Westminster residents love the outdoors and have 2,910 acres of parks to enjoy. A total of 65 parks are located throughout the city, and each Westminster resident has a park within a half mile of their home. This includes our four-legged friends who can romp at the city's 300-acre Off-Leash Dog Park located at 105th Avenue and Simms Street or our newest dog park located at the Big Dry Creek Park.
Bluegrass Conversion to Native/Drought Resistant Grasses
There are currently three pilot projects that the Parks Division is working on where we are converting bluegrass areas to native and drought-tolerant grasses. The process involves killing areas of bluegrass with a nonselective herbicide (in this case Roundup), mowing the remaining vegetation as close to the ground as possible to create a new seed bed and then drilling the new grass seed into the ground. To speed up the germination process the irrigation system is then used to establish the new grass and provide a head start for this conversion. Pilot parks for this conversion process include Kensington, Oakhurst Phase II and England Park.
Armed Forces Tribute Garden
Westminster has developed an Armed Forces Tribute Garden to honor those who serve in any branch of the Armed Services. The Tribute Garden is a unique addition to City Park and is located on 104th Avenue just west of the Christopher Fields softball complex. This permanent tribute includes a central water feature with a bronze sculpture, seating areas for each of the service branches, engraved bricks and beautiful landscaping.
Standley Lake Regional Park
At Standley Lake Regional Park, campers enjoy a new campground, and at the Standley Lake Nature Center, visitors can learn about the shoreline habits of nesting bald eagles. Other activities to enjoy at Standley Lake include boating, hiking, biking and fishing.
Reservable Park Pavilions
Most of the city's parks include covered pavilions, and the city currently has 12 reservable park pavilions and one reservable outdoor amphitheatre, the Promenade Terrace.
Westminster To Install New Dog Waste Stations
The City has contracted with Poo Free Parks™, which is a Denver-based, privately-held company providing eco-friendly pet waste services. The company will provide free dispensers and bags at no cost to the City and will maintain these units on a regular basis. Poo Free Parks™ is dedicated to help keep parks and waterways clean and beautiful in an environmentally-, fiscally- and socially-responsible manner, providing employment opportunities to heavily disadvantaged members of the community and bringing value and recognition to sponsorship partners. For more information, please visit http://www.poofreeparks.com/ .
Resource Management Program
Westminster is proud of its award-winning park system. A new Resource Management Program (Tier Service Level Program) was implemented in 2011 to maintain park quality while managing available resources. The plan is systematic, professionally administered and is based on resources, need and priority. Learn more on the Resource Management Program page.
Snow Removal Plan
On Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, Westminster City Council reviewed a plan by the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department to reduce snow removal responsibilities by 15 percent. The changes are necessary to make more efficient use of staff time and resources due to staffing and funding reductions. The staff report lists all the proposed reductions and a map shows the routes proposed. Also available in a printable version.