Belmar / Lakewood
BELMAR Shopping + Dining District is Lakewood's exciting new downtown neighborhood -- a 22 square city block pedestrian district that recreates the ambiance of an old town village center, but with a distinctively contemporary flair. It's a vibrant shopping, dining, entertainment and residential district that locals and visitors love. Start exploring at the one-acre plaza that sits in the center of the district. It's surrounded by outdoor cafes and is the gathering place for summer concerts. In the winter, the plaza becomes an ice skating rink and social hub for the holidays.
BELMAR Shopping + Dining District dining options include 14 restaurants running the gamut from an English pub to Western buffalo. Entertainment options are plentiful as well, including a hip bowling alley and a 16-screen movie theatre. More than 60 stores and services offer the latest fashions, furniture and fun, everything from sporting goods to European imports. In Lakewood, Bear Creek Lake Park (15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood) offers an abundance of recreational opportunities and environmental educational programming for all ages. The park is also home to an array of wildlife -- snakes, birds, coyotes, prairie dogs, birds of prey, and deer. The Lakewood Heritage Center (801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood) showcases the history of Lakewood and the many changes, inventions and lifestyles of the 20th Century. Located in Belmar Park, the museum has over 10 historic structures, 30,000 artifacts, a festival area and an outdoor amphitheater. The Belmar Information Center is located at 405 S. Teller Street; 303-742-1520.
Where To Find It
Located at Wadsworth and Alameda, Belmar/Lakewood is located 10 minutes west of downtown Denver, 30 minutes from the Denver Tech Center, and 50 minutes from Denver International Airport.
BY CAR: take I-25 to Sixth Ave. W., then to Wadsworth Blvd. South. Follow S. Wadsworth Blvd. to Alameda Ave; or from I-70: Access Sixth Ave. E. to Wadsworth Blvd. S. Take S. Wadsworth Blvd. to Alameda Ave.
CAB FARE FROM DOWNTOWN: $20 (approx.)
RTD: Route 20
This neighborhood is brimming with irreverent and off beat arts and culture. The Urban Anatomy initiative spreads small works of art throughout the Belmar neighborhood, while Block 7 is a street of storefronts featuring design works from the region, including furniture, clothing, graphic design and horticulture. The Lakewood Community Center (1580 Yarrow St., Lakewood) offers art, theater and music indoors and out, as well as an Artisan Showcase gift shop featuring Colorado artists.
The Market at Belmar, held on Sundays in the summer, offers a European-atmosphere market with more than 30 vendors offering fruits, vegetables, flowers and a variety of tasty treats, while Festival Italiano every September celebrates the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy with a festival of food, wine, bocce and chef demonstrations.