Citizens Academy

The City of Woodland Park Citizens Academy is an interactive educational program that helps citizens understand how local City government is organized and how services are funded and delivered. Participants must be able to attend all seven sessions, barring unforeseen circumstances. There is no cost to participate in the Citizens Academy. Light refreshments provided at each session.

 Citizens Academy Purpose: To improve citizen understanding of the workings of effective local municipal government and encourage citizen involvement in the community.

Wednesdays, February 13-April 3, 2019*                5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

(no class on Wednesday, March 27)   *Academy dates and times are subject to change

During the seven-week Academy, you have opportunities to explore and gain knowledge in the following areas:

Week 1
Your Local Government 101 / Dollars and Sense
LOCATION: Council Chambers

February 13 Introductions, Fundamentals of a Home Rule City, Administration and Finance – Meet some key team members and elected officials who make up the City, and gain insight into the roles and processes of administration and the finance department.


Week 2
Buildings, Roads, Drainage and More!
LOCATION: Council Chambers first February 20

Public Works – Streets and Roads, Engineering, Fleet, and Facilities – From roads to drains, see how Public Works oversees building and maintaining these community assets.


Week 3
Smart Growth
LOCATION: Council Chambers

February 27        Planning, Zoning and Building – A hands-on experience to explore the various laws, processes, and outcomes involved in ensuring that growth happens in a well-planned out manner.


Week 4
Cool, Clear Water
LOCATION: Council Chambers first

March 6                Water and Wastewater Utilities – In the first of two utility sessions, tour the City’s water treatment facility, and learn about the City’s water collection, treatment and distribution processes.


Week 5
The Right Treatment – Waste Not
LOCATION: Council Chambers first

March 13             Water and Wastewater Utilities – In the second of two sessions tour the wastewater treatment facility, and learn about the City’s collection, treatment and distribution processes.


Week 6
Keeping the Community Safe
LOCATION: Police Department

March 20             Police Department – Meet your police officers, learn about the police department and its various operations, and experience what occurs during a “typical” day at the station.


Week 7
Something for Everyone!
LOCATION: Woodland Aquatic Center

April 3                   Parks and Recreation & Culture – Dive on in with Parks and Recreation and discover how to maximize your leisure through parks, trails, open spaces, facilities and programs, including the Aquatic Center.


April 4                   Academy Graduation
LOCATION: Council Chambers 7:00 pm
City Council Meeting – first Academy Graduate Recognition