Jeffco Open Space awards grant to fund Bear Creek Trail improvements

Published on April 29, 2021


Construction will commence this summer on Lakewood’s Bear Creek Trail, thanks to a nearly $2 million Jeffco Open Space Regional Trails Grant, enabling significant improvements to the popular seven-mile trail that was originally constructed with the support of Jeffco Open Space funding in 1983. The regional connection from C-470 to Denver hosts over 450,000 visitors per year. 

The project includes the installation of over 12,000 linear feet of 3-6 foot wide soft surface trail that will roughly parallel the existing concrete path through the 350-acre Bear Creek Greenbelt. The purpose of the trail is to alleviate congestion along the existing concrete trail by providing an alternative natural surface for walkers and runners. In addition to the soft surface trail construction, improvements will be made to the concrete trail by widening sections to 10 feet when feasible, by softening trail curves to extend sight lines and replacing damaged concrete to mitigate hazards. A new restroom facility will also be added, existing bridges replaced, and signage and wayfinding improved. All proposed improvements have been included to create a welcoming trail experience for all visitors and user groups to the popular regional trail. The overall project is targeted for completion in the summer of 2023.

Also contributing to the project is a $750,000 grant awarded from the Land and Water Conservation Fund through the National Parks Service. The city will contribute up to $2 million with TABOR funding that was allocated by City Council to the project in the annual budget. Learn more about the project, upcoming detours, and ask a question of the project team by visiting or calling 303-987-7800.