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
  • 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

National accreditation by the American Public Works Association
Accreditation by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police
Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Class 2 - Fire Department
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) - Finance Department
Colorado Manager of the Year - Gary Klaphake, City Administrator - by the Colorado City/County Management Association
Colorado City Clerk of the Year – Susan Koster, City Clerk – by the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association
AAA Standard and Poors Rating for Water Bonds
AA+ Standard and Poors Rating for General Obligation Bonds