Community Connection - Winter/Spring 2024

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Resident registration opens Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Nonresident registration opens Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.





You asked and we listened! Lakewood has launched a new online registration system and catalog that will provide easier navigation, mobile-friendly access and more efficient filtering options to access the city’s wide variety of arts, parks and recreation programs and classes for all ages.


Visit Once an account is created, users will be able to easily register for programs during the winter-spring registration on Dec. 5 for residents and Dec. 7 for nonresidents. Users will also be able to manage their accounts, print and view receipts, pay balances, sign up for text alerts and more — all online or from a mobile device.

This redesigned Community Connection is your guide to the available programs and classes in the new online catalog. To navigate to more information on your favorite programs and classes, flip through the section headers, then find the bold class names in the listings. These bold words will be your search words online. To access the online catalog, either scan the QR code listed in each section or visit and type in the search word. From there you can view class details and register.


For additional support, call or stop by any Lakewood recreation center for staff assistance or scan the QR codes below. Registration stations are also available at all recreation centers and Clements Community Center.

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Lakewood activity! Watch a video overview of how to use the new registration system.

Para ver el catálogo en línea en español, escanear el código y seleccionar “Spanish” del menú en el rincón abajo a la derecha de la página web.

Apply for scholarship funds through the Lakewood Possibilities Fund. Once approved, scholarship funds will be calculated and applied automatically when registering.

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FACILITIES...................5-6 ACTIVE ADULTS 55+................... 7 AQUATICS...................8-9 ARTS, CULTURE AND HISTORY.............. 10 DANCE.......................... 11 FITNESS AND WELLNESS.................... 12 GYMNASTICS AND CLIMBING...... 13-14 OUTDOOR.................... 15 SPORTS AND LEAGUES...................... 16


Enjoy fishing, even in the winter, for rainbow trout, saugeye, small-mouth bass, yellow perch and the occasional tiger muskie or walleye stocked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Bear Creek Lake Park. The City of Lakewood offers a variety of yearround fishing locations and special events for fishing enthusiasts and beginners. View a directory of fishing locations at Show off your catch! Follow #LakewoodParks on Instagram and include #LakewoodParks in your posts for a chance to be featured. Community Connection | WINTER 2024


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Lakewood Residents: Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Nonresidents: Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.

Residentes de Lakewood: Dic. 5 a las 10 a.m. No residentes: Dic. 7 a las 10 a.m.







Phone registration is by credit card only.

Se requiere usar una tarjeta de crédito.

IN-PERSON at all listed facilities.

EN-PERSONA en todas las instalaciones.

IN-PERSON, VIRTUAL AND HYBRID PROGRAM OPTIONS AVAILABLE. Virtual classes held via Zoom. To download and view tutorials, visit

SE OFRECEN PROGRAMAS EN PERSONA, VIRTUALES E HÍBRIDOS. Las clases virtuales son por Zoom. Para descargar y ver tutoriales, visite

REFUND, CREDIT AND TRANSFER POLICY All credit/refund requests must be made at least seven days prior to the start of a program. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are subject to a 50% processing fee. Refunds can be added to your household account or issued via check or credit card; no cash refunds. View the full policy at To request a refund, contact the facility where the program is located, email or call 303-987-7800.

REEMBOLSO, CRÉDITO Y NORMAS DE TRANSFERENCIA Todas las solicitudes de crédito/reembolso deben realizarse al menos siete días antes del inicio de un programa. Las solicitudes se evaluarán caso por caso y están sujetas a una tarifa de procesamiento del 50%. Los reembolsos se pueden agregar a la cuenta de su hogar o emitirse mediante cheque o tarjeta de crédito, sin reembolsos en efectivo. Ver las reglas completas en Para solicitar un reembolso, comuníquese con el centro donde se encuentra el programa, envíe un correo electrónico a o llame al 303-987-7800.

INCLUSION AND ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES Lakewood welcomes individuals of all ages and abilities to our programs and activities. The city’s Therapeutic Recreation team is here to assist in discussing adequate accommodations or adaptations. Help us prepare by contacting us at least two weeks prior to the program beginning by calling 303-987-4867 or emailing

INCLUSIÓN Y SERVICIOS DE ACCESIBILIDAD Lakewood da la bienvenida a personas de todas las edades y habilidades a nuestros programas y actividades. El equipo de Recreación Terapéutica de la ciudad está aquí para ayudar a discutir adaptaciones o adaptaciones adecuadas. Ayúdenos a prepararnos contactándonos al menos dos semanas antes de que comience el programa llamando al 303-987-4867 o enviando un correo electrónico a

THANK YOU COMMUNITY PARTNERS! For information on becoming a community partner, call 303-987-7871 or email

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2200 S. Kipling St. Lakewood, CO 80227

1555 Dover St. Lakewood, CO 80215


303-987-4800 Whitlock Carmody

*Features an indoor pool



13198 W. Green Mountain Dr. Lakewood, CO 80228

1295 S. Reed St. Lakewood, CO 80232


303-987-7830 GreenMountain

*Features an indoor pool

*Features an indoor pool



1580 Yarrow St. Lakewood, CO 80214

12100 W. Alameda Parkway Lakewood, CO 80228

303-987-4820 TTY: 303-987-4840

303-987-2490 FamilyServices OlderAdults

POOLS, SPLASH PADS AND SPRAY PARKS Information and hours for all locations are subject to change. Visit for updates. While outdoor pools are closed for the season, the weather hotline is 303-987-7006. INDOOR POOLS Carmody Recreation Center Green Mountain Recreation Center Lakewood Link Recreation Center Community Connection | WINTER 2024

OUTDOOR POOLS Carmody Recreation Center Glennon Heights Pool Morse Park Pool 5

SPLASH PADS AND SPRAY PARKS Ray Ross Splash Pad Surfside Spray Park | 303-987-4800



15600 W. Morrison Road Lakewood, CO 80465

801 S. Yarrow St. Lakewood, CO 80226


303-987-7850 Heritage



470 S. Allison Parkway Lakewood, CO 80226

6375 W. First Ave. Lakewood, CO 80226

303-987-7845 CulturalCenter


LAKEWOOD PARKS Lakewood is proud to offer over 100 parks totaling over 7,200 acres of open space. Visit for a complete listing.



13410 W. Morrison Rd. Lakewood, CO 80228

11500 W. Hampden Ave. Lakewood, CO 80227



PRIVATE USE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES The City of Lakewood has a paramount concern for public safety. To ensure the safety of our patrons and to minimize risks and liability, only employees of the City of Lakewood or approved designees are authorized to provide any type of instruction on the premises of any facility operated by the City of Lakewood. City staff reserves the right to monitor activities that appear to violate this policy. Community Connection | WINTER 2024

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GENERAL ADMISSION CLASSES All General Admission classes are listed on on the General Admission tab. Registration is required for General Admission classes and is available in advance or day-of either online, in person at the recreation centers, or over the phone. Registration opens every other Monday for two-week intervals. Classes are programmed for those ages 55+ and are included with all insurance-based memberships (IBM) programs and facility memberships. Classes are subject to cancellation or time change.

HOT MEAL DEALS Clements Center offers Hot Meals at 11:45 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Reservations should be made three days in advance and a contribution of $2.50 is recommended but not required. DRIVER SAFETY This AARP Driver Safety course is specially designed for motorists over 50. The course helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe, defensive driving techniques and may help you qualify for an insurance discount.

ARTS Featuring Watercolor, Japanese Bunka, Embroidery, Pottery, Silversmithing, Stained Glass and Cooking. Clements Center hosts a variety of art programs to introduce new skills or hone those more familiar.

REACHOUT OFFICE The Reachout Office assists older adults in being as independent as possible for as long as possible by providing reliable information for older adults and their caretakers. Contact David Appel at 303-987-4838 or for more information.

CONTINUED LEARNING Spend your lunch hour with experts that present on various topics related to aging well at our Learning at Lunch! Topics include Decompress from Stress, Advanced Care Planning and Programs and Services with the Action Center. Gain or enhance your Tech skills in a one-on-one session or group class.

ACTIVITIES DROP-IN ACTIVITIES Drop-in to Clements Center and enjoy Radio Club, Mah Jongg, Table Tennis, Men’s Club, Needlecraft, Woodcarving, Bridge, or Billiards. All drop-in activities require a payment of $3 for each meeting or the purchase of a passholder card, valid for one-year, for $50 for residents and $55 for nonresidents.

DANCE Join classes that teach dance basics in Move with the Beat and Line Dance, or join in for one of our group dances.

FREE ACTIVITIES Clements Center offers a monthly Monday Movie viewing and the lounge at Clements Center is always open. A sewing group meets every Tuesday except holidays, and we have horseshoe pits too! Call ahead, 303-987-4820, or stop by!

FITNESS AND WELLNESS With a full palette of fitness classes, find the level and topic that suit you best - Qigong, Tai Chi, Pilates and more. SPECIALTY Class topics rotate frequently from subjects such as Improv, Book Club, Creative Writing, Mah Jong, and Brain Gym.

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EVENTS AND FIELD TRIPS Join Clements Center for Sweetheart Social, Legendary Ladies and Tea, or other events! Take an Excursion to explore local destinations including an Upstairs Circus, Escape the Room, National Western Stock Show and more! Find out what is happening now! Community Connection | WINTER 2024

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For information about Lakewood pools, visit the facilities section or

SWIM TEAMS AND LESSONS GROUP SWIM LESSONS (YOUTH) Kids learn the fundamentals of swimming while building confidence in the water. Group Swim Lessons are offered at Carmody and Link pools. For specific questions view details online or email

• Parents/guardians are responsible

for actively supervising children when using Lakewood aquatic facilities.

MASTERS SWIM Join the Lakewood Dawgs Masters team where beginning swimmers and seasoned athletes master their goals. A Lakewood Masters Swim Team pass is required for all practices. Open to participants ages 18+.

• Anyone under 7 years of age must be

accompanied by an adult in the pool.

• Anyone 7–10 years of age must be

accompanied by a swimmer 12 years of age or older or have an adult present in the pool area.

CARA SWIM TEAM The CARA Swim Team provides your 5-15 year old swimmer with a fun introduction to competitive swimming. Emphasis is placed on learning and improving swim strokes, building endurance, and creating a fun and structured team atmosphere.

• No water wings or swimming suits with

flotation devices built in are allowed in Lakewood aquatic facilities. Only Coast Guard-approved life jackets or life floats may be worn by swimmers. Life jackets are available at all facilities.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING An American Red Cross Lifeguard Training class combines classroom and online learning with time in the water to teach participants the essential skills for lifeguarding. See prerequisites for certification. Open to ages 15+. Class fees are reimbursed for guards working a full season.

• Swim diapers are required for all

non-toilet-trained swimmers. Appropriate diapers are available for purchase at each facility.

• Proper swimming attire

is encouraged at all facilities.

• All indoor and outdoor pools

are nonsmoking facilities.

• Additional rules are posted

at each facility.

• The lifeguards have the authority

to enforce these and any additional rules based on participant safety.

• Glass containers are not allowed

near any pool areas.

• No alcohol allowed, as stated in

Community Resources Department rules, found at

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Aquatics AQUA FITNESS GENERAL ADMISSION CLASSES All General Admission classes are listed on on the General Admission tab. Registration is required for General Admission classes and is available in advance or day-of either online, in person at the rec centers, or over the phone. Registration opens every other Monday for 2-week intervals. The Aqua Fitness team provides inclusive, effective programs for any level of fitness that build strength, improve balance and overall fitness. Aqua Fitness classes are included in facility membership and insurance-based memberships (IBM), except for GlideFit. Classes are subject to cancellation or time change. Learn more about insurance-based memberships (IBM) at AQUA AI CHI (LEVEL 1-3) Ai Chi is a breath-focused stretching and strengthening form of exercise that recharges the spirit and body. Class held in warm water. ARTHRITIS MOVEMENT (LEVEL 1-2) Classes are designed for those with arthritis but are open to everyone and are led in shallow, warm water. Focus is on improving range of motion, balance and coordination for daily living. SHALLOW WATER (LEVEL 2-4) These moderate-impact classes are led in both warm and cooler water and are designed to create a higher intensity workout and use the resistance of water along with equipment and intervals. DEEP WATER (LEVEL 3-5) Led in cooler water, these no-impact classes use the resistance of the water, equipment and intervals to create an energizing work out. Must be comfortable in 10 -12 feet of water. AQUA ZUMBA (LEVEL 2-4) An intermediate, energetic, dance-based aqua class. GLIDE FIT Take your total body workout to the next level on GlideFit boards during drop-in classes at Carmody pool.

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Glide Fit Drop-in (per class): $10 Resident, $12 Nonresident Glide Fit Pass (per 10 classes): $80 Resident, $100 Nonresident Community Connection | WINTER 2024

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Arts, Culture and History INFORMATION



COOKING Learn how easy preparing a menu for any occasion can be with us. Cooking Basics, Little Chefs, Sweet Sensations and more all provide wonderful instruction from prep to plating (and of course sampling!). Learn nutrition principles to help you ditch dieting and make peace with food and overcome nutritional habits.

ADULT PERFORMING ARTS MUSIC Harmonica, Ukulele, Guitar, Beat Making and more — find your instrument and get started to level up your skills in harmonizing, finger-picking and experimentation.


PERFORMANCE Unleash your inner expressive artist through classes that hone your writing skills and voice/body expressions such as Spoken Word.

Take a step back in time and learn classic skills in Soapmaking, Blacksmithing, Calligraphy, Sewing and more.



Enjoy snacks or a delicious lunch while learning about Heritage Lakewood’s historic buildings and other enticing topics from the past during Historical Luncheons, History Happy Hour or Sneak Peeks and Snacks.

ADULT VISUAL ARTS Unlock your creativity in a variety of classes for teens and adults! Whether you’re interested in Digital Art, Drawing, Painting, Fibers, Metals, Printmaking, Pottery, or more, we have a program tailored to your artistic interests. Please note pottery registration dates vary; please see individual classes for details.


Enjoy Lakewood’s distinct past with a guided tour of the historic buildings at Heritage Lakewood during Historic Building Tours or a Bites of History Tour. Stroll through historic Belmar Park, once the home of The Denver Post heiress May Bonfils Stanton, to discover our farmhouse, diner or country school. Subject to availability. All ages welcome.

YOUTH VISUAL ARTS Kids thrive through art! Our process-oriented art instruction opens opportunities to be creative and have fun! Whether after-school, on a Friday evening or a weekend workshop, come explore classes offered in Parent-Child, Digital Illustration, Mixed Media, Open Studio, Pottery, Stop Motion and more.


The grounds at Heritage Lakewood are the perfect host for unique seasonal events. Find out what is coming up soon and bring your friends and family. Visit

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YOUTH PERFORMING ARTS THEATER Do you have a young thespian who is ready to take the stage? Actors will get the full musical Theater experience through rehearsals and performance as Missoula Theatre returns with a production of “Cinderella”. So let’s dream and make wishes come true! Community Connection | WINTER 2024

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PROGRAM INFORMATION Instructors will assess students in the first week of class to confirm they are in the correct class level. Students will work on technique, dance vocabulary, flexibility and strength in the first half of the semester. Focus will shift to musicality, interpretation, rhythm and choreography in the second half to encourage students in a steady-paced environment. Parent-Child, Kinder Circus and DanceAbility do not participate in the Spring Recital. Spring Recital information is noted in class descriptions. Costumes are an additional fee.

TEEN AND ADULT DANCE GENERAL INFORMATION All classes are for age 15+ unless otherwise noted. All classes require registration; a drop-in option is available for those who need more flexibility. Some classes participate in the Spring Recital, information is provided in the online descriptions. Private dance instruction is available by appointment; email for information.

DANCE Classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, and Tap are offered in multiple skill levels that build with progressive choreography and technique. Prerequisites apply for advanced classes. Dance with Me creative movement classes provide an introduction to the world of dance for parents and tots. CIRCUS ARTS Learn the foundations of tumbling, acro, juggling, hula hoop and more while learning large motor skills and hand-eye coordination in Circus Arts. PERFORMANCE TROUPE Enjoy the camaraderie of a team and the freedom of self-expression as you share your passion with the community as part of the Performance Troupe. This is a yearlong commitment. Complete an interest form at and audition during a regular class to get started.

DANCE Offered at multiple skill levels, learn the basics or expand your skills in Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern/ Contemporary or Tap.

ACCESSIBLE DANCE (YOUTH) DanceAbility and Feel the Beat classes are specialty dance classes tailored to dancers of all needs. Learn more and sign up for Feel the Beat classes at

BALLROOM Offered in Latin Ballroom or Standard Ballroom courses, learn the footwork and body styling of these partner dances. BELLY DANCE Increase core strength, coordination and fluidity in this fun, international dance form, Belly Dance.

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ACCESSIBLE DANCE (ADULT) Dance Fitness is gentle and accessible, suitable for all fitness levels. DanceAbility welcomes dancers of all abilities, disabilities and experience levels to connect through dance and movement. Community Connection | WINTER 2024

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Fitness and Wellness MIND AND BODY PROGRAMS Set your intention and focus your energy with Yoga, Meditation, Pilates or Tai Chi. STRENGTH TRAINING Join a Body Pump or TRX Fusion class, check out the outdoor Fitness Courts or sign up for Personal Training. NUTRITION Meal planning is all the buzz; take control of your diet through Nutrition Consultations with our on-staff registered dietician and/or join us for some fun and education in the kitchen with our Cooking Classes at Clements Center.

PERSONAL TRAINING & NUTRITION Personal Training Packages

3 Session Package: $140 Resident, $165 Nonresident 10 Session Package: $375 Resident, $425 Nonresident


*One free nutrition consultation with the purchase of 10 sessions.

Train with a Friend Packages

3 Session Package: $115 Resident, $140 Nonresident 10 Session Package: $285 Resident, $345 Nonresident


Get acquainted with our facilities during a free tour or sign up for a free equipment orientation for adults and youth. Call any recreation center to sign up.

Nutrition Consultation

3 Session Package: $180 Resident, $210 Nonresident 10 Session Package: $525 Resident, $575 Nonresident


GENERAL ADMISSION CLASSES All General Admission classes are listed on on the General Admission tab. Registration is required for General Admission classes and is available in advance or day-of either online, in person at the recreation centers, or over the phone. Registration opens every other Monday for two-week intervals. General admission classes are included in facility membership and insurance-based memberships (IBM). Classes are subject to cancellation or time change. Learn more about insurance-based memberships (IBM) at Community Connection | WINTER 2024

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Gymnastics and Climbing TINY TUMBLERS (AGES 2 ½-4) Tiny Tumblers introduces toddlers to the concepts of following directions and being in a class all on their own! Children enjoy jumping, rolling and learning preschool level gymnastics skills.

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RESOURCES INFORMATION All classes are held at the Lakewood Link Recreation Center. Recommended attire is shorts and a T-shirt, a leotard, and bare feet. Long hair must be pulled back away from face.

LITTLE LEAPERS (AGES 4-5) Children enjoy weekly themed activities, navigating gymnastics obstacle courses and continuing basic skill progressions to develop strength and agility in our Little Leapers class, all while learning the basics of gymnastics in a fun environment. KARTWHEEL KIDS (AGES 5-7) This is a beginning gymnastics class and an introduction to basic tumbling and gymnastics skills. Students in Kartwheel Kids will be introduced to a progression of rolls, handstands and cartwheels along with basic beam, bar and vault skills using gymnastics equipment. No prior gymnastics experience is necessary for this class. BRONZE FLIPS Bronze Flips 1 (AGES 7-12) Bronze Flips 1 is a beginning gymnastics class and an introduction to basic tumbling and gymnastics skills. Students will be introduced to a progression of rolls, handstands and cartwheels along with basic beam, bar and vault skills using gymnastics equipment. No prior gymnastics experience is necessary for this class. This level may require repeat sessions to accomplish development for the next level. Bronze Flips 2 (AGES 7-12) Bronze Flips 2 is our next level gymnastics class. In addition to perfecting basic skills, gymnasts will work on increasing flexibility and strength. Additional skills will include round offs, back extension rolls, backbends, bridge kickovers, sole circle dismounts, and inversions. This level may require repeat sessions to accomplish development for the next level.

GYMNASTICS CLASSES TOTS IN ACTION (AGES WALKING-4) Enjoy playing on gymnastics equipment and engaging in various gymnastics activities during Tots in Action. Trained staff will supervise and assist skills, but do not provide structured activities.

SILVER FLIPS / PRE-TEAM (AGES 6-12) Silver Flips/Pre-Team, level two gymnastics class for students working on intermediate level skills. In addition to perfecting level one skills, gymnasts will work on round off connections, back walk overs, front hip circles, handstand pirouettes, and handstand/ cartwheels on beam. Participants will have the option to compete in the 2024 CARA Gymnastics season. Coach approval is required for registration.

KANGAROOS (AGES 18 MOS.-3. MUST BE WALKING) This Kangaroos class gives children their first exposure to our structured gymnastics classes. Children will use assorted mats, beams, rings, pre-school bars, tumble trampoline, and more. The class ends with 10 minutes of free play/gym exploration and requires one parent/ caregiver to participate with each child. Community Connection | WINTER 2024

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Gymnastics and Climbing CLIMBING CLIMBING CLASSES Under the instruction of experienced climbing staff at the Lakewood Link Recreation Center, participants learn the basic techniques of climbing on our indoor climbing wall. Classes are available for ages 3-16 and include Cliff Hangers, Rock Stars and Parent/Tot. Our Climbing Team is offered for those wanting to push skills to new heights. All gear is provided. OPEN WALL Hone in your climbing skills during our Open Wall offerings. Ages 3 and up are welcome; gear is provided and staff will be on hand to help belay.

BOYS GYMNASTICS (AGES 4 1/2 - 12) These all-Boys Gymnastics classes will help build strength and improve agility. Boys learn basic tumbling skills and use apparatus including rings, bars and vault. NINJA KIDS (AGE 7-12) AND NINJA KIDS JR. (AGE 4-6) Ninja classes increase balance, strength, agility and endurance utilizing ninja style obstacle courses and equipment.

CARA GYMNASTICS (AGES 7-18) CARA Gold Stars Team is offered for Compulsory and Optional levels. Must have team coach approval and have passed the prerequisite classes. Gymnasts learn routines for the competitive season.

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Whether you are a Nature lover, appreciate Sunsets or want to experience Full Moon hikes in the park, our rangers host hikes to get you out and exploring.



PARK PASS INFORMATION Vehicles entering the park must have a daily pass or a BCLP annual pass, available for purchase at the entrance gate or Visitor Center. For park information, call 303-697-6159. Registration with a valid email address is required for all programs.

Our rangers and naturalists host educational programs about Birding, Tracking Wildlife and Nature Talks. Come learn with us.


Learn the skills, ethics, and practice of Archery or sharpen new skills in classes for families and adults for just $5.


Visit to learn about current events at Bear Creek Lake Park that celebrate and provide education about the outdoors. Enjoy festivities including Earth Day, World Migratory Bird Day and even a Fishing Tournament. Volunteer and help maintain BCLP trails and public lands.

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Sports and Leagues INFORMATION


Leagues are available for both recreational and competitive players; minimum age is 18. Teams are offered for men’s Basketball, men’s and coed Softball and women’s Volleyball.


Drop-in (first come, first-served) indoor racquetball is offered at Green Mountain and Charles Whitlock recreation centers. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Drop-in (first-come, first served) indoor pickleball is offered on select days at Carmody, Charles Whitlock and Green Mountain Recreation centers. View the schedule at


Unified Sports connect people with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and without intellectual disabilities (unified partners) together to learn sports skills during a 6-8 week league. All abilities are welcome. Teams are coordinated for Basketball in winter/spring.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS The Jeffco League of the Middle School Sports Program (MSSP) is a coed, recreational league for students of Alameda, Carmody, Creighton, D ‘Evelyn and Dunstan middle schools. Participants are taught the basic rules of the game along with sportsmanship. Practice times vary by school. Contact Ray Hilger for more information, or 303-987-5404. SUPERTOTS Supertots Sports offers programs in Soccer, Basketball and Baseball for 2-5 year olds to build motor skills and self-confidence, balance and foot-eye coordination in a lightly competitive environment. Registration information is available at

YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUES Youth leagues provide the opportunity to learn and develop fundamental skills in a safe, fun and non-competitive environment. Participants will receive instruction on basic skills and rules of the game during practice sessions. Leagues are offered in Basketball, Soccer, and Volleyball. Find more information at

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CARA Volleyball for kids is offered for all skill levels in a coed environment by Colorado Association of Recreational Athletes (CARA). Community Connection | WINTER 2024

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Therapeutic Recreation INFORMATION

ADULT ADVENTURES Join us out on the town for Adventures to musicals, rodeos, and more!


RISE DANCES RISE Dances offer individuals ages 18+ an evening of music, dancing, door prizes and snacks with a fun theme every month!, | 303.987.4867

R.I.S.E. (Recreational Inclusion Services for Everyone) is the City of Lakewood’s therapeutic recreation program supporting individuals with disabilities. As with any recreation program, an appropriate level of independence, self-care and behavior is required from our participants. If participants need additional support, please reach out to our TR team for Inclusion Support. If a participant requires additional assistance, a provider or parent may join the program at no cost except for certain program expenses (tickets, etc.).

S.T.A.R.S. S.T.A.R.S. (Siblings that Advocate, Recreate, Support) is a program that focuses on bringing siblings of individuals with disabilities together to advocate for their needs, engage in recreational activities, and socialize with one another. FAMILY AND SPECIAL EVENTS Attend unique Inclusive Events and Family Events offered by the Therapeutic Recreation Team!

SPORTS Through the Lakewood Lightning teams, athletes participate on Special Olympics teams for Track and Field, Swimming, Bowling and Basketball at various locations. Athletes learning to swim, please check out the Development Swim Team.

SERVICES Additional services offered to individuals with disabilities in our community include Inclusion Support to any Lakewood Recreation program, demonstrations and use of our Freedom Trax off-road assistive mobility devices, drop-in wheelchair sports time, please reach out to our Therapeutic Recreation staff for any additional supports that we can provide.

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Join the Therapeutic Recreation team for unique Adventures, from enjoying MJ the Musical to Family Events that are inclusive and cater to the entire family, including siblings at S.T.A.R.S. programs! Community Connection | WINTER 2024

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Take a step into history during an immersive Spring Break Camp. Spring Back in Time with everything from tie dye to hayrides. Into magic? Learn new tricks at Magic Camp.


Need to get your kids moving? We have Challenge camps that combine obstacle course work and activities to strengthen individual skills.



When school is out, camp is on in Lakewood. Camps are primarily offered during seasonal school breaks in spring, summer, fall and winter. Camps are offered at Lakewood Cultural Center, Heritage Lakewood, Washington Heights, Lakewood Link and Green Mountain Recreation centers. A guide specifically listing summer camp options is distributed in the first quarter of each year. Sign up for Extended Supervision to cover an extra hour pre, post or at lunch between camps. Visit for more information.


Take a camp to Create Art by Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, Collaging and more! Offered at Lakewood Cultural Center.


Explore Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Improv and even a Superhero workshop for tumbling rhythm and games.

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Science Matters hosts camps with a variety of themes. Participants must register directly through Snapology offers STEM camps that can be registered through Community Connection | WINTER 2024

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10 2024 8:30 a.m.–noon

Charles Whitlock Recreation Center • 1555 Dover Street

Jan. 8–Feb. 12

MONDAY MILE A six-week challenge to start the new year off right. Walk, run or roll a mile on Monday and enter for a chance to win!

k 50+ local resources and vendors. k Activities and freedemo classes. k Health assessments bypersonal trainers. k Giveaways, activities and more! WALK-INS WELCOME!

For more information and to register: or 303-987-4800


Save the Date!

F R E E!

APRIL 27 TUESDAY, JAN. 2 9 a.m.-noon

Carmody Recreation Center FREE! Registration required. Schedule posted at


Live Music • Family Activities • Art Beer Garden • Bicycle Valet • Exhibitors For event details and vendor applications, please visit


JOIN OUR AQUATICS TEAM TODAY! Build new skills. Meet new people. Connect with your community! 720.963.5371

ADVANCED CARE BABYSITTING COURSES Designed for pre-teens to prepare for babysitting opportunities. Students will learn to identify routine childcare duties (feeding, bathing, diapering), basic child development and be able to provide activities for the developmental stages. Also stressed will be home and fire safety, infant and child CPR, rescue breathing and choking procedures.


February 17






9 a.m.-3 p.m.


REGISTRATION REQUIRED through Advanced Care at


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