The Lakewood Park Rangers are responsible for the protection and safe use of the Lakewood Regional Parks.Services
Please call 911 for all emergency situationsBear Creek Lake Park Visitor's Center 303-697-6159Lakewood Police 303-980-7300
The Natural Resources crew is small but has a large job. The crew consists of the Natural Resources Specialist and four summer seasonal employees. They manage the following in Lakewood's Regional Parks:
The natural resources staff oversees several volunteer programs including:
Integrated Pest Management
Noxious weeds are a well-established threat to Lakewood’s environment and cannot becontrolled by one method, alone. A toolbox of management techniques, known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has been developed to control the aggressive invaders. IPM consists of several control elements, including chemical, physical, biological and cultural. Each of these control methods works best under specific circumstances.Chemical
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Bear Creek Bear Creek Lake Park has joined the statewide effort to protect waters from Aquatic Nuisance Species, particularly zebra and quagga mussels. These species can have a dramatic effect on the ecology of a fishery and on water control structures. Boat inspections are required for all trailered boats, motorized boats, sailboats and fishing boats prior to launching on Bear Creek Reservoir or Big Soda Lake. Boats that typically will not need inspection include non-motorized belly boats, rafts, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and windsurfers.Inspection Program Details
The City of Lakewood works closely with the West Metro Fire Department to implement a controlled burn plan at Bear Creek Lake Park and William Frederick Hayden Park on Green Mountain. These burns provide valuable training to wildland firefighters and benefit the City’s open space.
Benefits of Fire
Fire is a beneficial, natural component of our ecosystem and does the following:
Historically, short-grass prairies burned every one to six years prior to the arrival of settlers. Lightning, and occasionally Native Americans, would start these fires, which would naturally burn themselves out after burning large areas of land. Plants and animal species adapted to this process and thrived. Once settlers arrived and began controlling fire, the prairies started to lose their health and invading weeds took a foothold overrunning the native plants.
Public notices about upcoming burns will be posted on the website, Facebook, Twitter, on signs at trailheads and along roadways.
Volunteer Mountain Bike Patrol
Bike patrollers are recruited and trained in the spring as needed. The City will provide a uniform jersey, “number plate,” training and other patrol supplies. View volunteer bike patrol details.
Lakewood Volunteer Bike Patrol formMinor Incident ReportLogin to submit hoursVolunteer Horse PatrolThe Lakewood Horse Patrol provides a uniformed presence on park equestrian trails. They provide visitor information and assistance, and report any trail or safety issues to park staff.
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Volunteer Park Advocates
Individuals, families and groups serve as park advocates for smaller open space
parks, assisting park visitors with education as well as keeping the park clean and safe.
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