Lakewood is part of Jefferson County, an area that has reinvented itself from an agricultural and mining area to a thriving suburban, business, industrial, and residential community. Located just west of Denver, where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, Jefferson County boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in the country with 774 square miles of rolling grasslands, craggy rock formations, and rugged mountains with tumbling streams and lofty pines.
Not only is Jefferson County filled with magnificent natural beauty, it has a past that is just as rich. While still embracing its agricultural and mining roots, Jefferson County has maintained a link to its past while sustaining a thriving business community and providing for safe neighborhoods. The area offers a mix of mom-and-pop shops and Fortune 500 companies.
Residents of Lakewood are provided with a first-class public school system. Students attend schools in the Jefferson County R-1 School District. In addition, there are a number of award winning charter schools. A dozen institutions of higher education are also located nearby such as Arapahoe Community College, Colorado School of Mines, Front Range Community College, Metropolitan State College, Red Rocks Community College, Regis College, University of Colorado - Boulder and Denver, University of Denver and Warren Occupational/Technical Center.
Parks & Recreation
Outdoor enthusiasts have three national forests and two state parks to explore. Pike, Roosevelt and Arapahoe national forests, and Golden Gate Canyon State Park and the Chatfield State Recreation Area all extend into part of Jefferson County. In addition, there are 16 open space parks, plus the Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Hiwan Homestead Museum, a 17-room log home and an excellent example of Rocky Mountain Rustic, a type of architecture unique to the area.
As the largest of Lakewood's park system, Bear Creek Lake Park is approximately 2,600 acres and offers multiple picnic and camping areas, a large fishing lake stocked regularly with trout, horseback riding, bike trails, hiking trails, boating, swimming, wind surfing and a water-skiing concession during the summer months. A variety of wildlife can be viewed throughout the park thanks to its location near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Coyotes, deer, elk, fox, prairie dogs, and a multiplicity of birds are most commonly seen. On rare occasion bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl also visit the park. More than 300 acres of open land make up the Bear Creek Greenbelt, which connects to Bear Creek Lake Park.
The second largest park in the city is Green Mountain Park. The park covers approximately 2,400 acres of open space with a network of multiple-use trails flow throughout. The park also features breathtaking views of the Metropolitan Denver area and the striking Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Green Mountain's location at the western edge Lakewood makes it a unique site allowing for many recreational opportunities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and paragliding. When the sun goes down, residents can enjoy artistic beauty at the Lake Wood Cultural Center, a 38,000-square foot facility that includes a 300-seat theater, community room, gallery/exhibit space, gift shop, classrooms, and lobby space. The facility is used for art and cultural programming and general community use. In addition, the nationally known Red Rocks Amphitheater is close by.
Known for its great open spaces and abundance of natural preserved land, Lakewood also takes pride in providing high quality community recreational resources including Bear Creek Lake Park, Green Mountain Park, Fox Hollow at Lakewood Golf Course, Homestead Golf Course and the Bear Creek Greenbelt. The Fox Hollow Golf Course is a 27-hole championship facility that features three unique 9-hole courses. Each course offers a different look and challenge.