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Save May 18 for Lakewood’s Older Adult Wellness Fair, where you can sample free fitness demonstrations, check your balance and strength, buy discounted recreation passes and more. This free event will be 9 a.m. to noon at the Whitlock Recreation Center, 1555 Dover St. Whether you are age 55 or older, or live or care for someone who is, there is valuable information for you at this fair. See more information on page 7.
Get the scoop on what it’s like to own an electric vehicle from those who know during Lakewood’s annual Earth Day Celebration this year. Not only will there be electric vehicles on display, experts will also be on hand to educate you on rebates, driving ranges and real information about the cars. You can also learn about rain barrels, owning chickens and other ways to put learning into action by exploring our sustainable backyard at the event. Earth Day is internationally recognized as a time to increase awareness and action on environmental and sustainability issues, and there’s no better time to start since the Earth isn’t getting any younger. Lakewood’s celebration on April 21 brings together education with a great festival atmosphere. It’s a free, family-friendly and zero-waste event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St. This year’s event also included a contest for the artwork to promote the celebration, and Alexandra Kitching, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design student, won with
her amusing Earth with a party hat design. The celebration is sponsored by the Alameda Gateway Community Association, Ace Hardware of Jewell Square, Power Home Remodeling, Lifetime Windows and Siding and Whole Foods Market. Stay up to date on the event at Lakewood.org/EarthDay. Schedule of activities • Free concerts: Enjoy live music from local artists Scott Slay & the Rail; Intuit Band; and Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs. • More than 50 vendors: Learn about climate change impacts, solar energy, bicycle safety, healthy eating, protecting wildlife, ecoshopping, recycled art, local food and much more. • Electronic recycling: Schedule a time to drop off your electronics for a fee, next door in the Irongate parking lot. Times and rates are available at Lakewood.org/ EarthDay. • Electric vehicle display: Discover what it is like to own an electric See Earth Day page 5
Crosswalk confusion cleared up
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How many people does it take for a pedestrian to cross the street safely? It takes two. Both the motorist and the pedestrian have equal responsibility to ensure safe conditions for both. Pedestrians assume that when they
approach a crosswalk, motorists it takes 110 feet for a driver to are required to stop, while many react. It then takes another 86 motorists believe they have the feet for the mechanics of a car right of way under all conditions. to bring it to a stop. At 40 mph, Both assumptions are wrong. the distance needed to stop for a Whether at intersections or in hazard increases to 300 feet, which marked and unmarked crosswalks, is the length of a football field. the rules remain the same. Under Pedestrians must give motorists state law, pedestrians have the enough time to react and stop. shared "duty to yield" if a motorist Motorists also have a "duty does not have a reasonable to yield" the right of way for a distance to comfortably stop for a pedestrian who is in the portion pedestrian. That means pedestrians of the crosswalk that is within the can only step off the curb to cross driver's lane of travel or when the when an adequate gap in traffic pedestrian is close to approaching exists. that part of the crosswalk. If If pedestrians ignore this, they motorists can comfortably stop for can cause an immediate hazard the pedestrian, they must do so. when an approaching driver must The best approach is for both make a sudden stop, which can the pedestrian and the motorist to create a danger for other motorists. make eye contact to ensure each Never assume that a vehicle will is aware of the other. Pedestrians stop when you are a pedestrian, should look left, right and left particularly in today's culture of again and stay alert to turning rampant distracted driving. cars. They should also take off their It takes about 2.5 seconds for headphones and put away their the average person to react after cellphones. It's also important to his or her brain perceives there is remember that crossing the street a hazard. When a car is traveling at on a Sunday morning provides 30 mph, that 2.5 seconds means different conditions than a rainy
evening. Always be on guard. The same is true for drivers. It is irresponsible to text and drive. Motorists who text and drive are 20 times more likely to hit a pedestrian. Drivers must also remember that speeding kills. At 40 mph, only 1 in 10 pedestrians will survive being hit by a car. Multitasking while driving is having deadly consequences, with both driver and pedestrian deaths rising sharply across the country in the last few years. Many people believe they can multitask while driving or walking, but they are dead wrong. Distracted driving laws also change the responsibility for a crash. If motorists are looking at their cellphones even when someone stumbles off a curb or a child darts into traffic, motorists are at fault for what happens because they were negligent while driving. A crash can only happen if the pedestrian and driver fail to keep a proper lookout for each other. By working together, pedestrians and motorists can keep crosswalks a safe place when their paths cross.
www.Lakewood.org • Volume 34, Issue 2 • March 2018 • A COMMUNITY UPDATE PUBLISHED BY THE CITY OF LAKEWOOD WITH PUBLIC DOLLARS
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Letter from the mayor State of the City covers important topics I had the wonderful opportunity to share with the community my 2018 State of the City address this month, and Lakewood certainly is a place with good roads, great parks, safe neighborhoods, and most of all, incredible people. But we face important issues this year, and I want to touch on some of what I covered in my speech. “Growth and change in Lakewood, and across the state, is certainly causing anxiety, and we’re all feeling the effects, whether it’s traffic, lack of housing options or long lines at the grocery store. When looking for solutions, it is important that we don’t react in haste. We must not make fear-based decisions or capitulate to the loudest voices. Remember, we have been here
before, we have experienced this in years past, and we worked through it. Without building invisible walls, we have been able to transform our challenges into assets with great success. We can and must do this again. “City Council has established important priorities for the coming year, including expanding open space, increasing our sidewalk replacement program and addressing our growing infrastructure needs — to name a few. We also have a long list of other improvements that must be addressed ... The biggest challenge? How do we fund it? ... Let’s take the time to have these difficult conversations now so we can create a future with more parks, open space, sidewalks and the infrastructure necessary for a 21st century city. Past generations were not fearful, and we owe it to them to continue their legacy of imaging today an amazing future.” The next few months will be critical for your involvement in shaping the future of the city as we talk about these challenges. Your voice is needed, particularly as the Planning Commission begins
to make specific proposals on how to address growth and the quality of life in Lakewood. Please take the time to participate. Use LakewoodSpeaks.org to comment online, learn more about the proposed changes or find out when to attend a meeting. You can also let your council members know your thoughts by contacting them using information on Lakewood.org/CityCouncil. I would also like to share a couple of items I will be working on this year. I want to address childhood hunger in our city. There is no excuse for children to go hungry in Lakewood, yet it happens every day. I will be working with the faith community and our robust network of service clubs to find more ways to stop this. I also will begin to collaborate with mayors from across the metro area to work toward solutions for our affordable housing crisis. This is my bold pledge for the year. I believe it takes only one person, one idea to make a difference, so I call on each of you to find your passion this year and take one thing that needs to be addressed in our city and boldly set it into motion. Lastly, City Council also remains
unanimously opposed to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless proposal for using 59 acres of federally owned land on the Federal Center in Lakewood for a campus to serve the homeless. We understand the homeless needs are significant and that we must act, but this is the wrong approach. We want the city’s plans honored that our residents helped create for this area over many years, and we believe that putting disadvantaged residents on a single large campus will only serve to stigmatize them while relying on an approach from the past that no longer serves us today.
Adam Paul 303-987-7040 APaul@Lakewood.org
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Council Corner Ramey Johnson
Colorado Mills making a comeback Merchants at Colorado Mills Mall are back in business and looking forward to a busy spring, summer and beyond. The 1.1 million-square-foot mall reopened in November after suffering extensive damage in the May 2017 hailstorm and since has bounced back as former businesses reopened and new shops, restaurants, kiosks and service providers followed. In a recent series of visits to the mall — which is in the northwest corner of Ward 1 — to visit with the merchants, we repeatedly heard business owners, managers and employees declare their enthusiasm for being back home at Mills. “We wouldn’t want to locate anywhere else,” was the prevailing sentiment. With more than 100 stores, shops and dining establishments already open and nearly three dozen more already on the list March 2018 • Looking@Lakewood • 2
to return this year, the mall’s loyal customer base is returning as well. And nearly all those business people we talked with said they still get almost-daily calls from folks across the metro area asking if the mall or their favorite store “is open yet.” Not only are they open, but many also have expanded their inventory – and in many cases, their floor space – to accommodate a steadily increasing clientele. South Lakewood Elementary School soon will have an Outdoor Environmental Learning Classroom after City Council unanimously approved recommendations for this year’s Neighborhood Participation Program, which will provide $32,400 for the classroom. The NPP grants, established in 1992, are designed to encourage neighborhood organizations to identify needs in their respective areas and propose qualifying projects, which can receive up to $60,000 from the city program. Four projects were funded for this year after a team of staff members from the Public Works, Community Resources and Planning departments evaluated and recommended them for council’s approval. Other projects approved for the 2018 NPP grants were $60,000 for
Ward 1 a new playground at Rooney Ranch Elementary School; $15,700 for improvements to the community garden at Green Gables Elementary School; and $60,000 for a new playground and picnic benches at Ute Trail Park. Applications for next year’s grants will available at Lakewood.org/ NPP in May and are due in the fall. We encourage all our Ward 1 neighborhoods to submit projects for consideration. The Development Dialogue process continues and has begun to consider specific proposals at Planning Commission’s public hearings. The process resulted from community concerns about how Lakewood manages development and began in September 2017 with three “open house” sessions to gather public input. That was followed by eight Planning Commission study sessions dealing with parking requirements, site design, housing, building design,
traffic and application of mixed-use development regulations. The Planning Commission will recommend potential Zoning Ordinance changes for City Council’s consideration. Community members are encouraged to comment on the issues under consideration during Planning Commission public hearings, online at LakewoodSpeaks.org and at City Council’s yet-to-be-scheduled meetings on the recommendations. Ramey Johnson 303-232-1567 RJohnson@Lakewood.org Charley Able 303-233-7275 CAble@lakewood.org
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Housing Study Will Lakewood’s supply of housing meet the demands of its current residents and the needs of future residents? That is the overarching question the city’s housing study examines after researching numerous housing-related issues in Lakewood. The study will serve as a foundation for City Council members as they begin to discuss an array of housing topics this spring. Overseen by Lakewood’s Economic Development Team, the monthslong study highlights several key elements with an in-depth look at data to determine the city’s long-term housing outlook. As residents across the metro area know, housing is a critical component that affects transportation choices, economic well-being and quality of life. Residents can review the draft study report at the “draft housing study report” link at Lakewood.org/ HousingStudy.
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Out & About Get movin’ at Carmody Park this summer What’s better than the feeling of satisfaction and release of endorphins after tackling a rigorous fitness class? Feeling the sunshine and adding the smell of fresh air to the mix! Lakewood Recreation is offering outdoor fitness classes at the Carmody Park Fitness Zone in partnership with Centura Health this summer for Lakewood residents. The Fitness Zone is a state-of-theart workout area that provides cardiovascular fitness, resistance training and abdominal exercises in the great outdoors at 2200 S. Kipling St. Beginning in June, Outdoor Circuit Training classes will kick off, providing twice-a-week training for seven weeks for $85. The classes will be offered from June 4 to July 18
and July 23 to Aug. 29. Residents wanting to set specific fitness goals this summer can sign up for personal training sessions at the Fitness Zone, and a special series for July Parks and Recreation Month will be available for free. “As humans, we often get caught up in the daily hustle of work and family responsibilities. It’s important to take time to focus on your well-being, whether that’s mental or physical. A healthy balance is critical,” Lakewood’s Fitness and Wellness Program Administrator Robert Buck said. “Offering a new amenity to the community, like outdoor fitness classes, is an exciting way the city can help encourage that balance.” The outdoor fitness classes will allow residents of any ability to
change up their physical fitness routine in an atmosphere that is unique — a total body workout in the sunshine. The Fitness Zone also provides parents the ability to supervise their children playing on Carmody’s new universal playground while they take a class. The recent updates to Carmody Park focused on accessibility, so the Fitness Zone includes equipment that is wheelchair accessible, and the universal playground gives physically challenged children options for playing alongside their ablebodied friends. When it comes to keeping a community fit and strong, Lakewood is dedicated to finding a wide range of resources from across the community to
help residents remain healthy. The partnership with Centura Health on the Fitness Zone extends a commitment the company has had with Lakewood since 2012 to create healthier families and improve access to health care in Jefferson County. More options for programs and training at the Fitness Zone will continue to be added over time, so stay up to date by checking out the summer edition of Community Connection at Lakewood.org/ CommunityConnection. Subscribe to Lakewood Recreation’s e-newsletter at Lakewood.org/newsletters or follow us at Facebook.com/LakewoodRecreation For more information about the upcoming fitness classes, contact Robert Buck at 303-987-5423 or email@example.com.
Annual outdoor siren test set for May Lakewood will test its outdoor siren system at 11 a.m. on May 1 this year. During the test, all 26 sirens in the system will be activated with a long wail, followed by a test voice message over the public address portion of the system. The test will then conclude with one long siren wail. For additional information about the outdoor sirens, please visit Lakewood.org/sirens. If you hear Lakewood’s outdoor sirens during times when it’s not a test, you should follow the steps below. You can also watch a video about what to do at Lakewood.org/sirens. • Turn on a TV news station or the radio (850 KOA AM is the designated emergency broadcast
station in the Denver area) to find out what is happening. • Do NOT telephone the police or fire department unless you have an emergency. If you call just to find out why the sirens are sounding, it ties up dispatchers, making them unavailable to handle emergency calls. • Take shelter immediately if you believe the reason the sirens have been activated is for a tornado. Take cover in the basement if you are at home. If your house has no basement, take cover in the center part of the house away from windows. • Do not remain in a trailer or mobile home. Go to a permanent building, school, fire station or storm shelter. If you do not have
time to reach a safe shelter, take cover in your car or a low-lying area. • If you are at work or school, go to the interior hallways on the lowest floor or to the designated shelter area away from windows. • Continue listening to the radio or television for developments on the emergency and for information on when it is safe to leave your shelter. The sirens are used primarily to warn residents who are outdoors of weather dangers such as a tornado, but the system can be activated for chemical spills, flash flooding or flooding from a dam failure. Residents are encouraged to buy a National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio or sign up for the CodeRED system at Lakewood.org/CodeRed as additional ways to receive emergency warnings. For more information or questions about the city’s outdoor siren warning system, call Lakewood’s Office of Emergency Management at 303-987-7118.
City buys land for open space park
The city has purchased nearly 60 acres of wide-open rolling landscape in central Lakewood to preserve it for park and open space, completing the city’s largest parkland acquisition since 2000. The purchase is the culmination of years of work to ensure that the property with stunning vistas of the Front Range from Pikes Peak March 2018 • Looking@Lakewood • 4
to Mount Evans will be available for Lakewood residents to enjoy. “This is an important purchase for the city because it provides a unique opportunity to acquire substantial acreage in our urban environment,” said City Manager Kathy Hodgson. “We couldn’t be more excited to preserve this for Lakewood residents.” The new parkland is east of Wadsworth Boulevard at Morrison Road and was part of the Taylor family estate. Vernon Taylor Jr. and his wife, Ann Bonfoey Taylor, moved to the 122-acre estate in
1950 and raised their four sons there. Because it has been a family home, the property has been maintained in a loving fashion, and residents will benefit from the family’s stewardship. The Taylors have deep ties to Colorado. Vernon was an important investor in the early days of Vail Mountain, and the couple designed and built the first ski home at Vail Resort. The family spent summers at the Lakewood estate and winters in Vail. The city succeeded in acquiring the property because Hodgson stayed in touch with the family over many years, cultivating a good relationship so the family felt comfortable working with Lakewood when they reached a decision about the estate. She said
the purchase has been one of the most important endeavors of her career. Lakewood will begin planning the road access, parking and use for this open space park starting next year and will ask for the public’s participation in this. The goal is to have the property open for residents by 2020, and the vision is to keep much of it in its current native state with passive recreational opportunities including birdwatching, walking and enjoying the beautiful vistas. Open space and parks are a priority for Lakewood residents, and the city has been able to preserve a quarter of Lakewood in parks, open space and trails. But adding more parkland is always important because it allows Lakewood to bring more parks to all parts of the city.
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Save the ’Zone returns for 2018! What is Save the ’Zone? For those who missed us during 2017, Save the ’Zone is a partnership among Bicycle Colorado, the City of Lakewood and the Regional Air Quality Council. Our goal is to improve Lakewood’s air quality by replacing drive-alone trips with walking, biking, carpooling and using transit. Participants pledge to shift a self-selected number of trips each week and can track their trips through the Save the ’Zone network on MyWayToGo.org. For more information and the calendar of events or to join the initiative, visit BicycleColorado.org/ Initiatives/save-the-zone.
What is ozone? While the ozone high in the sky protects us, ground-level ozone poses health risks for everyone, particularly children, the elderly and those with asthma. Vehicle emissions are a major contributor to ground-level ozone, and during summer months, ozone alerts warn us to stay inside and reduce our driving. Year Two updates Not only do we have rewards for participants through May, we also have new connections to track your trips through My Way to Go with apps like Strava for walkers and bicyclists and Commute Tracker for
all active and public transportation modes. Just visit your My Way to Go dashboard, select “Edit Profile” and “Connected Apps.” Prizes at events! • Lakewood Earth Day Celebration: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., April 21 at the Heritage Center. Show your STZ Bingo card checked with six of the eight boxes to receive a $25 gift card while supplies last. Arrive to the event by foot, bike, bus or carpool or pledge with the initiative once you get there for a commuting prize including lights,
reflective gear, bike tools and water bottles. • Confident Commuting Workshop: 6-7:30 p.m., April 24 at the Link Recreation Center. Join this program and take home some bike accessories. Contact maureen@ bicyclecolorado.org to register. • Youth Learn to Ride Lesson: 9-11 a.m., April 28 at the Link Recreation Center. Join this program and take home some bike accessories. Contact maureen@ bicyclecolorado.org to register.
BINGO CARD Champion Spotlight: Dale Trone
Shifted 2,665 trips in 2017. Why did you join Save the 'Zone? It’s a program to improve air quality. Denver has too many bad air days. Any program attempting to reduce bad air days is worth supporting. What is your favorite form of active or public transportation and why? Bicycling — there is no last mile problem. For many short rides, door-to-door time for bicycling vs. car is about the same.
What is your greatest challenge in shifting trips or choosing modes other than driving alone? How are you overcoming it and staying motivated? Finding a good route for a bicycle. The route one takes via car could be a very bad route via bicycle. Google Maps bicycle option is fair at best. Lakewood has a good bicycle map, and coupled with the Denver Bicycle Touring Map for greater Denver, I can safely plan routes even in parts of town I am not as familiar with. I am motivated by the challenge of finding a better route and seeing how many days I can go without moving my car.
What would you say to someone considering joining Save the 'Zone? Do it. Getting started is the biggest challenge. Every time I go out on an errand, I question why the bicycle doesn't make the most sense. What is a favorite memory from one of your walking, biking, transit or carpool trips? In 1974, I bicycled to a Packers Game. One of my neighbors sitting in traffic watched me blow by him waiting in traffic and said, “Next time you plan to go to the game let me know. I'll bicycle to the game with you.”
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vehicle. Several electric vehicle models will be on display, and experts will answer your questions about the benefits and logistics of becoming an electric vehicle owner. • Sustainable backyard: Explore our sustainable backyard and find out how you can create your own by learning about chickens, xeriscaping, rain barrels and other sustainable practices. • Free fitness classes: Follow along with Lakewood Recreation instructors in Zumba, yoga and fitness drums. • Food trucks: Grab a bite to eat from a Colorado food truck and sip on your pick from the beer garden. • Beer garden: Enjoy beer, wine and spirits. All proceeds from the beer garden will go to Jovial Concepts, a local nonprofit committed to community and stewardship. • Interactive art: Watch art happen in real time with artists weaving, painting and creating poetry throughout the day. • Other activities: Climbing wall, children’s crafts, bike valet.
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Electronics Recycling Saturday, April 21 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. In the parking lot of the Irongate Office Complex 777 S. Yarrow St. Please reserve your recycling time at Lakewood.org/EarthDay
• $30 for one computer and one 15” or smaller flat screen monitor
• 50 cents per pound for miscellaneous electronics
• $2 per diagonal inch for flat screen and cathode ray tube TVs/monitors (TVs/monitors 55” and greater not accepted*)
• $3 per pound for alkaline and rechargeable batteries * Visit Lakewood.org/Recycling for “Where to Recycle Other Materials”
Cash or check only.
Lakewood.org/EarthDay MUSIC • BEER • ART • DEMOS • FOOD TRUCKS VENDORS • KIDS ACTIVITIES • E-WASTE RECYCLING* Artwork by Alexandra Kitching, a Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design student
Lakewood Heritage Center | 801 S. Yarrow St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hard drives are shredded, and the material does not make its way to other countries. Proceeds benefit the Rooney Road Recycling Center Foundation, which helps to provide safe household hazardous waste recycling to residents in Jefferson County including Lakewood.
For more information and to reserve your recycling time, visit Lakewood.org/EarthDay
*see website for rates
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News & Information
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City BRIEFS Summer jobs available Is your teenager looking for a summer job? We have the solution for kids ages 16 and up. We are hiring for summer positions ranging from lifeguards and parks staff to Camp Paha and Bear Creek Lake Park. Teens can earn money, gain experience and make invaluable connections. Share our jobs page with your kids and friends today, Lakewood.org/jobs. Get your taxes done for free If you made $54,000 or less last year, you qualify to have your taxes prepared for free. Get your taxes done by an IRS-certified tax preparer trained to ensure you don’t miss out on valuable tax credits worth up to $6,300. Find a free tax site near you to get the best refund possible by calling 2-1-1 or visiting TaxHelpCO.org. Bicycle routes easier to follow Signs are up around Lakewood and Jefferson County that help bicyclists
follow designated routes and find destinations because of a coordinated effort to create consistent signs on the western side of the metro area. The signs have the same look and colors for easy identification, and they show regional routes, the local jurisdiction the cyclist is riding through and information on local destinations. Routes with the signs include the Central Bikeway, running along Garrison Street in Lakewood and extending from C-470 at Kipling on the south to West 100th Avenue on the north, and the West 32nd Bikeway between Golden and Denver. For more information on bicycling routes in Lakewood, visit Lakewood.org/BikeMap. Homeless coalition proposal The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless proposes to use 59 acres owned by the federal government on the Federal Center in Lakewood for a campus to provide housing and services to the homeless.
City officials have requested that the coalition and the federal government conduct an extensive and inclusive public participation process that involves residents, businesses and community members on the proposal. The city also has asked the coalition and the federal officials making the decision about the proposal to honor the numerous plans that Lakewood residents have established for this area. Those plans envision a mix of research and development facilities, offices, residences and public amenities. Lakewood certainly knows that homelessness must be addressed, but city officials are concerned that this proposal is similar to solutions used decades ago where residents with disadvantages were concentrated in specific areas of cities. Those solutions ultimately have stigmatized those residents even more, and city officials believe this is not the best approach for today. For more information, read the city’s fact sheet at Lakewood.org/CCHFedCenter.
ArtLine milestone This month marked an exciting milestone in the 40 West ArtLine project with the installation of the Affirmation Station artwork in Lamar Station Plaza at the intersection of West Colfax Avenue and Pierce Street. This interactive sculpture by Timothy Flood is the first of nearly 50 new art installations that will be placed along the four-mile ArtLine route over the coming months. Affirmation Station delivers positive, affirming and empowering messages to the public with three text displays that can be seen from a distance or up close. For the viewer who approaches, the sculpture features an audio element that will, when activated by a pushbutton, play one of 241 affirming messages. Follow the ArtLine project on Facebook or sign up for newsletter updates at 40WestArtLine.org. Stay up to date on all the upcoming art installations and events including the ArtLine Block Party launch celebration set for June 1. The ArtLine has been funded by a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
ES PA S S L E ON SA 1 APRIL Lakewood.org/RecEvents PURCHASE YOUR PASS BEFORE MAY 1 Youth/Student/Senior: $67, Adult: $85 Household (of 2): $125 ($17/add’l person) PURCHASE PASS MAY 1 OR AFTER Youth/Student/Senior: $79, Adult: $99 Household (of 2): $149 ($20/add’l person) Pass valid from date of purchase through September 30
INCLUDES: Unlimited general admission access to all outdoor pools and spray parks (Carmody, Glennon Heights, Morse Park and Surfside)
Unlimited general admission access to all four recreation centers (Carmody, Charles Whitlock, Green Mountain and Lakewood Link) PASSES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT ANY RECREATION CENTER OR POOL.
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THE PRODUCERS 2 pm, LCC Closing Night Lakewood.org/ LCCPresents
BILINGUAL ZUMBA 5:30-6:30 pm, LINK (every Monday) Lakewood.org/Link
NATURALIST GUIDED 29 NIGHT HIKE 7:30 pm, BCLP Lakewood.org/BCLPEvents
10 KICK BOXING 4:45-5:45 pm, CARM (every Tuesday) Lakewood.org/Carmody
11 SENIOR NATURALISTS: Flight of the Butterflies 9-11 am, BCLP Lakewood.org/BCLPEvents
SODA FIRED POTTERY WORKSHOP noon-2 pm, WH Lakewood.org/Register
ZUMBA 6-7 pm, CARM (every Thursday) Lakewood.org/Carmody
6 INDOOR CYCLING 7 7:05-7:55 am, GMRC (every Saturday) Lakewood.org/GreenMountain
KUMIHIMO BRAID MAKING 9:30 am-4 pm, WH Lakewood.org/Register
12 BEAR CUBS: Birds of Bear Creek 10-11 am, BCLP Lakewood.org/BCLPEvents
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Road
Link Recreation Center
1295 S. Reed St.
Carmody Recreation Center
2200 S. Kipling St.
Lakewood Cultural Center
470 S. Allison Parkway
Charles Whitlock Recreation Center 1555 Dover St.
Lakewood Heritage Center
801 S. Yarrow St.
Green Mountain Recreation Center
Washington Heights Arts Center
6375 W. First Ave.
13198 Green Mtn. Drive
Cast your line and reel in the big one! The target fish for this event is rainbow or brown trout and the winner is determined by weight. • This is a 2-person team tournament on Bear Creek Reservoir. • One person in the team must be 16 years old. • 25 team slots available for watercraft and 25 team slots available for shore. • All boats will require a mandatory boat inspection.
FREE! WILDFLOWER HIKE
10 am, Saturday, May 12 William Hayden Park at Green Mountain Lakewood.org/BCLPEvents Join the park naturalist and members of the Bureau of Land Management as we explore the spring floral display on William Frederick Hayden Park on Green Mountain. Bring comfortable hiking shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. No dogs please. Meet at the Florida parking lot.
FREE! FIRST THURSDAYS ON THE PLAZA
4:30-6:30 pm, First Thursday, May-Aug Civic Center Plaza Lakewood.org/FirstThursday Unwind after work with live music, games, food trucks and happy hour specials. Free to attend!
20 FREE! EARTH DAY 21 CELEBRATION EDMAR CASTAÑEDA TRIO 11 am-4 pm, LHC 7:30 pm, LCC Lakewood.org/EarthDay Lakewood.org/LCCPresents PIT-FIRING WORKSHOP 9 am-noon, WH Lakewood.org/Register 25 26 27 28 JEFFCO MIDDLE SCHOOL FREE! EARTH DAY ART EXHIBIT PROJECT Opening reception 8 am-noon, BCLP 5-7 pm, LCC Lakewood.org/EarthDay Lakewood.org/Exhibits
6:30 am-2 pm, Saturday, May 12 Bear Creek Lake Park Lakewood.org/BCLPEvents Register by May 11
H A P P E N I N G I N M AY. . ..
RECREATION ARTS PARKS EVENTS
FREE! OLDER ADULT WELLNESS FAIR
9 am-noon, Friday, May 18 Charles Whitlock Recreation Center Lakewood.org/Whitlock
• Activities & free demo classes. • Balance/strength fitness tests by personal trainers. • Health assessments & blood pressure checks. • Over 70 local resources & vendors including Veteran Affairs, adaptive devices & supportive home services. • FREE massages, prizes, giveaways & more!
WEED ‘EM OUT
8 am-noon, Saturday, May 19 Lakewood Heritage Center Lakewood.org/BCLPEvents Noxious weeds damage our resources! Join us for this volunteer event focusing on invasive weed education and removal. Light breakfast and lunch will be served.
FREE! INSPIRE ARTS WEEK
May 31-June 9 Lakewood.org/Inspire Explore Lakewood’s arts and culture with more than 40 free and discounted events.
GET YOUR SUMMER FUN PASS TODAY!
Pass valid from date of purchase through September 30 Youth/Student/Senior: $79 | Adult: $99 Household (of 2): $149 ($20 addl.) Pass includes: unlimited general admission to all outdoor pools and spray parks (Carmody, Glennon Heights, Morse Park and Surfside) AND unlimited access to all four recreation centers (Carmody, Charles Whitlock, Green Mountain and Lakewood Link).
tickets on sale April 5 Lakewood.org/SummerConcerts
Country Club feel
with a public course price.
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Know Your City Council Members Ward 3 Mayor Adam Paul 303-987-7040 APaul@Lakewood.org
Mike Bieda 303-987-7740 MBieda@Lakewood.org
Ward 1 Ramey Johnson 303-232-1567 RJohnson@Lakewood.org
Charley Able 303-233-7275 CAble@Lakewood.org
David Skilling 303-987-7748 DSkilling@Lakewood.org
Barb Franks 720-515-6501 BFranks@Lakewood.org
Ward 2 Jacob LaBure 303-987-7738 JLaBure@Lakewood.org
Pete Roybal 720-432-7554 PRoybal@Lakewood.org
Sharon Vincent 720-979-1449 SVincent@Lakewood.org
Karen Harrison 303-987-7767 KHarrison@Lakewood.org
Dana Gutwein 303-987-7040 DGutwein@Lakewood.org
To learn more about City Council, visit Lakewood.org/CityCouncil
Find out if your property has flood hazards Are you prepared for unexpected flooding around your home? Spring thunderstorms are often unwanted reminders that some Lakewood properties lie in flood hazard areas even though they don’t normally appear to be in danger. Flooding can happen in high, medium or low risk flood areas. To understand your property’s flood hazard risk, write Lakewood’s Public Works Department for this free service at 470 S. Allison Parkway, 80226, call 303-987-7500 or submit a request at Lakewood.org/ DrainageAndFloodPlain. Public Works can provide you with detailed flood plain information including Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance rate maps and studies, local community flood hazard maps, flood depth data, elevation certificates, landslide hazards, historic flood events and location of designated wetlands in the National Wetlands Inventory. Public Works staff is also available to visit your property to discuss potential flood hazards. March 2018 • Looking@Lakewood • 8
Learn about your flood risk and other National Flood Insurance Program resources online at FloodSmart. gov. Insure your property: • Check to see if you have a current flood insurance policy for your property. Flood insurance is recommended for everyone because standard homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies do not cover flood losses. Property owners can insure their buildings and contents, and renters can insure only their contents. There is a 30 day waiting period before policies become effective, so plan ahead. • The city has entered into a federal program that provides discounted flood insurance premiums for any property owner in Lakewood whether or not the building is in a flood hazard area. For flood insurance and premium details, contact your insurance agent. To search for an agent by your zip code, contact the National Flood Insurance Program at 888-435-6637 or FloodSmart.gov. Protect your property:
•Analyze the slope of the ground around your foundation. Check to see that water drains away from your foundation a minimum of seven to 10 feet on all sides. • Check your gutters and downspouts to see that they drain away from your foundation. Use splash blocks as necessary. Make sure that your downspouts do not drain toward your neighbor’s foundation. Remember, standing water in your yard can seep into a basement. • Help keep drainageways clean so they can carry flood flows. Do not dump or throw debris into gulches, ditches or streams, including branches, grass clippings, garbage, dirt and concrete. Debris can accumulate and block drainageways, increase flooding and is against city law. • Report dumping in gulches, ditches or streams and potential problems such as blocked culverts to the Public Works Department at 303-987-7500. Protect yourself and others from flood hazards: • During heavy rainfall, stay alert
for warning signals (sirens, television, radio, websites and social media). Evacuate if directed. • Plan evacuation routes to move to higher ground if necessary. • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and two feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. • Prepare, plan, stay informed. Visit Ready.gov. Build responsibly: • Always check with Lakewood Public Works at 303-987-7500 to ask about development requirements before you build, remodel, fence, regrade, fill or otherwise alter your property. All development within the flood plain requires a special permit from Lakewood. Protect natural flood plain functions: • Keep in mind, urban drainageways function as conveyance systems for storm runoff and flood events. Help keep Lakewood’s gulches and streams clear and clean by properly disposing of any trash, debris or motor oil. Follow directions when using fertilizers, pesticides and weed control chemicals.