June 28 Weekly Digest
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
A daring, duckling rescue

ducklings saved
There was a notable rescue this morning by Golden Police officers & animal control officers, and the crew from the Golden Stormwater Department! Nine ducklings were rescue d from the stormwater runoff culvert on the C470 ramp from EB US 6. Sadly momma duck was hit by a car and died trying to protect her babies, but the ducklings were all saved and are now at the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Longmont.

Next Monday is the 4th of July so don't miss the festival in Lions Park followed by fireworks (weather conditions willing!). And just a reminder, City offices will be closed on Monday in observance of the holiday.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
Grading will continue for the roundabout at 19th and at Elm St. in anticipation of pouring concrete curbs and sidewalks after the Fourth of July.
Subbase and final grading continues for all four ramps. Paving ramps is expected to start on the fifth or sixth of July. Contractor is still targeting a traffic changeover from US 6 mainline to the ramps Sunday night July 17.
There are planned lane closures Wednesday and Thursday of this week, but the contractor will be monitoring traffic delays. We are concerned that traffic trying to get an early start on the long weekend might cause back-ups into the intersection of Highway 58 and US 6. If traffic begins to back up severely, laying closures will be removed.
There will be no work on July 2 through July 4 and there will be no lane closures Friday, July 1 in anticipation of heavy holiday traffic. 

Please note, these plans can change at any time depending on weather and other factors. 
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Follow us on Twitter for real-time updates! You can also get lots of project information, including maps and long-term plans at LinkingLookout.com.
2016 Utilities Replacement Program

Installation of new water mains on Plateau Parkway and Sharon Parkway continues and is expected to take another couple of weeks.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements continue citywide with approximately 1800 meters replaced to date.
Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 or Keith Mehls at 303-384-8171 with questions regarding this project.
Upcoming Events
Golden Bicycle Cruise
This family friendly bicycle cruise is held on the last Tuesday of the month, through October.
Cruise participants gather tonight, June 28 around 6 p.m. in the parking lot next to the library at 10th and Illinois, to listen to music and drink beer. The cruise leaves at 7 p.m. to ride the paths of Golden on a pre-determined route. There are stops along the way to socialize, and the cruise ends back at the parking lot, where there is beer, music and food, and family fun available until 9:30 p.m. 
The Bicycle Cruise theme this month is Wild West, so saddle up and get ready to ride!
Golden Farmers Market

The Golden Farmers' Market runs every Saturday through October (except for during Buffalo Bill Days on July 30), from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Located west of the Golden library, the market includes a variety of vendors offering everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to homemade jams, soaps and locally sourced honey. There are also plenty of kids activities, food trucks and more.
Bean Fosters
Coffee with a Councilor - South Neighborhoods

This is a great opportunity to talk with representatives and residents of the South Neighborhoods, as well as any issue related to the "good of Golden."

Meet at 10 a.m. on July 2 at Bean Fosters, located at 720 Golden Ridge Road.

For details, call Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves at 303-709-7529 or  scharisgraves@cityofgolden.net.
First Friday Street Fair

Golden hosts Summer Street Fairs (weather permitting) on Washington Avenue in historic downtown Golden Colorado on the first Friday of the month during the months of June through September. They include live music, a beer garden and street entertainment. Come out this Friday, July 1 starting 5 p.m.!
Retailers stay open late, offering discounts, and host visiting artists. During the street fairs, you can visit Golden's quaint boutiques, explore Golden's speculator art galleries and enjoy Golden's cultural attractions. Many of Golden's restaurants and taverns offer specials and extended happy hours as well.
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.
4th of July Festival

The Golden Lions Club will be hosting the 4th of July community celebration in Lions Park again this year. Activities begin at noon and include free rides for the kids, face painting, music provided by several bands throughout the day, and a large fireworks display in the evening.

The celebration is a day for families, friends and neighbors to get together at the beautiful park on 10th Street to picnic or purchase food and drink and enjoy all the festivities. Stick around after dark for fireworks (weather permitting)!

Festival Bands
4th of July Fireworks
4th of July Fireworks

Help us celebrate Independence Day with a bang! The City of Golden will put on a fireworks display starting approximately 9:35 p.m., weather permitting. The fireworks can be best viewed from along the creek and the Lions Park Ballfields.

Follow us on  Facebookor Twitter  @CityofGolden to be the first in the know if a delay or cancellation is required due to wind or other unfavorable conditions. If the fireworks show does have to be canceled, it will be rescheduled at a later time.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - June 28 - July 5
  • Lego Play and Build (June 28 & July 5 , 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.
  • Boot Camp for Teens (June 29, 2 p.m.) - Fit and fun exercise for teens - challenge yourself!
  • Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting (June 29, 4 p.m.) Our teens get involved - and we love it. Join our Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and help plan teen-specific library events, services and more, so if you're in grades 7-12, want to make friends and have a say about what you want from YOUR library, stop by and fill out a TAB application. All TAB meetings are at 4 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month.
  • DIY Explorers (June 30, 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. This program is for grades 6-12 only. Space is limited, so please register in advance at the Golden Library.
  • DIY Lab (June 30, 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 (July 2, 2 p.m.)Read with a four-legged friend from the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program! Did you know that dogs are the perfect reading companion? They create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books. Register your child for a 15 minute reading session with the dogs  at the Golden Library Information Desk. This happens on the 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Around Town
Statue Replacement
Miner and his Burro find a new home!
Based upon community requests, the "Golden Touch" miner and burro statue was relocated to its original location at the northeast corner of 13th Street and Washington Avenue; 

The Public Art Commission approved the relocation at their June meeting. When the bike racer statue is repaired from its most recent vehicle altercation, it will be located in a more iconic location along the USA Pro-cycling Race route.
Tubing Restrictions on Clear Creek Lifted
Golden Police Chief Bill Kilpatrick, in partnership with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, has lifted the restrictions that previously limited waterway activities on Clear Creek within the City limits of Golden.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Schrader ordered the same for areas of the creek outside City limits. The boundaries affected by the order on June 12 extended from Jeffco's western border at State Highway 119, and eastward along the canyon through the city limits of Golden to Vanover Park.

All single-chambered air inflated devices such as belly boats, inner tubes and single chambered rafts, as well as body surfers and swimming were restricted due to the high flow rate of Clear Creek. As the flow rate has decreased, water activities involving those devices are now allowed back on the creek.

Although the risk has diminished, it is still at the high end of the average annual rate, and all users are encouraged to observe extreme caution due to the safety concerns surrounding swift moving water and floating debris.
Parks & Recreation focus groups seeking participants
The Golden Parks and Recreation Department has recently commissioned an updated Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. The intent of this comprehensive plan is to identify our community's park, recreation and open space needs so we can proactively plan for the future. In order to identify these needs, we are asking for your help in participating in upcoming focus groups. The group participants will be asked to weigh in on the extent to which Golden's parks, recreation facilities, programs and services meet the needs of the community.

The focus groups will take place on Thursday, July 14. A variety of meeting times are available on a first come first serve basis.
  • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Golden City Hall in the Council Chambers (911 10th St.)
  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Golden Community Center in the Bear Creek South Room (1470 10th)
  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Golden Community Center in the Bear Creek South Room
The meetings will consist of approximately 10 - 20 participants and may last up to 120 minutes.

Please contact Ashby Leavell in Parks and Recreation at  aleavell@cityofgolden.net or 303-384-8191 with questions or to reserve your spot!

Last chance to give feedback on City budget
Tell us where you think City money should be spent! You have until June 30 to give us your comments online.

In July of every year, the City of Golden reviews the past two years of financials as well as the first six months of the current year. We want to see where money was spent so that we can make sure we're spending it wisely. Then we look toward the rest of this year and the next two years to see where money needs to be spent, as well as identify upcoming projects that will have a significant impact on the budget.

All of the various departments within the City contribute their ideas, projections and requests to the City's Finance Department, who then breaks it all down for the City Council to eventually approve. Of course, a good portion of the budget will always need to be used to make sure our existing infrastructure is maintained. That means things like water, street repair, snow plowing and park maintenance. But we want to look beyond that to see how we can make Golden the best place it can possibly be for our residents.

As much as we try to think of everything we might want or need, we know there are more ideas out there. As a way to get citizens more involved in our government processes, the City Council would like citizen input on where you think the City should invest in the community. No idea is too big or too small. If we had money for some fun projects, what would you like to see?

Your input will be taken into consideration as the budget process continues. Your ideas will go before the Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) and then eventually to City Council. We cannot guarantee every idea will be able to be implemented, but we can guarantee they will be heard. We look forward to your ideas!