Imagine Lakewood!

Lakewood’s Community Resources Department is updating its master plan in 2017! Community Resources manages Lakewood's parks, recreational, arts and cultural programs and facilities.

We need your big ideas and honest feedback for Imagine Lakewood! to help set the vision and plan for how the department can support community access to parks and play over the next five to 10 years. Get involved and make sure your voice is heard. Thank you for dreaming big with us!

Lakewood’s Community Resources Department is updating its master plan in 2017! Community Resources manages Lakewood's parks, recreational, arts and cultural programs and facilities.

We need your big ideas and honest feedback for Imagine Lakewood! to help set the vision and plan for how the department can support community access to parks and play over the next five to 10 years. Get involved and make sure your voice is heard. Thank you for dreaming big with us!


Wow -- Thank you! Over 2,200 residents took the survey to tell us about their dreams and priorities for Lakewood's arts, parks and recreation programs and facilities. Read five quick takeaways from the findings, or view the full results. Share your initial feedback, takeaways and questions below! 

  1. Lakewood residents love their arts, parks and recreation facilities! 45% of residents have used a Lakewood recreation center in the past year.
  2. At least 80% of residents feel that:
    • It is a short distance to parks and facilities from their homes
    • Parks are equitably distributed throughout the city
    • Recycling is important in parks and facilities
    • They feel safe when using Lakewood parks and facilities
    • It's important for the city to provide arts and recreation programming for children, youth and people with special needs
    • They would use a new multi-purpose aquatics facility
  3. Lakewood residents love their dogs, but:
    • 89% said dog waste in city parks, trails and open spaces is a problem
    • 79% said dogs off leash in city parks, trails and open spaces is a problem
  4. Respondents feel there are “too little” or "far too little”:
    • Community gardens
    • Places to participate in winter sports
    • Dog parks
  5. You ranked the most important issues for the city to address as follows:
    • New Facilities (44%)
    • More programming/services (33%)
    • Safety & rule enforcement (26%)
    • Updates to existing facilities or services (22%)
    • General facility and park maintenance (22%) 

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I missed the survey and I agree with all the above. I lived in Lakewood all my life I'm in my 50's what I feel is that you really cater to the seniors which is good but I feel like the children are being left out. One of the reasons I say that is I remember the Lakewood on Parade the children really looked forward to it the parade which My children and myself participated in and then the carnival and then the big firework display afterword. They had fireworks at Bear Creek Lake but quite. We now have to leave the city every year over the 4th to see fireworks. We feel this city has gotten really boring!!! But Seniors like it!

BB 19 days ago

Lakewood is awesome!

BobCow 19 days ago

I missed the survey but feel strongly that we need more dog parks. I also think the cost for rec centers keeps people from using facilities as much as they would like and it would be good to lower costs. New facilities are nice, but I fear costs would go up even more. I would like to see a household limit that cost less than 4 people. (perhaps $15). I would also like to be on an email list for any future city opinion surveys. Thank you.

Lakewood Now 19 days ago

We have some great parks; but would welcome some permanent or temporary restroom facilities. I.e. Foothills park and others

Gc 20 days ago

Love the idea of a new pool

Preston 20 days ago

I wonder what people mean by winter sports?

Maggie 20 days ago