Westminster, a suburb of Denver, is a home rule municipality located in Adams and Jefferson Counties in Colorado. With an estimated population of 105,084 residents, it was ranked in 2006 by Money Magazine as the 24th best place to live in the United States. The general area was first inhabited by the Arapaho, but by 1858 gold was discovered on Little Dry Creek bringing many fortune seekers to settle. After many names given the area by self-proclaimed leaders of the community, by 1911 the city was officially established and the name Westminster became the final name for the city.
Westminster boasts an Open Space system supported by city ordinances and long standing green space protection. The Big Dry Creek Trail, extending approximately 10 miles from the eastern boundary of the city to Standley Lake, is one of the jewels of this open space system. Other parks and areas available for enjoying the beautiful countryside are High Line Canal, Walnut Creek, Hidden Lake, McKay Lake, Margaret's Pond, and Vogel Pond.
Westminster offers many venues for enjoying dining, shopping, and entertainment of many kinds; some of these are The Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Westminster Promenade, Hyland Hills Water World, The Denver Aquarium, Denver Art Museum, Six-Flags Elitch Gardens, the Denver Zoo, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Other local attractions include Bowles House Museum, Skate City Westminster, Wit's End Comedy Club, and the City Park Fitness Center. The city also has several events and festivals like the Fourth of July Celebration, Westminster Faire, Mother and Son Bowl-o-Rama, and the Holiday Lighting Ceremony.