Imagine Tomorrow! Arts, parks and recreation for all

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The City of Lakewood Department of Community Resources is embarking on a year-long planning process to create a bold vision for the future of Lakewood’s arts, parks and recreation system. The Department is working with the planning firm, Logan Simpson, to engage the community, evaluate current and future trends in parks and cultural asset planning and determine future priorities. Ultimately, Imagine Tomorrow! Arts, parks and recreation for all, will present a compelling vision for arts and play in Lakewood that is supported by policy guidance in a user-friendly, implementable planning document.

The master planning process will chart a course for the next decade of Lakewood’s investment and programming for parks, recreation and the arts. Once complete, the plan will address current challenges, determine strategies for meeting future demands and establish priorities for achieving the community’s shared vision.

How do you spend your leisure time? Use the tools below to influence the future of arts and play in Lakewood and subscribe to this page for future public meeting dates and updates.


The City of Lakewood Department of Community Resources is embarking on a year-long planning process to create a bold vision for the future of Lakewood’s arts, parks and recreation system. The Department is working with the planning firm, Logan Simpson, to engage the community, evaluate current and future trends in parks and cultural asset planning and determine future priorities. Ultimately, Imagine Tomorrow! Arts, parks and recreation for all, will present a compelling vision for arts and play in Lakewood that is supported by policy guidance in a user-friendly, implementable planning document.

The master planning process will chart a course for the next decade of Lakewood’s investment and programming for parks, recreation and the arts. Once complete, the plan will address current challenges, determine strategies for meeting future demands and establish priorities for achieving the community’s shared vision.

How do you spend your leisure time? Use the tools below to influence the future of arts and play in Lakewood and subscribe to this page for future public meeting dates and updates.


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    I would lime to know why you have reduced the number of trash cans AGAIN along the Bear Creek trail. Several years ago, the trash cans were appropriately placed at convenient intervals. Then you decided we had to have these expensive solar powered phone home monsters, and you only put them where they were convenient for the city to maintain - not where the actual residents who use these trails daily need them. Now, you have removed those fancy trash cans and put the old fashioned ones back in, but not in all the locations where they used to be. Now there is at least a 1 mile stretch between trash cans. Why would you think that's a good idea? Do tou want this area to just be a completely disgusting mess? Usage has increased tremendously. Put the darn trash cans back.

    delilahsperson asked 5 months ago

    Hi there, 

    We can definitely look at the spacing of the standard trash cans, and add or adjust to meet the needs - particularly as we continue to work through the Bear Creek Trail project. Most are much closer than a mile apart, but we will have our crews take a look this week and make adjustments. 

     The Big Bellies solar cans were placed based on sun exposure, a limitation for sure, and access for maintenance trucks and installation requirements prevented them from being in the optimum locations. Due to these reasons and the expense of the system, we have returned to our traditional trash and recycling containers.  Thank you for your comments.

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    Is there an online forum? I'm out of the country for the April meeting and would like to be involved in developing a vision and plan for Lakewood arts, nature and community...

    Lucid Lucy asked 6 months ago

    Absolutely! We will post a recording of the video and an online survey following the meeting that folks who could not attend will be able to use to be involved in the initial visioning process. Stay tuned to the project page for more opportunities to participate this year. 

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    Hello! Might there be any way to create better access to Montair park for people who live south of the light rail line? I saw in the Sheridan Station TOD plan there were ideas to have a bridge to access the park across the park around Depew St, but haven't heard anything since. The folks north of the light rail tracks have access to Montair as well as Walker Branch, but people living south of the tracks either have to walk down Harlan (sidewalks are not great and cars drive very fast) or go through Sheridan station (greatly increases distance). A bridge or some other crossing to access the park would be great. Thanks! Brian

    zbholman asked 7 months ago

    Hi there,

    We absolutely agree! As development occurs, path connections are being developed.  North of the rail line the city has required shared use paths to connect the Station to Mountair Park.  South of the rail line there have been fewer developments.  The city has plans for Dry Gulch Trail that will connect 10th and Grey to 11th & Benton Streets within the city limits. From there to the Station is in Denver and they have committed to making the necessary connections. Discussions are ongoing and we remain optimistic!

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    Wondering what the specific plans to engage diverse communities in the Imagine Tomorrow plan are?

    Rkstewart86 asked 8 months ago

    This is a wonderful question that we continue to consider as we launch this planning process. Please don't hesitate to share any ideas that you have with us at CRInfo@lakewood.org. 

    To launch the planning effort, we will be inviting diverse community stakeholders to participate in listening sessions. We are building an advisory committee to support the planning process and hope to have representatives from all demographics across Lakewood. The consultant we have hired, Logan Simpson, is well-versed in equity analysis both through GIS and statistically valid surveys. Both will be included in the early stages of this planning effort. 

    We also plan to advertise in park spaces across town as well as via mailings and our typical social media channels and newsletters. Bringing opportunities to participate to the community via pop-up events and public meetings will also be scheduled. Thank you for participation!

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