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2017


City Facilities Closed 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 9/27 Updated
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City facilities will be closed between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017 for an internal function. Our apologies for the...

Passport Services CLOSED Tuesday, Sept 26 Updated
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Passport Services will NOT be available on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Our apologies for the inconvenience. We will re-open our passposrt office on Wednesday, September...

Ralston Creek Flood Alternatives Open House Updated
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the City of Arvada and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, will hold an open house on Tuesday, September 12, to gather public input on preliminary alternatives currently being evaluated to reduce flood risk and improve public safety...

City Hall Closed Monday, September 4, in Observance of Labor Day Holiday Updated
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All City of Arvada offices will be closed Monday, September 4, in observance of the Labor Day...

Passport Services New Location at City Hall Updated
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Passport Services are now located on the first floor at City Hall near the Utility Billing counter. This new location will better serve customers. For more information on Passport Services, visit their webpage....

Arvada Days Festival Updated
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New Event Take a walk back in time and celebrate Arvada’s pioneering heritage during the first annual Arvada Days, produced by the Arvada Festivals Commission and Hyland Hills Parks and Recreation District. WHEN: Friday, August 25, 6:30 – 10 p.m.          ...

Assistance Available Following May 2017 Hailstorm  Updated
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May's hailstorm caused damage to thousands of roofs in Arvada. In order to accommodate the permit and inspection demand for these roofs to be repaired, the City has hired additional inspectors, but even with the extra help, there may be up to a 10 day delay in getting your roof inspected. In an...

City Facilities Closed for Independence Day Updated
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City Facilities will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day. Our offices will re-open for regular business hours Wednesday, July...

City Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day Updated
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All City Offices will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of the Memorial Day...

Delayed Opening of City Offices,Thursday, June 8 Updated
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Please Note: All City offices will have delayed opening time of 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017. This includes passport services, which will not be offered until after 9 a.m. We apologize for any...

Arvada Ridge Next Steps Study Project Updated
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We are seeking public input regarding connectivity and the Arvada Ridge Station. Please review the information regarding the Next Steps Study Project and provide your input below. Study Background The City of Arvada, in partnership with other local and regional partners, kicked off a study in...

City Offices Closed for President's Day Updated
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All City offices will be closed for President's Day, Monday, February 20,...

City Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents Day Updated
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All City offices are closed Monday, February 20, 2017, in observance of Presidents...

What's Happening at the Stenger Sports Complex Updated
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Arvada, CO….. Normally a city irrigation project doesn’t merit much attention, but when that irrigation project is taking place in one of the most utilized and visible soccer complexes along the Front Range, it’s sure to generate questions! The 70-acre Stenger Sports Complex,...

No Passport Services Friday, February 10 Updated
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The passport office will be closed all day Friday, February 10, 2017. Passport services will not be offered on Friday, February...

Olde Town Hub Opening February 2 Updated
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Arvada, CO – On November 13, 2014, officials dug shovels into soil that had been pre-loosened due to sub-zero temperatures at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Olde Town Hub. Twenty-six months later, on February 2, members of the Arvada City Council will drive into the completed Transit...

Mayor Pro Tem Fifer Appointed to FCC Intergovernmental Advisory Committee Updated
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Arvada, CO….. Bob Fifer, City of Arvada Mayor Pro Tem, is one of just four municipal officials in the country to be appointed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC) for 2017 – 2019. The IAC provides guidance, expertise, and...

City Facilities Delayed Opening Due to Snow Updated
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City facilities will have a delayed opening Thursday, January 5, 2017 due to snow. City Facilities will be open at 10 a.m. Our apologies for the...

2016


City of Arvada Offices Closed Monday, January 2, 2017 Updated
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All City of Arvada offices will be closed Monday, January 2, 2017 for the New Year...

City Offices Closed Monday December 26 2016 Updated
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City offices will be closed Monday, December 26, 2016 in observance of the Christmas...

City of Arvada Offices to be Closed on Friday December 25 2015 Updated
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All City of Arvada offices will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016 in observance of the...

Delayed Opening City Facilities Thursday December 15 2016 Updated
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City facilities will have a delayed opening on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Our offices will be open for business at 9 a.m. We apologize for any...

Ballot Measure 2G for Street Maintenance Rejected; What Happens Next? Updated
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With more than 55% of Arvada citizens voting "no" on Ballot Measure 2G, the proposed ½ cent sales and use tax increase for street maintenance and repairs, City staff has begun the task of exploring how funds might be redirected to meet street maintenance needs using our existing...

City Offices to be Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Updated
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City of Arvada offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our offices will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, November 28. We wish you a safe and happy...

The Grandview Trees Project Updated
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The Grandview tree replacement project stretches from Saulsbury to Lamar along Grandview Avenue east of the Wadsworth overpass. This project fulfills a pledge made to the neighborhood to replace those trees that had to be removed as part of the construction of RTD's G...

Water Tower in Olde Town Gets a Facelift Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . At 106 years of age, the Olde Town Arvada Water Tower is looking quite sprightly, presiding over an historic district that has been undergoing a dramatic revitalization. Still, this grand icon of Arvada, exposed to more than a century’s worth of sun, wind, rain, snow, and the...

Arvada Honored at NATOA Awards Conference Updated
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  Arvada, CO . . . Arvada’s Media Services Division took home several awards from the 31st Annual Government Programming Awards sponsored by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).  The awards program honors excellence in broadcast, cable, and...

City Facilities Closed 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sept. 21 Updated
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City facilities will be closed from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Additionally, passport services will NOT be available that day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. We apologize for any...

Arvada Is a Top Ten Digital City Updated
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Arvada, CO…..The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has announced the winners of the 2016 Digital Cities Survey, and Arvada placed in the top ten in the population category of 75,000 – 124,999. This annual survey, now in its 15th year, recognizes cities using technology to improve...

2016 Arvada Holiday Events Updated
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I'll be Home for Christmas at the Arvada Center November 18 thru December 23 Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard 720-898-7200   Handmade Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Friday & Saturday, November 25 & 26 Arvada High School 7951 W. 65th Avenue...

Council Approves Two Issues for November 2016 Ballot Updated
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(Arvada, CO) –  At their August 29 meeting, the Arvada City Council voted 7 – 0 to place two questions on the November 8, 2016 ballot. The first ballot question proposes a 1/2 cent sales and use tax increase, to be dedicated to street maintenance and improvement projects. ...

Residents Celebrate Grand Re-opening of Terrace and Homestead Parks Updated
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ARVADA, CO – As part of the three-year Healthy Places Initiative, the City of Arvada has re-opened Terrace and Homestead Parks with additional amenities, including trails, a dog park, outdoor fitness equipment, lighting, and improved ADA access. The Healthy Places Initiative: Designing an...

AAA Rating Reflects City's Conservative Financial Management Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . . On August 15, S&P Global Ratings raised its issuer credit rating to AAA from AA+ for the City of Arvada.  In addition, S&P assigned its AA+ long-term rating to Arvada’s series 2016 certificates of participation. The S&P report listed the following...

SunShare Flips the Switch on Jefferson County Solar Garden Updated
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On July 14, officials "flipped the switch" on SunShare’s 1.5 megawatt (MWac) Jefferson County Solar Garden which will serve the cities of Arvada and Northglenn. The garden, one of 12 in Colorado, produces clean solar energy into Xcel Energy’s grid. At full capacity, the 1.5...

Conference and Event Center Feasibility Survey Underway Updated
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Since 1992, the City of Arvada’s Banquet and Conference Center operations has been headquartered at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. On July 1, 2016, management and operations of the Arvada Center was transferred from the City of Arvada to a newly-created Arts Non-Profit. The...

Job Application System Unavailable June 23, 2016 Updated
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Online job searches and job applications will not be available on June 23, 2016 due to a planned system upgrade. During the upgrade, the City of Arvada will be unable to accept applications. The job application system should be available on Friday, June 24, 2016. We sincerely apologize for any...

Arvada Center Celebrates 40 Years Updated
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Celebrating 40 Years On July 9, the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities will celebrate 40 years of exceptional art, education, music and theatre--quite the milestone both for the Center and for Arvada residents! From the first musical production, Anything Goes in 1976, to the beautiful...

Introducing Arvada Events Updated
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May 2016, ARVADA, CO….. Arvada’s Hospitality Division is now Arvada Events! Since 1992, the City of Arvada’s Hospitality Division (Arvada Banquets) has been providing catering services and event venue spaces for corporate events, meetings, seminars, galas, weddings, and more....

May 2016 - Tucker Lake Update Updated
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Tucker Lake Updates May 2016... Life has returned to normal at Tucker Lake! The only work left to do is the construction of the drainage way in the event the lake needs to be drained. The repairs to the south dam are functioning as designed. There are no plans to stock the lake with fish. This is...

Arvada Among Partners Honored by DRCOG for Specialty Data Collection Updated
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May 3, 2016, Arvada, CO…….. The Planimetric Data Group received a Distinguished Service Award from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) at DRCOG’s annual awards celebration April 27. The Planimetric Data Group formed when DRCOG embarked on an ambitious and...

Cleaning Up in a Sustainable Way Updated
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Arvada, CO….. Looking to do some spring cleaning?  Wondering how to get rid of a bunch of unwanted items without having them end up in a landfill?  The City of Arvada, in partnership with SustainAbility, has just the program for you—a two-week recycling event during which...

Arvada Drinking Water SAFE Updated
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On April 15, Jefferson County issued a statement regarding elevated lead in drinking water at the Jeffco Head Start building, 5150 Allison Street in Arvada. This issue is isolated to plumbing within the building, which was built in 1952. Important Facts Arvada’s water is...

2016 Blizzard Highlights: Arvada Facts and Photos Updated
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Blizzard Facts The official snowfall total for Arvada was 16.5 inches although neighborhoods in some areas measured more than 20 inches! At various times throughout the day, Highway 93, Indiana St. and W.86th Pkwy were closed due to blizzard conditions, traffic...

Arvada is on Accident Alert Updated
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When accident alert is in effect, drivers involved in a traffic crash should exchange the following information: • Name, address and phone number. • Driver’s license information (including license number and date of birth). • License plate number. • Make and model of your...

March 4, 2016: City Clerk Chris Koch Retires; Deputy Clerk Kristen Rush Promoted Updated
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Chris Koch March 4, 2016 Arvada, CO….. Christine Koch, City Clerk since 1994, officially retired from the City on March 4.Kristen Rush, who has served alongside Koch as Deputy City Clerk since 1994, has been promoted to City Clerk. Koch, who was recently named ‘Clerk of the...

Arvada's New Snow Fighters Updated
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The City of Arvada's Street Maintenance Division has taken delivery on two of the next generation Snow Fighters. The new units are equipped with clean diesel technology Detroit DD13, 410HP engines, providing enough power to push through deep snow but not bellowing black smoke like the diesel...

Feb 22, 2016: Mayor Pro Tem Bob Fifer Elected as DRCOG Treasurer Updated
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February 22, 2016 Arvada, CO……. Arvada Mayor Pro Tem Bob Fifer was elected treasurer of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Board of Directors at its Feb. 17 meeting. Joining Fifer on the Board of Directors in 2016 is Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones as chair,...

Scam Alert: Phone Calls Requesting Payment of Water Bill Updated
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It has been reported that some City of Arvada water customers have received calls from individuals claiming to be with the Arvada Water Billing Department and asking for payment of their bill. The caller identification appears to be from the City of Arvada Water Billing phone line. These calls are...

Feb 18,  2016: CDBG Helps Low- and Moderate-Income People Updated
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February 18, 2016 Arvada, CO……. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, funded through the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), is a flexible program that provides local communities with resources to address the needs of disadvantaged and at-risk...

2015


Dec 28, 2015 - Public Works Utilities Departments Awarded APWA Accreditation Updated
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December 28, 2015, Arvada, CO……. Arvada’s Public Works and Utilities Departments were recently awarded the prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Accreditation.  The APWA Accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements...

Dec 1, 2015 - Arvada City Clerk Named Colorado Clerk of the Year Updated
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December 1, 2015......Arvada City Clerk Chris Koch was recently named “Clerk of the Year” by the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association (CMCA). Koch received her award at the CMCA annual conference in Loveland on November 19, 2015. In nominating Koch for the award, City Manager Mark...

Nov 19, 2015 - Santa House Donation Drive Updated
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What is Santa House? The Santa House is a place where families identified as "in need" are able to select holiday gifts for their children ages infant through 12 years. How are Families in Need Identified? Families in need are identified through Jeffco Schools. This year’s...

Nov 8, 2015 - Sock It To Em Sock Campaign Updated
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Socks for the Homeless Did you know that socks are the number one clothing need for the homeless population? Socks wear out quickly and are often overlooked as donation items. The City of Arvada is supporting the 2015/2016 “Sock It To Em” Sock Campaign by serving as a donation site at...

Nov 1, 2015 - Arvada Achieves Fit Status in HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign Updated
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Nivember 1, 2015, Arvada, CO – The City of Arvada has achieved another milestone in the LiveWell Colorado HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign. By adopting new policies in three of the Campaign’s focus areas aimed at improving access to healthy eating and active living (HEAL),  Arvada...

Oct 21, 2015 - City Contributes $1 Million Towards Red Rocks Expansion Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . The City Council made their contribution for the Red Rocks Arvada Campus expansion official on Monday night, voting 7 – 0 to grant $1 million towards the $22.5 million project. “We recognize the tremendous social and economic benefits of having this state-of-the-art...

Oct 20, 2015 - Arvada Youth Invited to Raise 4-H Project Animal at Moore Brothers Farm Updated
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The City of Arvada is partnering with the Colorado State University Extension 4-H program, to provide an opportunity for youth to house livestock at the Moore Farm (72nd Ave. and Ward Road). ...

Oct 12, 2010:   Arvada's Channel 8 Ranks 3rd In Nation For Overall Excellence In Government Programming Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . . KATV Channel 8, Arvada’s local government access channel, took home a suitcase full of trophies from the 24th Annual Excellence in Government Programming Awards sponsored by the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA).    Most...

Oct 6, 2015 - Council Amends Code in Response to State's Failure to Address Construction Defects Reform Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . In a 7 – 0 vote, the Arvada City Council amended its Land Development Code at their October 5, 2015 meeting in order to address issues related to construction defect lawsuits. Specifically, the ordinance provides for the inclusion of a note on a multi-family plat that...

Oct 6, 2015 - Jefferson County Department of Human Services Expands Hours Updated
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(Golden, CO) - Beginning Tuesday, October 6th, Jefferson County Department of Human Services will offer extended hours of operation through the Laramie Building in Golden, providing customers with select services every Tuesday evening until 8:00 pm. Current hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 am...

Sept 25, 2015 - Arvada's Video Programming Honored at Annual NATOA Awards Conference Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . Arvada’s Media Services Division took home several awards from the 30th Annual Government Programming Awards sponsored by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). These awards recognize the Division staff’s talent and dedication...

Aug 28, 2015 - City of Arvada to Launch New Website Updated
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Coming Thursday, September 17, 2015:  The New and Improved Arvada.org!   Big Changes ArvadaPD.org will be brought back to Arvada.org .  You’ll still have access to all of the public safety information you do now, but you won’t have to go to a separate website to...

July 13, 2015 - Citizen Capital Improvement Plan Committee Completes Work Updated
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ARVADA, CO, July 2015…… Last summer, the Arvada City Council tasked 21 Arvada citizens with the challenging work of prioritizing some $540 million dollars’ worth of unfunded capital projects in the City—everything from transportation and parks improvements to facilities...

July 10, 2015 - Arvada Center Moves Toward Non Profit Status Updated
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Arvada, CO.....At their July 6, 2015 meeting, the Arvada City Council voted 7 – 0 to authorize a cooperative agreement between the City and the Non-Profit Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. “This agreement is the result of extensive thought and consideration to make sure we...

June 9, 2015 - Department of Energy Representative Visits West Woods Community Station Updated
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Pictured above: Maria Vargas, Director of the DOE Better Buildings Challenge (center) poses with City representatives and building architects in front of the Arvada Police West Woods Community Station.   (Arvada, CO) – On Monday, June 8, Arvada was recognized by the U.S....

June 8, 2015 - Arvada Recognized for Budget Excellence Updated
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(Arvada, CO) – The City of Arvada has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).  The Award represents a significant achievement, reflecting Arvada’s commitment towards meeting the highest principles of...

May 29, 2015 - Arvada Housing Division Receives Positive Review From HUD Updated
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(Arvada, CO)...  The City of Arvada’s Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Division is required to prepare an annual Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a recipient of Community Development...

May 19, 2015 - Arvada Approves of Keeping Miniature Goats Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . . The Arvada City Council voted 7 – 0 to allow for the keeping of miniature goats at their May 18, 2015 meeting. A “miniature goat” is defined as a livestock animal from the Nigerian Dwarf Goat or African Pygmy Goat breed that is not taller than 24.5 inches...

May 13, 2015 - West Arvada Dog Park Tenth Anniversary Celebration Updated
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West Arvada Dog Park Celebrates 10 Years Saturday, June 20, 2015; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. West Arvada Dog Park 17975 W. 64th Ave. Arvada, CO Join us for a snack and fun...

May 12, 2015 - Responding to the Storms: Your City at Work Updated
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Responding to the Storms: Your City at Work May 2015, Arvada residents can rest assured that City staff had their safety foremost on their minds during last weekend's storms. Heavy rains and saturated grounds resulted in weather-related concerns throughout the community, and employees from...

May 1, 2015 - DRCOG Honors Arvada for Park Revitalization Project Updated
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Arvada, CO…… The City of Arvada was honored by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) for its project to revitalize Memorial Neighborhood Park. The award was presented to Arvada representatives at the regional council’s 2015 Awards Celebration and 60th Anniversary,...

April 22, 2015 - 10th Court Decision Upholds Rocky Flats Land Transfer Updated
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Arvada, CO…..The United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals voted unanimously today to deny an appeal by the Town of Superior and two environmental groups regarding a land exchange involving the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority. The...

April 10, 2015 - Arvada Is a Top Workplace Updated
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April, 2015...The City of Arvada is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a Denver Post Top Work Place for 2015—the only municipal government recognized. Arvada was also named a Denver Post Top Work Place in 2012. Arvada ranked 19th among large employers based on categories...

April 7, 2015 - Arvada Police Substations Achieve Gold LEED Certification Updated
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(Arvada, CO) –The City of Arvada Police Department's two new community substations—West Woods and Lake Arbor—were recently recognized with the prestigious Gold LEED® Certification. LEED—Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design—is an internationally...

April 3, 2015 - Active Living Community Grants Available Updated
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(Arvada, CO) –The City of Arvada’s Healthy Places Initiative is designed to build communication and improve connections among southeast Arvada neighborhoods, parks, trails, and the future Gold Line transit stations.  These efforts will make it easier to walk, bike, play, and be...

Mar 10, 2015 - ResourceSmart Arvada Helps Reduce the Cost of Living Through Green Home Upgrades Updated
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Arvada, CO……The City of Arvada has hired ICAST, a Jeffco based 501(c)(3) non-profit, to administer its ‘ResourceSmart Arvada’ program. ResourceSmart Arvada helps improve the standard of living for low-income families and fixed-income seniors living in Arvada through green...

Mar 3, 2015 - Elms, Retiring; McConnell to Become Director of Community Development Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . . After a combined total of 33 years with the City of Arvada, D. Michael “Mike” Elms is retiring as Director of Community Development effective March 6, 2015. Taking over as Director of Community Development is Rita McConnell, the City’s Planning Manager since...

Mar 3, 2015 - Colorado Department of Revenue Fraud Prevention Updated
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In an effort to protect taxpayer information and Colorado state income tax refunds, the Colorado Department of Revenue (Department) is taking additional precautions to combat emerging tax filing fraud, which is occurring nationwide. Taxpayers may experience a slight delay in receiving income tax...

Feb 18, 2015 - Trolley Car That Served Arvada Named one of State's Most Endangered Places Updated
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Arvada, CO…….A streetcar which operated between Arvada and Denver from 1902 – 1950 has been named to the Colorado Most Endangered Places List by Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI). Denver Tramway Company Streetcar No. 04, which in its heyday provided transportation in the...

Feb 18, 2015 - AAA Rating Reflects City's Conservative Financial Management Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . . On February 13, Fitch Ratings reaffirmed the City of Arvada’s AAA rating for sales/use tax revenues.  This rating is associated with the series 2009 and 2013 bonds.  The Fitch report listed the following information as the foundation for the reaffirmed rating:...

Feb 10, 2015 - Public Meeting to Present Leyden Creek Drainageway Master Plan Updated
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Arvada, CO……. A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m. at Van Arsdale Elementary School to present a draft report on the Leyden Creek Drainageway Master Plan. The September 2013 flood along Leyden Creek inundated homes and outbuildings, damaged and closed...

Feb 6, 2015 - While You Were Sleeping Updated
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While most of us were snug in our beds earlier this week, a crew from the City’s Water Operations Division was making sure that residents in the vicinity of W. 75th Ave. and Teller Street would be able to take showers in the morning, rather than wake up to flooded basements. At approximately...

Jan 27, 2015 - Councilmember Bob Fifer Re-Appointed to National League of Cities IT and Communications Steering Committee Updated
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Arvada, CO…….Arvada City Councilmember Bob Fifer has been appointed for a third term to the National League of Cities (NLC) Information Technology and Communications Steering Committee. This Committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues...

Jan 27, 2015 - Utility Billing Has Relocated to City Hall Updated
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If you are paying your water bill in person, please note: Utility Billing has relocated from the Annex Building (8001 Ralston Road) to City Hall (8101 Ralston Road). You may park in the lot on Ammons Street and enter through the Main Entrance. Utility Billing is located in the Main Reception area....

Jan 21, 2015 - Red Rocks Community College Receives One Million Dollar Grant to Expand Arvada Campus Updated
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ARVADA, CO –  Community First Foundation, a leading 40-year-old community foundation helping to improve quality of life and create positive change, is pleased to announce a $1 million grant to Red Rocks Community College to help build the Arvada Health Professions and Science...

Jan 9, 2015 - Unique Regional Agreement Results in 'Win Win Win' Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . .Wanco, a leading manufacturer of highway safety and traffic control products located at 5870 Tennyson Street in southeast Arvada, had a problem. Established in 1984 and employing over 200 people, the highly successful company had outgrown its facility. Unfortunately, they...

Jan 5, 2015 - Arvada Joins Next Century Cities Updated
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Nationwide initiative supports broadband investment for community development The City of Arvada has joined Next Century Cities, a bipartisan, city-to-city initiative dedicated to ensuring the availability of next-generation broadband Internet for all communities. “Broadband is quickly...

2014


Dec 1, 2014 - Arvada Promotes Socks for the Homeless Day Updated
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Arvada, CO….. At their December 1 meeting, the Arvada City Council will join other Colorado municipalities by proclaiming December 10, 2014 as “Sock It To Em Work Day.”  Founded by Susan Elizabeth Lee in 2011, the Sock It To Em Sock Campaign strives to raise awareness for...

Nov 20, 2014 - Giving Back This Holiday Season Updated
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Volunteering is special any time of year, but the holidays can provide unique opportunities to give the gift of time and talent.  Check out some of the local ways to give back this holiday season (this list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but can aid in your search for possible volunteer...

Nov 7, 2014 - Olde Town Transit Hub Groundbreaking Ceremony Updated
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ARVADA, CO…..A marvel of engineering and innovative design in Olde Town Arvada will break ground on Thursday, November 13, 9 a.m. Program will be held at the D Note, 7519 Grandview Ave, followed by a Shovel Ceremony just east of the Arvada Flour Mill. With ceremonial shovels wielded by...

Oct 9, 2014 - Arvada's KATV Channel 8 Video Programming Honored at Annual NATOA Awards Conference Updated
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KATV Channel 8, part of the City’s Multi-Media Division, took home a number of awards from the 29th Annual Government Programming Awards (GPA) sponsored by the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA).  The videos can be viewed on the links provided below....

Oct 8, 2014 - Arvada's Festival of Scarecrows This Saturday! Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . Fall would not be complete without the Festivals of Scarecrows. This free, family-friendly event is produced by the City of Arvada Festivals Commission, Historic Olde Town Arvada, and the Arvada Gardeners. When:  Saturday, October 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Rain Date October...

Oct 2, 2014 - Arvada Project Recognized by Colorado Chapter of American Public Works Association Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . The Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) has announced the winners of its 29th annual awards program, and Arvada’s Garrison Street Bridge/Ralston Central Park project rose to the top in the category of Environment, Large Community.  Winners...

Sept 23, 2014 - City Council to Consider Ratification of 2014 Comprehensive Plan Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . The Arvada City Council will consider the ratification of the Planning Commission’s resolution adopting the 2014 Comprehensive Plan on October 6 at 6:00 p.m. The Arvada Planning Commission adopted the 2014 Comprehensive Plan at a public hearing held on August 19, 2014 and...

Sept 23, 2014 - Public Works Department Wins Award Updated
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  It is with great pride that we announce that the City of Arvada is a winner in the 2014 American Public Works Association Colorado Chapter Awards Program.  Arvada will be honored at the annual awards luncheon on October 14 for the Garrison Street/Ralston Central Park project in the...

Sept 10, 2014 - Arvada Appoints New Deputy City Manager Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . City Manager Mark Deven announced that he has appointed Lorie Gillis as Deputy City Manager. Gillis, currently the Chief Financial Officer for Jeffco Public Schools, will begin her new role on October 13. “We had a large pool of extremely qualified candidates from across the...

Aug 26, 2014 - City of Arvada to Be Powered by Community Solar Supplied by SunShare Updated
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Denver, CO – Denver-based SunShare has announced that it has contracted with the City of Arvada to provide the municipality with 600kW of clean, reliable energy from Community Solar Gardens. SunShare is one of the nation’s first Community Solar providers.   This is not only an...

Aug 13, 2014 - City Attorney Appointed IMLA State Chair Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . Christopher K. Daly, City Attorney for the City of Arvada, was appointed by the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association (IMLA) as the Association’s Colorado State Chair. The appointment was made on August 5 by Sheryl King Benford, 2013-2014 IMLA President, who...

July 8, 2014 - New Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Arvada City Hall Updated
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Arvada, CO….. Employees and residents who drive electric vehicles now have another option for charging their car—on the north side of Arvada City Hall (8101 Ralston Road).   The Denver metro region continues to lack geographically dispersed charging points for electric vehicles...

June 27, 2014 - City Invites Public Input on Land Development Code Updated
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City Invites Public Input on Land Development Code Would you like to know more about the Land Development Code (LDC) and how it affects you and your neighborhood? The City of Arvada is inviting public input on the Council approved LDC Uses Analysis and Update. The meeting for civic and...

May 21, 2014 - Arvada Designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists Updated
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The League of American Bicyclists has announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community℠ (BFC) awards, including the City of Arvada at the Silver level. With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there is growing...

March 19, 2014 - Arvada City Clerk Receives Prestigious Recognition Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . .The City of Arvada is proud to announce that Arvada City Clerk Christine Koch has earned the prestigious recognition of an Athenian Leadership Society Fellow from the Athenian Leadership Society. The Athenian Leadership Society is an advanced International Institute of Municipal...

April 23, 2014 - Information Technology Team Receives Innovation Award Updated
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Arvada, CO .....The Cities of Arvada and Boulder recently received the Alliance for Innovation’s Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award for their shared “Xpress Consortium Project.” The Alliance honors members each year for their outstanding innovations, who received...

April 7, 2014 - September 2013 Flood Report Updated
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Record-breaking rains from September 9 to 13, 2013 caused serious flooding in Arvada, Colorado. Unlike a typical summer thunderstorm and flash flood, the September 2013 Arvada Flood Event was the result of widespread long-duration rainfall. The heaviest rain fell on the headwaters of Leyden Creek,...

March 24, 2014 - Federal Community Development Block Grant Helps Many Lower Income Arvada Residents Updated
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(Arvada, CO) – The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, funded through the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Designed to help meet the...

Jan 31, 2014 - Proclamation to Participate in the HEAL Campaign of Colorado on Schedule for Arvada City Council Updated
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(Arvada, CO) – Arvada City Council will pass a proclamation on February 3 to join the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Cities & Towns Campaign of Colorado, further strengthening Arvada’s participation in the LiveWell Colorado Campaign and its commitment to the Healthy Places...

Jan 10, 2014 - Gerald “Jerry” Marks Selected to Fill Arvada District 1 Vacancy Updated
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(Arvada, CO) – On Friday, January 10, 2014, Gerald “Jerry” Marks was selected by Arvada City Council to fill the vacant District 1 Council seat. The term for this position is from the date Marks takes the Oath of Office, scheduled for January 13 at the start of the Council...

2013


Nov 2, 2013 - Colorado Leap Program Helps With Home Heating Bills Updated
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(Golden, CO) – Colorado’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), which provides financial assistance with home heating bills is accepting applications.   The Colorado LEAP program is federally funded and provides assistance to help families and individuals pay a portion of...

June 12, 2013 - Arvada Mayor Elected CML Board President Updated
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City of Arvada Mayor Marc Williams was elected President of the Colorado Municipal League (CML) for 2013-2014 at the 91st annual CML conference, held June 18-21 in Vail. Charles Bayley, Bennett mayor pro tem, was elected Vice-President, and Christina Rinderle, Durango councilmember, was elected...

Jan 22, 2013 - Arvada Receives a Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting Updated
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The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Arvada by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR.) The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form...

2012


Nov 8, 2012 - An Avalanche of Honors for Arvada Streets Division Updated
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Arvada's Streets Division was put to the test, literally, at the 2012 National American Snow and Ice Conference and National Snow Roadeo in Estes Park. The Snow Roadeo is a national competition where states send their best equipment operators to compete head to head. This year brought together...

July 20, 2012 - Arvada Center Wins Top Honor at the Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards Updated
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The Arvada Center came away with the top honor Monday, July 16, at the 7th Annual Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards, a local celebration of the theatre community. The event, attended by 500 theatre supporters, was held at the L2 Arts and Culture Center in Denver. Nominated for 25 awards, the...

July 5, 2012 - Arvada Unveils First-Ever Ten-Year Capital Improvement Plan Updated
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The Arvada City Council will begin their review of the first-ever, 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) at a City Council workshop scheduled for July 9, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers. The public is welcome. The 10-year plan identifies the short and long term infrastructure needs...

Jun 1,  2012:   Arvada Introduces New Deputy City Manager Updated
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The City of Arvada announced the promotion of Michele Hovet as its Deputy City Manager. Ms. Hovet will begin her new role for the City on June 18, 2012.  “In her current role as Chief Information Officer for the City, Ms. Hovet has consistently demonstrated her abilities in strategic...

May 2, 2012 - Economic Development Council of Colorado Presents Special Recognition Award to Former Arvada City Manager Craig Kocian at Spring Conference in Estes Park Updated
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The Economic Development Council of Colorado, the professional association of economic developers in Colorado, presented a Special Recognition award to Former City Manager Craig Kocian at its Spring Conference in Estes Park on Thursday, April 26th. The Special Recognition award is presented only...

April 30, 2012 - Arvada to Notify Residents, Businesses of Information Exposure Updated
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(Arvada, CO) – The City of Arvada announced today that it has mailed notification letters to approximately 900 individuals and businesses informing them that some of their personal information was inadvertently exposed on the City’s Web site as part of a public database. There is no...

April 16,  2012 - City of Arvada Named Top Workplace Updated
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(Arvada, CO) – The City of Arvada has been named one of the Denver Post’s Top Work Places for 2012. Arvada ranked 11th among large employers based on categories including  confidence in leadership, direction provided to employees, appreciation of workers, values and ethics,...

Feb 23, 2012 - Wind Storm Topples City's Largest Spruce and Damages Historic Allen House Updated
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  The City of Arvada regrets to report that it lost its largest Blue Spruce located on public land during Wednesday night's wind storm. The 80-foot tree was located next to the Historic Allen House at West 64th Avenue and Quail Street. Wind gusts reaching 88 mph toppled the...

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June 2,  2011:   AAA Rating on Sales Tax Bonds Reflect's City's Conservative Financial Management Updated
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On May 31, Fitch upgraded the rating of the City of Arvada’s sales and use tax refunding and improvement revenue bonds to AAA and assigned the City an implied general obligation bond rating of AAA.  Fitch’s announcement regarding the upgrade states, “The ‘AAA’...

May 26, 2011 - Arvada Recognized for Innovation in Web 2.0 Technologies Updated
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Public Technology Institute (PTI) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have recognized the City of Arvada as one of 17 city, county, and state governments considered leaders in the innovative application of Web 2.0 technologies and civic/social media tools to achieve impressive results in citizen...

April 4, 2011 - West Arvada Dog Park Named 2011 Best! Updated
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What's the point of living in Colorado if you don't take advantage of wide-open spaces and mountain views every once in a while? This fenced five-acre park has separate real estate for shy and small dogs, and there are benches for two-legged visitors to recline while the dogs romp....

Feb 25,  2011 - Arvada Ranks Sixth in Nation's Most Active Cities Updated
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Arvada, CO ……  TIME Healthland, the online collection of health related articles from TIME Magazine, has identified the 15 most active cities in the United States, and Arvada is number six! The list is based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Feb 8,  2011 - City Manager Announces Intention to Retire Updated
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Arvada, CO……..After a combined 25 years of service with the City of Arvada, City Manager Craig G. Kocian informed the City Council of his intention to retire effective September 30, 2011. In 1972, Kocian was appointed an Administrative Assistant to the City Manager in Arvada. ...

Feb 1, 2011 - Arvada Maintains Ranking as Top Digital City Updated
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The most technology-advanced cities in America have been named by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities magazine, and for the seventh time the City of Arvada has placed in the Top Ten Digital Cities in the population category of 75,000 – 124,999. The...

Dec 13,  2010:   Tribute to the Trees Ceremony Scheduled for December 15 Updated
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Arvada, CO……..The exciting news is that the need to reconstruct the Garrison Street bridge over Ralston Creek, which will remove adjacent commercial properties and 70 homes from the flood plain designation, will launch a completely revitalized park along Ralston Creek between Garrison...

July 9,  2010:   Solar Panel Installation Complete on Arvada City Hall Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . . The City’s latest sustainability project is all about harnessing the sun’s power! The City of Arvada received $951,900 as part of the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding from the United States Department of Energy under the American Recovery...

Mar 4, 2010:  City Launches Open Data Initiative Updated
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The City of Arvada recently launched a data catalog through a new project called the Arvada OpenData Initiative. The purpose of Arvada OpenData is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the City of Arvada.  Arvada OpenData was collaboratively developed...

March 1, 2010:  IT Director Named Top 25 Doer, Dreamer, and Driver by Government Tech Magazine Updated
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Government Technology Magazine has named its top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in the nation for 2010 and the City of Arvada’s Information Technology (IT) Director Michele Hovet has made the list. Hovet is among a prestigious group including governors and IT directors for such large...

May 15, 2009 - AAA Rating on Sales Tax Bonds Reflects City’s Conservative Financial Management Updated
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On May 7, 2009, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) upgraded the rating of the City of Arvada’s outstanding and refinanced Sales Tax Bonds, from a AA+ to a AAA rating.  S & P’s announcement regarding the upgrade states, “The rating reflects our view of the...

May 15, 2009 - City Passes Noise Control Ordinance Related to Motorcycles Updated
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Nothing adds more to the ambience of a summer evening on the patio than the tranquil sound of a motorcycle muffler on steroids. Or maybe not. In response to a growing number of complaints about excessive motorcycle noise, on April 20 the Arvada City Council amended the City’s noise control...

Dec 9,  2008:  Grandview Overpass Opens Over Wadsworth Updated
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Arvada, CO……..The Grinch and other Dr. Seuss characters were the first “traffic” to cross over Wadsworth on the Grandview Avenue overpass as the $32 million project separating Wadsworth from the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks nears completion. Live reindeer pulled a...

Nov 20, 2007: Disabled Residents Thankful for Park Facelift Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . Joe Fiorini, an employee with the Wheat Ridge Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled, saw a pressing need for his clients.  One of the homes operated by the Center is located near Independence Park, but the residents, many of whom are non-ambulatory, could only sit...

June 12, 2007: Arvada Water Wins Honorable Mention Updated
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Arvada, CO . . . . The U.S. Conference of Mayors completed the first round of its annual City Water Taste Test Competition in Washington, D.C.  Ninety-three cities around the country submitted water samples, and Arvada’s water placed in the top 15. The 2007 competition included samples...

Jan 2,  2007:   Arvada Recovers from Back-to-Back Storms Updated
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Arvada, CO……. Most likely, remnants of the late December, 2006 blizzards will be visible for weeks.  Arvada residents can anticipate the following over the next days and weeks as the area recovers from these back-to-back blizzards: Attention will continue to be paid to...