Parks, Forestry and Open Space

 People of all ages will find opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in Lakewood.

The city is proud to offer more than 110 parks—including Bear Creek Lake Park and William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain—totaling more than 7,200 acres of open space. The city has 240 miles of multi-use trails, environmental education experiences and exemplary forestry and horticulture programs that protect and manage our urban forest.

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There are currently no fire restrictions in place.

Activities never allowed

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or campfire, except within a permanently constructed fire grate or grill in natural areas and parks.
  • Burning in a careless manner, leaving a fire unattended or failing to extinguish any fire.
  • Burning trash or debris.
  • Using ANY fireworks, including sparklers, Roman candles, sky lanterns or any other device containing an explosive substance.
  • Failing to take adequate measures, such as having a fire extinguisher, hose or shovel nearby to prevent uncontrolled fires.
  • Use of model rockets in parks and open space with the exception of one area in Bear Creek Lake Park during scheduled events only as designated by the Community Resources director.

Activities not allowed during a fire restriction

  • Use of model rockets.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or an area six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible materials. All smoking materials must be discarded in approved containers.

Activities not allowed during a fire ban

  • Fires of any kind, including but not limited to charcoal grills and fire pits.
  • Use of model rockets.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or an area six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible materials. All smoking materials must be discarded in approved containers.

Activities during red flag warnings

  • During red flag warnings, residents and park users are encouraged to be extra cautious with any activity with potential fire risk.

Activities allowed during fire restrictions and fire bans

  • Use of liquid or gas-fueled appliances, including but not limited to, gas grills, gas fire pits and gas stoves. The rule of thumb is that a fire is allowed if it can be "turned off" rather than "put out".
  • Fires authorized by permit from the West Metro Fire Department.

Additional information

For additional information, please visit West Metro Fire Rescue or call 303-989-4307.



Get involved for a day and give back! Signup for 1-day Earth Day, Trails Day and Public Lands Day volunteer events, hosted annually in the spring, summer and fall.


We are not currently accepting ongoing volunteer applications; thanks for your interest! From building trails to park patrol, parks volunteers have many opportunities to assist in the great outdoors. Applications are typically accepted annually in the spring.

Memorial Donations

The City of Lakewood has two memorial donation programs: a memorial tree planting program and a memorial bench program. Both programs offer unique opportunities to remember your loved ones and create a lasting tribute.

All donations are guaranteed for a period of ten years. During this time, the City will repair or replace the tree or bench when necessary. Donations are recognized by either placing a plaque on the bench, or placing the loved ones name on the Memorial Tree Planting Plaque which is located at the Lakewood Civic Center outside the City Council Chambers, at the Lakewood Civic Center.

If you would like more information or have questions regarding these programs, contact the City of Lakewood Parks Division at 720-963-5240.

Memorial Tree Planting Program

Honor your loved one by purchasing a memorial tree which can be planted in almost any park within the Lakewood park system. 

Donation amounts range in price depending on the size and species of the tree desired. Staff foresters will assist you in selecting an appropriate tree species and planting location. Ceremonies you may wish to hold in association with the planting of the memorial tree can be coordinated in advance with city forestry staff.

To get started, fill out the online application. Contact the City of Lakewood Memorial Tree Program at 720-963-5246 with any questions.

Memorial Bench Program 

The Memorial Bench Program allows individuals to purchase a memorial bench to be placed at a park. The Community Resources Department has identified parks that need benches, along with appropriate locations for the memorials to be placed.

If interested, contact the City of Lakewood Parks Department at 720-963-5240.


Make an online donation to support Bear Creek Lake Park.

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Become a Community Sponsor

With 7,155 acres of parkland in Lakewood, maintaining the high standards of care we have set for our open space requires a lot of work and a lot of community involvement. The City of Lakewood provides many opportunities throughout the year for individuals and groups to help keep our parks and trails beautiful. Donations of money, food, time and materials allow us to involve the whole community in keeping Lakewood beautiful.

Opportunities include

  • Earth Day
  • National Trails Day
  • Adopt-A-Trail
  • Special Volunteer Events

To inquire about sponsorships, call 303-987-7871 or email

Contact Us

Community Resources

480 S. Allison Pkwy.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 303-987-7800
Park Maintenance: 720-963-5240
Fax: 303-987-7821
For persons with hearing impairments, call Relay Colorado at 711 and request "Lakewood Community Resources" at 303-987-7800.

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