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You've heard about the upcoming downtown parking changes, and now they're here. As of February 1, 2017 the parking kiosks in the downtown garages and parking lots off of 12th Street are active and enforced.
As a reminder, these long-term parking areas are free for the first two hours, just like the rest of the parking downtown, but unlike the other areas, allow visitors to stay beyond that two-hour limit for an additional $2 per hour. It's also worth noting that this is only on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weekends and holidays, parking is free.
If you plan on parking downtown, we encourage you to visit our Parking page online to familiarize yourself with the maps and rules.
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. To date, more than 2,400 units have been replaced. 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!