Standley Lake Regional Park is the crown jewel of the Westminster open space network. The lake is the principal water supply source for the City of Westminster and also provides drinking water for the Cities of Thornton and Northglenn and is an agricultural irrigation source for the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company (FRICO). The lake and the surrounding parkland provide critical habitat for a wide range of wildlife and vegetation, including some threatened and endangered species such as the resident bald eagles.
The Standley Lake Regional Park Master Plan utilized a variety of community outreach tools to gauge the public’s current uses and desired future uses within the park. The findings of the community outreach revealed a strong desire for additional recreational improvements at the lake that are balanced with the protection of the park’s natural resources and landscape character. Increased trail connectivity to support trail recreation activities such as hiking and cycling consistently ranked high amongst a broad demographic of survey respondents.
Key features of the Standley Lake Regional Master Plan include a new, expanded Nature Center; a new day-use area on the southeast side of the lake; a variety of day-use pavilions and park shelters including new restrooms; expanded camping and boating facilities; wildlife viewing facilities; shoreline access improvements; a contiguous loop trail around the perimeter of the lake with connections to the regional trail network; and conservation and revegetation improvement priorities.