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By Steve Conklin

In November 2016, Edgewater voters approved financing (with no increase in taxes) for a new Civic Center at 1800 Harlan St. Over 81 percent of voters that year supported the project. Following extensive community meetings and design work, Edgewater broke ground on Sept. 23, 2017, and on Nov. 18, 2018, we opened the doors of this beautiful new facility.

The 55,000-square-foot Civic Center gives Edgewater Police a first-class facility that our officers have needed for years. City administrative staff has efficient city hall space, and we finally have a true recreation center. The building also incorporates expansion space as needs change.

The relocated Jeffco Public Library Edgewater branch is six times the size of the prior location with greatly expanded offerings. Donna Walker, Executive Director of the Jeffco Public Library says “We are seeing more visitors, more use of materials, more use of computers, and more people at our programs,” adding “we love our partnership with the city of Edgewater.”

Thanks to the Library staff for being so positive about Edgewater and the new facility!

City Manager H.J. Stalf and Deputy City Manager Dan Maples did incredible work planning and overseeing this major project and coordinating with our many partners and deserve our thanks.    

I walked the construction site many times over the past year and it was exciting to watch the building become a reality. Since the building opened, I’ve made it in most days, to visit the library and their amazing staff, use the fitness center or participate in meetings. Every day more community members are discovering all the Edgewater Civic Center has to offer. If you haven’t been there yet, check it out!   

Visit the new recreation facilities and open gym times! There are annual adult, senior and youth passes and also drop-in and 15-punch passes available, with Jeffco resident and non-resident rates. Through Jan. 31 the City of Edgewater Fitness Center is offering FREE fitness classes. Stop into the fitness center or look at a schedule on www.playedgewater.com to see when classes are offered. With the free classes, we ask that participants fill out a waiver and a small questionnaire about the class and what they would like to see in your new Edgewater Fitness Center.

We are starting work on a long-desired Mobility Plan for Edgewater, to help our streets and sidewalks be safer. The Mobility Plan will support the city’s commitment to promoting health and wellness by providing a safe and accommodating bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Among the topics to be addressed are traffic calming to slow ever-faster traffic, safe routes to school and accessibility for the aging population. For more information on the creation of the Edgewater Mobility Plan go to edgewaterco.com.

Contact Edgewater Mayor Pro Tem Steve Conklin at sconklin@edgewaterco.com or 303-909-0479.