Margaret’s Pond is located in east-central Westminster within the 10.5-acre Margaret’s Pond Open Space on the northeast corner of the intersection of West 104th Avenue and Legacy Ridge Parkway.
Extensive wetlands, grassed areas, willows, native plums and large cottonwoods border the 2.3-acre body of water. Situated adjacent to the western holes of the Legacy Ridge Golf Course, it is also surrounded by houses to the north and south. A trail takes visitors on a loop around the pond’s perimeter following the parallel line of the Farmers' High Line Canal which adds additional trees and shrubs to the setting.
Public access to the pond is found at a small parking area located along the east side of Legacy Ridge Parkway just north of West 104th Avenue.
Water for the pond comes from the east, originating in the Farmers' High Line Canal. This is supplemented with stormwater runoff from the adjacent golf course and residential development. The water and plants associated with the pond and irrigation ditch support rich wildlife habitat for a variety of birds, fish, reptiles, mammals and insects. Two ornamental stone-faced bridges carry both Legacy Ridge Parkway and the pedestrian walkway across the drainage off the pond’s western shore. Water from the pond drains toward the west under the bridges and ultimately into Big Dry Creek.
Around the turn of the 2oth century, Best & Bostwick owned the square mile of land that extended from the pond to the north, east and west. This partnership appears to have involved prominent Denver-based wholesale grocer and grain dealer John D. Best, who is likely to have used the property for growing crops and raising livestock. The identity of Bostwick is not currently known. The nearest farmstead was located along a country road that later became Sheridan Boulevard, one-half mile to the west.
Developed during the early 1900s, Margaret’s Pond was constructed along a natural drainage and was retained by an earthen dam along its western shore. It served for years as a livestock watering hole and may have also been used for irrigation. The pond was reportedly named Muelstein Reservoir for an early president of the Farmers Reservoir & Irrigation Company, Abraham Muelstein.
By the mid-1900s, the pond was still surrounded by the irrigation ditch and an expanse of undeveloped agricultural land. In the 1950s, Texas oilman R. Dean Hawn, together with partner Bill Hewit, acquired the large farm that holds the pond. Hawn’s daughter married Bill Kearney, who became involved in managing the property after it ceased being used for agriculture.
In 1992, Kearney renamed the pond after his sister, Margaret Huckaby, who died the previous year. During the 1990s, the Hawns and Hewits partnered with the City of Westminster to develop the Legacy Ridge Golf Course and surrounding residential neighborhoods. Margaret’s Pond was purchased by the City of Westminster in 1992 and added to its open space holdings and recreational attractions.
Photo: Courtesy Mike Smith