Lafayette Connection – Spring 2018

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Your Summer is About to Get a Whole Lot Cooler!

Opening May 2018

The Lafayette Connection encourages residents to BE A PART OF IT—engaged and informed about COMMUNITY LIFE, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES, and SUSTAINABLE LIVING in Lafayette. The Lafayette Connection is published three times a year, connecting you with your community.

The new Great Outdoors Waterpark, a voter-approved transformation and expansion of the LaMont Does Outdoor Pool, features an exposed timber-frame architectural style and brings a mountain resort feel to Lafayette. The most notable and visible amenity is the 21 foot high, double-trouble flagship slide! These two colorful slide tubes weave together to take aquatic explorers on a high-speed, exhilarating trip into splashy run outs. The two-story Grand Eagle Dump Bucket playfully spills water on visitors every few minutes, and perches high atop the fully accessible, zero-depth-entry leisure pool. This interactive play area features frisky trout, a colorful flower water garden, and an exciting padded log slide. to sign up for text/email notices,

attempt to swing across the AquaArch, a first of its kind cargo net destined to challenge the climber in you. The 4,000 square foot bathhouse includes changing areas, inclusive changing rooms, and free lockers. Your crew can cool down and fuel up with a tasty treat from the concession stand and enjoy seating and picnic tables outfitted with shady umbrellas. A secured spot can be reserved by renting a cabana for the day or half-day.

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The original 3,400 square foot pool continues to be an amenity at the waterpark offering dedicated lap lanes, diving boards, aqua basketball, and a large open pool area for unstructured play.

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All ages will enjoy taking a relaxing float down the lazy river where voyagers can leisurely ride on tubes and soak up majestic mountain views. Here visitors can also


Cool off in the region’s coolest new destination waterpark – conveniently located right in your backyard! Join us on May 11 for a ribbon cutting ceremony or on May 28 for the Grand Opening. Find details, admission information, and hours of operations at

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Message from Mayor Pro Tem Reyna

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One of the most important responsibilities of the new City Council is establishing our guiding goals and priorities. At a public goal setting session in January, Councilors defined a visionary set of goals to address many of the challenges we face as a community. While these are not our only priorities, this list defines the main areas that require emphasis, investment, and focus to improve our community. For me, this is a great opportunity to advocate for issues that I believe are important in our community, and to listen to other perspectives and priorities. Lafayette is currently challenged by many issues including population growth, transportation needs, rising costs, development, and threats to our environment and quality of life. Although we have experienced a remarkable period of prosperity and social progress, we must ensure that our economic growth as well as our long-term planning can enable us to become inclusive, affordable, healthy, and sustainable. Based on the top priorities proposed and voted on by the City Council, there is a notable emphasis on economic, social and environmental sustainability. As our community deals with new challenges related to population growth, housing, transportation, and the pressure to develop our last remaining land, Council identified the review and revision of the Lafayette Comprehensive Plan – the document that defines the public policy for land use, housing, transportation, and development – as its top priority. Council also advanced several priorities to attain our goals for environmental sustainability, waste reduction, and efficient use of our energy and resources. These include working towards significant waste reduction goals, creating a waste diversion plan, and incentives for solar energy, electric vehicles, and building practices. Housing needs and the availability of affordable housing are also topics of utmost concern for Council. To achieve many of our sustainability ambitions, it is important that residents and workers be able to afford to live in our community. This aspiration may require building code revisions, setting an affordable housing goal, and modification of the planning and approval processes for development and re-development.

Green Lafayette!

In addition to achieving a SolSmart GOLD Award, Lafayette has been presented with a Special Recognition Award which celebrates communities that have gone above and beyond – earning at least 60% of the total points available in categories such as Permitting; Planning, Zoning and Development; Inspection; Construction Codes; Solar Rights; Utility Engagement; Community Engagement; and Marketing, Development and Finance. Congratulations to us! Learn more about the City’s sustainability efforts at

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on the Go!

It’s now easier than ever to register for programs at the Bob Burger Recreation Center! The new RecTrac mobile interface provides users with the ability to sign up for programs, rent facilities, and pay account balances. You can even search for classes and invite your friends to join you. Simply access on your mobile device and you’ll be set to register anytime, anywhere.


The City Council’s goals and priorities are expected to drive City initiatives that will positively impact our community’s health, safety, and quality of life. To view this list and watch the January 20 goal setting session, please visit

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Mayor Pro Tem Gustavo Reyna

Visit monthly with City Council members and discuss topics of interest. The format is a casual group conversation that always includes participant-led questions and discussions.

Chatwith Council



Senior Center 103 S. Iowa 6:30pm

Mon Cheri Bakery & Bistro 211 N. Public Road 9:30am

Cake with Council

Croissants with Council

Breakfast Brunch Lunch

300 S Public Road

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Saturday Story Times at the Library

The Lafayette Public Library just raised the bar for story time! A variety of themed events are now hosted every single Saturday. Choose from Get Active, the bilingual Cuentos y Cantos, or Story Time with Shirley. The newest addition, Adaptive Story Time, incorporates visual supports and offers special emphasis on inclusiveness for children with communication and sensory differences. Learn all the details, dates, and age ranges at

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Busy, Make Money, and Have Fun This Summer!

Work at the NEW Great Outdoors Water Park, Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, Waneka Lake Boathouse, Indian Peaks Golf Course, or the Junior Ranger Program! See all open positions at

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Road Strategic Corridor Plan

In February, the City appointed 17 residents and Old Town business owners to the Friends of Public Road Working Group from a pool of 28 applications. These participants will provide input on the development of a corridor plan intended to

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Up to Date on Oil and Gas Issues

Oil and gas development is an activity regulated at the state level. Existing state law – solidified by Colorado Supreme Court decisions – prohibits bans on new oil and gas operation permits. City Council is committed to exploring many alternative fronts to address pending applications and exercise the City’s limited authority. Stay up to date on Council’s activities, upcoming public hearing dates, and view additional resources at

• Address aging infrastructure/traffic signals in the corridor that need to be replaced or upgraded • Facilitate safe travel and access by people using all modes of transportation – walking, biking, accessing transit, and driving • Accommodate the existing land uses in the corridor while keeping in mind the future land use changes that are anticipated in the LURA Downtown Vision Plan Watch for updates and additional information at

Volunteer with us! Artist Michael Loop, Queen Buzzy Bee

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Help shape the future of Lafayette by serving on a City board. All open positions and other volunteer opportunities can be found at Current openings: • Historic Preservation Board • Waste Reduction Advisory Board Committee • Zoning Board of Adjustment

• Library Board • Senior Advisory 2018 Art on the Street – Watch for new installations in April!

Lafayette Connection Calendar Events REOCCURRING EVENTS

March 27, April 24, May 22

May 6, June 3

6pm Lafayette Library

1pm Greenlee Wildlife Preserve

March 10, April 7, May 5

April 5-June 28

May 11, June 8

5-9pm Festival Plaza & Old Town Lafayette

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Lafayette Birds (every 1st Sunday)

Cuentos y Cantos (bilingual storytime)

Tai Chi in the Park (every Thurs $$)

10:30am Lafayette Public Library

11am-12pm Waneka Lake Park

March 17, April 14, May 12

April 6, May 4, June 1


10:30am Lafayette Public Library

6-8pm (every first Friday) The Collective

WE’RE MOVING! Check for our NEW Lafayette location

Adaptive Storytime (all abilities)

Culture Night / Noche de Cultura

Art Night Out (every 2nd Friday)

Farmers Market (every Thursday)


April 27 (registration deadline)


March 8

Recreation Center

June 1

Transforming Your Turf into a Xeriscape Garden

Screen Free Week

5:30pm Lafayette Library

April 28

March 15

10am-2pm Walmart parking lot

Cake with Council

6:30pm Senior Center

March 17

Celtic Steps Irish Dancers 11am Lafayette Library

March 19

Lafayette READs ‘Pachinko’ Book Discussion 6pm Lafayette Library

March 24

Easter Egg Hunt

10am Waneka Lake Park

Drug Take Back & Document Shred Event

April 28

Lafayette Youth Poetry Prize Event

12pm Sanchez International Elementary

April 9

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Basics

May 5

10:30am Lafayette Library

May 11

Great Outdoors Waterpark Ribbon Cutting/Tours Check website for details

Kids Fishing Day

May 13

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2pm S. Public Road Trailhead

• Follow the City’s Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages

Mother’s Day Outing on Coal Creek

May 18

Medicare Basics Class

1:30pm Lafayette Library

March 15

11:30am Senior Center

April 23-27

City Spring Clean-up Program

Know what’s happening in your community! Go and • Sign up to receive News Alerts & Calendar Events via text or email

May 18

6:30pm Mon Cheri Bakery & Bistro 211 N. Public Road

Bicycle Rodeo with Lafayette Police Officers

History of Boulder Schools

3-4:30pm Lafayette Library

Croissants with Council

4:30pm Senior Center

9am-12pm Flatirons Church north lot

8am Waneka Lake Park

Cesar Chavez Convivio

Community Conversation on Aging Well


April 5

April 7

June 5

June 9

May 12

5:30pm Lafayette Library

All Day at the Lafayette Library

2-4pm The Collective

u APRIL Getting to Know Your Garden In A Box

Summer Reading Registration Begins

Lafayette’s Long Abandoned Coal Mine Passageways

May 26

Great Outdoors Waterpark Grand Opening 10am 500 South Boulder Road

May 28

Waneka Lake Boathouse Opens

I M P O R TA N T A D D R E S S E S • Bob Burger Rec Center, 111 W. Baseline Rd • Collective Community Arts Center, 201 N. Public Rd • Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Rd • Lafayette Library, 775 W. Baseline Rd • Senior Center, 103 S. Iowa • Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Dr

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More events and additional details for all listed events can be found at