Westminster began preserving open spaces in 1985 when voters first approved a sales tax specifically earmarked to acquire and maintain open space. The city now owns more than 3,000 acres in all parts of Westminster.[23] The city has preserved large expanses of land in the Standley Lake Regional Park, and the Westminster Hills area, among others. Westminster City Park, City Park Recreation Center, and many other neighborhood and community parks provide various recreation facilities.[24] Westminster has several golf courses, including Legacy Ridge Golf Course, The Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor, Wallnut Creek Golf Course and the Hyland Hills golf course. Things to do in Westminster
From about 1200 the Palace of Westminster, near the abbey, became the principal royal residence, a transition marked by the transfer of royal treasury and financial records to Westminster from Winchester. Later the palace housed the developing Parliament and England's law courts. Thus London developed two focal points: the City of London (financial/economic) and Westminster (political and cultural). Things to do in Westminster CO
Churches in Westminster include: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (A), Grace Community Church (B), Love Outreach Pentecostal Church (C), Tri - City Baptist Church (D), Saint Mark Catholic Church (E), Denver Hmong Alliance Church (F), Front Range Messianic Community (G), Hmong Mennonite Church (H), Saint Martha's Episcopal Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map Fun things to do in Westminster

Notable locations in Westminster: The Plaza at Westminster (A), The Golf Courses at Hyland Hills (B), Hyland Hills Municipal Golf Course (C), The Ranch Country Club (D), The Heritage At Westmoor Golf Course (E), Westminster Sports Center (F), Legacy Ridge Golf Course (G), Westminster Fire Department Station 1 (H), Westminster Municipal Court (I), Westminster Fire Department Station 2 (J), Westminster Fire Department Station 4 (K), Flight for Life Colorado Westminster (L), Westminster Public Library Irving Street Branch (M), Children's Hospital Colorado Therapy Care Westminster (N), Countryside Recreation Center (O), City Park Recreation Center (P), Westminster Police Department (Q), Arabian Horse Center (R), Slapshot Hockey Center (S), The Colorado Educational Theatre (T). Display/hide their locations on the map Things to do Westminster
Gold discovered in the South Platte River Valley in 1858 brought national attention to the area that would become Westminster, Colorado. The promise of fortune and The Homestead Act of 1862 encouraged many pioneers from the east to settle in Colorado rather than continue on to California.[9] Before the settlements came, wildlife like antelope and buffalo made their homes in the area. There is also evidence of Arapaho Indians near the Crown Point (Gregory Hill) area.[10] Westminsters' first permanent settler was Kentucky farmer Pleasant DeSpain, who built his home in 1870 on 160 acres (near what is now West 76th Avenue and Lowell Street).[11] The area became known as DeSpain Junction and attracted other settlers including Edward Bruce Bowles, who in 1881 constructed a brick Italianate house now known as the Bowles House. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The village of DeSpain Junction grew into a small farming community and continued to attract new settlers despite the difficulty of farming in Colorado's arid climate.[9] Connecticut real estate developer C.J. Harris arrived in DeSpain Junction in 1885 and purchased the DeSpain farm, among others. Harris combined the separate homesteads and divided it into smaller tracts of land, which he sold to fruit farmers. Harris renamed DeSpain Junction with his own and the area was referred to as Harris, Colorado.[9] In 1890, New Yorker Henry T. Mayham convinced the Denver Presbytery to build a university on land that he owned in Harris. After delays caused by the depression of 1893, the school was built from red sandstone quarried in Colorado's Red Rocks region. The curriculum was patterned after Princeton University and was referred to as the "Princeton of the West". The school was incorporated as Westminster University of Colorado, and classes began in 1908 with one year's tuition costing $50 ($1,411 in 2018).[12] The school ceased operating in 1917, when all students in attendance left to fight in World War I.[13] In the following decade it operated as a church and school. In 1911, Harris voted to incorporate as a city and changed its name to Westminster, in honor of the university which is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Fun things to do in Westminster

What's most visible in Westminster, however, is a sea of new shopping districts — particularly in the new developing downtown area. Visitors will find conveniences ranging from popular chain stores to family-style restaurants located immediately off of U.S. 36. In addition, the Westminster Promenade, an outdoor pedestrian village, contains restaurants and cafes, a movie theater, sculptures, hotel facilities, performance areas, interactive water features, walking trails and a three-rink ice arena.  Things to do in Westminster CO


Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data Things to do in Westminster CO
The name Westminster (Old English: Westmynstre)[2] originated from the informal description of the abbey church and royal peculiar of St Peter's (Westminster Abbey), literally West of the City of London (indeed, until the Reformation there was a reference to the 'East Minster' at Minories (Holy Trinity Priory, Aldgate) east of the City). The abbey was part of the royal palace that had been created here by Edward the Confessor. It has been the home of the permanent institutions of England's government continuously since about 1200 (High Middle Ages' Plantagenet times), and from 1707 the British Government. Fun things to do in Westminster

There were 38,343 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.15. Fun things to do in Westminster
Vectra Bank Colorado, National Association: Westminster Branch at 3300 West 72nd Avenue, branch established on 1970/02/09; Park Centre Branch at 1955 West 120th Avenue, branch established on 2007/07/30. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $2,356.9 mil, Deposits: $2,003.6 mil, headquarters in Farmington, NM, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 39 total offices, Holding Company: Zions Bancorporation Things to do Westminster
While new structures have been built throughout Westminster, the town's history is carefully preserved at the Westminster History Center (open Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm or by appointment). Westminster's Pillar of Fire building, a majestic neo-Romanesque-style building built in 1892, is another interesting tribute to the past. Numerous other structures are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Things to do in Westminster
While new structures have been built throughout Westminster, the town's history is carefully preserved at the Westminster History Center (open Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm or by appointment). Westminster's Pillar of Fire building, a majestic neo-Romanesque-style building built in 1892, is another interesting tribute to the past. Numerous other structures are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Things to do Westminster
There were 38,343 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.15. Things to do in Westminster
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