January 21, 2020

What’s Happening in Golden

August 9, City Council Business Meeting and Study Session
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda includes appointment to the Golden Urban Renewal Authority, a resolution in support of funding measures for Jeffco schools, amendments to the Rooney Road Sports Complex and recycling center agreements with Jefferson County, a presentation to City Council by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Golden’s Economic Future, GURA’s quarterly report to City Council, and a discussion about the creation of a Downtown Development Task Force. City Council is meeting with Colorado School of Mines representatives for dinner before the official meeting starts. You can review the complete agenda, download the packet, and watch the live screencast, all on the city’s website.

August 10, Movies & Music in the Park
The next Movies & Music in the Park event features Dwight Mark at 7pm followed by The Muppet Movie at about 8:30. If the weather holds, you’ll find Movies & Music in the Park on 17, as well (with Tommy & the Tangerines and the movie Dolphin Tale).

August 11, Golden Farmer’s Market
The Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday from 8am – 1pm through October 6. If you haven’t been down yet this year, you’ll find it’s even bigger and better than last year.

August 18-19, Golden Fine Arts Festival
Golden’s premier art fest – the Golden Fine Arts Festival – runs all weekend long on 11th Street alongside the Clear Creek History Park.

August 23, City Council Business Meeting
City Hall at 7 p.m. You can review the agenda about a week before the meeting, and you can watch the live screencast, all on the city’s website.

August 25, USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Golden is hosting the start of Stage 6 of this year’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Just like last year, Golden is hosting a bunch of great events all weekend, including the “King of the Mountain” Lookout Mountain Hill Climb, the Taste of Golden block party, the movie Breaking Away at the Lions Park ballfields, and more.

August 28, Golden Cruise
The Golden Cruise is always the last Tuesday of the month, which means the next one is August 28. The action starts at Woody’s in downtown Golden at around 5:30pm with beer, free bike tune-ups, and plenty of frivolity. The Cruise starts at around 7pm.

September 1, Coffee With a Councilor
For folks living in the southern half of Golden, this is a chance to hear and ask questions of Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves and other members of the City Council representing your part of town.

September 1, Golden Super Cruise
The Golden Super Cruise is cruising’ this summer, with official festivities running from 5-9pm. This is Golden’s car cruiser classic (not to be confused with the Golden Cruise, our bike cruiser event). There is one more Super Cruise evening scheduled for October 6.

September 7, First Friday Street Fair
Golden’s First Friday Street Fair continues in September. You’ll find inexpensive food, beer, music, kid-friendly entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more in historic downtown Golden from 5 – 10pm.

Two good websites for looking up other events in town are the city’s community calendar and Golden.com.

City Considers New Bronze Statue: Bike Racer Levi Leipheimer

A new bronze statue is apparently in the works for Golden, part of the preparation for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge scheduled to return this August. As I understand it, the city’s contract with the bike race includes a commitment to commission and install a piece of art related to the race. The city’s plan: install a statue of Levi Leipheimer, the winner of last year’s race.

Personally, I’m not that excited about another bronze statue in Golden … we’ve got quite a few already … but I’m even less enthused about a statue of someone with no relationship to Golden at all except that he spent a few hours here during a bike race last year.

But the bigger issue, I think, is whether the public gets any input into the city’s decisions about public art. As it stands now, the community itself has virtually no input on our public art program, not on how the program works, what type of art we install on public property, where this art is installed, how much more art we want, or anything else.

Whatever you think about the proposed Levi Leipheimer statue or about the bigger issue of public input on Golden’s public art program, if you’ve got an opinion you might let City Council know:


(Photo from Wikipedia).

Radio Golden #6 – May 18, 2012: bronze statues, off-leash dogs, State Senator Cheri Jahn, and more

Episode 6 of Radio Golden is online! Some of the ground we cover:

  • a proposed new bronze statue in Golden of bike racer Levi Leipheimer
  • the policy on and fines for off-leash dogs
  • high-speed police chases
  • special guest State Senator Cheri Jahn on the 2012 legislative session
  • and more …

The City Manager’s State of the City: 2012

City Manager Mike Bestor presented his annual “State of the City” address last week to the Chamber of Commerce. The short version of Mike’s talk: the city is in great shape.

He spent some time highlighting city efforts from last year that he was particularly proud of, including the Golden Police Department’s role in breaking open a very difficult multi-state serial rapist case (the rapist was recently sentenced to 327 1/2 years, an outcome for which GPD gets a lot of credit). His highlights included the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (40,000 visitors in Golden!), wrapping up the Golden Vision 2030 project, and the national recognition earned by multiple city departments (including the Parks and Recreation Department’s “Gold Medal” award).

He mentioned some issues that are likely to take some time later in the year, including medical marijuana, the beltway fight (“a legal rodeo that will go on most of this year”), and the Blue Ribbon Panel’s upcoming work on Golden’s economic future.

Nothing particularly controversial and no surprises.

Some Photos From the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

This weekend was a huge success for Golden by any measure, and a whole bunch of people – volunteers, city staff, local sponsors, and others – deserve tons of credit for making it happen. We are still assembling all the information, and I’ll share all of that soon, but in the meantime here are some photos from race day:

Mobile Race-Day Volunteers Needed!

Here’s a special opportunity to volunteer during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Golden: cruising around on your bike, with your bike trailer, helping to sell the t-shirts, hats, and cowbells that are helping to fund Golden’s expenses tied to the race. From Golden’s race committee:

Wherever crowds are gathered, you’ll be there.

To make it extra fun, you can give stuff away!!!  You make the rules!!  Race trivia, wacky stunts, scavenger hunts…  Entertain the crowd!!  If you are really outgoing we might be able to scrounge up a bullhorn or two to play with!  Bring props and make it fun!

It is going to look really cool for Golden to have pedaling t-shirt sales everywhere!  Not only does it tie-in with our efforts to promote a green event, we are going to look kick-ass on TV when they show one of our rigs!!  (NBC Baby!)  No one I know of has seen this before, so it could be big.

Here is what we need:
You need to enjoy being the center of attention and enjoy pulling a bicycle trailer loaded up with stuff. We want this to be crazy!! Wear a costume!

Before you get too excited, thinking “hey, I could do this!” Ask yourself if you are able to make change for a $5. Can you count to ten? Correctly? If so – You Qualify!!

Some details: 

  • Contact: Julie Morales to volunteer (or me for questions).
  • Date is Sunday, August 28.
  • Time is 7:30-ish until 3pm-ish (firm this up later, fit your schedule/plans!)
  • We need kid trailers (with hitches) that we can borrow!!  (I will donate my double-wide.) We can cover damages.
  • We need a rider wrangler to help do a little advanced planning and coordinate riders on race day.
  • We’ll figure out a way to stash extra merchandise nearby in advance.
  • We’ll want to cover N Golden, downtown, lookout mtn, anywhere there are big crowds near Golden.
  • We (the Golden organizing committee) are in a bit of a jam so we need creative ways to sell a lot of stuff in a short time. This is one.
  • The proceeds from these sales will help pay for all the police, bathrooms, garbage collection, and other stuff that goes into putting on an event like this.
  • You get a really cool volunteer shirt and other schwag!
  • See the race in a really unique way!  (You will likely be ushered off the road by the motorcade!)
  • Help your community in a big way!


Craig Champlin
Outreach Co-chair
(720) 320-6570 :SMS
Golden – Stage 6 Start – 8/28/11



The USA Pro Cycling Challenge starts tomorrow and hits Golden next weekend. We’ve got a terrific lineup of events, an amazing crew of volunteers, and the makings of a phenomenal weekend in Golden, but we are still need some volunteer help on race day. If you’ve been thinking about helping out, or you haven’t been but it sounds like a cool idea, this is the time to check in.

From Craig Champlin and Mary Topping on our volunteer team:

Volunteer to help Golden host the Stage 6 start of the USAPCC bicycle race – Sunday, August 28!!

The bicycle race that will be in Golden next weekend is a really, really big deal for our city. The top three finishers of the Tour de France have declined to participate in the tour of Spain in order to come to Colorado!! This event will give us national and international coverage on a scale we have never before seen. It is our hope that this event will give our town a significant boost in tourism and will generally be very good for our town.

It is not too late to participate in this great event! We need help staffing our outreach/ merchandise booths. Share information about Golden with guests of our town. Help sell t-shirts, hats, and cowbells. We have plenty of opportunities. One or two hours of your time would be very valuable.

  • 8/26 Movie – 8p – finish, Lions Park, at the Ball Fields
  • 8/27 Hill climb, 8a – 11a, Lookout Mt.
  • 8/27 Kids Rodeo, a FUN event! 9a – 3p, Coors Tek Parking Lot, 10th and Jackson streets, Golden.
  • 8/27 “Taste of Golden” Block party, 5p – 9p, downtown, Washington Street
  • 8/27 – 28 Expo, 10a – 5p, Parfet Park
  • 8/28 (race day) – 8a – 2p, Autograph alley (11th st), 13th & Washington, Parfet Park, runners

To volunteer, please contact Julie Morales by email or by phone (720-839-7275).

Thank you. We look forward to meeting you on race day!

If you can help them out, please do!

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Route: Golden Scores Big

From their press release today:

The final stage takes us along another highly anticipated route – the climb up and the descent down the treacherous Lookout Mountain, where the overall King of the Mountain winner will be decided. Racers will start under Golden’s famous “Howdy Folks” welcome arch, take a northern loop out of town, ride past the start line a second time, and then make the challenging ride up Lookout Mountain. At an average 6.1 percent grade and 1300 feet of elevation gain over 4.8 miles, this section provides an intense challenge on the tour’s final day. After a treacherous descent down the winding roads of Lookout Mountain, the cyclists are back again for a third time past the start line in Golden. With three opportunities to see the cyclists test their strength and strategy, the Golden start line will be one of the most coveted viewing spots of the entire race. The racers then speed toward Denver, where they take six laps of a five-mile circuit along Speer Boulevard before heading past the original Quiznos store at 13th and Grant to reach the finish line in Civic Center Park. An exciting five-mile circuit, the monumental finish line, and the most-watched day of the race will leave nothing to be desired as the first winner of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge is crowned in the Mile High City on August 28.