Gold Strike Park sits at the confluence of Clear Creek and Ralston Creek in the City of Arvada and is listed on the State Registrar of Historical Places as the site where gold was first documented in Colorado. Efforts to turn the 14-acre site into a community space for historical and ecological explorations began more than 45 years ago. The city has launched a park design effort to fulfill Gold Strike Park’s full potential as the next great park for Arvada. The park design effort builds on the 2019 Clear Creek Corridor Plan, the 2016 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan, and the 2000 Gold Strike Park Master Plan.
As part of the 2019 Clear Creek Corridor Plan, the community identified some programming priorities for a future redesign of the park:
Sculpture garden and wildflower meadow
Creek-side outdoor education programs
Nature play and river access
Ralston Creek low-flow crossing
Safe at-grade crossings at 56th Ave. and Sheridan Blvd.
Pedestrian access under Sheridan on the north side of the creek
Public Engagement and Timeline
This project builds on previous planning recommendations and community input. Community engagement activities planned for 2023 will further inform the development of a design for Gold Strike Park. Engagement begins with collecting community input on ideas and a vision for the park in early 2023, followed by design alternatives presented back to the public for feedback in the summer. A final park design will be shared in late 2023.
Upcoming Community Engagement Opportunities
Kite Festival Kickoff Event - April 16
The city will kick off the redesign of Gold Strike Park at the Arvada Kite Festival (Stenger Sports Complex, 11200 W 58th Ave.) on Sunday, April 16 from 10am-3pm.
The design team will be hosting an interactive pop-up nature play activity for kids of all ages! Show us what your next favorite playground will look like!
Attend the First Public Meeting - May 4
The project team will be hosting an online community presentation on Thursday, May 4 at 5:30 PM. The meeting will be accessible from this website, so please check back for additional updates!
Community Engagement through 2023
A series of community surveys, public meetings, and events will begin in the spring and continue into late 2023. These activities will be used to collect community input, inform the design alternatives, and share the results!
Sign Up for Email Updates
Click here sign up for the Gold Strike Park email list to receive updates about the project and information on community engagement opportunities.
Final designs will be based on community input and shared with the community in late 2023.