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From streets to parks to websites, the city of Golden has accomplished some great things last year.
“We are coming off of another fantastic year in Golden with so much to be proud of as a city,” said Golden City Manager Jason Slowinski his State of the City address on April 9. “I am pleased that I can once again stand up here and tell you that the state of our city is strong.”
In his speech, Slowinski mentioned a few of the city’s accomplishments and some of its goals for 2018 and beyond.
“The highlight of our year without a doubt has been the successful completion of the Linking Lookout project,” Slowinski said.
The project accomplished its goals of reducing traffic congestion, making a safer crossing for pedestrians and connecting the Beverly Heights neighborhood with the rest of the community, Slowinski said. But, its completion also came with social benefits, having created “another place for people to gather, have a picnic, rest or simply admire the surrounding views.”
Two other accomplishments happened at nearly the end of the year — the launch of GuidingGolden.com, a new online platform that allows residents to learn more and communicate with the city on important issues, and the purchase of a property in the central neighborhoods that will become DeLong Park.
“This neighborhood has been historically underserved in that there has been no convenient park to walk to,” Slowinski said, referring the central neighborhoods. “Over the next year, we will work to budget funds and engage the community on improvements to this future park.”
Another accomplishment worth mentioning is the city’s new Department of Innovation and Technology.
“This operation will focus on leveraging existing technologies and laying the groundwork for future technologies to move our city forward,” Slowinski said.
Noteworthy in Golden’s near future is that work will begin on the North Washington Avenue Complete Streets project.
“This project is another community priority and one that has received significant public input through numerous public meetings,” Slowinski said.
The city will also continue to work with the Colorado School of Mines on neighborhood and campus master planning engagement efforts, Slowinski said.
“We’re successful here in Golden because of people like all of you who come together, work with city government, businesses and community organizations to collectively direct and manage the inevitable change and evolution of our community,” Slowinski said in his closing statements. “I am confident we can do it because we’ve done it before and we’ve done it well. It truly is what makes Golden special.”
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