The City of Westminster and the City of Broomfield held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, April 23, at Metzger Farm (120th and Lowell Blvd.) to begin construction on a community open space project.
Mayor Nancy McNally of Westminster and Mayor Pat Quinn of Broomfield spoke about the history of the farm and the benefits the open space project brings to the two communities. Karen Metzger Keithley, daughter of John Metzger, shared childhood memories o growing up on the farm. Christian Meyer, Great Outdoors Colorado; Bob Briggs, Westminster City Council; and Ed Hickle, Adams County Open Space Advisory Board also spoke about the intricacy of the process of acquiring the farm and working to develop a master plan for the property.
The Metzger Farm open space project will enhance open space, wildlife habitat and regional trail connections through Broomfield and Westminster. The master plan for the farm includes two miles of trails, a fishing dock, picnic pavilion, overlook, parking lot and interpretive signage.
The City of Westminster’s 925-acre Big Dry Creek open space corridor and trail also run through a portion of the property, and additional trails will connect to the Big Dry Creek trail system. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall, with Metzger Farm being opened to the public by the end of the year.
The farm is located within the City of Westminster on the border with the City and County of Broomfield. Because of the expense associated with acquiring the property, neither the City of Westminster or the City and County of Broomfield was able to purchase the property on its own for preservation.
In May 2002, citizen representatives from the Open Space Advisory Boards in each community begin discussing the idea of partnering together to protect the farm.
In 2005, the City of Westminster and the City and County of Broomfield collaborated to create a foundation for the acquisition, financing, management, and maintenance of Metzger Farm.
In 2006, the foundation purchased the property. Adams County supported the acquisition through the award of three grants totaling just over $1.5 million along with another grant of $345,900 to assist with the construction of improvements. The City also received a Great Outdoors Colorado grant for $500,000.
The property encompasses two parcels that were originally settled in the late 1800s by members of the Gay family.
John Metzger, a former Colorado Attorney General, purchased the property in 1943 and it functioned as a working farm through the 1950s. The farmstead includes the family home, nine outbuildings and two main ponds. The ponds have matured into a nature preserve and are among the property’s most distinctive elements.
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