Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a job with the City?

Applications must be submitted through the City of Lakewood online application system. Resumes and cover letters will not be considered in lieu of an online application. You can only apply for open positions advertised on the website. 


  1. If this is the first time you are using our online job application system, you will need to create an account with Governmentjobs.com. 
  2. Once you have created your account, you may build your application. To expedite this, gather all your information before beginning the application. It is important that you complete all sections. Please do not write, "see resume" for any section or response. Doing so will render your application incomplete, and it will not be considered. This process may take 30-45 minutes.
  3. If you wish to attach a cover letter or resume, do so during this step. You won’t be able to attach these items once you move to the next step. These documents may be uploaded in a Word or PDF file; you may also copy and paste this information into the resume field within the application. These documents must be attached to your online application before clicking the "apply" button on the job advertisement. Do not mail, fax or email these attachments.
  4. Now you are ready to apply for a specific job. From the City’s home page, click on  the “Job” icon. In the left hand navigation, click on "Job Opportunities" and scroll down and click on the position you wish to apply for.
  5. Click “Apply." Complete all agency and any supplemental questions.  Leaving questions unanswered could disqualify your application from further consideration.
  6. At the end of the application process, a message will appear, confirming your application has been submitted and providing you with important information about the next steps. You will also receive an email confirming your application was received.  If you do not receive this email within a few hours, please check your junk or spam folder.

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Arts & Culture
How do I get on the mailing list for Bravo magazine or the Classes brochure?
Call the Heritage, Culture & the Arts Division at 303-987-7845.
How do I register for classes?
How do I purchase tickets to a performance?

Tickets to all performances are available online, by phone at 303-987-7845 or in person at the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office. All online and phone orders are subject to a $5-per-order handling charge. Online orders are subject to additional per-ticket convenience charges.

 

Arts & Culture: Education, Classes, Camps
How do I register for a Historical Luncheon?
To place a reservation, please contact the Heritage Center at 303-987-7850.
How do I register for Heritage Days?
Reservations can be made by downloading the registration form.
I would like to learn about visual art classes. Where can I find information?
You are always welcome to stop by and visit the Lakewood Cultural Center or Washington Heights Arts Center. For class information, call 303-987-5436 or view our Arts and Culture Classes Brochure.
Do you have art classes for children and youth?

Yes, we have a variety of painting, clay and dance classes for kids ages 3-17. You are always welcome to stop by and visit the Lakewood Cultural Center or Washington Heights Arts Center. For class information, call 303-987-5436 or view our Arts and Culture Classes Brochure.

 

I would like to be an assistant art teacher. How do I learn more?
Call the Washington Heights Arts Center at 303-987-5436.
How do I register for classes?
May I visit the facilities and the classes before signing up?
We encourage people to come and visit the classes and centers before they sign up, especially if they are uncertain.
What if I decide I can’t take a class that I am registered for?
A refund can be issued, but a $5 processing fee will be charged. A full description of the refund policy is listed on the receipt.
Arts & Culture: Exhibits
Who chooses the artwork for Art on the Commons?

A committee of citizens, business leaders and City staff.

 

How long is the Art on the Commons artwork displayed?
One year, from May to May.
How can I get my work displayed as part of Art on the Commons?

Prospectus for Art on the Commons is mailed to known artists in November and posted on the website.

 

When is the artist’s submission due for Art on the Commons?
Submission must be received by January 30th
Is the Art on the Commons artwork for sale?
Yes, contact the arts curator at lorjoo@lakewood.org for more information.
Arts & Culture: Facilities
Is there a fee to park at the Lakewood Cultural Center?

No, parking at the Lakewood Cultural Center is free and available next to the building or in a well-lit parking garage below the facility.

 

May I eat or drink at the Lakewood Cultural Center?

We welcome patrons to enjoy food and beverage any time in the Lakewood Cultural Center lobby, classrooms and meeting spaces.  The Lakewood Cultural Center is proud to have the Village Roaster Coffee Cart on site for purchase of a variety of coffee, soft drinks and snacks for your convenience Monday-Friday, 8-4 p.m. and Saturday, 10-2 p.m..  The Village Roaster also offers a variety of beer and wine options during most performances.  Beverages are welcome in the theater, but food should be enjoyed in the lobby.   

For food and beverage during rental events, please speak with the Cultural Center Specialist at 303-987-7976 or lccrentals@lakewood.org

 

Arts & Culture: Museum
How do I make a reservation for a group tour?
Contact Katy Lewis at 303-987-7879 or katylew@lakewood.org.
I have a tour reserved, but the weather is bad. What happens now?
Tours take place rain or shine. Tours will be rescheduled, in extreme weather conditions. There are no refunds for tours.
How do I register for summer camps?
Register for summer camps online or in person at Lakewood Heritage Center.
May my camper attend more than one camp?
Yes, if they fall in the age range for the camp, they can register for multiple camps.
Are there forms that need to be filled out before attending camp?
Yes, a wavier and release form must be filled out for all campers attending camps at Lakewood Heritage Center.
How do I register for one of the Scout programs?
Register online or in person at Lakewood Heritage Center.
May just one Scout register?
Yes, we will take Scouts on an individual basis or a whole troop.
I have a Scout who needs an Eagle project. Do you have any?
Yes we do. Call 303-987-7879 to discuss the available options.
May all Scout badges be achieved onsite?
Most badges will be completed the day of the visit. Required prerequisites must be finished before the site visit.
Where are these Scout programs held?
All programs are held at Lakewood Heritage Center.
How do I register for a school tour?
Contact Katy Lewis at 303-987-7879 or katylew@lakewood.org
How much do school tours cost?
$4 per student and $3 per chaperone. Teachers are free!
Is there a limit to how many students we can bring on a school tour?
Each building can hold up to 15 students. Our site can accommodate up to 180 students for tours at one time. 
I have several questions about school tours. Where can I find the answers?
Check out our Educator’s Guide! If you can’t find the answer there, contact Katy Lewis at 303-987-7879 or katylew@lakewood.org.
How long does it take to receive photos we have chosen?
It generally takes a week to process orders using our photograph use policy. Larger orders may take longer.
May these photos be published?
Yes, although there may be a charge due to our photograph use policy. We do require a credit line of "Lakewood Heritage Center, City of Lakewood," and we request a courtesy copy of publications with our photographs in it.
I have some old photos. Can I donate them?
We take photos on a case-by-case basis. We would be happy to look at them to determine if they would be right for the collection. Call 303-987-7879 to make an appointment.
How do I register for a Historical Luncheon?
To place a reservation, please contact the Heritage Center at 303-987-7850.
May I purchase the entire series of luncheons in advance?
Yes, please contact the Heritage Center at 303-987-7850.
How do I register for Heritage Days?
Reservations can be made by downloading the registration form.
How do I register for trunk programs?
Contact Katy Lewis at 303-987-7879 or katylew@lakewood.org.
Arts & Culture: Museum Stores
How can I have my art available for purchase in the Artisan Showcase?

Contact coordinator of museum stores at 303-987-7756 or hca@lakewood.org.

 

I want to participate in the Annual Holiday Show and Sale. Who do I talk to?
Arts & Culture: Performances and Events
How do I purchase tickets to a performance?

Tickets to all performances are available online, by phone at 303-987-7845 or in person at the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office. All online and phone orders are subject to a $5-per-order handling charge. Online orders are subject to additional per-ticket convenience charges.

 

Is there a fee to park at the Lakewood Cultural Center?

No, parking at the Lakewood Cultural Center is free and available next to the building or in a well-lit parking garage below the facility.

 

May I eat or drink at the Lakewood Cultural Center?

We welcome patrons to enjoy food and beverage any time in the Lakewood Cultural Center lobby, classrooms and meeting spaces.  The Lakewood Cultural Center is proud to have the Village Roaster Coffee Cart on site for purchase of a variety of coffee, soft drinks and snacks for your convenience Monday-Friday, 8-4 p.m. and Saturday, 10-2 p.m..  The Village Roaster also offers a variety of beer and wine options during most performances.  Beverages are welcome in the theater, but food should be enjoyed in the lobby.   

For food and beverage during rental events, please speak with the Cultural Center Specialist at 303-987-7976 or lccrentals@lakewood.org

 

When is the tractor pull at Cider Days?
The tractor pull is all day, both days.
Why is there an admission charge for Cider Days?
Lakewood residents, through the election of their City Council, mandated that Community Event programs be minimally supported by tax dollars. Accordingly, Lakewood Heritage Center is charged with producing some events to be revenue generating.
Can I bring my dog to Cider Days?
Yes!
If it rains, will Cider Days still happen?
Yes, the event is held rain or shine.
If it snows or is very cold, will Lakewood Lights still happen?
Yes, the event is held snow, cold or shine.
Can I or my company participate as an exhibitor or vendor at Rockin' Block Party?
Only sponsors of the event may have on-site presence. Use the link below to learn more about sponsoring events with the City of Lakewood.

More Information: Community Partnership Opportunities
Can I bring my own food and beverage to Rockin' Block Party?
Yes, feel free to bring your own picnic however, no glass containers are permitted.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited except for beer.

More Information: Park Rules and Regulations
If it rains, will Rockin' Block Party still happen?
Yes, the event is held rain or shine.
Can I or my company participate as an exhibitor or vendor at Sounds Exciting?
Only sponsors of the event may have on-site presence. Use the link below to learn more about sponsorship opportunities with the City of Lakewood.

More Information: Community Partnership Opportunities
Can I bring my own food and beverage to the summer concerts?
Yes, feel free to bring your own picnic however, no glass containers are permitted. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited but are available for purchase.

More Information: Summer Concert Series Information
If it rains, will summer concerts still happen?
Yes, concerts are held rain or shine.
Arts & Culture: Rentals
Does my organization qualify for the 501(c)(3) non-profit rate?
A letter from the IRS designating your organization as 501(c)(3) is required to receive the non-profit rate.
What is the theater ‘Event Period’?
An ‘Event Period’ is a five (5) hour maximum period of time when the theater is used to present an event attended by the public, audience or members of a group. Also a period when the facility is used for the purposes of broadcasting, televising, recording or filming an event. Additional equipment or labor fees will apply.
I want to create, print and sell my own tickets to an event occurring at the Lakewood Cultural Center. May I do that?
The City is the sole distributor of tickets to all Cultural Center events. All ticketing must be conducted through the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office.
What are the insurance requirements for renting the theater?
Any individual or organization renting the Lakewood Cultural Center Theater is required to hold a Certificate of Liability Insurance listing the City of Lakewood as an Additional Insured for $1 million. Insurance Requirements Information.
I want food and/or beverage served during my event. What do I need to know?
All food and beverages served in the Lakewood Cultural Center must be provided by a licensed caterer. Caterer must be professional, licensed and in good standing with the Lakewood Cultural Center. The Lakewood Cultural Center retains the right to refuse caterers who violate Cultural Center policies. No ‘potluck’ food may be served. The Lakewood Cultural Center has a kitchen for staging, but it is neither a catering kitchen nor cooking facility. Tenant is liable for caterer at all times. A 10% food and beverage commission will be assessed on the purchase of food and beverages or fair market value of items served in the Cultural Center. No food may be sold within the Lakewood Cultural Center other than by the City licensed concessionaire.
I want to serve alcohol to my attendees at the Lakewood Cultural Center. May I do that?

The Lakewood Cultural Center has a City licensed concessionaire who holds the facility’s exclusive liquor license. For additional information, call 303-987-7976 or email LCCRentals@lakewood.org.

 

Is alcohol allowed at Lakewood Heritage Center rentals?
Beer, wine and liquor is permitted during private events and is contingent upon approval of a City of Lakewood Alcohol Permit.
Is driving on-site allowed for renters and vendors?
Driving on-site is allowed only when pre-arranged prior to the event. It is necessary for all vehicular traffic to check-in with the event supervisor prior to driving on-site.
Is there a security deposit for rentals at Lakewood Heritage Center?
There is a $250.00 security deposit due 60 days prior to an event or to reserve a date more than 60 days in the future.
Are tents and grills allowed at my event?
Tents are allowed at your event however cannot be staked in the ground at any location. A weighting system comprised of either sandbags or water is acceptable. If your tent is larger than 10’ x 10’, a permit must be obtained through West Metro Fire Department. Gas grills are permitted at your event with the approval of West Metro Fire Department.
Does LHC have a preferred catering list?
LHC does not have a preferred catering list and clients are allowed to bring any type of food they wish.
Can I take a tour of your facilities?
Absolutely! Please contact 303-987-7747 or email julela@lakewood.org to schedule a facility tour.
City Council
Is the public allowed to attend city council meetings and city council study sessions?
Yes, the public is allowed to attend and is encouraged to attend city council meetings and study sessions.
How do Council meetings operate?
Regular Lakewood City Council meetings are held at 7 p.m., the second and fourth Mondays of each month to receive citizen input and to take action on proposed legislation. Roberts Rules of Order are used as procedural guidelines. Regular meetings are held in City Council Chambers in Lakewood Civic Center South, 480 S. Allison Pkwy.

City Council Study Sessions are held the first and third Mondays of each month to review complex matters. The public is welcome to attend the study sessions, but unlike regular council meetings, public comment is not taken. Study sessions are held in City Council Chambers in Lakewood Civic Center South, 480 S. Allison Pkwy.
How can I participate at City Council meetings?
The public has the opportunity to speak at regular Council meetings.

For items not on the agenda, there is a public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. Comment is also taken during public hearings for ordinances on the agenda for second reading.

You can sign up to speak, on public comment and public hearing rosters available at the Council meeting.

As you address the Council, please state your name (spelling your last name) and your address. Please present your views as concisely (there is a three-minute limit) as possible without repeating testimony from other speakers. When appropriate, it is important to state that you are speaking for a group or certain number of people in the audience.

Public comment is not taken at study sessions, but the public is welcome to attend.

Thank you in advance for attending City Council meetings, expressing your opinions and observing Lakewood city government in action. If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 303-987-7080
What are ordinances and resolutions?
The Lakewood City Council votes to adopt ordinances and resolutions. An archive of ordinances and resolutions considered by City Council during the current year and the previous year is kept online. Older ordinances and resolutions may be obtained through the City Clerk's Office.

Resolutions are used to express a particular position, to make an appointment, or to adopt a policy that is administrative in nature. Resolutions appear once on the City Council agenda and are not reflected in the Municipal Code. Resolutions are immediately effective upon passage by City Council unless otherwise noted.

Ordinances are used to enact any permanent law or measure which make up the laws of the City and are enforced by penalty. Adoption of an ordinance requires a public hearing process. On “first reading” the ordinance is introduced and the public hearing is scheduled. On “second reading” the public hearing is held and members of the public have an opportunity to express their opinions related to the ordinance. Once an ordinance is adopted and goes into effect, it is codified into the Municipal Code
What are the Mayor and Council paid?
Mayor and City Council Salaries

The compensation paid to the mayor and City Council members for their public service is established by the City’s Home Rule Charter and Municipal Code. The charter, which was approved by Lakewood voters and serves as the City’s “constitution,” dictates that the amount of compensation received by City Council members, and any additional compensation to be paid to the mayor, be set by an ordinance adopted by the City Council. At the same time, any ordinance increasing or decreasing salaries can only be applied after the next election (in November of odd-numbered years), because the Charter prohibits City Council members from adjusting their own salaries while they are in office.

The Municipal Code, which is the book of laws adopted by City Council, contains the ordinances that set the actual salary amounts for the mayor and City Council members. In addition, Title 4 of the Municipal Code has for many years required the City Council to review the compensation for City Council members and mayor every four years in November before each mayoral election to determine if any adjustment is appropriate. In May 2011, the City Council amended this section to say that the salary review will occur in November, or as soon as possible after November, prior to a mayoral election.

Below is a chart showing the salaries for the mayor and City Council members for the last 10 years.

Mayor's Salary
1999 - 2006 $24,000
2007 - 2010 $30,402
2011 $38,800

City Council member's Salary
1999 - 2007 $9,126
2009 - Present $12,873
What is the Council's "Quasi-Judicial" role?
Where can I find past City Council Meeting and Study Session agendas, packets and minutes?
An online archive of agendas, packets and minutes is kept online for the current year and the previous year.  Older agendas, packets and minutes may be obtained through the City Clerk’s Office. 
City of Lakewood Jobs
How do I apply for a job with the City?

Applications must be submitted through the City of Lakewood online application system. Resumes and cover letters will not be considered in lieu of an online application. You can only apply for open positions advertised on the website. 


  1. If this is the first time you are using our online job application system, you will need to create an account with Governmentjobs.com. 
  2. Once you have created your account, you may build your application. To expedite this, gather all your information before beginning the application. It is important that you complete all sections. Please do not write, "see resume" for any section or response. Doing so will render your application incomplete, and it will not be considered. This process may take 30-45 minutes.
  3. If you wish to attach a cover letter or resume, do so during this step. You won’t be able to attach these items once you move to the next step. These documents may be uploaded in a Word or PDF file; you may also copy and paste this information into the resume field within the application. These documents must be attached to your online application before clicking the "apply" button on the job advertisement. Do not mail, fax or email these attachments.
  4. Now you are ready to apply for a specific job. From the City’s home page, click on  the “Job” icon. In the left hand navigation, click on "Job Opportunities" and scroll down and click on the position you wish to apply for.
  5. Click “Apply." Complete all agency and any supplemental questions.  Leaving questions unanswered could disqualify your application from further consideration.
  6. At the end of the application process, a message will appear, confirming your application has been submitted and providing you with important information about the next steps. You will also receive an email confirming your application was received.  If you do not receive this email within a few hours, please check your junk or spam folder.

How can I be sure my application was received?
All applicants will receive a confirmation message on their screen when they have successfully completed the application process. A separate email confirmation will be sent to all applicants. If you don’t receive an email, you should check your junk email folder. You should also check your online account to verify your email address is correct on your application.
What happens after I submit my application?
Applications will be reviewed and individuals whose qualifications most closely match the job will be notified by email or phone about the next step in the selection process.

How can I check the status of my application(s)?
Some recruitments are large, however, so the process may take weeks or even months. Your patience is appreciated. 

How do I attach a cover letter and resume to my application?
This is addressed in question no. 1.
May I submit an application for a job that is not advertised?
May I apply only with a resume and cover letter?
No. This is addressed in question no. 1.

What if I don’t have a computer?
The City of Lakewood offers access through an onsite computer in our Job Center, located at 480 S. Allison Pkwy in the Civic Center South Building. The computer is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is monitored by the Employee Relations Department. The computer is available for use 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Computers with Internet access are also available at your local libraries.
What if I don't have Internet access?
You must have an email address to apply for a position with the City, which uses email to communicate with applicants. You may set up a free email account with Gmail, Hotmail or another free service.
What should I do if I forget my username or password?
Your username and password are private. Our staff cannot access this information for you. Please visit the Applicant Login page and click “I forgot my Username and/or Password.” Follow the instructions provided. If you need further assistance contact NEOGOV Customer Support. Support is available 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday at 1-877-204-4442 or 310-465-0515. Follow the instructions for applicant assistance.
In the job posting, what does "Continuous" mean?

Some job postings don’t have specific closing dates. These are designated as “Continuous,” and can close at any time. Please apply promptly for these jobs. When the posting closes, applications will no longer be accepted.

 

What are Supplemental Questions?
These relate specifically to the job you are applying for. They help us identify the candidates whose skills most closely match the job qualifications.
How do I apply to become a City of Lakewood Police Agent/Officer?
The City will open an academy or post lateral positions on an as-needed basis. We encourage you to complete a Job Interest Alert to receive an email notification when a position or an Academy opens. Click Police Employment on the right side of the Job Opportunities webpage under Quick Links for more information about becoming a Lakewood Police Agent. Applications will be accepted only during an open recruitment.
Can my saved application be used to apply for future jobs?
Yes. Once your application has been created, it will be saved in the online system. You may update your online application at any time and use it to apply for future jobs.

How long will it take to fill a position?
Recruitments vary and many factors determine how long the hiring process takes. Steps in the selection process include application review, skill assessments, preliminary interviews, oral board interviews, polygraphs and/or physicals for some law enforcement positions and a reference and criminal background check. PLEASE NOTE: An average recruitment takes 30 days.
What internships do you offer?
The City occasionally offers unpaid internships. Every department manages its own. Please contact the department that interests you to learn about available opportunities.


How can Economic Development help with my job search?
Lakewood Economic Development matches employers with employees.  Jobs are listed for your convenience on our Find Employment page.  Economic Development strongly encourages jobseekers to use the Jefferson County Workforce Center's free services.

More Information: Find Employment
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Where can I find information about affordable housing options in Lakewood?
Metro West Housing Solutions can provide up-to-date information about affordable housing options in Lakewood. The mission at Metro West Housing Solutions is to provide an opportunity for a healthy, affordable, decent and safe living environment for Lakewood residents.

More Information: Metro West Housing Solutions
Dog Licensing
What form of payment do I need to acquire a dog license?
To acquire a dog license at the City Clerk's Office you will need to have a check or money order made payable to 'Foothills Animal Shelter'.  Credit card payments can be processed online through Foothills Animal Shelter.
What documents are required in order to license my dog?
You will need to bring your dog's most recent rabies certificate showing an issue and expiration date for the rabies vaccine and check or money order to pay the license fee.  A rabies vaccination waiver obtained from your vet can be used in lieu of the rabies vaccination certificate.  Credit card payments can be processed online through Foothills Animal Shelter.
Elections
When is the next City Election?
November 3, 2015
How many Council Seats are open in the upcoming election?
In 2015, five council seats, one from each ward, and the Mayors seat will be on the ballot.
What are the qualifications for an individual to be elected to office in Lakewood?
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a registered elector and a Lakewood resident for one year. Ward specific candidates must live in the ward they wish to represent for at least 12 consecutive months preceding the date of the election. Any person elected to office must continue to live within the ward from which he or she was elected throughout the term of office.
How do I find out what ward I live in?
The City of Lakewood has created an interactive map to help you find out what ward you live in. 

More Information: City of Lakewood Ward Map
How do I register to vote?
You can register to vote online with the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder.

More Information: Jefferson County Elections Main Page
Neighborhoods
Does my neighborhood have a plan?
A neighborhood plan is a policy document that provides guidance to City officials and staff regarding decisions within a neighborhood. It also serves to enhance the character and quality of a neighborhood.

More Information: Neighborhood Plans
Is my neighborhood organization registered with the City?
The City of Lakewood encourages neighborhood organizations to take an active role in setting directions for their neighborhoods. Through registered neighborhood organizations citizens have opportunities to become involved in local government and strengthen their community.

More Information: Neighborhood Organizations
What are Lakewood's major parks?
William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain and Bear Creek Lake Park are the two largest parks in Lakewood. Lakewood is also home to dozens of smaller, community parks.

More Information: Parks, Forestry and Open Space in Lakewood
What is the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program?
Lakewood’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program encourages active citizen participation in workshops and initiatives with the goal of enhancing community sustainability in Lakewood’s neighborhoods. Using guidance from City staff and partnerships with community organizations, participating neighborhoods earn credit and are then recognized for their effort. Depending on the number of credits earned in a given year, neighborhoods receive designation as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood” from the City.

More Information: Sustainable Neighborhood Program Overview Brochure
What are the benefits of participating in the program?
Participation in the program can enhance the environmental and social strength of a neighborhood while demonstrating commitment to sustainability in Lakewood. In addition, participation benefits can include recognition by City Council, neighborhood signage, education and an increased sense of community.
What are the goals and target areas?
The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program focuses on five broad goal categories and associated target areas. Participating neighborhoods use these goal areas to guide their selection of workshop topics and neighborhood initiatives. The goal categories are: energy, air, water, land and people.



More Information: Goals and Target Areas Brochure
How does my neighborhood become certified?
To receive certification as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood,” the neighborhood must earn a minimum of 60 credits. To receive certification as an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood,” the neighborhood must earn a minimum of 100 credits. Credits are awarded for attendance at neighborhood workshops and for participation in projects and initiatives that build upon workshop topics.

More Information: Sustainable Neighborhood Certification Brochure
Will my property be condemned if it is located in a reinvestment area?
No, being located within a reinvestment area does not mean your property will be condemned. Only if your property is included in a redevelopment project could you be required to sell. Property owners may be able to participate in the redevelopment project rather than relocate.

More Information: Urban Renewal
Older Adult Services
How do I register for Older Adult classes?
To register for Older Adult classes, first review Live the Life description of classes for a complete profile of class information. Registration can be done online or in person at Clements Community Center or by calling 303-987-4820.
How can I find information about resources in the community for Older Adults?
Contact the Reachout Office at 303-987-4838 for information and referral to over 3500 programs including housing, transportation and in-home assistance.
How can I be placed on the mailing list for Older Adult publications?
To be placed on the Live the Life mailing list call 303-987-4820 or email clements@lakewood.org
Older Adult Services: Lakewood Rides
Are there other transportation resources for older adults in the community?

Other transportation resources in the community include:

RTD- Denver - www.rtd-denver.com

Seniors' Resource Center - www.srcaging.org


Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council - www.drmac-co.org

Older Adult Services: Programs and Activities
How do I register for Older Adult classes?
To register for Older Adult classes, first review Live the Life description of classes for a complete profile of class information. Registration can be done online or in person at Clements Community Center or by calling 303-987-4820.
How can I find information about resources in the community for Older Adults?
Contact the Reachout Office at 303-987-4838 for information and referral to over 3500 programs including housing, transportation and in-home assistance.
How can I be placed on the mailing list for Older Adult publications?
To be placed on the Live the Life mailing list call 303-987-4820 or email clements@lakewood.org
Parks
Which park shelters are reservable for parties and/or events?
To view our reservable park shelters, please use the Interactive Community Map. Click on Rentals on the left side of the page and then click Park Shelters. Use the map pinoints to explore our reservable shelters or click List View to see a listing of available shelters.

More Information: Interactive Community Map
Parks: A-Z Parks
Which park shelters are reservable for parties and/or events?
To view our reservable park shelters, please use the Interactive Community Map. Click on Rentals on the left side of the page and then click Park Shelters. Use the map pinoints to explore our reservable shelters or click List View to see a listing of available shelters.

More Information: Interactive Community Map
Parks: Bear Creek Lake Park
What does the Bear Creek Lake Park entrance fee include?
The entrance fee allows access to park trails, the swim beach, archery range, fishing, boating and the Visitor Center. Additional fees apply to horseback riding, boat rentals, camping and the water ski school.

More Information: Bear Creek Lake Park
Are the swim beach picnic shelters available for reservation?
No. The two shelters at the beach are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. The nearest shelter available for rent is Meadowlark Cove.
Is Bear Creek Lake Park a Colorado State Park and will my state park pass work?
No, Bear Creek Lake Park is NOT a Colorado State Park. The park is managed by the City of Lakewood Regional Parks Division. A state park pass is not valid.
Is a state fishing license required to fish? Can I buy one at the park?
Yes, a valid state fishing license is required for anyone 16 or older to fish withing the park. Licenses are not available for purchase at the park, but may be purchased at nearby sporting good stores.
Is the Bear Creek Lake Park annual park pass good for one year from the date of purchase?
The annual park pass is valid for the calendar year only. The coming year park passes go on sale December 1.
Is the Bear Creek Lake Park annual park pass transferable?
No, the annual park pass is NOT transferable and must be permanently affixed to the windshield to be valid.
What park trails are paved?
The Bear Creek Trail and the connector trail for the C-470 trail are the only paved trails in the park. All other trails are soft surface.
Are dogs allowed on the swim beach?
No. Dogs are not allowed on the Bear Creek Lake Park swim beach, on the surrounding turf grass or at picnic shelter area.
Does the camping reservation fee include a daily park pass?
Yes. A daily park pass is included with the camping fee.
Are camp fires permitted?
Yes, fires are permitted within designated fire rings only and must be fully extinguished when unattended.  Be aware that a county fire ban can override this at anytime.
Is there an after hours entrance to the campground?
Yes. The after hours entrance can be accessed from C-470.  Please call the park Visitor Center at 303-697-6159 for directions.  The after hours entrance is not available during regular park hours.
How many nights can I camp for?
You may camp for up to 14 nights in a 30-day period.
How many people can stay in the yurt?
The yurt has single bunk beds for four people.  One tent is allowed onsite.  A total of six people may stay at the yurt site.
How close is the campground to Red Rocks Amphitheater?
The campground is about 5-10 minutes by car from Red Rocks.
Is there a shuttle service to Red Rocks Amphitheater?
No. Campers will need to make their own arrangements to and from concerts.
What should I do if I encounter a baby animal or baby bird?
Leave it alone! Often times, wildlife will leave their young alone as a way to protect them from predators. Young wildlife are born with strong survival instincts and the mother’s behavior is geared toward protecting them. The mother will periodically come back to check on her young. If you encounter a baby bird on the ground you may pick it up and place it on a nearby branch, back in its nest, or in a sheltered area nearby if it is safe for you to do so. Never attempt to rehabilitate a wild animal on your own! If you believe a baby has been orphaned contact your local Division of Wildlife office and they can decide what is best for the animal. Remember to always enjoy wildlife from a distance!
What should I do if I encounter injured wildlife?
Never approach an injured animal. If you encounter injured wildlife you can call your local Division of Wildlife office (DOW), Lakewood Animal Control or the park Visitor Center.
Are bear and/or mountain lion in the park?
We will occasionally see black bear or mountain lion in the park. If you encounter a bear or mountain lion never run away or turn your back on the animal. If you encounter a bear, back away slowly while giving it plenty of room to escape. If you encounter a mountain lion, make yourself big and loud while baking away slowly.  Please report any bear or mountain lion sightings to the Visitor Center in person or at 303-697-6159.
Do venomous snakes live in the park?
Occasionally rattlesnakes are seen in the park. The Western Prairie Rattlesnake is native to Colorado and is usually the species we see in the park. Two other species of rattlesnake live in the state, the Midget Faded Rattlesnake and the Massassagua, which lives in eastern Colorado. If you encounter a rattlesnake, back away slowly from the area while giving the snake plenty of room to escape.
What should I do if I encounter a coyote?
Never run away or turn your back on a coyote. If you have small children or small pets with you pick them up and continue walking slowly from the area. Never approach coyotes or their dens. If the animal approaches you, make yourself big and loud and make loud noises to scare it away. You may also throw sticks or rocks toward the animal. If you have an encounter with a coyote let us know about it! You can call the Visitor Center at 303-697-6159 or visit us in person.
What species of fish can I catch in Bear Creek Reservoir?
Anglers can catch Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Saugeye, Tiger Muskie and an occasional Perch. Rainbow trout are stocked 1-2 times a month during the summer. When fishing make sure you know the bag limit of the species you are targeting and have a valid Colorado fishing license with you.
What does the volunteer bike patrol do?
The volunteer bike patrol acts as an extension of the park rangers.  Volunteers patrol the trails in uniform and provide education on park rules, park and area information, and user assistance including first aid.
Parks: Forestry
Where can I dispose of leaves and tree debris?
Leaves and tree debris can be disposed of at Rooney Road Recycling Center.
Who do I contact if trees are growing into the power lines?
Please contact Excel Energy at 1-800-895-4999.
Can Forestry help when my neighbor’s tree overhangs into my yard?
No. Forestry can assist only with dying or dead trees. Healthy tree braches that overhang are a civil matter between the two of you.
What can be done about trees and bushes that are obstructing sidewalks, streets or view?
Sidewalks & streets must be kept free of obstructions such as overgrown trees or bushes. To report a concern visit the vegetation concerns page or call 720-963-5240.
If I need to hire a contractor to work on my trees, are there any requirements I need to be aware of?
Yes. By City ordinance, any person or company performing tree work for hire is required to possess a tree contractor’s license. Prior to licensing prospective contractors must pass a field and written exam and show proof of adequate insurance coverage.  View list of licensed tree contractors.
Parks: Park Rentals
Which park shelters are reservable for parties and/or events?
To view our reservable park shelters, please use the Interactive Community Map. Click on Rentals on the left side of the page and then click Park Shelters. Use the map pinoints to explore our reservable shelters or click List View to see a listing of available shelters.

More Information: Interactive Community Map
Parks: Resources and Education
Where can I dispose of leaves and tree debris?
Leaves and tree debris can be disposed of at Rooney Road Recycling Center.
Who do I contact if trees are growing into the power lines?
Please contact Excel Energy at 1-800-895-4999.
What can be done about trees and bushes that are obstructing sidewalks, streets or view?
Sidewalks & streets must be kept free of obstructions such as overgrown trees or bushes. To report a concern visit the vegetation concerns page or call 720-963-5240.
If I need to hire a contractor to work on my trees, are there any requirements I need to be aware of?
Yes. By City ordinance, any person or company performing tree work for hire is required to possess a tree contractor’s license. Prior to licensing prospective contractors must pass a field and written exam and show proof of adequate insurance coverage.  View list of licensed tree contractors.
Parks: William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain
Why does my dog have to be on leash at William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain?
Dogs are required to be on leash due to potential impacts to other park users and for the protection of park wildlife.  Keeping your dog on leash also helps to protect your pet from hazards such as rattlesnakes, coyotes and vehicles on roads surrounding the park.
What potentially hazardous animals are on William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain?
Rattlesnakes are common in the park, so please remain alert and use caution.  Coyotes are frequently seen as well, but are typically not a hazard.  The occasional mountain lion is also sighted in the park.
I see cars driving on William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain, who are they?
There is a radio tower on the summit of the mountain that needs frequent maintenance.  If you see vehicles on the park service road they are most likely there for this purpose.  Park staff also use the road for patrol and maintenance.
Why are you closing the trails on William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain?
Park staff has developed a plan to create and manage a sustainable trail system in the park for all users. Some of the existing trails in the park were created by park users and are not sustainable, particularly trails going directly up ridgelines. These trails create erosion, allow for the spread of invasive weeds and create unsightly scars.  In order for Lakewood to manage the park in a sustainable way, some of these trails will need to be closed, while others will be improved.
What are you doing to prevent car break-ins at the parking lot?
Lakewood Police and park rangers have significantly increased their patrol presence at the trailhead areas and are working to educate park users to not leave valuable items in their vehicles.  Other options to decrease this issue are also being pursued.  Please report any suspicious activity of thefts to the Lakewood Police at 303-987-7111.
Why can’t I walk off trail in the park?
The park is a sensitive resource that sees hundreds of thousands of users each year. Many of these users have created their own trails over the years, resulting in significant erosion issues, unsightly scars, wildlife habitat fragmentation and noxious weed spread.  The semi-arid nature of the region, and the nature of the soil, makes the park particularly susceptible to the formation of social trails. Users are required to remain on designated trails to help protect the scenic and habitat values of the park.
Who do I call if I have a complaint, question, concern or problem on William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain?
The park is managed by the City of Lakewood Regional Parks Division, based at Bear Creek Lake Park.  Please call 303-697-6159 with any questions or concerns.
Passports
What are the passport processing hours?
The City of Lakewood processes passports Monday - Friday from 11am to 4pm.
Can I pay the passport fees with a credit card?
The fees for processing passports are split into two payments. The payment that is sent in with the passport to the US Department of State, needs to be in the form of check or money order. The city's portion of the fees can be paid with cash, check or debit and credit cards.
How long does it take to process my application and receive my passport in the mail?
Routine processing takes 4-6 weeks for the US Department of State to process a passport applications. For an additional fee your application can be expedited and processed in 2-3 weeks.
What do I need to bring with me to apply for a passport?
Documents needed to apply for a passport depends on if the applicant is an adult or minor and if this is the first time applying for a passport. For details please call the City Clerk's Office 303-987-7048.
Public Notices
Where can I find a public meeting notice?
Public meetings are posted in the atrium located at Civic Center South, 480 S. Allison Pkwy. Lakewood, CO 80226. To best serve our citizens public meetings are also made available on the city website.
Where can I find legal notices posted by the City?
All legal notices are posted online and are updated on a weekly basis.
What is a public meeting notice?
Public meeting notices include, but are not limited to Mayor and City Council meetings, board and commission meetings, special district meetings and any other public meetings.
What is a legal notice?
Legal notices include but are not limited to invitations to bid, contractor settlements, public hearings, ordinances set for public hearing and ordinances adopted by City Council.
Public Records
How long does it take to process a public records request?
The city is given three working days from the time a public records request form is submitted to gather information and contact the citizen.
Recreation
How do I register online?
To register for classes and activities online, please visit https://rec.lakewood.org/vsiwebtrac.html to access our online registration system.
Recreation: Adult
What are the age requirements for participation in Adult Sports programs?

All participants must be at least 18 years of age during the season in order to be eligible.

 

Are uniforms required in team sports participation?
Team uniforms are not required for our volleyball, ultimate frisbee, or racquetball leagues. Basketball, Softball, Kickball and Flag-Football teams, however, teams must wear same color shirts with permanent numbers placed on the back.
If I am an individual player looking to play on a team what do I do?
Contact the Adult Sports Office at 303-987-4806 to be put on the "free agent roster" list. Teams searching for new players can get your name and contact information from that list.
If I play on a team and want to know if my game is cancelled due to bad weather whom do I call?
If games are cancelled due to inclement weather, you can call the Recreation Department Outdoor Athletics Weather Hotline at (303) 987-7078 after 4:00 pm to find out if games have been cancelled for that day.
If I have a game rescheduled, where can I find the make-up dates?
The team captain of your team will be notified via email regarding any make-up dates. The schedule will also be updated and placed online.
What do league fees cover?
League fees cover officials/umpires fees, necessary equipment, field/gym usage, lights, all league and post-season tournament awards, and administrative costs.
I am interested in officiating in youth or adult leagues, whom do I contact?
Contact the Adult Sports Office at 303-987-4806.
Can teams register for your leagues on-line?
No. Since we require a deposit at time of registration, all league registrations will have to be done in person at the Charles Whitlock Recreation Center or over the phone at 303-987-4806.
Do returning teams get registration priority over new teams?
Yes, registration is opened up to new teams only after the priority period set aside for returning teams has been completed.
Do I have to pay the full registration cost at the time I register my team?
It’s a good idea to, but no, we only require a down deposit for each team to you lock into a league.
What is the next step after registration?
For some sports, there will be a manager’s meeting to discuss rules and regulations and hand out the schedules. If there isn’t a meeting the team manager will receive the schedule via email or it can be acquired form our web site on a given date.
Do you register individuals wishing to play on a team?
No. We register teams only.
What is the maximum number allowed on the roster for each sport?
Rosters are unlimited. With that being mentioned, the City of Lakewood will only purchase up to a certain amount of items, if your team wins your respective league.
Recreation: Fitness
What type of water shoes do I need?
Water shoes are recommended, but not required. You can buy water shoes at any local retail store.
What is the most cost-effective way to buy aqua fitness passes when not a SilverSneakers® member,but aged 62-plus?
If you come only once a week for aqua fitness, buy a 10-visit punch card. If coming twice a week, consider the Senior All-Access pass.  You may attend all classes under this pass as often as you want, water and land.
Do I have to join the recreation center to take mind/body classes?
No, you can purchase a mind/body pass or pay for a class without joining the facility.
Are yoga mats provided?
There are yoga mats, but most patrons prefer to bring their own. Mats can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Pilates primarily focuses on the core (deep abdominals, lower back, gluteals and hips). Yoga focuses on flexibility, balance and core control.
Are there any yoga classes that do not require getting down on the floor?
Yes, you can take Yoga Stretch, which is taught either in the chair or using the chair to help with balance. This class is listed under Older Adult Fitness.
What are the advantages to taking Tai Chi and where is this class offered?
Tai Chi offers numerous benefits, including improving balance through slow, progressive movements (forms) that allow you to shift your weight and stabilize your body. It also improves mental focus and clarity. You can attend a Tai Chi class at the following location: Charles Whitlock Recreation Center (Tues., 7:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m.).
How can I join SilverSneakers®?
SilverSneakers® is a program managed by Healthways. Some insurance plans qualify you to be a member. Please check with your provider, or check with front desk staff at any Center. front desk staff.
What if my insurance plan does not allow me access to SilverSneakers®?
You can still participate in any of our Silversneakers® classes, which are part of our General Admission classes. You may purchase a pass to come into the facility or join our Senior All-Access which allows you the same benefits as SilverSneakers®.
How do I get started if I have not exercised in awhile, or ever? Is it too late?
It is never too late to start exercising. You may join a SilverSneakers® class, a strength training class or participate in an equipment orientation to learn how to workout safely.
For more information please contact our Community Wellness Advisor Sharon Lubieniecki 720-963-5362 or email ShaLub@Lakewood.org.
What clothes should I wear to a fitness class?
Wear something that allows you to move and is not restrictive. Shoes that are laced. and will allow for safe footing, are recommended.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
No, equipment is provided, but please bring water to class.
Do I have to register for classes?
Unless the class is specified as registration, or it says you must preregister, it is probably a general admission class, which allows you to drop into class at the appropriate time.
What kind of results can I expect from doing Pilates?
You can expect an increase in strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and body awareness, along with decreased back or other general pains.
How long will I have to do the Pilates workout before I see results?
The average active person doing two-three classes per week should see some results within 10-12 classes.
I have a bad back. Will I be able to do Pilates?
Always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine. An experienced instructor will be able to modify exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your range and monitor your improvements.
Will I get the same results with a mat workout as with a Reformer or equipment workout?
Mat-based workouts are very convenient and can be done anywhere. Adding light equipment and the larger resistance equipment will place more emphasis on outer limbs and add variety and intensity.
If I'm doing Pilates, should I still do my regular workout?
Pilates is a musculo skeletal conditioning program. It’s ideal, in combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, aerobics, aqua fitness, etc.) and is a great complement to a weight-training program.
Recreation: Golf
May I reserve a tee time online?
Fox Hollow and Homestead do not have online reservations for tee times. Please call Fox Hollow, 303-987-5428, or Homestead, 720-963-5181, to reserve a tee time-or visit in person.
How do I get to Fox Hollow?
Fox Hollow Golf Course is located on Morrison Road one-half mile west of Kipling Parkway and 3 1/2 miles east of C-470 in Lakewood.
 
Traveling from C-470 east or west:
Exit C-470 at Morrison Road. Proceed east on Morrison for about 3 1/2 miles and find Fox Hollow on the south side of the street.
 
Traveling from Kipling Parkway north or south:
Turn off Kipling Parkway at Morrison Road. Proceed west on Morrison for one-half mile and find Fox Hollow on the south side of the street. 

Street Address: 13410 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood, CO 80228

Phone: 303-986-7888
How do I get to Homestead?

The Homestead Golf Course is located on the North Hampden Frontage Road three-quarters of a mile west of Kipling Parkway in Lakewood, close to Highway 285 and C-470.
 
Traveling from C-470 east or west:
Exit C-470 at Hampden, or Highway 285. Proceed east on Hampden for about four miles until you reach Kipling Parkway. Exit onto northbound Kipling to the first stop light,which is the North Hampden Frontage Road, turn left on the frontage road and drive about one mile. The road will take you right to The Homestead Golf Course.
 
Traveling from Kipling Parkway north or south:
Turn off Kipling Parkway at the North Hampden Frontage Road. Proceed west on the frontage road for one mile. This road will take you right to The Homestead Golf Course. 
Street Address 11500 W. Hampden Ave., Lakewood, CO 80227

Phone: 720-963-5181

Recreation: RISE
I want to get my camper/participant registered for Paha this summer. What's next?

We are glad your camper/participant will be joining us this summer. Please note that there are
two steps to the registration process:


1) Register with our participant registration system (called RecTrac) by registering online at
www.Lakewood.org/Paha or by visiting any City of Lakewood Recreation Center. And don’t
forget step 2!
2) Complete the camper/participant paperwork available at www.Lakewood.org/Paha by May
9th. We’ll be emailing out more information after you register with details about the summer.

How do I register online?
Online registration is easy! Simply visit www.Lakewood.org/Paha and click on Registration, Fees
and paperwork. A link on that page will take to you our online registration system. Note: you’ll
need to have a profile to register online. After you have registered, you’ll need to complete your
paperwork by May 9th.
What if I don't want to register online?
Easy! Simply register in person at any City of Lakewood Recreation center. Front desk staff will be glad to help you!
What are the fees for either program?

A. See the chart below for dates and fees.

Summer Registration and
Fees for Camp Paha and
Paha Adults in Transition
Full 7 weeks
(Register for both
sessions A and B)
Session A
(Camp Paha #236701-01)
(PAT #236702-02)
Session B
(Camp Paha #236701-01)
(PAT #236702-02)
NOTE: Programs run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16-Aug 1, 2014 Jun 16-July 3, 2014
No PAT/Paha July 4
July 14-Aug 1, 2014
No PAT/Paha July 4
Residents of Lakewood $1450 $725 $725
Nonresidents $1860 $930 $930
Non-Refundable
Registration Fee
$50/$60 $25/$30 $25/$30

 

I've registered my camper/participant but I'm told they are 'waitlisted.' What does that mean?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept each and every camper and participant that registers. If your camper/participant has made the waitlist, we aren’t yet sure if we have room to host them at Paha. If we can or cannot, we will contact you and let you know. If you are waitlisted, it’s best to complete the paperwork in hopes of coming off the waitlist
I must complete the Camper/Participant Paperwork electronically, print them out (and sign) to submit them. What is I don't have a computer/printer?
We have a Paha Paperwork night available on Thursday, April 17th from 4-6pm at the Link Rec Center. You can register now for a slot (Activity #136700) by calling 303-987-4800. But hurry, spaces are limited.
Where should my completed paperwork go to?
Completed paperwork packets (and all supplementary documentation) should be mailed to or dropped by the Whitlock Recreation Center, 1555 Dover St, Lakewood, CO 80215.
I feel like there are some important dates you are not tell me about. What are they?

 

Apr 1, 2014 - 8 a.m. 2013 Returning Campers/Participants may register for Paha
2014 Paha Paperwork available www.Lakewood.org/Paha
Apr 7, 2014 - 8 a.m. All New and Returning Paha Campers/Participants may register
May 2, 2014 Regular Registration for Camp Paha closes. Anyone wishing to register for Camp Paha must contact Mark Snow at 303-987-4869 directly after this date.
May 9, 2014 All Paperwork (typed, not hand-written) is due POSTMARKED to hold our camper/participant's spot.
May 20, 2013 Registration for Parent Open House (June 11 for Camp Paha. June 12 for Paha Adults in Transition) opens. Call 303-987-4800 to register for your 15 minute meeting with staff.

 

The paperwork refers to an Open House. What is that?
The Parent Open house is a chance for parents to bring their camper/participant to see and tour the camp before the summer starts. We have found that it greatly reduces anxiety about the summer. Parents will have the opportunity to Paha leadership, staff and the Paha Nurse regarding their camper and care for the summer. Look for more information in the paperwork packet on how to register.
This FAQ has been great but I just want to talk with someone.

We welcome your phone call or email! You can contact us below.


Mark Snow
RISE Coordinator
303-987-4869
MarSno@Lakewood.org


Megan Schoenbein
Paha Programs Director
303-987-4866
MegSch@lakewood.org

Recreation: Special Events
Are there time requirements for each of the stations in the challenge?
Yes, there will be time requirements for each station they will be as follows:
• Swim-20 minutes
• Push up-2 minutes
• Sit up-2 minutes
• Pull up-1 attempt
• Run 30 minutes
Do I have to swim a specific stroke and how many lengths is 500 yards?
You may swim any stroke throughout the swim. The swim will take place in a 25 yard pool, so 500 yards will equal 20 lengths of the pool.
Will there be other competitors in my lane/space throughout the challenge?
Yes, this is a community building event, so you will be getting to know other people throughout the challenge.  Each wave will have 16 people in it.  This will mean 2 swimmers per lane, and 16 on the run course.  Wave competitors will partner up for the push-up, sit-up, pull-up portion of the challenge to assist in counting reps. 
How much rest is provided between each station?
It depends on the station.  There is generally 10-15 minutes rest after the swim to change into fresh clothes.  Between the push-up, sit-up, pull-up, participants can count on approximately five minutes rest between exercises, and there will be another 10 minutes rest before the run.
When do I need to show up for the event?
We will e-mail timelines to all pre-registered participants.  This will include individual start times for each participant.  We encourage everyone to show up early to support fellow competitors, but everyone should plan on being at the facility 30 minutes prior to your wave start time.
Is there anything else I need to know prior to the event?
You need to know that this is going to be an outstanding event which will bring participants together to support and encourage each other, so bring your cheering voice and positive attitude.
Recreation: Swimming
How are private lessons scheduled?

Participants should call the front desk of any facility (preferably the one where they would like the lessons to take

place) and set up the dates and times they are available. The front desk staff will print all of the information out and submit

it to the Pool Manager. We will then post the request and if an instructor is available to work with you, they will call you to

set up the lessons.

 



More Information: Recreation Center Facilities
Do you provide another participant for the semi-private lessons?

No, you must already have another participant (friend or family member) arranged to register with you for a semi-private lesson. Lesson cost is per person.

 

What happens if I sign up and pay for private lessons and no one calls me?
We strive to set up lessons within 5-10 business days, however during certain times of year it may take a few extra days. Our goal is to have an instructor contact you as soon as possible.
What times and days are available for private lessons?

Lessons can be taught any time and day and scheduling will be arranged between the instructor and participant.

 

I am unsure which swimming lesson level to sign my child up for. How do I decide?

Please see the lesson placement checklist. If you still are unsure, please call or come to one of the facilities and an instructor will be willing to help you.

 



More Information: Swim Lesson Youth Placement Checklist
When are lessons cancelled?

Lessons are cancelled the Thursday before the session starts if they are not meeting enrollment requirements. We will try and arrange for you to get into a lesson elsewhere or into a similar level of ability.

 

I signed my child up for the wrong level, what do I do?
Please call the Pool Manager as soon as possible. We will do our best to get them into the correct level.

More Information: Aquatics Staff Contacts
I signed my child up on the waitlist for a class but never received a phone call. What do I do next?

The Pool Manager will contact you ONLY if a spot or another class has opened up or been added. If you do not hear from anyone, you did not get in.

 

I have never taken swimming lessons before. What adult swimming lesson class should I sign up for?

Please sign up for the Adult/Teen Fundamentals class. This is for adults with no prior experience. If you have had some experience before, please sign up for the Adult Refinement class. Adult/Teen lessons are for participants 16 years old and up.

 

Who are masters swimmers?

You can become a masters swimmer if you are 18 years or older.  Masters swimmers come from all walks of life and with all abilities. Some are accomplished collegiate athletes while others have never done anything more than float through the Red Cross exam in PE class in school. Anybody can be a master’s swimmer.  Our coach is experienced with coaching young and old, competitor and non-competitor alike. You can get as much or as little stroke advice as you want. Many athletes from other disciplines join Masters Swimming to gain cross training advantages. Others join to get into a structured program to help recover from a health problem or to just stay fit. There are as many reasons to join, as there are swimmers.

 

Can I join the masters swim team if I'm not a very good swimmer?

Yes! The Dawgs team is open to people of all abilities. Workouts are organized in such a way that different skill levels  and speeds are separated into different lanes. There is a lane that will fit everyone. If it is your first time with the team, feel free to ask Coach Carole for a recommendation on which group to work with.

 

Can I practice with the masters swim team if I'm visiting from out of town?

If you are visiting from out of town and would like to swim with the Dawgs, you are welcome to join us at any of our workouts. You will need to pay a daily masters drop-in rate ($6) at the recreation center prior to practice.

 

Do I have to compete to join the masters team?

No. In fact, a significant number of Dawgs never compete. Many join and stay just for the fitness aspects. The common goal of the Dawgs masters team is to stay fit and have fun.

 

I'm thinking about competing in masters swimming. What's it like?

Congratulations! Stepping into competition can add significant motivation to your training program. Masters swimming has several types of competitions typically broken into "seasons".

Winter spring months are typically the "Short Course" season.  Most meets are swum in a 25 yd pool. In Colorado, short course state championships are usually held in April. Officially the short course season finishes with the completion of the USMS Nationals usually held in mid-May.

Spring and summer are generally the "Long Course" seasons. Long course is a designation given to a 50-meter pool. This is the type of pool you see at the Olympics and World Championships. Similar to short course season, long course season culminates in a national event each year sometime in mid-August.

In most seasons and events, the competition is broken up into gender and age group divisions. Age groups start from 19 and go 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, and so on.

 

Recycling
What recycling programs are available?
The Quail Street Recycling Center is located at 1068 Quail St. 

More Information: Recycling
Where and when may I recycle in Lakewood?

Lakewood residents may drop off common, household recyclable items at the newly remodeled Quail Street Recycling Center, located at 1068 Quail St. Operating hours:

  • Winter: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., October through April
  • Summer: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., May through September

 

For larger, more dangerous items, Lakewood residents may use the Rooney Road Recycling Center in Golden. Commonly accepted items include small business waste, electronic items, paints, oil, solvents, appliances and organic yard waste. Operating hours:

  • For organic waste: Changes by month, please refer to their website
  • For hazardous materials and chemicals: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m Wednesday and Saturday, by appointment only 


More Information: Rooney Road Recycling Center
What may I recycle at the Quail Street facility?
Please refer to the link below for a detailed list that describes what may and may not be recycled at the Quail Street Facility.

More Information: Quail Street - Allowable Materials List
Who may I contact with recycling questions?

Quail Street: For more information, please call 303-987-7974 for a recorded message on times, accepted materials and other information; or call 303-987-7190 for other questions.

 

Rooney Road : For questions regarding hazardous material, call 303-316-6262 ext. 1 or 2. For questions regarding organic materials, call 303-316-6262 ext. 3.

Sustainability
When is Earth Day?
Earth Day is celebrated each April 22, with additional events oftentimes held the week before and/or after. Lakewood's 2012 Earth Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 21 at Lakewood Commons.

More Information: Earth Day FAQs
What is Xeriscape?
Xeriscape uses low-water-use plants to create a sustainable yet lush and easy to care for landscape in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. The term was coined in the 1980s to help create a recognizable "brand" for low-water-use landscaping. Xeriscape is a combination of the word "landscape" and the Greek word "xeros," which means dry.

Xeriscape is based on seven basic principles: planning and designing, limiting turf areas, selecting and zoning plants appropriately, improving the soil, using mulch, irrigating efficiently and maintaining the landscape.

More Information: Principles of Xeriscaping
Who should I contact to learn more about the BEEP Program or how to register?
For more information about the BEEP Program and to get registered for your initial consultation, contact Ron Vasquez at 303-264-9684 or visit ColoradoLiteracy.org.

More Information: The Learning Source
Who will perform my energy audit?
An energy coach, trained by experts at Red Rocks Community College and The Learning Source, will analyze and baseline your building’s energy use, evaluate energy bills and inform you about the effects of occupant behavior on energy costs.
How much energy can green buildings save?
Green and energy-efficient buildings can reduce use by 24-50 percent, carbon emissions by 33-39 percent, water use by 40 percent and solid waste by 70 percent.

More Information: U.S. Green Building Council
What cost savings do green buildings provide?
Green buildings can reduce operating costs by 8-9 percent while increasing building value, occupancy ratio and rent ratio.



More Information: U.S. Green Building Council
What has the City of Lakewood done to improve energy efficiency in its buildings?
The City of Lakewood Facilities Maintenance Department has been busy working on a retro-commissioning project, identifying and improving energy efficiency in several City buildings. Through this effort, approximately 460,500 square feet of space in Lakewood-owned buildings has been retrofitted. The Facilities Maintenance Department expects the savings from 2011 to be approximately 15 percent over the previous year.
What cost-saving energy rebates are available to me?

The City of Lakewood offers two energy rebate programs to its residents: The Solar Rebate Program and the Do-it-Yourself Attic Insulation Program.

 

Xcel Energy offers an extensive rebate program that can help customers save on their energy bills.



More Information: Xcel Energy Rebate Programs
How do I sign up for Every Trip Counts?
Email Kate Cooke at kcooke@raqc.org to sign up for Every Trip Counts Today! Log your trips and track your progress toward cleaner air! You can also visit the link below for more details about the program.



More Information: Every Trip Counts
What are the perks of signing up for Every Trip Counts?
The Every Trip Counts program will reward the first 1000 participants with their choice of a pack of RTD bus passes or a gift certificate to a bicycle shop.



More Information: Every Trip Counts Program Information
How much gas annually does the average driver waste while idling?
The average vehicle spends an average of 5-10 minutes per day voluntarily idling. This amounts to between 0.3 and 0.75 gallons of wasted gas per idling hour. As a result, most drivers waste one to two tankfuls of fuel per year while idling.
How much air pollution does idling really cause?
An idling vehicle produces about 4.8 grams of carbon monoxide per minute, which is roughly equal to the carbon monoxide produced from 3 packs of cigarettes. In the Denver metropolitan area, idling is responsible for an estimated 40,000 tons of harmful air pollution each year and 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The result: more than 40 million gallons of fuel wasted, just while idling, and $100 million in annual costs for residents and businesses in the metro area.
Won't restarting my car frequently waste gas?
Many drivers believe that idling is preferred to restarting; however, idling for even 10 seconds in cars with fuel injection (which includes almost all vehicles built since the late 1980s) uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
How long does it take for my car to warm up?
Modern engines require only 30 seconds to warm up. Excess idling only adds pollution to the atmosphere.
What is the maximum amount of time my vehicle should idle?
Avoid idling more than 30 seconds (when not in traffic). Frequent restarting has little impact on the battery and starter ($10 a year in wear), whereas excessive idling can actually damage important engine components. Idling for just 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
What is the most efficient speed at which to drive?
55-60 mph is the most efficient speed. Every 5 mph over 60 reduces fuel efficiency by about 7 percent. That is like paying $0.30 more per gallon: Driving 70, rather than 60, costs the same as paying $4.50 per gallon compared to $3.90. Drive the speed limit on the highway and use cruise control when you can.
What is Project FEVER?
Project FEVER is a national project designed to achieve the president’s goal to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. Project FEVER seeks to overcome the regulatory, permitting, infrastructure, planning and policy barriers that hinder the expansion of electric vehicles into the mainstream marketplace and introduce policies, procedures and incentives that facilitate this development.

More Information: Project FEVER Information
Who administers Project FEVER?
The Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition was recently awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to implement Funding Electric Vehicle Expansion in the Rockies, or Project FEVER.

More Information: Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition
What is NREL?
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL), located in nearby Golden, is the country's premier site for renewable energy research and development and a lead laboratory for energy efficiency. NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Backed by 35 years of achievement, NREL leads the way in helping meet the growing demand for clean energy.

More Information: National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL)
What is a Brownfield?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight and takes development pressures off green spaces and working lands."

More Information: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Brownfields
Who should I contact with Brownfields questions?
For more information about the City's Brownfield Programs, contact Dan Scheppers, Brownfields Coordinator, at 303-692-3500.
Sustainability Awards
When and where will the Sustainability Awards ceremony be held?
The 2015 Sustainability Awards will be presented April 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. during the City Council regular meeting. A reception in honor of award recipients will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. prior to the City Council meeting. Both events will take place in the South Building at 480 South Allison Parkway.

More Information: Sustainabililty Awards 2015
Sustainable Neighborhoods Program
What is the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program?
Lakewood’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program encourages active citizen participation in workshops and initiatives with the goal of enhancing community sustainability in Lakewood’s neighborhoods. Using guidance from City staff and partnerships with community organizations, participating neighborhoods earn credit and are then recognized for their effort. Depending on the number of credits earned in a given year, neighborhoods receive designation as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood” from the City.

More Information: Sustainable Neighborhood Program Overview Brochure
What are the benefits of participating in the program?
Participation in the program can enhance the environmental and social strength of a neighborhood while demonstrating commitment to sustainability in Lakewood. In addition, participation benefits can include recognition by City Council, neighborhood signage, education and an increased sense of community.
What are the goals and target areas?
The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program focuses on five broad goal categories and associated target areas. Participating neighborhoods use these goal areas to guide their selection of workshop topics and neighborhood initiatives. The goal categories are: energy, air, water, land and people.



More Information: Goals and Target Areas Brochure
How does my neighborhood become certified?
To receive certification as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood,” the neighborhood must earn a minimum of 60 credits. To receive certification as an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood,” the neighborhood must earn a minimum of 100 credits. Credits are awarded for attendance at neighborhood workshops and for participation in projects and initiatives that build upon workshop topics.

More Information: Sustainable Neighborhood Certification Brochure

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