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Join us for the first annual, “Marv Kay Come In & Play Free Day” at the Golden Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 8.
As the weather starts to change, Golden residents are encouraged to come inside for a free day of admission and enjoy the open gym, a swim in the leisure pool—including the water slide and fun water play features—lap swimming in the 25-meter lap pool, a soak in the hot tub, or a workout in the weight room or cardio theater. Residents can also take a climate-controlled walk around the indoor track, or check out options for personal training, group fitness classes, and the Front Porch for Active Adults. A complete schedule of activities will be available by October 1 at rec.cityofgolden.net.
Marv Kay, who was born in Golden, has made a lasting impact on Golden residents, visitors, students, athletes and colleagues via leadership and volunteer roles with the City of Golden, Colorado School of Mines, Golden Civic Foundation and numerous other organizations. His civic leadership was key to the creation of many of Golden’s most important capital assets. As Mayor, Kay was instrumental in creating GURA (Golden Urban Renewal Authority) and facilitating the passage of Golden’s 1% tax for capital improvements, directing one penny of every dollar towards capital projects that have made a tremendous impact on the vitality of Golden. Projects partially funded from this tax include the Golden Community Center; improvements to Washington Avenue; the Clear Creek bridges at Washington and Ford Streets; many walking trails, including the Clear Creek Trail; the “Linking Lookout Lid” at 6th Avenue and 19th Street; Golden’s waterpark, The Splash at Fossil Trace, and the Fossil Trace Golf Club.
“In addition to Marv’s legacy of involvement with so many civic impact projects, it’s not surprising that he was instrumental in creating and opening our Golden Community Center,” said Golden Civic Foundation Executive Director, Heather Schneider. “Marv has always prioritized athletics, as an athlete, coach, college athletic director, civic leader, and the importance of health and wellness and the values that athletics inspire. The Foundation is excited to be a part of this fun new opportunity to encourage and inspire a healthy, thriving community and honor one of Golden's civic, philanthropic, and athletic legends.”
In celebration of Kay and this new, annual, community event, the Golden Civic Foundation will also dedicate a bench at the entrance of the Golden Community Center. A dedication event, which is open to the public, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. in the Community Center entrance and lobby to honor Kay’s more than 30 years of service to the Golden Civic Foundation as a Board Director and 65 plus years of service to the Golden community.
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The Golden Fire Department rescinded Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the City of Golden on September 22. Fire restrictions are currently lifted throughout Jefferson County as well.
Private recreational fires are allowed without a permit provided that the following guidelines are met:
- The fire must be contained by a stone or metal ring no greater than three feet in diameter with the flames no larger than two feet high;
- The fire cannot be located within 25 feet of any combustible material, fences or structures;
- The fire must be constantly attended by a competent adult and there must be means to extinguish the fire easily accessible (garden hose, buckets of water, or fire extinguisher);
- Only firewood may be used as fuel. Yard waste, tree trimmings, trash, or other material may not be burned in a recreational fire;
- No open fires may occur under any circumstances when a "Red Flag Warning" is in effect.
Interim Fire Chief Kasey Beal assessed weather, precipitation and fire danger conditions, and issued the order to rescind the fire restrictions, which have been in place since April 22. Interim Chief Beal and Golden Fire Department personnel will continue to monitor weather and fire patterns to determine whether to reinstate fire restrictions.
Community members and visitors are encouraged to exercise caution with any outdoor cooking or campfires, particularly in grassy and wooded areas of Jefferson County.
For more information about fire safety and fire restriction details, please visit the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office website.
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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.