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Effective immediately, restrictions that previously limited waterway activities on Clear Creek have been lifted. The boundaries within the city affected by the restriction order on June 8 extended from the Highway 6 bridge over Clear Creek eastward up to, and including, Vanover Park.
All single-chambered, air-inflated devices such as belly boats, inner tubes, and single chambered rafts, as well as body surfers and swimming were restricted due to the high flow rate of Clear Creek. As a result of decreased flow rate, water activities involving these devices are allowed back on the creek.
Although the risk has diminished, all users are encouraged to observe caution due to safety concerns surrounding swift moving water.
In compliance with current state and county public health orders, the Golden Community Center is open in a limited capacity, but with important changes!
Changes now in effect:
- Drop-ins now welcome for individual workouts in the weight room, basketball and pickleball in the gymnasium. No reservations are required.
- Cash transactions will be accepted.
- Daily admission fees reset to pre-pandemic rates.
- Due to staffing shortages, reservations are still required for lap and leisure pool use and group exercise classes, including aqua exercise. Reservations can be made at rec.cityofgolden.net.
- Masks are still required at this time.
More information coming soon:
- Reinstituting memberships and passes.
- The Front Porch reopening date and information.
- Additional amenities and programs will return as staffing levels and restrictions allow.
Please note, certain safety protocols do still remain in place for guests and staff. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Most of Colorado (and all of Jefferson County) is in either an extreme or exceptional drought. As a result, Colorado has activated the municipal drought response of the state’s emergency drought plan in anticipation of a dry 2021. This drought designation calls on municipal water suppliers to begin coordinating a drought response with the assistance of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. In anticipation of continued drought conditions along the front range, Golden is asking water customers to implement the following voluntary restrictions for outdoor water use:
- No watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Limit watering to three days a week.
- Use a hose nozzle and shutoff when watering garden or washing cars.
- Avoid water waste that results in excessive runoff, pooling water, runoff to gutters, streets and alleys and watering or washing hard surfaces like driveways.
In addition, Golden requests the following best practices be considered:
- Wait to start watering until May. Leave lawn dormant a little longer than usual and hand water trees if necessary.
- Use the cycle and soak method to irrigate and adjust watering time each month. Watch a short video about how to implement cycle and soak.
- Check sprinkler system at the beginning of each month and adjust the time.
- Avoid watering during high winds and after rain.
- Repair sprinkler system leaks and breaks or turn off system.
- Let your grass grow longer between mowings.
- Sign up for AquaHawk and monitor your account for leaks, breaks, and unusual use. Check out our AquaHawk FAQs document for more information on how the service can help you identify leaks and save water and money.
And, as always please take advantage of city water conservation programs such as Garden In A Box, free irrigation audits, and our annual water-wise landscaping seminars. You can find information about these programs at www.cityofgolden.net/SaveWater. These programs will help us during this current drought and to meet our long-term conservation goal of reducing water use by 15% by 2030.
Visit our Striving for Racial Equity page at www.guidinggolden.com/striving-for-racial-equity
As City facilities and parks begin to reopen under Safer at Home guidelines, we will maintain a list here. Please note that timelines may shift as the situation changes. If you have a question about a service that is not listed here, email us at COVID19@cityofgolden.net
Last updated June 2, 2021
City Buildings & Services
- City Offices: Open to the public by appointment Tuesday – Thursday. See Department Contacts
- Utility Billing: No service disconnections at this time. Online, dropbox and mail-in services available
- Extra Trash Tags: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, phone number and a request for a specific number of trash tags. A staff member will call you to collect payment and mail the tags to your home.
- Municipal Court: Court hearings have resumed.
- Passports: Open Passport services are available Tues., Wed., Thurs., 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. by appointment only
- City Council and Boards & Commissions Meetings: All meetings are virtual and available to stream on our Meetings and Agendas page.
- Building Division: Building division is fully operational in all services. Single Family Dwelling inspections are available virtually.
- Special Events: Most special events are currently virtual. Please see the Community Calendar for information on events happening.
- Police Records: Records requests may be faxed, emailed or mailed.
- Dog Parks: Open with guidelines
- Trails: Open
- Athletic complexes & Ballfields: Open from dawn to dusk.
- Playgrounds: Open
- Cemetery: Open with guidelines
- Pickleball Courts: Closed as mandated by JCPH
- Bike Park: Open
- Skate Park: Open with guidelines
- Clear Creek Access: Creek access is open. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
- Pavilions: All pavilions are currently open on a first come, first served basis with social distancing guidelines imposed.
- Hockey Stop Park: Open with guidelines
- Tennis Courts: Open with guidelines
- Basketball Courts: Open with guidelines
Golden History Museum & Park
- The office will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for phone and email correspondence.
- Restrooms and Bath House are closed until further notice.
- Due to “social distancing” requirements, Tent Sites are closed until further notice.
- Golf shop: Open with guidelines
- Club Fittings: Available
- Corporate golf events: Vast majority rescheduled to August through October, others restructured to accommodate guidelines
- Beverage cart mobile 7 days a week as weather allows
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.