Weekly Digest November 20 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Giving thanks in Golden

Small Business Saturday
With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, it's a great opportunity to stop and take stock of how good it is to live in our beautiful community. Golden has it all - natural beauty, culture, amazing food and drink, and best of all, good people.

If you are looking for a way to give back, consider donating a new pair of socks to someone in need. Bins are available at the Golden Visitors Center and in City Hall. Read more about the Warm Socks for Cold Feet sock drive at the end of this newsletter.

Many people enjoy the sales traditionally happening on the day after Thanksgiving. This year we encourage you to shop local and "Shop Small." Saturday is Small Business Saturday, supporting our local businesses and the thriving economy they bring to Golden. Stop at the Welcome Station at the Golden Visitor's Center Saturday morning for a tote bag and other giveaways, then head out to do your shopping. It's a fun way to give back to your community while finding great deals and gifts! Keep scrolling to learn more.

Please note that City of Golden administrative offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving and the Golden Community Center will be closed Thursday, but open again at regular time Friday morning.

However you choose to spend this week and celebrate the holidays, we wish everyone the Happiest of Thanksgivings!

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Ulysses Skate Park Work
Ulysses Skate Park Work

Crews are at the Ulysses Skate Park as of Monday, Nov. 19, making concrete repairs and improvements to the southwest planter area. The Skate Park will remain open during the work, and improvements are expected to be completed by next Friday, Nov. 30, but weather conditions could change that.
Old Mortuary Building Renovation

Renovation has begun on the old mortuary building at 11th and Washington. The sidewalk will be closed during the demo and parking spots will be lost.


The sidewalk will re-open for downtown events however, so there will be pedestrian access during Thanksgiving on  November 22, 23, 24; the Candlelight Walk on November 30; and during the Christmas Parades on  December 1, 8, 15.
Buffalo Rose Construction

As construction continues on the Buffalo Rose, a pedestrian walkway is now in place and a few parking spaces on Washington Ave. will be impacted for approximately another two weeks.

Ulysses Street Closure

Ulysses St. is now closed from South Golden Rd. to West 12th Ave. This closure will be in place for approximately four weeks. 

During the closure, crews will be installing new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, storm sewer and asphalt. For the duration of the closure, there will be a detour in place via West 12th Ave. 

Access to Ulysses Skate Park will be closed during this time, but the park will still be accessible from West 10th Ave. 
Washington Complete Street Project

Monday , October 22,  marked the beginning of the second phase of the North Washington Avenue Complete Street Project. This consists of a closure between Iowa Drive and 2nd Street. 
Iowa remains open for east and west bound traffic but 2nd Street is not. There is a detour in place for thru traffic via Hwy 58. Resident access is maintained for those who live within the closure. As a reminder, Phase 1 and 2 run concurrently with full closures to thru traffic.

The road is anticipated to reopen mid-December depending on weather.  Washington is open to local traffic only. Other traffic is detoured to Hwy 58 and Hwy 93.

Contact Dan Hartman with questions at 303-384-8150 or  visit GuidingGolden.com .
Extended Street Closure on 17th Street

17th Street, from Washington to Jackson, is closed for construction staging and access for the Colorado School of Mines project at 1750 Jackson St. The project has been extended through the end of the year.
Upcoming Events
6th Annual Great Turkey Chase

Before the feasting begins, join the Runners High's 6th annual Great Turkey Chase on  Thanksgiving morning, November 22 at 8:30 a.m.!

Race Features:
  • 3-mile untimed fun run or walk
  • Craft beer from Cannonball Creek and Holidaily Brewing
  • Snacks, great prizes, tons of fun!
  • Super family friendly! Kids catch the turkey and win a prize. This year every adult entry receives a pair of sunglasses
  • New this year.....costume contest - the best two costumes each win a free pair of shoes!
 Registration at:
  • 2221 Ford St., Golden or 905 Bear Creek Avenue Morrison (cash, check, or credit card)
  • Call at 720-583-2911 to register by phone.
Be a Tool 5K Elf Run
The 5th annual Be A Tool 5k Run (On Small Business Saturday) helps support the growth of the Neighborhood Rehab Project. In September of this year, over 1,000 volunteers came together in Golden, Arvada, Englewood and Idaho Springs to help work on projects for folks in need of warm, safe and dry conditions. Proceeds from this race will go directly toward future projects in 2018 and 2019.

The run takes place on Saturday, November 24 at 8:30 a.m. under the Howdy Folks arch.  Register early, the first 200 registrants will receive an Elf hat! Put on your most festive holiday attire and join in for a fun morning of activities supporting Small Business Saturday as well as a great cause.
Race Features:
  •  T-Shirt
  •  Goody Bag
  •  Event Timed
  •  Food and Drinks
  •  Kids' Activities
  •  Awards
Walk up registration and race day packet pick-up will take place in front of Cafe 13 on Thirteenth Street in front of the Armory building.
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday

Stop at Visit Golden's Small Business Saturday Welcome Station at the Golden Visitors Center, 1010 Washington Avenue. Pick up a Shop Small tote bag and other giveaways before heading out to shop and dine for the day.

Make sure to visit all five Golden shopping areas: Downtown, North, South, Central, and Inter Plaza! Head into Golden and take advantage of the Shop Small attitude and local charm.

Support local merchants for Small Business Saturday. Start at the Welcome Station on Saturday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Visitor's Center, 1010 Washington Ave. For more info, go to  VisitGolden.com.
Golden Investment Forum Task Force Meeting
The Golden Investment Forum Task Force will meet Monday, November 26 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

During the meeting, the following will be considered: 
  • Second Draft of Refined Project Sheets, with Attributes
  • Next steps and assignments
For more information on this meeting, please see the  agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Rescheduled Local Licensing Authority Meeting
The Local Licensing Authority will meet on Tuesday, November 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

For a list of all applications under consideration, please see the agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Help decide the road map for Golden's Transportation Master Plan
The City of Golden Planning Division will host a community workshop to discuss details related to a City-wide Transportation Master Plan (TMP) on Thursday, December 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Golden Community Center. The TMP will provide a long-term multimodal transportation vision for the City of Golden. The Plan, when adopted, will function as a reliable 5-7 year road map for future transportation investments throughout the City.

Participation and input from the residents of Golden is critical to the success of this project. Since September, Kimley-Horn, a reputable transportation-planning firm, has been collecting and researching existing transportation conditions within the City of Golden and is ready to present those findings to the public.

The following topics will be discussed as part of Kimley-Horn's mobility study:
  • Safety for All Travelers - What is the City of Golden's safety score for pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, and individuals using transit?
  • Walking Assessment - Where do people walk the most and what are the existing barriers preventing residents from walking more?
  • Bicycling Assessment - What are the preferred routes for bicyclists? How can the City better serve our cycling community with new options and improved routes?
  • Transit Assessment - How are the travel conditions for individuals utilizing transit? How can the City better accommodate those individuals who prefer not to use a car?
  • Driving Assessment - Where is the congestion? How can the City eliminate traffic jams and improve automotive flow throughout the City?
  • Origin/Destination Assessment - Where are people traveling and how can the City offer better routes from their origin to their destination?
  • Areas of Growth Assessment - How will the City improve transportation related issues in areas of new population and commercial growth?
  • Accessibility of Employment Areas - How easy is it for residents to get to their jobs. How can these avenues be improved?
Finally, general information will be provided regarding the plan's drafting, its estimated completion date, and other opportunities for input down the road. Food will also be provided to help fuel the process! Please attend and help contribute to the planning process.
Golden History Museum & Park Events & Programming
Golden History Museum
Golden History Museum & Park events and programming explore a variety of historic subjects presented by expert instructors. Learn about your community or neighborhood. Apply historic skills in a modern way. Create something with your hands. There is sure to be a program to suit your interests!

Upcoming programming:
  • Nov 30, 7 - 9 p.m. | Candlelight Walk

  • Dec 10, 10 - 11:30 a.m. | Vietnam War

Visit GoldenHistory.org  for more information and to register for these and more upcoming programs.
Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Golden Library Events
Every week our Golden branch of the Jefferson County Public Library, located at 1019 10th Street, features events and classes for all ages, from DIY Labs to Book Clubs to creative and educational workshops. 

Visit JeffcoLibrary.org for a calendar of upcoming events. There you can also register for  programs that require pre-registration.
Around Town
Golden Hires a New Fire Chief
The City of Golden is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Welch to the position of Fire Chief of the Golden Fire Department.

Chief Welch was one of 60 highly qualified candidates from across the nation that applied to be the next Golden Fire Chief following the retirement of Chief John Bales, who had served in the position since 2001. Chief Welch will be the first female Fire Chief of the Golden Fire Department, the first full-time female Fire Chief in the Denver metro area, and one of only about 50 across the country to achieve this top rank.

Chief Welch's career includes more than 26 years of operational experience in the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in California. Her final assignment prior to her retirement from LAFD in 2017 was implementing the department's Recruitment Plan and improving workforce diversity within the department. Following her retirement in 2017, Chief Welch relocated to the Golden area. It was after she already moved to Colorado that she learned of the job and was inspired to apply for the opportunity to lead Golden's mostly volunteer fire department.

Chief Welch earned her BA in Recreation Management from California State University, Long Beach in 1990. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security/National Studies from the esteemed Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and she is a graduate of the highly acclaimed Los Angeles Police Department West Point Leadership Academy. Chief Welch was part of a team that responded to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as part of LAFD's Critical Incident Stress Management Team. In 2009, Chief Welch was selected as one of three distinguished fellows to work with the Department of Homeland Security/ FEMA on a year-long assignment in developing a national preparedness model called Ready Responder.

Golden City Manager Jason Slowinski is confident Chief Welch will be a great addition to the team. "Beyond her extraordinary record of service and academic credentials, Alicia stood out because of her deep dedication and passion to the fire service. That devotion extends to the men and women who are called to that service, and to her commitment to leading a department that leverages the strength of its team members in service to the community. Alicia fully understands what it means to be a part of the Golden community and I am confident that she will lead the Golden Fire Department with pride and distinction."

Chief Welch will be sworn in as the new Golden Fire Chief on Monday, Nov. 26.
Warm Socks for Cold Feet
Did you know? The item most needed by homeless men, women and children is new socks, especially during this season of cold days and nights.

For the rest of November, a bin will be available at the Golden Visitors Center (1010 Washington Ave.), Golden City Hall (911 10th Street) and participating churches and schools around town to collect donations of new socks. The socks collected will then be given to the people who need them most.
Looking for a few good volunteers!
The Golden Fire Department is looking for dedicated individuals to become Volunteer Firefighters, and there are now two ways to do this!
  1. Apply for the 2019 Volunteer Recruit Academy. Golden Firefighters are certified through the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and our training program is based on the National Fire Protection Association Standards. You can learn more about the Golden Fire Department Recruit Academy on our Training page. The application process is open now through December 15. Call 303-215-8888 for more information.
  2. Already an experienced firefighter? The Golden Fire Department is also looking for Lateral Volunteer Firefighters with at least two years' experience and current certifications. Call 303-215-8888 for more information.
Don't miss this opportunity to serve your community, gain invaluable training, and be a part of a dedicated and skilled team.