Lakewood Community Resources Annual Report 2020

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2020 COMMUNITY RESOURCES ANNUAL REPORT



COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Bear Creek Lake Park Pollinator Garden.

is composed of seven divisions

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MISSION The Department of Community Resources is committed to providing high quality park, recreation, family and cultural services and facilities that inspire enjoyment, learning and wellness in the lives of those who live, work and play in Lakewood.

The ACR Division provides management and administrative support to the Community Resources Department.

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FAMILY SERVICES

The Family Services Division consists of School Age Services, Youth and Family Services, Head Start and early childhood education.

GOLF COURSE OPERATIONS

Golf Course Operations coordinates all activities at Fox Hollow Golf Course and Homestead Golf Course.

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HERITAGE, CULTURE & THE ARTS The HCA Division builds community through heritage, culture and the arts.

The Imagine Lakewood! 2017 master plan is the guide by which arts, parks and recreation will be provided to the community through 2022. These priorities, developed through an extensive public engagement effort, are in alignment with community priorities, and were adopted by City Council in October 2017. Ensuring the city’s beautiful parks and array of recreational activities and cultural amenities are enhanced and maintained, the Department of Community Resources has a critical role in preserving the heart and soul of Lakewood.

ADMINISTRATION & COMMUNITY RELATIONS

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PARKS

The Parks Division provides management of over 7,000 acres of developed parks and open space areas.

PLANNING, CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE

The PCM Division provides park and facility planning and design services, project management and facility maintenance for the city.

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New playground at Addenbrooke Park.

RECREATION

The Recreation Division offers recreational opportunities for residents of all ages and interests.


Family at Heritage Lakewood.

IMAGINE LAKEWOOD! Master Plan Progress Thousands of Lakewood residents contributed to the development of the Imagine Lakewood! Master Plan. The Imagine! plan is the guide by which arts, parks and recreation will be provided to the community through 2022. The priorities developed through the extensive public engagement effort were adopted by Lakewood City Council in October of 2017. The purpose of the master plan is to guide the department’s work and empower staff, city decision makers and other stakeholders to make strategic decisions that provide a path forward and fulfill the goals outlined in this plan. Page 4

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IMAGINE LAKEWOOD! 2018-2022 Goals & Actions

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

Respond to community needs through the addition of new facilities and amenities.

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Empower Lakewood residents to make the most of their parks, cultural and recreational opportunities through effective marketing and communication.

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4 Provide exceptional stewardship of the city’s parks, cultural and recreational resources. Encourage stewardship development in the community.

Continue to take care of and improve Lakewood’s existing cultural and recreational facilities. Create an inspiring, safe and pleasant experience in our parks and facilities.

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Photos 1. Socially distanced climbing wall class. 2. Glennon Heights Pool renovation. 3. New playground at Idlewild Park. 4. Cottage park site plan. 5. Outdoor Fitness Court at Addenbrooke Park. 6. Caretakers Cottage remodel.

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Fox Hollow Golf Course.

20 WAYS THAT 2020

BROUGHT US TOGETHER. 9. PROJECTS COMPLETED

1. Lakewood Golf had its most

successful year on record with 130, 938 rounds played at Fox Hollow and Homestead golf courses.

• Lakewood Park upper tennis courts replacement.

2. Lakewood Rides helped our most

• Holbrooke Park draining improvements.

vulnerable get around safely with 17,125 one-way trips.

3. In partnership with Volunteers of America, we ensured 10,064 meals were delivered to those in need.

4. Virtual programs helped students of all ages dance, paint, draw, play musical instruments, learn a sport and stay fit. Approximately 200 virtual programs were offered.

5. Heritage, Culture & the Arts offered unique, socially distanced events including Lakewood Legends, trick-or-treating and apple pressing.

• Glennon Heights Pool renovation. Virtual art class.

6. Earth Day celebrations became

• Bear Creek Lake Park nature playground.

an online success with livestreamed music, sustainability workshops, art projects and more.

• 2017 roof replacements across the parks system.

7. Our community went outdoors.

• Caretaker’s Cottage preservation improvements.

Bear Creek Lake Park hosted more visitors than ever with approximately 640,000 visits.

8. The new Lakewood Trail Explorer

was launched at Lakewood.org/Trails and we designed a new Lakewood Trail Map.

• Ray Ross Park received a new shelter.

• Playground replacements and improvements at Idlewild and Addenbrooke parks. • Concrete replacement at Addenbrooke Park. • Carmody gym floor replacement. • Mountair Park lights were installed for security and extended park usage. • Carmody splash pad and outdoor workout area improvements. • Public Safety Center elevator replacement. • Park interpretive signage in celebration of Lakewood’s 50th Anniversary. • COVID-19 safety materials were installed across the city and equipment purchases for cleaning and sanitization through CARES ACT funding.

Trick-or-treating at Heritage Lakewood.

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Lakewood Legends concert at Heritage Lakewood.

10. Our recreation centers

kept folks active and safe with 155,957 reservations/visits in 2020.

11. Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Camille Ferrandino was recognized as the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association’s New Professional of the Year.

12. 2020 was the 38th year

the City of Lakewood was awarded Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

13. We kept the community

informed. Publications went digital, with 25,957 reads, e-newsletters reached 59,529 subscribers, and 24,635 followers joined us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

14. The Family Services’ Head Start

program had 8,500 child interactions at more locations with smaller class sizes to support families during the pandemic.

15. Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park received a fresh look, updated name and reinvigorated focus.

16. Lakewood Cultural Center Lakewood Rides meal delivery.

Performance by Taj Mahal streamed live from California.

17. The first year of the city’s energy

performance contract resulted in a utility cost savings of $149,973. This includes savings of 1,596,144 kWh electricity and 67,918 therms of gas usage. Equivalent to taking 225 vehicles off the road!

streamed world-class performances from across the county.

18. Clements Community Center kept older adults safely engaged with 3,645 visits.

19. Many parks and facilities are now at or near 100% renewable energy. Learn more at Lakewood. org/Renewable.

20. Lakewood youth were

engaged through virtual and in-person programs with 3,954 participants in 2020. In-person dance class at Lakewood Cultural Center.

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BUDGET BREAKDOWN Budget by Fund 2021 General Fund

Open Space Fund

46

19%

%

Golf Course Enterprise Fund

12%

Heritage, Culture & the Arts Fund

7%

Tabor Fund

7%

Conservation Trust Fund %

4%

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Grants Fund

General Fund........................................... 46% Open Space Fund.................................. 19% Golf Course Enterprise Fund............. 12% Heritage, Culture & the Arts Fund.........................................7%

2%

Capital Improvement Fund

Tabor Fund..................................................7% Conservation Trust Fund........................4% Grants Fund................................................4% Capital Improvement Fund...................2%

Budget by Division 2021 Planning, Construction & Maintenance

34

%

Parks Operations

19

%

Recreation

17%

Golf Course Operations

12%

Family Services

8%

Heritage, 7% Culture & the Arts

3%

Community Resources Administration

Planning, Construction & Maintenance....................................... 34% Parks Operations.................................... 19% Recreation................................................ 17% Golf Course Operations....................... 12%

Family Services..........................................8% Heritage, Culture & the Arts..................7% Community Resources Administration..........................................3%


Fiscal Responsibility As a result of the pandemic, the Community Resources Department enacted significant budget reduction measures, saving approximately $3,500,000 over 2019 expenditures from the city’s General Fund. There were significant impacts to Community Resources because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The department was forced to furlough 42 full-time employees for two months as well as 549 seasonal and part-time employees for the warm weather season. At the end of 2020, there were 24 vacant positions within the department. Staff made the most of 2020 and look forward to the upcoming year!

Plexiglass screen installed at the front desk of Green Mountain Recreation Center.

KEEPING OUR GUESTS SAFE

Cleaning gymnastics equipment at the Lakewood Link Recreation Center.

Cleaning Carmody Recreation Center.

Directional signs for COVID safety at Green Mountain Recreation Center.

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Homestead Golf Course.

Special thanks to our significant funding partners.

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