
- NEW pool filtration units
- NEW pool sanitation units
- NEW pool plumbing
- NEW pool chemical controllers & feeders
"What do I do if I ONLY use the aquatics area?"
You can choose to keep your fitness up by using our indoor track area, cardiovascular machines, or free weight area.
If you feel that you won't use these areas, your membership can either be put on hold during that time (for full-pay members, also extending your expiration date by the number of weeks the aquatics area ends up being closed) or for monthly-pay members, you may select to have your payments suspended for that period of time.
Please continue to check with the Community Center guest services staff for updates.
Golden contracted with the engineering firm Bohannan Huston to conduct an independent, third party review of the roundabouts on Heritage and the traffic calming on Eagle Ridge Drive. They have completed their review and the preliminary report is available below.
Engineers from Bohannan Huston will be at a public meeting to discuss their review and the results on Monday, October 23 at 6 p.m. at Shelton Elementary at 420 Crawford St. This meeting will have a presentation and opportunity for questions. It will not be open house format.
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!