Lakewood, Colorado

Lakewood BoundariesLocated just minutes from Denver along the western edge of the metro area and against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the City of Lakewood has a population over 145,000 and is the fifth largest city in the State of Colorado. It is served by a light rail line which connects Lakewood to downtown Denver and other suburban communities.

Lakewood has more than 90 parks.  Bear Creek Lake Park is Lakewood’s most popular playground. Within its 2,600 acres are a large fishing lake, paved and unpaved hiking trails, dirt biking trails, picnic areas, and a summer water-skiing concessionaire. Green Mountain is Lakewood’s second largest park. It features a challenging network of multi-use trails. The summit, at 6,800 feet, offers unique and stunning views of the Denver metropolitan area to the east, as well as high mountain peaks to the west.

Lakewood has never had a traditional downtown area. In the 1950s, retail was scattered along Colfax Avenue. There were grocery and drug stores, gas stations, restaurants and taverns, several motels, a movie theater, roller rink, bowling alley, and several used car lots. Today, Lakewood has two large attractive shopping areas – the Belmar shopping district with its great walk-ability, shops, restaurants and movie theater, and Colorado Mills with over 200 stores, restaurants and movie theater. Nestled in Lakewood City Commons, across from the Belmar shopping area, is the Lakewood Cultural Center with a technically advanced 316-seat theater, rotating visual art exhibits in multiple gallery spaces, meeting and event spaces, and cultural arts classes. The neighboring Lakewood Heritage Center includes 10 historic structures and 30,000 artifacts, plus a popular outdoor amphitheater with summer concerts.

Lakewood lies within the boundaries of the Jefferson County School District.  

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