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The stretch of North Washington Avenue between Hwy 58 and Hwy 93 has long been lacking in many of the amenities that improve transportation needs in the area. The street has been on the City’s Complete Streets priority list since 2010 when the Complete Street Policy was initially adopted by City Council. The policy aims to improve the safe and comfortable access and travel for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users, and motorcyclists alike.
The City of Golden Public Works Department is proud to say the funding, contractors, public input and plans are all in place to make the improvements a reality. Concrete Works of Colorado was awarded the contract to begin the construction. The design for the North Washington Avenue corridor includes improved facilities for cyclists, pedestrians, and transit users as well as the replacement of aging asphalt roadways. This means the addition of bike lanes and improved sidewalks, which fulfills a formerly missing pedestrian connection between 2nd Street and Iowa Street. Pedestrian connectivity is further enhanced by the addition of a raised crosswalk at the intersection of Washington Avenue and 2nd Street, which is an important walking route for schoolchildren attending Mitchell Elementary.
Learn more about the project plans at a public meeting happening tomorrow, August 21 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street. The meeting will offer a brief presentation to outline the construction schedule, phasing of the project, and details regarding the closures and detours necessitated by the project construction.
The Golden Community Center is now temporarily closed August 20-26 for facility improvements, major cleaning and installation of new equipment. Projects slated for completion this week include:
- Wood floors will be sanded and refinished including the gymnasium, group exercise studios and Community Room
- Water slide will be refinished
- Drain lap and leisure pool and clean the basins
- Touch up painting throughout the building
- Facility deep clean and organization
Due to conflicts in scheduling contractors, both the Golden Community Center and the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center will be closed at the same time for Annual Maintenance. Unfortunately, this means that there will be no reciprocal use agreement in place this year. However, the Splash lap pool is available for lap swimming this week with your Community Center pass.
For the third year in a row, we're wrapping up the Movies & Music in the Park series with a Star Wars adventure! Come out to Parfet Park this Friday to cheer on the Rebel Alliance as they stand against the Imperial Army in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The interstellar party will kick off with a performance by La Pompe Jazz, and there might even be a few Storm Troopers (and maybe even the big DV himself!) on hand for pictures. Movies & Music in the Park (MMITP) happens the first four Fridays of August, featuring family-friendly movies and music for free in Parfet Park.
La Pompe Jazz takes the stage at 7 p.m. and the featured movie will start rolling at dusk, generally around 8:30 p.m. The movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen under the stars.
Bring blankets or low-slung chairs, and make yourself comfortable! If you need to sit up high in a regular height chair, however, please be courteous of those sitting on the ground, and keep to the edges of the crowd. Come early and bring a picnic dinner, or enjoy food and drinks from local vendors. A number of vendors will be on site to offer tasty selections such as pizza, tacos, ice cream and sodas. Then, of course, save room, because what’s a movie without hot, buttery popcorn?
Dogs are welcome, just keep them on a leash. And please leave your adult beverages at home - this is an alcohol-free and tobacco-free event. Regular park rules apply.
See our Movies & Music in the Park page for a full line-up of coming attractions this August!
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!