City Awards and Recognitions

Healthy Lifestyles

  • Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) Lafayette Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department
  • National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management – 2002, 2014
  • HEAL City (Healthy Eating, Active Living) from LiveWell Colorado
  • American Heart Assn – Gold Fit Friendly Worksite
  • Lafayette Skatepark: ACI (American Concrete Institute) Award of Excellence for Parks and Open Spaces
  • Starburst Award from the Colorado Lottery - Lafayette Skatepark, Greenlee Wildlife Preserve
  • Indian Peaks Golf Course: Golf Digest, Best Places to Play
  • CPRA (Colorado Parks and Recreation Assn) Columbine Award for the Innovative Junior Ranger Program, Kids "Try"athlon, and Rocky Hockey Inline Hockey Programs

Sustainable Living

  • US Dept of Energy SolSmart Award - Gold designation
  • Colorado Association for Recycling's Outstanding Elected Official Award - 2015 Mayor Christine Berg
  • Gold Level Solar Friendly Community
  • Xcel Energy Sustainability Commitment Award –for outstanding leadership in sustainability and commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Center for Resource Conservation 'Conservation Community Leader' ReWard Winner
  • Eco-Cycle 'Local Government Award' Zero Waste Community Partner
  • Colorado Dept of Health: Environmental Leadership Program Bronze Achiever Award for work in promoting Zero Waste
  • Colorado Dept of Health: Environmental Leadership Program Bronze Achiever Award for work in promoting Non-toxic Algae Solutions
  • Tree City USA: 1995-present
Community Life
  • 2021 7th best City in Colorado -Home Snacks
  • 2021 47th Best City to live in America -24/7 Wallstreet.
  • 2020 19th safest City in Colorado -OutthereColorado. 
  • 2018 AARP Most Livable Cities for populations between 25,000 and 99,999 (ranked #4 nationally)
  • 2018 Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence: The Collective Community Art Center - Best New Addition to Downtown
  • #12 - Best 25 Suburbs to Live in the Denver Area
  • 2015 Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence - Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation; for the Lafayette Commons project
  • Best Small City: 3rd in Colorado, 48th in the nation 2015's Best and Worst Small Cities in America - Wallethub
  • 5 Best Cities for Families in Colorado -
  • Best Places to Raise a Family in Colorado - Wallethub
  • Top 100 Places to Live -
  • Top 5 "Best Places for Young Families in Colorado" - NerdWallet
  • Top 10 Safest Cities in Colorado - Movoto
  • 6th safest Colorado city with a population of 20,000+ ValuePenguin
  • 10th Happiest City in the U.S.
  • 100 Best Communities for Young People 2008 / America's Promise Alliance
  • National League of Cities (NLC) Inclusive City Award
  • 2012 Governor's Arts Award for Excellence in Arts for City/Business/Arts Community Collaboration
  • Fiesta at Festival Plaza: Boulder County Aging Services Division, Create Our Future Social & Civic Engagement Award
  • 2009 Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence for Best Public Space Project - Festival Plaza
  • Simpson Mine Park: President's Award of Excellence for Design from the American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Boulder County Youth Corps Sponsor of the Year
  • Yellow Scene Magazine Best of the West: Indian Peaks Golf Course, Bob L. Burger Recreation Center
  • Boulder Weekly Best of East Boulder County: Indian Peaks Golf Course, Bob L. Burger Recreation Center
  • Lafayette founder, Mary Miller, inducted in the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments' award for Local Government Collaboration – for the Josephine Commons development with Boulder County
  • Intercambio Uniting Communities Partner of the Year (Lafayette Public Library)
  • Donor of the Year from Sister Carmen Community Center
  • Multicultural Award / Government category - Mayor Pro Tem Gustavo Reyna

Department Certifications and Awards

Loss Prevention Award