Celebrating 20 & 60 Years
In 2021, Broomfield is celebrating 60 years of being a city and 20 years of being a county! See below for access to Broomfield history, annual events, and special events and activities being held in honor of the occasion!
Let's honor all of the past, present and future residents who help make the City and County of Broomfield such a great place to live, work and play!
Broomfield Scavenger Hunt
2021 is a big year for the City and County of Broomfield. Not only is it the 20th anniversary of becoming a county, but it is also the 60th year of becoming a city! To celebrate, participate in the city-wide scavenger hunt running from June 7 to November 15. This scavenger hunt will take you to 20 locations throughout Broomfield where you will be able to learn about its rich history, inspiring growth, and win prizes along the way. Make sure you are following Broomfield's social media channels to see weekly hints to each location. For more information about the scavenger hunt, continue scrolling to read about how to win prizes, get your kids involved, and get specific locations.
How It Works
What am I looking for? There are 20 signs/markers located around Broomfield at notable and historical locations. A clue will be revealed every week, on social media, to help you find them. Each sign includes a rubbing, a description of the location and a QR code you can use to enter to win prizes! See an example of what the signs look like below, under each location.
What does the QR code do? Use your smartphone camera to scan the QR code, which allows you to open a form on your mobile browser. Enter your information on that form to enter to win prizes! Any information you provided will be used solely to contact eventual winners. You'll also find a link to more information about that location.
How does the prize drawing work? At the end of each month, a winner will be selected at random from among all those who have found a marker and submitted their information via the QR code form. One entry per location, per resident (name and email address), will be counted. So the more locations you find, the better your odds of winning! See more details below:
- Monthly prizes will be in the form of gift cards to local restaurant or businesses ($10 value), and a grand prize of $100 worth of local gift cards.
- Winners will be randomly selected and announced on social media (first name and last initial) and via email on the following dates, plus a grand prize winner at the end of the campaign:
- June 30: Monthly Gift Card winner (Prize: Gift card with $10 value)
- July 31: Monthly Gift Card winner (Prize: Gift card with $10 value)
- August 31: Monthly Gift Card winner (Prize: Gift card with $10 value)
- September 30: Monthly Gift Card winner (Prize: Gift card with $10 value)
- October 31: Monthly Gift Card winner (Prize: Gift card with $10 value)
- November 16: Grand Prize Winner (Prize: Gift cards with $100 total value)
- Winners will be contacted via email and must respond within 72 hours to claim their prize, otherwise a different winner will be randomly chosen.
What is the blue 3D printed rubbing plate? A fun activity for kids and all ages, the blue 3D printed squares can be used to rub onto a piece of paper, which reveals a complete design when all locations are found! Download and print this Scavenger Hunt Grid template, or use a standard 8.5" x 11" blank piece of paper. View complete instructions to complete your rubbing.
You and the whole family can take pride in finishing the design, and completing the full hunt! Be sure to share your final designs on social media!
Will there be clues to help find the scavenger hunt locations? Yes! Follow the City and County of Broomfield on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for weekly clues, monthly winner announcements and more! Answers will also be revealed on TikTok.
See below for general locations for each scavenger hunt sign/marker, as well as more information on each landmark.
Jump to a specific location here:
Broomfield Library and Auditorium
The first meeting to establish a public library for Broomfield was held Dec. 2, 1959. The library opened in donated space with furnishings provided by service clubs and organizations. The Colorado State Library loaned the Broomfield Library 600 - 2,000 books until the collection was established. From 1963 to 2001, the Library was relocated four different times. The first permanent building was 3,226 square-feet. Now, the current building is 28,409 square feet, and The Broomfield Library shares a lobby with the 300-seat Broomfield Auditorium, and includes a fireplace, second story reading terrace, and views of the city park, and scenic mountains. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
The Broomfield Community Center and The Bay
The Broomfield Community Center and The Bay are two well-loved Broomfield Recreation Facilities. The planning and design of the BCC started in 2015 and construction was completed in October of 2020. The Community Center was an exciting addition to Broomfield facilities, as this was a place where residents not only could work out, and swim...but they can utilize conference room space, rent out banquet halls, or enjoy multipurpose rooms like the Fireside Lounge. The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park is Broomfield's premier outdoor facility, designed especially for families and children, 13 years and younger. Meet your friends and neighbors for a picnic on the lawn or enjoy a mouth-watering snack from the concession stand. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
Paul Derda Rec Center
The 85,000 square foot Paul Derda Recreation Center was designed around the vision of “Bringing the Mountains to the Plains.” The center is themed with Colorado mountain elements, from huge boulders in the landscape to adventure slides through rock formations in the natatorium and art in public places. Construction completed in 2003 and it is now on of the most popular Broomfield facilities. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
The Brunner Farmhouse
The Brunner Farmhouse is located at 640 Main Street on the northeast corner of Midway Boulevard and Main Street in Broomfield. It is surrounded by “the Field,” a designated open space area. This was the home of Broomfield second Mayor, Dr. Clyde Brunner who was also a veterinarian who treated local pets in the basement. The house is surrounded by 13 gardens that are maintained entirely by volunteers! (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
The Depot Museum
Constructed by Colorado & Southern Railway (C&S) bridge and building crews in 1909, the Broomfield Depot jointly served the C&S and one of its subsidiaries, the Denver & Interurban Railroad. It's hard to imagine Broomfield as a small town but in 1909 only 160 people resided in the town. Concerned about the lack of housing for a station agent and hoping to attract a married man because they were considered steady and reliable, the railroad built the live-in depot with a family in mind. Guided tours explain the risks and benefits for the railroad employees and their families who lived onsite. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
County Commons Park
A park to be proud of. The 300-acre site is home to the Paul Derda Recreation Center, County Commons cemetery, 237 acres of open space, and the 80-acre park/sports complex. The park features 15 playing fields, including soccer, two playgrounds, a pavilion, and five picnic huts. The site's artificial turf Championship Field is truly a field of dreams for many in the recreational sports community. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
Skate Park & Batting Cages
Broomfield's Recreation Department offers a variety of different outdoor activities for residents to enjoy including Batting cages with seven pitching wheels. If weather permits, cages are available for drip-in use. If you want to rent a cage, you must give a 24 hour notice to firstname.lastname@example.org. $1 will get you 16 balls to practice your swing with. Next to the Batting Cages, you will find the Broomfield Skate Park. Enjoy the warm afternoons with this free, fun for all ages park! (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
It was in the 1950s, during the drive between Denver and Boulder on U.S. Highway 36, where motorists got to see Shep, the tollbooth dog. Shep was a stray who showed up during the construction of toll booths that were formerly in place on the highway, also known as the Denver-Boulder Turnpike. One of the toll collectors took Shep in and fed him. The dog made the booth his home for 14 years. Shep became a favorite for motorists, who often brought him treats. Families would stop to take photos of Shep. In August 2020, the city installed a pedestrian bridge near US 36 between West Midway Boulevard and Industrial Lane. This bridge is now called "Shep's Crossing. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
9/11 Memorial & Community Pond
On September 10, 2006, the City and County of Broomfield dedicated a memorial to honor the lives lost from the tragedies of 9/11. The 9/11 memorial is on the east side of Broomfield's Community Park.
Broomfield community pond is not only a great amenity for residents, but it is also home to various wildlife from geese and ducks to frogs and various birds. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
Broomfield's Art & Sculpture walk is one of many artistic showcasings that our city and county bestows great importance on. From a lunch break walk to a weekend family walk, the art walk is appreciated by many residents and all year round through all the seasons. This is a self-guided walk and features nine different sculptures created by Colorado artists. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
Located at 6 Garden Center, Invent HQ is the community's space where ingenuity, innovation, and creativity live in. Invent HQ is a place to invent, play, and build the future. Programming is offered for all ages and a wide range of interests and various tools such as: laser cutter, 3d printer, digital embroidery machines, sewing machines and so much more! (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
Broomfield is home to the Veteran's Museum honoring all local veterans of all U.S. conflicts and peacekeeping efforts. The Broomfield Veteran Museum houses nine rooms of exhibits, a library with over 2,500 history/military books and hundreds of archived videos of veteran interviews, and a multimedia room that seats over 40. The museum is free and open to the public and offers docent-guided or self-guided tours, and, twice a month, a presentation called Coffee and Conversation, where you can hear fascinating stories from local veterans and historians. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
One of Broomfields most historic and notable sites is none other than the marvelous Welford Barn. The Welford Dance Hall, as it was first called, holds history high on all four walls which operated as a dance hall from the 1910s through the 1930s.
Some nights you can hear the echoes of lively chatter, melodies, and dancing steps that once were present at the ol' Welford Barn. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
On January 20, 1936 a blast, believed to have been caused when a spark ignited coal dust, killed eight men working the night shift in the Monarch Mine No. 2. The body of mule boss Joe C. Jaramillo was never found. The theory is that Mr. Jaramillo was right at the point of the explosion when it occurred, explaining why his body was never recovered. Due to the dangerous nature of the search operation, the search for Mr. Jaramillo was called off and the company placed a granite gravestone at the entrance and permanently closed the Monarch No. 2 Mine. This gravesite is now known as the "Miner's Monument" and honors the lives lost in the tragic explosion. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
Siena Reservoir is the perfect choice if you are looking for a peaceful trail to walk your dog, bike after work, or go for an evening stroll. This urban trail is also suited for strollers and wheelchairs! The total loop is 1.25 miles and is recommended for all ages. When choosing this trail, you won't be disappointed by the gorgeous view of the flatirons and Anthem Community Park. You can even teach your kids how to fish by casting for black crappies, bluegill, and largemouth bass. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
Broomfield Industrial Park Fields
In March 2015 Broomfield City Council voted to name the home dugout on Al Lange Field at Broomfield Industrial Park in honor of seventh-grade student Tyler Morrison, who died of an inoperable brain tumor. Tyler attended Broomfield Heights Middle School and was a member of the Thunder Baseball League. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
Constructed in 1916 as a gathering place for its primarily agricultural community, Crescent Grange is an inextricable part of Broomfield’s legacy. Many of Broomfield’s founding residents were early members of the Grange and gathered in it for events ranging from political meetings and service projects, to social functions. Throughout its history, Crescent Grange has remained dedicated to supporting Broomfield residents. Designated a local historic landmark in 2018, it is still a community hub, inviting neighbors to join together through a community garden, educational and cultural events, and more. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
1st Bank Center & Arista
The cornerstone of Arista is the 1STBANK Center. Arista is one of the very few town center developments in the nation anchored by a major entertainment venue. The Center is a mid-size concert hall and hosts 50-100 acts a year including concerts, sporting events, and family shows.
Arista Place is the town center of Arista, a fun, eclectic, two-block pedestrian mall featuring the aloft Hotel, office space and residential units. The buildings feature a unique, contemporary, urban design. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
Del Corso Park
Broomfield has over 281 miles of trails, more than 700 acres of developed parks and 45 playgrounds. This is 16 acres of available outdoor active living for every 1,000 citizens. Del Corso Park being one. Del Corso Park is a center for family gatherings and notably for it's playground that is loved by families. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
McKay Broomfield Bike Park
The Broomfield Bike Park is a 4-acre natural surface cycling terrain park with trails and features to appeal to a variety of riding styles and abilities. With several redesigns, it is no secret that the bike park is a well-loved Broomfield outdoor amenity. (See full Scavenger Hunt information and details on prizes)
Other Events in 2021
Be sure to also celebrate Broomfield by checking out these annual and special events going on this year:
- Brew HaHa 2021 (June 2021)
- Broomfield 100 (year round)
- Summer Concert Series (June through August 2021)
- Great American Picnic (July 4th, 2021)
- Broomfield Days (September 2021)
Learn more about the City and County of Broomfield history!