Imagine Lakewood!

We asked, you shared! Lakewood’s Community Resources Department completed its arts, parks and recreation master plan in 2017.

Thousands of residents contributed to the plan's development by giving us honest and thoughtful feedback. The six goals and 42 actions below are included in the master plan which was adopted by Lakewood's City Council on October 23, 2017

Thank you for your contribution!

We asked, you shared! Lakewood’s Community Resources Department completed its arts, parks and recreation master plan in 2017.

Thousands of residents contributed to the plan's development by giving us honest and thoughtful feedback. The six goals and 42 actions below are included in the master plan which was adopted by Lakewood's City Council on October 23, 2017

Thank you for your contribution!


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
    • 71% 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 almost 2 years ago

Lakewood is awesome!

BobCow almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years ago

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

Gc almost 2 years ago

Love the idea of a new pool

Preston almost 2 years ago

I wonder what people mean by winter sports?

Maggie almost 2 years ago