Weekly Digest November 27 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Welcome to Fire Chief Alicia Welch!

Yesterday morning, November 26, a large crowd gathered at Fire Station 21 on 10th Street to witness the swearing-in of Alicia Welch as Golden's new Fire Chief, and welcome her to the Golden family. 

Chief Welch was selected as Golden's new fire chief following a nation-wide search, numerous interviews and a rigorous selection process. She comes to us with an  extraordinary record of service and academic credentials, after serving on the Los Angeles Fire Department for 26 years. You can read more about Chief Welch on our website. We welcome the new fire chief to Golden!

With Thanksgiving behind us, the busy Christmas season is full-steam ahead! It kicks off this Friday with the much-anticipated and popular Candlelight Walk and lighting of the Christmas lights along Clear Creek. The first Olde Golden Christmas Parade takes place Saturday morning. Read more about both events below.

So much is happening in Golden as it does every year around this time of year. To plan all your holiday season festivities in Golden, bookmark www.visitgolden.com/olde-golden-christmas so you don't miss a thing.

Have a great week!

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

Crews are at the Ulysses Skate Park 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 this Friday, Nov. 30, depending on weather.
Old Mortuary Building Renovation

Renovation is taking place on the old mortuary building at 11th and Washington. The sidewalk will be closed during the demo and parking spots will temporarily be lost.


The sidewalk will re-open for downtown events however, so there will be pedestrian access during 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 about another week.

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 .
Concrete Replacement Program

Work will begin on Wednesday, November 28 on Table Mountain Parkway. The work includes replacement of trip hazards, ADA accessible upgrades and the replacement of deficient concrete.
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
Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will meet tonight, Tuesday, November 27 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

Following the regular meeting, the board will adjourn into study session to discuss the following items: 
  • Review of progress to date for the draft Crosswalk Manual
  • 4-way stop intersections
  • Stop signs as traffic calming
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 .
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Meeting
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) will meet Wednesday, November 28 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

During the meeting,  CSAB will review a draft of new goals to be presented to City Council later this year.  Residents are encouraged to offer comments through  www.guidinggolden.com/sustainability-goals or by writing to the Board at
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 .
Candlelight Walk and Lighting the Lights
Experience the beauty of the holiday season as you walk through downtown Golden, candle in hand, singing holiday carols during this much beloved annual tradition this Friday, November 30. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos before the walk at the Dove Inn, 711 14th St. then gather at 6 p.m. at the Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St.  The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. down to the Visitors Center for a holiday show, the countdown to the lighting of the lights by Mayor Marjorie Sloan, and a short fireworks display from the roof of the Golden Hotel. Enjoy the lights that will shine all along Washington Avenue and Clear Creek, along with various activities for everyone to enjoy.

Other Evening Activities

5:30 to 8 p.m. - The Golden Library participates in the Candlelight Walk with cookies, cider and a children's craft. Golden Library, 1019 10th St.

7 p.m. - The Winter Celestial Sights - Get an up-close view of the winter night sky with naturalist Mike Dempsey from Jeffco Open Space and a powerful telescope. The telescope will be located  outside the Visitors Center, 1010 Washington Ave.

7 to 9 p.m. - Visit the Golden History Museum after the walk or stroll through the Clear Creek History Park to warm up by the wood stove in the Historic Pearce Cabin. Sample roasted chestnuts while listening to music, singing and dancing in the hay barn provided by Virtuosity Dance Centre.
GHS Holiday Bazaar

Come do some Christmas Shopping at the Annual Golden High School Holiday Bazaar held by the PTA of Golden High. With one-of-a-kind gifts from over 90 different local artists, you can make a big dent on your holiday shopping list.

This is a fundraiser for the students at Golden High School, helping with scholarships, after prom party, grants, and more.

The Holiday Bazaar will be held at Golden High School, 701 24th St., Golden on  Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes free parking and admission.
Olde Golden Christmas Parade

Don't miss the first Olde Golden Christmas Parade of the season this Saturday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. On Saturdays in December, authentic and historic downtown Golden becomes a festive holiday center with traditional decorations and fun family events! The free Olde Golden Christmas Parades feature cowboys on horses, floats, bands, old cars, elves on unicycles, the Grinch in his corvette, and of course, Santa Claus.

The parade winds down Washington Avenue with lots of activities before and after including snappy barbershop quartets, hot cider, Victorian carolers, and antique fire trucks. The parades are presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce.
Golden Concert Choir Fall Performance

The Golden Concert Choir will be performing selections from Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 1 at 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave.

Tickets and info are available at  goldenconcertchoir.org.

JSO Holiday Concert

Enjoy a performance of traditional holiday music plus Rossini's Cinderella Overture and selections from Grieg's Peer Gynt, Suites No. 1 and 2. The performance will feature special guest vocalists La Tanya Hall and Steven Taylor.

There will be two shows on December 2 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., both at the United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 39th Ave. A holiday silent auction will open for bidding at the conclusion of the matinee concert and close at the end of intermission of the evening concert.

The usual location for the JSO Holiday Concert, the CSM Green Center, is closed for renovations currently, requiring a venue change. To ensure that Golden residents can still easily attend the concert this year, a free shuttle is available for both performances, leaving from the Golden Visitors Center at 10th and Washington. The shuttle will depart at 2 p.m. for the matinee performance and at 6 p.m. for the evening performance. Call 303-278-4237 to reserve your spot! The shuttle is free, but driver gratuity is appreciated.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit  www.jeffsymphony.org.
Flavors of Golden Community Potluck

Come celebrate your community with a community potluck on Sunday, December 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.! The Flavors of Golden potluck combines inspirational remarks from five local organizations, an array of food offerings, time to sit down and have a relaxed meal and conversation with folks of varying perspectives and closing remarks by Mayor Marjorie Sloan.

This year, voluntary donations will be collected at the door to help support the five presenting organizations who care for our community. All are encouraged to bring food.  RSVP online and sign up for what you will bring to the potluck.

The event is hosted by  Golden United, a non-partisan, resident-driven effort to engage Golden area community members across all walks of life to find common ground and act with respect and dignity in addressing key issues.
Historic Preservation Board Meeting
The Historic Preservation Board will meet on Monday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board Study Session
The Mobility and Transportation Board will meet on Tuesday, December 4 at 6 p.m. in the Public Works and Planning Building at 1445 10th Street.

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. You can also help out by taking a quick survey at GuidingGolden.com.
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
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.