While August can get a little hot and dry, it's a favorite month for us here at the City of Golden because it means Movies & Music in the Park! On the first four Fridays of August you can come to Parfet Park, dance a little to an opening band at 7 p.m. while enjoying food and drink for sale (or bring a picnic!) then settle down for the show. This week, Dr. Harlan's Amazing Bluegrass Tonic will get your feet moving, then a little bear named
Paddington will steal your heart for the main attraction. The show is free. Just bring a blanket to spread out and let us entertain you.
This weekend also features the annual Dash at the Splash kids' triathlon, and the District Attorney's Safety Fair so gear up for another fun, full weekend in Golden, and have a great week!
Your friends at the City of Golden
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
Saturday work will occur most Saturdays for the foreseeable future.
19th Street traffic has been moved to the south across US 6 clearing the area needed to construct the full lid. If you are traveling west on 19th and plan to go to eastbound 6th Ave. you can use either of the westbound lanes on 19th, and you can turn left on to US 6 from either lane. If you are continuing west on 19th up the hill you need to stay in the right lane.
Westbound traffic on 19th at Elm has been moved to the north to allow roundabout completion. During the day there are periods where traffic is limited to one lane and flaggers are alternating east and west 19th traffic to that lane. The contractor still plans to be complete prior to the beginning of CSM's fall term. We have made a judgment that opening the roundabout as a two lane area in the eastbound direction (as it will be in the final configuration), is not prudent until we have the two land approach from US 6 all the way down to Elm Street. We will not have this two lane approach for four or five months. Opening as a two lane now will force drivers to make lane decisions as they enter the roundabout, or even after they have entered. We think this could present a dangerous situation, and would rather risk backing traffic in to the right turn lane to 19th on US 6 during peak hours. So the roundabout will be set up with eastbound traffic on 19th entering as a single lane for through and left-turn-to-Elm-Street traffic.
Work driving the piers will finish this week, and the contractor will begin construction bridge abutment on top of the piers. The contractor began excavating down to the US 6 future grade, and will be doing soil nails as they dig.
Please note, plans can change at any time depending on weather and other factors.
38 piles will be driven in the ground on each end of the bridge. When completed these are cut to a consistent height and a concrete cap will be poured over the top making two continuous 282-foot-long beams that run parallel to US 6 on either side of the highway.
Recycling Drop-off Area Closed Due to Misuse
The recycling drop-off yard northwest of Hwy 93 and Golden Gate Canyon Drive is now closed. The drop-off site, a partnership between the City of Golden, Miller Coors and Ball Container Corp., has been subject to increasingly frequent illicit dumping of household waste, construction debris, and even hazardous materials. Daily pickups of the recyclables from the site have not prevented the site from becoming a nuisance and dumping ground.
The City will work with our partners to see if there is an opportunity to provide this type of recycling service without the problems currently associated with this site.
Voice Your Thoughts: Colorado Beer Museum inside the Astor House?
Ideas are "brewing" to preserve Golden's Historic Astor House. Golden History Museums has an innovative idea to revitalize the struggling landmark into a lively museum, exploring Colorado's brewing history. Find out more and tell us what you think at
2016 Utility Replacement
Installation of new water main on 10th St. continues. Cressman Ct. waterline replacements begin later this week. Residents are being notified.
Paving Projects this Week
This week we will be paving:
Washington Avenue from 19th to 20th streets
24th St. from Jackson to Illinois streets
We will be putting the top lift of asphalt on:
19th Street Traffic Calming Project
The south half of the road has been milled and concrete replacement is now in process. An extensively-signed bicycle detour for uphill traffic is in place and is being overwhelmingly ignored. Sub base preparation begins Wednesday and paving is scheduled for next week depending on the weather.
Water Meter Replacement project
Replacements continue citywide with approximately 2,700 meters replaced to date. Over 300 residents have signed up for the customer portal.
Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 or Keith Mehls at 303-384-8171 with questions regarding this project.
Colorado School of Mines Tiny House Project Kicks Off in a Big Way
Last Saturday, a student-led group at CSM began construction on a 200 square foot house on a trailer bed, for research and teaching purposes. Students from all levels and multiple majors on campus are collaborating to build the most EFFICIENT tiny house. It will be full of sensors and the latest technology, to make the house a living/learning lab for students and faculty of Mines through the Energy Minor at CSM. After the house is built, it will be incorporated into a new course this fall, Renewable Energy Design Project (ENGY 498B). Led by Physics Professor Tim Ohno, the course will give students the opportunity to use the space to test out tiny living and perform research. The CSM team is raising money for a tiny house that they will use to test technologies and features to include in the 2017 Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition. Check out their progress at http://minestinyhouse.weebly.com/.
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission will meet on August 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street in Golden.
A favorite Golden family summertime event, Movies & Music in the Park has a great line-up of bands and films this year, all happening in Parfet Park!
As always, admission is free, and food, popcorn and ice cream will be available for purchase.
Dr. Harlan's Amazing Bluegrass Tonic starts at 7 p.m.
"Paddington" starts at dusk (generally between 8:30 and 9 p.m.)
Golden Street Fair
Golden hosts Summer Street Fairs (weather permitting) on Washington Avenue in historic downtown Golden Colorado once a month during the months of June through September. They include live music, a beer garden and street entertainment.
Enjoy a summer evening as several blocks of Washington Avenue close down for lively bands, delectable dining, kids' entertainment and good old-fashioned summer fun in beautiful downtown Golden. Sponsored by the Golden Transcript Celebrating their 150 Anniversary and presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce.
2016 Dash at the Splash Kids' Triathlon
Dash at the Splash Kid's Triathlon event is designed to be a fun challenge for the up and coming tri-athlete in your family! This event will be held at The Splash water park in Golden on August 13 starting at 6:30 a.m.
The event is open to children twelve years of age and under. Children are broken down into age groups of 8 and under, 9 to 10 year olds, and 11 to 12 year olds, and the age categories will determine the distances in each event that the child will complete. The event is designed to promote healthy active lifestyles in children.
Triathlon Distances (approximate)
8 & under: 50 meter swim, 1.35 mile bike, 1/2 mile run
9-10 years: 100 meter swim, 2.7 mile bike, 1 mile run
11-12 years: 150 meter swim, 4 mile bike, 1 ½ mile run
Lego Play and Build (Aug. 9 & 16, 4 p.m.) -You're never too old (or young!) to play with LEGOs! Join the Golden Library all-ages LEGO Play and Build program. Build something based on the month's theme or use your imagination! Everyone is welcome, just drop-in. Space is limited, however, and program is limited to 45 participants.
DIY Grow Your Own Herbs (Aug 9, 6 p.m.) - Do you like to cook with fresh herbs? Start a kitchen herb garden and stop paying high prices at the supermarket. We'll provide potting soil and some herb seedlings, you just bring your container. Learn from a Jefferson County Master Gardener who will demonstrate how to plant and care for herbs at this fun, hands on class. Please bring a suitable container, trowel and gloves and leave with your new mini herb garden. Registration required. Suitable for: Adults - CONTACT: Stephanie Douglas at (303)235-5275 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DIY Lab for Ages 11-14 (Aug 11, 4 p.m.) - Do you like to invent, create, and reimagine things? Whether it's low-tech or high-tech, we'll do an awesome hands-on activity each month. Space is limited, please register in advance.
DIY Lab for All Ages (Aug 11, 5:30 p.m.) - Do you like to tinker, invent and reimagine things? Drop in and use our DIY space to get creative. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Kids, if you're under 12, please bring your grownup to join and supervise you.
PAWS for Reading (Aug 13, 2 p.m.) - Come read with a four-legged friend from the Animals 4 Therapy program! Did you know that dogs are the perfect reading companions? They create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books. Registration is recommended by visiting the library or calling 303-235-5275.* Sessions take place on the 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month. Suitable for: Kids who can read on their own.
Learn to Use Google Calendar (Aug 15, 6 p.m.) - Learn to use online calendars to organize your schedule with multiple calendars, events, appointments, and reminders. Prerequisites: Mastery of the mouse and keyboard, your own Google or Outlook account or equivalent. Computer classes are free but require registration at the library. Please visit your local library or call (303) 235-5275 to register for classes. Classes with fewer than four people registered 24 hours prior to class time may be cancelled.
Book Group (Aug 16, 6 p.m.) - Join our once-a-month Tuesday night Book Group when we get together to discuss interesting reads! This month's book is The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. Suitable for: Adults
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website.
Access Your Water Usage Information with AquaHawk Alerting
AquaHawk Alerting is a FREE service for City of Golden customers that will assist them in efficiently managing their water usage and lowering their monthly bills. This new software system is available as part of the recent city-wide meter upgrade. As soon as your new meter is installed and registered within the system, this service will be available. If you have had a new meter installed within the last few months, register today - it's easy!
View consumption over a period of time - see your water consumption down to the hour.
Recognize possible leaks more quickly.
Take control of your water use. With AquaHawk you don't have to wait for your bill to see how much water you use for everyday activities. You'll see how you're doing, not how you did.
Set your own personal thresholds and receive text or email alerts.
Learn more on our Water Usage Monitoring page. From there you can register for a free account. All you need is your name, email address and your water account number in this format: 00-000000-000
New Parking Permit Process
The City of Golden has transitioned to a more streamlined parking permit process. Addresses within a residential permitted area will be able to
go online to the new parking permit portal to register for their parking permit.
In order to receive a parking permit, individuals will create an account and conveniently upload any required documentation as outlined on the
Parking page. Please read instructions carefully!
Public Works Citizens Academy - Registration open!
Have you ever wondered how Golden's water is treated? How we maintain and repair infrastructure? How we map and track water, sewer and street-related assets within the community? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should join the Public Works Citizens' Academy. This free 20-hour program, which is geared toward adults, kicked off on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 1.
It will include interactive hands-on training activities, tours of City facilities and presentations by Public Works staff. This program will include one Thursday evening, three Tuesday evenings and two Saturday sessions. To conclude the program, graduates of the Academy will be awarded Certificates of Completion at an October City Council meeting.
The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 26. The class size is limited, so please register early.