Revitalized Old Town District, Recreation And Diverse Housing Characterize This Wonderful Front Range Town
Lafayette and Mary Miller were among the thousands of immigrants to make their homes along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in 1862. They originally stopped in a small settlement now known as Longmont, and two years later made their permanent home in the present site of Lafayette.
Lafayette was incorporated in 1889 and continued to flourish for the next 50 years in an economy based on coal mining. When the coal industry declined, Lafayette relied on a agriculture for its continuing prosperity.
Today, Lafayette is a progressive community with the cultural and commercial center still found in the revitalized Old Town District. The town hosts a variety of unique events each year, including an oatmeal festival in cooperation with the Quaker Oats Company, a peach festival, a wine festival, and Lafayette Days.
Lafayette offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center which features a gym, racquetball courts, running track, dance studio, fitness atrium, and a 3-pool aquatics area with water features. The town also has 20 neighborhood parks, and Waneka Lake has boat rentals, picnic facilities, and a jogging trail. In addition, Indian Peaks Golf Course, designed by Hale Irwin, is rated among the finest golf courses in the nation by Golf Digest Magazine.
Shopping areas include Lafayette Old Town, Baseline Crossing, Centaur Village Plaza, and many more. There is an excellent library that also serves as a cultural arts area, plus an extensive children’s area adjacent to a two-care community park.
Diverse housing options are available in Lafayette. Well-kept neighborhoods showcase tree-lined streets, carefully planned parks and open space, and homes ranging in price from $200,000 to more than $1 million. You’ll find town homes, condos, apartments, and a wide variety of single-family homes.
The main public high school in Lafayette is Centaurus High School with approximately 1,000 students. Peak to Peak Charter School offers kindergarten through high school, and the middle school is Angevine.