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.  Fun things to do in Westminster

Westminster is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Jefferson counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. Westminster is a northwest suburb of Denver. The Westminster Municipal Center is located 9 miles (14 km) north-northwest of the Colorado State Capitol. The United States Census Bureau that the city population was 106,114 on April 1, 2010 Census. Westminster is the seventh most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 237th most populous city in the United States. Westminster is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area. In July 2006, it was ranked as the 24th best place to live in the USA by Money magazine. Things to do in Westminster CO
After the first permanent white settler, Pleasant DeSpain, built his home in 1870 on 160 acres (near what is now West 76th Avenue and Lowell Street), the area became known as DeSpain Junction and began attracting other settlers including horse breeder Edward Bruce Bowles who was instrumental in constructing the town's train depot in 1881. In 1885, Connecticut real estate developer C.J.Harris arrived in DeSpain Junction and began buying up land. Soon the town was renamed Harris, but was also known as Darell Park. Fun things to do in Westminster
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.

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). Fun things to do in Westminster
Westminster City Hall features a 14-story bell tower topped by a pyramid shaped steel mesh structure. The 130-foot spire, which is widely known and referenced as a community landmark, was first conceptualized as a symbolic tie and tribute to the clock tower of Westminster Palace in England known as Big Ben.[14] The unveiling of the Bell Tower in 1986 was attended by the then mayor of Westminster, England. An English Oak can be seen on the City Hall property today- a gift to Westminster, Colorado, from Westminster, England. Things to do Westminster
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. Things to do in 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 Land Act of 1862 encouraged many settlers from the east to make Colorado their home instead of heading on to California. Before the settlements came, wildlife like antelope and buffalo made their homes in this area. There is also evidence of Arapaho Indians near the Crown Point (Gregory Hill) area.[dead link] Things to do Westminster
At Westminster College, your journey starts the day you enroll. Our expert faculty design academic experiences that will challenge, prepare, and empower you to find a place among the world’s scholars. And, whatever your major, you will learn broadly and deeply, making connections across disciplines and forming your own ways to meet the challenges of the world. Things to do in Westminster CO
The Liberty of Westminster, governed by the Westminster Court of Burgesses, also included St Martin in the Fields and several other parishes and places. Westminster had its own quarter sessions, but the Middlesex sessions also had jurisdiction. The area was transferred from Middlesex to the County of London in 1889, and the local government of Westminster was reformed in 1900, when the court of burgesses and the parish vestries were abolished, and replaced by a metropolitan borough council. The borough was given[when?] city status, allowing it to be known as the City of Westminster and its council as Westminster City Council— a title which was retained when it was merged with the boroughs of St Marylebone and Paddington in the 1960s. Things to do in Westminster CO
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. 
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. 

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 in Westminster
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