What started as ranch land, turkey farms and early subdivisions of homes in the late 1890’s has become one of the largest cities in Colorado with more than 44-square miles and a population of just over 150,000. Lakewood is the third largest city in the Denver metro area and the fifth largest city in the state of Colorado. One-quarter of Lakewood’s land is dedicated to parks and open space, and the city has several major employment centers such as the Federal Center, Academy Park, Union Boulevard and the St. Anthony Medical Campus. Residents are also served by several special districts for water, sewer, fire and schools, all remnants from the early days when residents banded together to create services for themselves before the city existed.
The City of Lakewood is home to talented artists, thriving cultural organizations and diverse community celebrations. The city’s arts and culture facilities — Lakewood Cultural Center, Heritage Lakewood and Washington Heights Arts Center — house classes, exhibits, tours and a myriad of special events. Lakewood also hosts beautiful public art installations located throughout the city.