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Arvada

Arvada is located northwest of Denver in Jefferson County. Its location makes for an easy commute to Denver or Boulder and a quick drive to the foothills of the mountains. Established in 1870, it was once known as the celery capital of the world and is also the site of the first gold strike in Colorado. Downtown Arvada, also known as “Olde Town” is designated on the National Register of Historic Places.

Outdoor activities abound in the city. The Arvada Parks and Recreation District aims to provide multiple opportunities for its residents to be active and get outdoors. Options include golf, skate parks, disc golf courses, multiple water activities, and equestrian activities, to mention a few.  In addition, the City of Arvada manages a 3,400-acre system of parks, open spaces, and trails. The parks system includes over 90 neighborhood parks. Allowing for at least one park within a ten-minute walk of every residence in the community. 

The Arvada Center offers year-round concerts and performances in theater and dance, art exhibits, and classes. Historic Olde Town Arvada has a small town feel with an eclectic mixture of places to eat, shops, and history to enjoy. Click here to see more of what Arvada has to offer. 

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Lakewood

Lakewood is located 10 minutes west of Denver in Jefferson County. It is a relatively young city having been established in 1969. It’s close proximity to Denver and a short drive to the mountains is a plus for many current and future residents. The RTD light rail system “W Line” has 5 stops in Lakewood making a commute even easier.

For outdoor lovers, Lakewood offers more than 7000 acres of parks, trails, and open space. 2 parks, William Frederick Hayden Park on Green Mountain and Bear Creek Lake Park, have over 2400 acres of open space each. William Frederick Hayden Park on Green Mountain features a network of multi-use trails with the summit of Green Mountain at 6800 feet offering amazing 360 views of Denver and the mountains. Bear Creek Lake Park offers boating, swimming on a BEACH, equestrian trails, hiking trails, fishing, and archery. In addition to these outdoor activities, the city also maintains 4 full-service recreation centers. 

Lakewood is also home to various arts and historical attractions. The Lakewood Cultural Center has a 320 seat theater, art exhibits, meeting and event spaces, and art classes. 40 West Arts is a nonprofit, state-certified creative district along the historic West Colfax Corridor. More than 120 business, galleries, restaurants, and bars make up this unique offering of Lakewood. The Lakewood Heritage Center showcases the history of Lakewood. Located in Belmar Park, the museum has historic structures, artifacts, and an outdoor amphitheater.

The newest addition to Lakewood is the Belmar shopping and dining district. It has become the “downtown” of Lakewood and encompasses 22 city blocks and contains residences, shopping, entertainment, and dining.

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Westminster

Westminster is located in western Adams County and northeastern Jefferson County northwest of Denver. The city was settled in 1859 and over the years it has overgone various name changes. In 1911 was finally named,  “Westminster” after Westminster Castle which began construction in 1891. The castle can still be seen today near the intersection of 83rd Ave and Federal Blvd and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Westminster University.

Westminster has an extensive trail system with about 150 miles of trails that go through open space providing access to wildlife, views, and natural beauty. Part of this trail system includes Big Dry Creek Trail, Little Dry Creek Trail, Farmers High Line Canal, Rocky Mountain Greenway trail, and U.S. 36 Bikeway. Some of these trails can be found at Standley Lake Regional Park. The park has about 2000 acres of open space land surrounding the lake and is a multi-use recreation and water storage facility. Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, power boating, and paddling are a few of the recreation opportunities offered. On the northwest side of the lake, a pair of bald eagles have taken up residence there since 1993. In addition to the bald eagles, other wildlife that can be viewed are coyotes, red foxes, bull snakes, burrowing owls, mule deer, rock squirrels, rabbits, and prairie dogs.

In addition to the trails and open space, Westminster has 6 recreation centers, 2 golf courses, an outdoor pool, Christopher Fields Softball Complex, City Park Soccer Fields, a disc golf course, a skate park, and an Ice Center at the Promenade.

One unique feature of Westminster is The Butterfly Pavilion. It was the first stand-alone Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world. It features 5 exhibit areas each with a unique touch experience. You can walk through a rainforest with 1600 free-flying tropical butterflies, hold Rosie the famous tarantula, see a coral reef up close and more.

Westminster has 2 shopping and dining centers, The Westminster Promenade and The Orchard Town Center. Both feature multiple dining options and movie theaters, with the Orchard Town Center featuring over 85 retailers at its outdoor mall.

Commuting to Denver is no problem with RTD’s B Line, offering commuter rail service between Downtown Denver and Westminster Station. Commuting to Boulder is just as easy using the Flatiron Flyer, a rapid bus transit service that can take you to Boulder, Denver, Broomfield, Louisville, and Superior.

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Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge is centrally located just West of Denver in Jefferson County. Its location provides a short commute to major highways, the mountains, and all of the amenities of Denver.

The history of Wheat Ridge is based on agriculture and its location along regional travel routes. It was a popular rest stop for travelers during the Gold Rush of the late 1850s. By the 1880s, the land use changed from wheat farming to smaller truck farms. Some of the major crops included apples, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, currants, plums, blackberries, pascal celery, other vegetables, and carnations. There are still several working farms in the city today. 

Wheat Ridge is home to 300 acres of open space land. The Wheat Ridge Greenbelt makes up a good portion of this land and is situated along Clear Creek. This trail connects Denver to Golden and runs through Wheat Ridge with 6.5 miles of paved trail offering opportunities for walking, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and nature viewing. In addition, there are 4 lakes within the city limits. All stocked with fish by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. In particular, Bass Lake offers a 550-foot long boardwalk and is equipped with ADA accessible viewing platforms and a bird blind. Perfect for watching wildlife.

Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreations goal for its residents is to provide opportunities for you to meet your neighbors, improve your health, enjoy nature, learn something new and develop hobbies for a lifetime by offering 20 parks and a 69,000 sqft recreation center with pools, fitness facility, basketball and racquetball courts to name a few. Click here for more info.

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