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Planning on visiting one of Golden's Parks or Trails this summer?
Summer is a busy time in Golden with many users sharing the same spaces; whatever outdoor activity you enjoy, whether it's biking, hiking, walking, tubing, kayaking, slack-lining, or picnicking, Golden is a beautiful place to do it! There are guidelines that visitors to our parks and trails should follow to make sure that everyone's experience is a memorable one.
Our Park Rangers are happy to welcome you and answer questions, and help ensure that everyone visiting has a great experience in Golden, a great place to Live, Work and PLAY!
Please check out the Golden Park Rules before you head out!
If you witness someone not enjoying our parks in an appropriate way, please call the Police Non-Emergency line:
Golden, Colo. — June 11, 2018 — The City of Golden now has another alternative transportation option for commuters. Today, ofo, the world’s first and largest dockless shared mobility company, launched a bike share program in Golden. This one-year pilot program with ofo is an opportunity for the Golden community to try out a new form of bike sharing that will complement our existing options. The dockless bikes are an easy and fun way to take short trips around town. All you have to do is download the ofo app on your phone, use it to locate a nearby bike, scan the code on the bike, and for just $1 per hour, off you go. Find details at www.ofo.com.
Golden received a federal grant in 2015 to start its own version of bike share to fit the community. The first phase was the Golden Bike Library, which is very successful and well received in Golden. The second phase of the plan is a distributed system so that bikes would be available throughout the community. The partnership with ofo bikes helps the City achieve this second phase. On June 7, 2018, Golden City Council unanimously approved the pilot program for one year, and it will be under close evaluation to ensure a good fit with Golden.
You will find the dockless bikes near bus and transit stops, on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines, and many other popular destinations throughout town. People can use them for short trips that might otherwise require a car. It’s an easy, inexpensive and fun way to get around town. “Because Golden is a smaller community, it gives us the opportunity to try out innovative transportation programs including the ofo bike share, the Golden Bike Library, and the Call & Ride local circulator bus,” said Golden Sustainability Coordinator Theresa Worsham. “So, when you see one of the new yellow bikes around town, test it out for yourself and see how easy it can be to leave the car at home.”
Golden residents made it clear in the Golden Vision 2030 process that they want a community that is walkable and bikeable. “Ideally this will help us make more progress on many of our community and sustainability goals related to reducing vehicle emissions, helping to relieve parking and congestion issues, and providing a healthy and inexpensive transportation option for short trips throughout town,” said City Planner Rick Muriby.
For more information on the ofo bike share program, visit www.ofo.com.
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!