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Historic past, promising future for Arvada Gold Strike Station

The Gold Line (G Line) takes its name from the fact that it passes near the site of the discovery of gold in Colorado now known as Gold Strike Park, near Ralston Road and 56th Avenue in Arvada.

This discovery took place in 1850 when Lewis Ralston panned for gold in the creek that now bears his name.

To demonstrate the importance of the area's rich history and due to the station's location that is less than one-half mile from where gold was discovered, the RTD Board of Directors voted to adopt the station's official name, 60th & Sheridan•Arvada Gold Strike Station in 2013.

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Rendering of "Gold Pour" artwork by Aaron T Stephan

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Similarly the station's public art installation will feature a golden water feature along the station platform wall.

Before G Line construction began the station site was home to a public storage facility.

During early construction, the station served once more as a storage area for welded rail that would later be pulled down the rail alignment for the G Line.

Improvements for visitors

To improve access an additional vehicle and pedestrian entrance has been added from the north side of the station through the extension of Wolff Street south of 60th Avenue, into the Park-n-Ride containing 330 total parking spaces. As part of the roadway extension, traffic signals will be installed at this intersection.

The City of Arvada has been actively anticipating the opening of the station, recently installing a first round of way-finding signage, which advises pedestrians of the location and distance to the commuter rail station and parks in the neighborhood.

Similar signs will be installed in the near future for the benefit of cyclists. The signs are part of the Healthy Places initiative in Arvada.

The City is also planning construction of improvements near the station area, including new sidewalks and bike lanes along 60th Avenue between Fenton and Wolff streets.

Additional sidewalks are planned along Wellington Parkway to connect to Sheridan Boulevard and improve accessibility in the area. Construction is scheduled to begin on area improvements as early as this summer.

The G Line will open in fall 2016 and will offer a 26 minute ride from the Wheat Ridge•Ward Station to Union Station in Downtown Denver.

Get information on G Line stations here.

To learn more about plans for the area around the 60th & Sheridan•Arvada Gold Strike Station, please contact Rose Chavez, Healthy Places Coordinator with the Arvada City Manager's Office at rchavez@arvada.org or 720-898-7535.

60th & Sheridan•Arvada Gold Strike Station