A sign marking that creek access is closed along with fencing.

In anticipation of large crowds gathering along Clear Creek in Golden for the Fourth of July weekend, the City of Golden closed off all access to the creek within city limits and creek access will remain closed until further notice.

Pursuant to City Council direction at a special session, the City Manager issued an administrative order closing access points to Clear Creek.

Temporary fencing blocks all access points to enter Clear Creek, however the trail is still accessible. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy all the things Golden has to offer,” said Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg. “This was a difficult decision for us to make, but in these unprecedented times, we have to do what we believe is best for the health of our community.”

City Manager Slowinski was also directed to post an administrative order requiring masks on all public property when a minimum distance of six feet cannot be maintained. City Council has

Additionally, Council passed an emergency ordinance requiring face masks in the City of Golden.

Golden businesses are still open and we still welcome visitors. Parts of Washington Avenue (the main downtown street) were blocked to vehicle traffic so that restaurants and retailers can take full advantage of outdoor seating opportunities. “Crowding along Clear Creek is the biggest problem spot we’ve seen, which is why it is the focus of these decisions,” said Slowinski. “We understand closing off access to the creek won’t solve all the problems we face with protecting ourselves and others against the spread of the virus. But it may help keep our city from becoming a hot spot.”

The creek will stay closed until further notice. City Council directed staff to research safe ways to allow for recreation along the creek. Please give us your thoughts on how we might safely reopen access to Clear Creek at GuidingGolden.com.