Parks, Forestry and Open Space

Find your next outdoor adventure! Lakewood is home to 114 parks and 240 miles of trails, totaling over 7,400 acres of open space. Parks include the popular Bear Creek Lake Park and William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain. Exemplary forestry and horticulture programs protect and manage our urban forest.

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Go Camping


There are currently no fire restrictions.

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:

  • 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! Lakewood Parks hosts one-day volunteer projects for Earth Day, National Trails Day and National Public Lands Day annually. These projects are typically in April, June and September.


From building trails to park patrol, parks volunteers have many opportunities to assist in the great outdoors. Applications are accepted annually in winter/spring.

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Donate to support Bear Creek Lake Park. Online donation coming soon. 


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. Learn more about the programs on the Memorial Trees and Benches page.

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.

For questions regarding these programs, contact Lakewood Parks at 720-963-5240.

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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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