Golden Ponds- 2651 3rd Avenue
Golden Ponds Park and Nature Area opened in 1990.
Picture by Jeff Friesner
Trail Re-opened! Golden Ponds at St. Vrain Greenway
The St. Vrain Greenway trail is now re-opened west of Hover Street as of Saturday October 23 , 2010. It was closed to accommodate construction of the Lykins Gulch Drainage Project and the completion of a trail connection between the St Vrain Greenway and Airport Road. The Lykins Gulch trail west of Golden Ponds is not yet open to the public
The park -
Land was donated to the City of Longmont by the V.V. Golden Foundation. Vernon
Golden, who had mined gravel on this site, donated the land to Longmont citizens
as a place to fish, walk and enjoy nature. A bronze sculpture of 'Vern' helping a small boy fish was donated by the family and is located along the path just west of the parking lot.
With a magnificent view of the
Longs Peak and the Front Range, this park features 94 acres with 56 acres
of water surface in 4 ponds. The park is a trailhead to the western end St. Vrain Greenway,
and has 2.6 miles of park trails, a handicap-accessible fishing pier, 2 restrooms
and 9 picnic shelters. In 1996, a bridge and trail project replaced a culvert
river crossing which the St.Vrain washed out nearly every year. A 140 foot
span bridge now crosses the river just downstream of a concrete cascade- a
reminder of the gravel and concrete operations that created the ponds. Wildlife
of all kinds, especially waterfowl like great blue herons and cormorants,
are easily viewed in the park.
shelters are available to reserve during the summer, the fee is $35.00
per day for resident and $44.00 for non-resident. Winterization of the restrooms will begin September each year.
Dogs allowed on leash, please pick
up after your pet.
- Fishing (Including a wheelchair accessible pier) Go
to Fishing home page
- Picnic/ BBQ
- Restroom - Handicap Accessible
- Trails - Concrete & Gravel
- Shelters - 9
- Parking spaces - 42
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