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NEW FOR SUMMER 2023! The history of Metzger Farm comes alive with the Pride of the Farm Outdoor Theater Series, presented by celebrated theater group, The Catamounts! June 1-25.

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Metzger Farm Open Space

Historically significant in Westminster
Address: 12080 Lowell Blvd.

The Metzger Farm property is located in the city of Westminster and is bordered by Broomfield on its north and west sides. It is located in the northeast quadrant of the intersection of Lowell Boulevard and West 120th Avenue. The Broomfield-Westminster Open Space Foundation was established by the two governmental entities (the City of Westminster and the City and County of Broomfield) to oversee the management of Metzger Farm.


John Metzger became a lawyer through apprenticeships and served as the Colorado State Attorney General from 1949-1950. John Metzger had two children – Bill and Karen. After law school, Karen became a judge in the area. John Metzger fell in love with what is now Metzger Farm when he visited James T. Burke who was the previous owner of the farm. He made a down payment on the spot and purchased the farm. The Metzgers raised wheat, barley, corn, alfalfa and then expanded into dairy and show cattle. John Metzger passed away in 1989 and the City of Westminster purchased the farm in 2006 with three grants and in partnership with Broomfield.

The site includes the original home, outbuildings, fertile farmland, two ponds, and wetlands. In 2007, Metzger Farm became part of the Big Dry Creek Trail system. Currently, there are plans for more trails, tours, and an educational facility.

Read more about the fascinating history of the Metzger Farm! View the Historic Preservation Planning Report.

Metzger Farm Master Plan (2010)

 The Metzger Farm Master Plan provides an overview of:

  • natural features and resources 
  • farmstead history and building survey 
  • proposed improvements such as trails, wildlife viewing, fishing, and building stabilization, as well as estimated costs/phasing 
  • management practices

With the first phase of improvements complete, the Metzger Farm opened to the public on November 10, 2012.

View the entire Metzger Farm Master Plan document.