- Parker Parks and Recreation
- Castlewood Canyon
- Cherry Creek State Park
- Golf in Denver & Colorado
- Theater and Performing Arts
- Libraries & Library Districts
- Winter Fun in Denver & Colorado
The little cow town south and east of Denver on the Smoky Hill Trail has grown into a wonderful community. The town now occupies most of north eastern Douglas County. Parker strives to maintain the western flare and hosts Parker Days every summer, a great local festival. Homes in the town include suburban tract homes as well as quite a few horse properties and many acreages for cows and horses, or your choice. There are new homes being built so the town continues it’s growth. Typically builders welcome Realtors and cooperate with them and their clients..
The schools serving Parker and the majority of the front range communities that are part of Denver, are a diverse mix of public systems, charter schools, and private/parochial schools. Charter schools are considered public and will be included in the district listings. Please see the more school connections link for private, charter and home schooling options.
NOTE: While many school districts serve portions of Highlands Ranch, no single one covers the entire community. The property address will determine the school district. Sometimes they will overlap…but not always.
Douglas County Schools
Parochial School Network
More school connections
Parker became a home town in 1981 and is governed by a 7 member city council. The Town Administrator is hired by the council which seems to create a strong combination of the managerial abilities and the political strengths of the other.
Town of Parker Colorado website
A wiki link to the city’s history and the official history page of Parker.
When we first got to Denver in 1978 Hill’s Market (located at Hilltop – [now Hess] & State Highway 85) was the only place in Parker you went to get gas & groceries. There was a Safeway, but that was up in the Cottonwood area on the way to Denver. The sleepy little cow town of Parker was incorporated as a town in 1981 and included the Rowley Downs subdivision, the downtown area, and Parker Square and Parker Plaza commercial areas. The incorporated area encompassed approximately one square mile and included 285 residents. Soon after incorporation in 1981, the Town adopted zoning and subdivision ordinances. According to the town history there are over 47,000 current residents.
Parks and Recreation
Parker is proud of their parks and recreation department that offers many new venues in the growing city that include indoor roller derby, soccer as well as swimming and ice skating. Residents also take advantage of other opportunities for recreation throughout the area, a lot of which Colorado is famous for including many horse clubs. The rest may be local golf, flag football or softball teams, walking and jogging path maps, or even recreation centers provided for residents.