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While Lakewood is still a relatively young community, it has experienced significant change and growth along the way. We look back to recognize the catalytic impact of major community decisions and how they have helped shape our city...

  • 1889


    “Lakewood” plat recorded by William Austin Hamilton Loveland

  • 1891

    Denver, Lakewood & Golden Railway opens along West 13th Avenue

  • 1966

    Villa Italia Mall Opens

  • 1969

    June - Lakewood Incorporates as “Jefferson City,” changing its name later that year to Lakewood

  • 1970

    Lakewood population jumps to 92,743 people, an increase of +379.6% over the 1960 Census

  • 1975

    Lakewood‘s first Comprehensive Plan “Concept Lakewood” is released

  • 1984

    Lakewood becomes a home rule city

  • 1994

    Denver West annexed into Lakewood

  • 2000

    Lakewood Cultural Center opens to the public

  • 2004

    Belmar opens

  • 2007

    Denver Federal Center annexed into Lakewood

  • 2010

    Jefferson County's 1st Boys and Girls Club opened in Lakewood

  • 2011

    40 West Arts District Established

  • 2012

    City adopts new zoning code and remaps zoning citywide

  • 2013

    The RTD West Rail Line opens for business, allowing for light rail passage to and from Lakewood to Downtown Denver

  • 2016

    Lakewood wins second All America City Award