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.

Well over 2,000 residents have contributed to the plan's development throughout 2017 by giving us honest and thoughtful feedback. As the plan is coming together with the drafting of our "to do" list, we need you to help us make sure we haven't missed anything.

Check out the six draft goals and accompanying actions below and tell us your thoughts. Are we on the right track? What do you like? What's missing?

Thank you for your contribution!

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.

Well over 2,000 residents have contributed to the plan's development throughout 2017 by giving us honest and thoughtful feedback. As the plan is coming together with the drafting of our "to do" list, we need you to help us make sure we haven't missed anything.

Check out the six draft goals and accompanying actions below and tell us your thoughts. Are we on the right track? What do you like? What's missing?

Thank you for your contribution!

  • Goal #1. Meet the needs of the community by offering a variety of high quality and engaging programs, services and initiatives.

    21 days ago
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    The Imagine Lakewood! resident survey revealed that Lakewood residents love their programs. About 80% of residents said it is essential or very important to provide arts, parks and recreation programs for children and youth, as well as programs for people with special needs and swimming/water activities for people of all ages.

    To achieve this goal, our actions include:

    • Plan for future program development to increase opportunities to residents throughout the City.
    • Create a plan to meet the increasing need for transportation for our aging population and growth in youth/teen activities and events.
    • Establish best practices related to...Read more

    The Imagine Lakewood! resident survey revealed that Lakewood residents love their programs. About 80% of residents said it is essential or very important to provide arts, parks and recreation programs for children and youth, as well as programs for people with special needs and swimming/water activities for people of all ages.

    To achieve this goal, our actions include:

    • Plan for future program development to increase opportunities to residents throughout the City.
    • Create a plan to meet the increasing need for transportation for our aging population and growth in youth/teen activities and events.
    • Establish best practices related to diversity and inclusivity to promote use of and participation in Community Resources facilities, activities and events. Explore options related to bilingual signage and promotional materials.
    • Remove financial barriers to participation by educating residents on various financial assistance opportunities available for all Community Resources facilities and programs.
    • Create a plan to meet the community's interest in Community Theater.
    • Update Lakewood's Cultural Plan to further enhance arts and culture throughout the community.
    • Strengthen community partnerships to assist in meeting identified needs across the community
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  • Goal #2. Continue to take care of and improve existing Lakewood parks, cultural and recreational facilities.

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    The Imagine Lakewood! statistically valid resident survey revealed that Lakewood residents love their parks and recreation facilities. However, we can always improve!

    • 69% of residents think the Lakewood Link Recreation Center is in need of some improvement.
    • 61% of residents think Green Mountain Recreation Center is in need of some improvement.
    • 57% of residents think Carmody Recreation Center is in need of some improvement.
    • 56% of residents think Bear Creek Lake Park is in need of some improvement.

    To achieve this goal, our actions include:

    • Identify potential areas for enhancement and/or expansion of existing...Read more

    The Imagine Lakewood! statistically valid resident survey revealed that Lakewood residents love their parks and recreation facilities. However, we can always improve!

    • 69% of residents think the Lakewood Link Recreation Center is in need of some improvement.
    • 61% of residents think Green Mountain Recreation Center is in need of some improvement.
    • 57% of residents think Carmody Recreation Center is in need of some improvement.
    • 56% of residents think Bear Creek Lake Park is in need of some improvement.

    To achieve this goal, our actions include:

    • Identify potential areas for enhancement and/or expansion of existing facility space.
    • Establish an ongoing building assessment schedule to evaluate and prioritize facility maintenance needs.
    • Advance the City's Energy, Water, and Built Environment Goals adopted as part of the 2015 Sustainability Plan during facility upgrades and new construction.
    • Maximize usage of available programming space.
    • Continue to utilize annual capital planning efforts to prioritize and establish timelines and capital project coordination
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  • Goal #3. Respond to community needs through the addition of new facilities and amenities.

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    The Imagine Lakewood! resident survey, public open houses and other meetings revealed that Lakewood residents would like to see some new facilities added to Lakewood's portfolio.

    • 70% said there are too few community gardens
    • 66% there are two places for dogs to exercise off leash
    • 60% said there are two few water spray parks
    • When asked the most important issues for the City to address, 44% of residents said "new facilities". Included in that group are more dog parks, more pools and a new recreation or community center.

    To achieve this goal, our actions include:

    The Imagine Lakewood! resident survey, public open houses and other meetings revealed that Lakewood residents would like to see some new facilities added to Lakewood's portfolio.

    • 70% said there are too few community gardens
    • 66% there are two places for dogs to exercise off leash
    • 60% said there are two few water spray parks
    • When asked the most important issues for the City to address, 44% of residents said "new facilities". Included in that group are more dog parks, more pools and a new recreation or community center.

    To achieve this goal, our actions include:

    • Expand the City's community garden program and support Comprehensive Plan and Sustainability Plan goals for access to local and healthy food.
    • Assess the feasibility of adding a destination pool and recreation facility to the City's resources.
    • Evaluate the opportunity to add water amenities to existing facilities and parks.
    • Expand opportunities for sanctioned off leash dog experiences.
    • Explore opportunities and interest levels in various funding options for large scale capital projects and land acquisition.
    • Expand the City's outdoor fitness equipment inventory.
    • Continue to implement established Department site and facility plans.
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  • Goal #4. Create an Inspiring, Safe and Pleasant Experience in our Parks and Facilities.

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    The Imagine Lakewood! survey revealed that Lakewood residents love their parks, trails and open spaces and feel safe using them. However, some challenges exist that hinder enjoyment of these outdoor facilities. Check out the actions to satisfy this goal and give us your feedback.

    The Imagine Lakewood! survey revealed that Lakewood residents love their parks, trails and open spaces and feel safe using them. However, some challenges exist that hinder enjoyment of these outdoor facilities. Check out the actions to satisfy this goal and give us your feedback.

  • Goal #5. Empower Lakewood Residents to make the most of their parks, cultural and recreational opportunities through effective marketing and communication.

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    When asked why they don't visit Lakewood arts, parks and recreational facilities, 37% of residents said it is because they are not aware of what is offered.

    To achieve this goal, our actions include:

    • Create and implement a Community Resources Department marketing plan that results in the delivery of consistent messaging through standardized practices and explores the expansion of bilingual promotional material.

    • Maximize efficiency and effectiveness of department's family of publications.

    • Develop best communication practices to increase outreach to target populations including older adults, new residents, Latino residents and low income residents.
    • Improve way finding elements...Read more

    When asked why they don't visit Lakewood arts, parks and recreational facilities, 37% of residents said it is because they are not aware of what is offered.

    To achieve this goal, our actions include:

    • Create and implement a Community Resources Department marketing plan that results in the delivery of consistent messaging through standardized practices and explores the expansion of bilingual promotional material.

    • Maximize efficiency and effectiveness of department's family of publications.

    • Develop best communication practices to increase outreach to target populations including older adults, new residents, Latino residents and low income residents.
    • Improve way finding elements such as street, park and facility signage. Explore the implementation of standardized facility and park markers to help orient residents toward their facilities.
    • Enhance communication efforts to Lakewood residents through Jeffco schools.
    • Increase awareness of winter recreational opportunities through effective communication and promotion.
    • Explore the opportunity to create a citizen advocacy network to help with word of mouth messages regarding programs and facilities.
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  • Goal #6. Provide exceptional stewardship of the City's parks, cultural and recreational resources. Encourage stewardship development in the community.

    21 days ago
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    Stewardship is an important focus of the Community Resources Department's work. Preservation of open space, management of natural areas, volunteerism and historic preservation have a significant presence in what we do.

    To achieve this goal, our actions include:

    • Coordinate operations and management to support natural systems and climate mitigation and adaptation goals of the City of Lakewood Sustainability Plan.

    • Continue as a leader in the metro area in effective water management.

    • Continue implementation and fine tuning of Natural Areas Management Plan to include native areas system-wide.

    • Prioritize acquisition efforts and consider opportunities as they arise to...Read more

    Stewardship is an important focus of the Community Resources Department's work. Preservation of open space, management of natural areas, volunteerism and historic preservation have a significant presence in what we do.

    To achieve this goal, our actions include:

    • Coordinate operations and management to support natural systems and climate mitigation and adaptation goals of the City of Lakewood Sustainability Plan.

    • Continue as a leader in the metro area in effective water management.

    • Continue implementation and fine tuning of Natural Areas Management Plan to include native areas system-wide.

    • Prioritize acquisition efforts and consider opportunities as they arise to expand the City's open space portfolio.

    • Evaluate and recommend updates to current park dedication fee structure.

    • Expand stewardship of Lakewood's historical resources to preserve and share the community's history.

    • Evaluate and implement best practices related to volunteerism and support community efforts to integrate volunteers in meaningful ways.

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  • Tell Us Where You Live & Play

    2 months ago
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    The Imagine Lakewood! survey revealed that residents would like us to focus on improving what we have. Tell us where you live and play in Lakewood, and share your thoughts about the parks and facilities you visit.

    The Imagine Lakewood! survey revealed that residents would like us to focus on improving what we have. Tell us where you live and play in Lakewood, and share your thoughts about the parks and facilities you visit.
  • Results are in and Public Open Houses are Scheduled!

    3 months ago
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    Over 2,200 residents took the Imagine Lakewood! survey and voiced their opinion about the future of Lakewood's arts, parks and recreation programs and facilities! Check out the full report. This summer, you'll see staff at a number of events to get feedback on specific topics. We'll also post specific questions on this site.
    Stop by a public open house on June 6 or 8 to share your thoughts and feedback on specific topics. Times and locations are listed under "Public Meetings" on the right.

    Over 2,200 residents took the Imagine Lakewood! survey and voiced their opinion about the future of Lakewood's arts, parks and recreation programs and facilities! Check out the full report. This summer, you'll see staff at a number of events to get feedback on specific topics. We'll also post specific questions on this site.
    Stop by a public open house on June 6 or 8 to share your thoughts and feedback on specific topics. Times and locations are listed under "Public Meetings" on the right.
  • What's next?

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    On March 15, the Imagine Lakewood! survey closed and our partner, the National Research Center, is crunching the numbers and making sense of all the data. We will have results to share with you in May.

    What can you do today? We want to hear from you!
    1. Share an idea! Have you seen something in another city that you think would be a hit here in Lakewood with regard to arts, parks and recreation? Use the "Share Your Idea"tool to tell us about it! It's easy to do and your neighbors can show support for your ideas.

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    On March 15, the Imagine Lakewood! survey closed and our partner, the National Research Center, is crunching the numbers and making sense of all the data. We will have results to share with you in May.

    What can you do today? We want to hear from you!
    1. Share an idea! Have you seen something in another city that you think would be a hit here in Lakewood with regard to arts, parks and recreation? Use the "Share Your Idea"tool to tell us about it! It's easy to do and your neighbors can show support for your ideas.

    2. Tell us a story! We know that you are out and about in Lakewood's parks and facilities, and we want to hear about what you love! Use the "Tell Your Story" tool to upload a photo and share how you make the most of what Lakewood has to offer.

    Thank you for your contributions to the Imagine Lakewood! master plan!

  • The Adventure Starts Here!

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    Top five reasons you should take the Imagine Lakewood! Survey.

    1. You love Lakewood parks (there are over 100 of them).

    2. Living in a healthy, active community is a priority for you.

    3. You have thoughts about how the city should support parks and play over the next five-10 years.

    4. You participate in Lakewood's parks, arts and recreation offerings and have ideas for making things better.

    5. You don't currently use Lakewood's parks, arts and recreation offerings and are willing to tell us why.

    The survey is open through March 15. Thank you so much for participating in this exciting process!


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    Top five reasons you should take the Imagine Lakewood! Survey.

    1. You love Lakewood parks (there are over 100 of them).

    2. Living in a healthy, active community is a priority for you.

    3. You have thoughts about how the city should support parks and play over the next five-10 years.

    4. You participate in Lakewood's parks, arts and recreation offerings and have ideas for making things better.

    5. You don't currently use Lakewood's parks, arts and recreation offerings and are willing to tell us why.

    The survey is open through March 15. Thank you so much for participating in this exciting process!


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