Whether you are enjoying the Sunday Farmer's Market on Historic Mainstreet or playing golf at one of Parker's many beautiful courses, you're sure to notice that Parker is centered around family. Parker Recreational Services manages so many beautiful parks, facilities, and trails in Parker, it's not hard to figure out why this small charming community has been touted as one of the best places in America to raise a family by several publications year after year. What makes Parker Special?
The Parker Area Chamber of Commerce provides a beautiful Magazine and Visitors Guide which showcases the Town and surrounding area. You can also visit the Town of Parker website for more information on living, working and playing in Parker, Colorado.
Parker has many parks and recreational programs for all ages. Explore their page at https://parkerrec.com/ to learn about their various Youth Sports programs, Facilities and opportunities available.
Discovery Park and ICE Trail – Located next to the town’s library, this new park hosts several free performances throughout the year. Parker Ice Trail is a unique feature, adjacent to the award-winning library, the ice trail is a frozen lazy river. During the summer months, a Fountain attracts a lot of locals as a popular spot to hang out after a trip to the library and picnic and play in the splash pad. With its programmable water jets and color-changing LED lights, the fountain is a beautiful addition to Parker's impressive Art scene.
Parker Arts & Cultural Events Center (PACE) - located across from Discovery Park, PACE is a popular destination. The PACE Center has different sections dedicated to art and science. It has a 536-seat theatre, 250-seat amphitheater, event room, art gallery, dance studio, culinary kitchen, and classrooms. PACE Center holds several shows like the 7th Annual Brass Festival, ballet shows, summer concerts, and even the Miss Colorado beauty pageant. The center also has two professionally curated galleries that exhibit artworks from local and national artists that range from paintings, sculptures, and photography. They also offer educational programs that the younger audience will enjoy such as their Family Discovery Series and Parker Arts Classes.
Parker is home to many equestrian properties and horse-lovers so it should surprise you to learn that Parker's Salisbury Equestrian Park & Sports Complex serves Parker's equestrian community, as well as a variety of youth and adult sports leagues. Equestrian features include an arena grandstand and a new lighted arena. Youth baseball fields sponsored by the Colorado Rockies, ADA accessible playground, access to Cherry Creek Trail via the McCabe Meadows trailhead combined make this a frequent meeting place for Parker residents.
An important part of Parker's Historic Downtown area is O'Brien Park and Water Park. This park includes a softball field, basketball courts, two playground areas, an outdoor pool with slides and a variety of water features, a shade structure with tables, a lighted plaza area with tables and public restrooms. O'Brien Park's gazebo serves as the backdrop for many Parker events, including outdoor concerts, Parker's summer festival, Parker Days, Art Festival and the Mayor's Holiday Lighting.
Parker Fieldhouse, Parker Raquetball Club, and Parker Recreational Centers have many parks and recreational programs for all ages. Explore their pages at https://parkerrec.com/ to learn about their various Youth Sports programs, Facilities and opportunities available.
Working in Parker:
In Colorado, 7 of 9 Fortune 500 companies are located in South Denver within 10 miles of Parker. These include Arrow, Qurate, Dish, Liberty, Newmont Gold Corp., Western Union and Echostar. Parker is part of South Denver’s strong business ecosystem. Companies locating here, benefit from close proximity to Fortune 500 companies, in addition to the many regional and local companies calling the area home. Other major employers with a South Denver presence include Comcast, Charles Schwabb, Great West Financial, United Healthcare, Parker Adventist Hospital, Jacobs, Jeppeson, and Health One Skyridge.
Want to learn more about the unique businesses located here in Parker? Check out the Town of Parker's full business directory.
Commuting from Parker:
- Downtown Denver: 25 miles, 34 minutes by car
- Colorado Springs: 54 miles, 1 hour by car
- Denver Tech Center: 10 miles, 15 minutes by car
- Denver International Airport - 40 miles northeast
- Centennial Airport - 7 miles west
- Colorado Springs Municipal Airport - 58 miles south
- The Regional Transportation District (RTD) serves the community by providing a full menu of rapid transit services, including a call-and-ride system and bus services connecting to surrounding communities and the regional light rail system.
The Douglas County School District is Colorado's third-largest school district, serving more than 68,000 students in preschool through twelfth-grade. Parents can find many different choices through the District such as open enrollment, charter schools, instruction for gifted and talented students, magnet schools, an International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement courses, and other special programs.
Looking for Charter school information? Learn more about Parker's charter schools here.
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