In January and February, the Heart of Golden project kicked off with two workshops that gave Golden residents the chance to express priorities and share their ideas for the future of the Clear Creek …
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In January and February, the Heart of Golden project kicked off with two workshops that gave Golden residents the chance to express priorities and share their ideas for the future of the Clear Creek corridor through central Golden.
Now, the project is set to advance into its next phase, as residents get the chance to view and hear about three complete concepts for the corridor and react to them, even with emojis, at two meetings scheduled for March 11 and April 8.
Deputy City Manager Carly Lorentz told the city council on March 5 that the three different options for changing the corridor are based on the top community picks during the earlier workshops.
But while the planning refining phase will provide residents with their first chance to actually view concepts for the project, Lorentz said residents should know that doesn’t mean the city is no longer able to look into other ideas or take feedback.
“This is really just a way to get more feedback and have something to talk about that’s not just an abstract thing,” Lorentz said “It will be a way to move the conversation forward and helpful show some of the preferences that get a little more specific as we move on.”
Residents can also have the option to view the options and provide their feedback on the Guiding Golden website — www.guidinggolden.com — and clicking on the Heart of Golden tile.
Lorentz said that the city received more than 4,000 comments and ideas for the corridor during the initial visioning phase workshops. Over 400 people also took a survey about their ideas and preferences for the corridor. Of the online survey takers, 80 percent live in Golden and 50 percent have lived in Golden for over 10 years.
According to Lorentz, the top resident priorities and ideas shared by residents for all sections of the corridor were open and green space, walking trails and bike paths. Other top ideas for the west section were expanding the Golden Community Center, event space and public art.
Residents largely appeared to favor maintaining the make up of the central portion of the corridor as a library, museum, cultural center and fire station, all of which presently exist there, were named as the other top priorities besides outdoor space.
The top ideas for the east portion of the corridor were city hall, parking and future event space.
Lorentz also shared some of the comments shared about the project by Golden city boards during presentations. Those comments included emphasizing vitality by offering mixed uses, create inclusive spaces that support diversity and striking a philosophical balance between locals and tourists.
Lorentz also said much of the feedback received had been particularly focused on the last point.
“Moving forward it will be drilling down into what that means to people because it can really mean a lot of different things so it will be interesting to see how people see that moving forward in the process,” Lorentz said.
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