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DISCOVER LOCAL FAVORITES

PARKER, COLORADO | 2019

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5 Important Numbers 6 Publisher’s Note 11 H2O’ Brien Pool 12 Discovery Park 14 The Parker Food Scene 19 Parker Wine Walks

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DISCOVERY PARK Discovery Park is a four-season community gathering place.

20 Meet the Smiths 22 History of Parker 26 Style & Flair 28 Parker Town Events

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32 Parker Recreation Center 36 SECORCARES 38 Parker Arts

PARKER TOWN EVENTS

42 Parker Wine Walks 44 Places to Worship 46 Castlewood Canyon 48 Kid’s Corner 50 Farmer’s Market

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PARKER ARTS A Vibrant Community Celebrating Arts & Culture

CASTLEWOOD CANYON Castlewood Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park near Franktown, Colorado just south of Parker.

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IMPORTANT NUMBERS TOWN OF PARKER

20120 E Mainstreet • Parker, CO 80138 City Of Parker 303-841-0353 Parker Police Department 303-841-9800 Parker Fire Department 303-841-2608 Poison Control 1-800-222-1222 Parker Library 303-791-READ PACE Center 303-805-6800 H2O O’Brien Park & Pool 720-851-5873 Parker Chamber of Commerce 303-841-4268 Douglas County School District 303-387-0100 School Closing Number 303-387-7669 Waste Management 303-797-1600 IREA 303-688-3100 Xcel Energy 1-800-895-4999 Comcast 303-930-2000 Direct TV 1-888-777-2454 United States Postal Office: 303-805-2109

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HOSPITALS Parker Adventist Hospital 303-269-4000 Sky Ridge Hospital 303-225-1000 URGENT CARES Med Express Urgent Care 720-941-3627 20Mile Urgent Care 720-974-7210 CareNow Urgent Care 720-588-4000 Centura Health Emergancy& Urgent Care 303-925-4700

PUBLIC SCHOOLS HIGH SCHOOLS Legend High School 303-387-4500 Chaparrel High School 303-387-3500 Ponderosa High School 303-387-4000 MIDDLE SCHOOLS Cimarron Middle School 720-433-0120 Sierra Middle School 303-387-3800 Sagewood Middle School 303-387-4300 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Pioneer Elementary 303-387-8400 Cherokee Trail 303-387-8125 Frontier Valley 303-387-8475 Prairie Crossing 303-387-8200 Iron Horse 303-387-8525 2019

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I love Parker’s own gem of a Quilt Shop “High Prairie Quilts�. Friendly staff and large selection inspire your next project... - Jacque C.

WELCOME TO

PARKER! Welcome to Parker! As a long time resident myself, you will quickly find the wonderful things that make Parker charming. Whether you have moved here for the 300 days of sunshine, the close proximity to the mountains, a job, a healthy lifestyle, or some combination of the above, you will enjoy your life here! The goal of this publication is to provide a locals’ perspective and guide to all that Parker has to offer. This is designed to get you plugged in as you get settled. Parker has a social scene with free concerts at Discovery Park, Performing Art Shows, Wine Walks, Farmer’s Market, Parker Days, Oktoberfest, Tree Lightings and more! Â





  

Parker is growing, yet is known for retaining the smalltown, neighborly feel us locals have enjoyed and fostered. Check out the Local Tips throughout this publication as they provide some of the favorite spots around town. Welcome home, go discover your Parker! Cheers,



 



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10795 VICTORIAN DRIVE • 720-851-5873 lar admission rates apply or lap swim is free with your Parker Recreation membership.

WATER SLIDES Riders must be 48” to ride red slide and 52” to ride blue slide. Only one rider is allowed on the slide at a time. Goggles, fins or life jackets are not permitted on slides.

THE H20’BRIEN POOL IS OPEN MAY 25TH THROUGH LABOR DAY.   H2O’Brien Outdoor Pool features two 182’ water slides, a waterworks play structure, a spray garden, sprays and geysers, a circulation and lap pool, a concession area and a shade pavilion. Individuals of all ages will enjoy this spectacular pool! Daily Admission Ages 2 and under - Free Ages 3 to 19 - $4 R/$4.50 NR  R = Parker Resident, NR = Non-Resident Ages 10 to 61 - $5 R/$5.50 NR   Ages 62 and over - Free  H2O’Brien Pool offers season memberships and passes. LITTLE SQUIRTS 9 to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday, “Little Squirts” 48 inches and shorter and their adult caregivers may come to the pool the hour prior to Open Swim to enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. Little Squirts may stay for Open Swim. Regular admission fees apply. Sorry, no minors taller than 48 inches will be admitted during this hour. ADULT/OPEN LAP SWIM Swimmers 16 and older can swim laps during Adult/ Open Lap Swim, Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. Lanes may be limited due to programming. Regu2019

GROUPS AND RENTALS Field trips, parties and full rentals are available! Get facility rental information. Group rates for 10 or more are available with advance notice, get admission and season pass rates. SWIMMING LESSONS Parker Aquatics is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to offer small group swimming lessons for children aged 6 months to 12 years, teenagers and adults. Click here for Group and Private Swim Lesson details. POOL POLICIES View H2O’Brien Pool general rules. Pool rules and policies are also posted at H2O’Brien Pool. Patrons are responsible for reading and obeying all posted rules. Due to capacity

restrictions, all patrons entering the facility must pay admission. Children under 10 must have direct supervision. Kids ages 10 to 13 at the pool without a parent must be signed in. Only U.S. Coast Guard (USGC) approved flotation devices, noodles and small swim toys may be used in the pool. Food, drinks and coolers are allowed, however, glass containers and alcohol are prohibited. SAFETY BREAKS Safety checks are held daily at 12:50, 2:50 and 4:50 p.m. for 10 minutes. All patrons must exit the water and remain five feet away from the edge. WEATHER H2O’Brien may delay opening or close due to inclement weather. Refunds are not given for inclement weather. Thunder or lightning in the area may prompt the closing of H2O’Brien Pool. When Thunder or lightning is heard/seen, the pool will close for 30 minutes. The closure will be extended 30 minutes for each consecutive thunder or lightning event.

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Located just outside downtown Parker next to Parker’s library, the park and plaza on Mainstreet and Pine Drive is a unique destination. With interactive fountains in the summer, a vibrant ice trail in the winter, and performances and events throughout the year, Discovery Park is a four-season community gathering place. ICE SKATING During the winter, the Parker Ice Trail at Discovery Park is available seven days a week. One of the only ice trails in the country, the skating path meanders through the park reminiscent of a frozen river or canal. Skaters or visitors can stay warm next to any of the three fire pits adjacent to the Ice Trail, or enjoy hot chocolate while watching skaters pass by. Concessions, skate rental and restroom facilities are available for all patrons visiting the park.

recirculation systems. In the event of inclement weather, the Play Fountain will shut off. PERFORMANCE STAGE Parker residents love to be entertained, so a performance stage is located at the north end of the park for concerts or performances. The park is equipped with sound and lighting to enhance your musical experience and a large lawn allows for casual seating.

WATER FEATURE During the summer months, the Discovery Park Play Fountain is a destination for all ages! The Play Fountain is available the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through September; weather permitting. The approximately 900 square foot water feature includes programmable water jets embedded below the paving surface and color changing LED lights, allowing use during the day or on a warm summer evening. The Discovery Park Play Fountain hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with the exception of special events. The Discovery Park Play Fountain features advanced rain and wind sensors, as well as state-of-the-art water treatment and 12 BeLocal

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I started out in 1972 as the first President of the Pinery Country Club and I have enjoyed watching it evolve over the years. - Sam H.

Parker Arts offers free summer concerts in Discovery Park. To see current events visit www.parkerrec.com PUBLIC ART Discovery Park features the larger than life “Ball and Jacks� sculpture, which serves as a gateway to the east end of downtown Parker. The artist, Christopher Weed of Colorado Springs, says the sculpture, like the park itself, speaks to a simpler time of connection to friends, family and community.

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VINES WINE BAR AND BISTRO:

19501 East Main Street, Parker - 303-736-8463 Vines is the best wine bar in town! Conveniently located in the heart of Parker and offers an extensive wine list and full menu. The vibe is always fun--just across from O’Brien Park. Vine’s exclusive menu offers baked Brie, calamari, beef medallions, trout piccata and make sure to save room for the savory desserts! www.vineswinebar.com

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19420 E Main Street, Parker - 720-389-8105 Parker Garage is a restored legacy with refined taste. This chef-driven landmark was restored back into its original garage state in 2014. Located right in the heart of downtown Parker. Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner on the patio or in the unique dining space. The smoked Brussels sprouts and dry ribs are a must! Great wine and extensive whiskey list! www.parkergarage.com

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I love getting outside and enjoying the 300 days of sunshine we get here in Colorado. And with over 30 miles of trails in Parker alone, it couldn’t be easier to soak up some Vitamin D! - Joy M.

ITALIAN: ARTISAN PIZZA CO.: 12311 Pine Bluffs Way - 303-840-0518 Voted one of Parker’s Best for 2017 and 2018. This locally owned and operated restaurant offers outstanding oven baked, personalized pizzas. Offers lunch, dinner, and takeout. Gluten- and vegetarian-friendly. Offers local beer and wine. www.artisianpizzaco.com ROCK MOUNTAIN PIZZERIA: 19523 Hess Rd. #101, Parker - 720-287-3006 New to Parker, pizza made from scratch! Check out the Rocky Mountain nachos! All your sports covered in a cool, modern atmosphere. Website coming soon!

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PORTOFINO PIZZA AND PASTA: 10920 S. Parker Road - 303-841-9900 Known for their great homemade pizza and pasta dishes! Dine in or take out, this local spot offers, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Fantastic service. Try the zucchini noodles! www.portofinopizzaandpasta.com

LIL’ RICCI’S NY PIZZERIA: 16526 Keystone Blvd. - 303-220-7422 Voted best NY style pizza in town, offers a variety of Italian dishes; try the Sicilian pizza or one of our homemade calzones! Kids eat free on Tuesdays! Offers a great happy hour! Dine in and take out. www.lilriccispizza.com/parker

ARMANDO’S RISTORANTE: 9335 Crown Crest Blvd. - 720-851-6770 Local favorite and a staple to Parker, Armando’s offers an extensive menu for lunch and dinner. Excellent pizza and pasta dishes, gluten and vegetarian-friendly. www.armandosinparker.com

TONTI’S NY STYLE PIZZA: 17805 Cottonwood Dr. Parker 720-903-2873 Winner of the Westward, free delivery! New York style pizza and Italian specialties, calzones, strombolis, dine in and take out! www.tontispizzaria.com

COLONNA’S PIZZA: 11215 S Parker Rd. - 303-840-5444 Colonna’s offers lunch and dinner, dine in, takeout and delivery. Great local New York Style pizza, variety of salads, try “Mama’s homemade lasagna”! www.colonnaspizza.com

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MEXICAN: LOS DOS POTRILLOS: 19340 Cottonwood Dr. - 303-840-6574 New to Parker and its fourth location! Los Dos has people raving about the vibrant atmosphere and delicious menu full of authentic homemade Mexican favorites. This is the first Mexican restaurant and Mexican brewery. Every dish will keep you coming back! Excited to have this family restaurant in Parker! Kid-friendly, gluten- and vegetarian-friendly. www.los2potrillos.com

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CASA MARIACHI: 9771 S Parker Rd. - 720-842-5105 Local favorite, authentic, delicious Mexican food with an extensive menu for lunch and dinner. Colorful, cantina atmosphere, kid-friendly with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Known for their outstanding chimichangas. www.casamariachiparker.com

LOS VOLCANES: 10471 S. Parker Rd. Parker - 303-841-0160 Est. 1993: Los Volcanes offers exquisite ingredients, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are known for their fajitas, enchiladas, chili rellenos, and fish tacos! If you’re hungry for breakfast burritos, lunch or dinner, this is the New Parker place! www.volcanesparker.com LA CASITA: 18951 Mainstreet, Parker - 720- 842-5181 Tempt your taste buds with a wide variety of family Mexican entrees. La Casita offers a full bar, great happy hour and voted the best margaritas in town. It’s your traditional favorite Mexican restaurant; check out the enchilada selections. www.lacasitaparker.com

AMERICAN: TRAPPER’S CHOP HOUSE: 19308 Cottonwood Dr. Parker - 303-248-2132 Parker’s premier steakhouse! Savory dessert menu and Impressive wine list! Trapper’s offers fresh lobster and prime steaks. Rise and shine: Trapper’s is now serving breakfast dinner and lunch! www.trapperschophouse.com

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BRICK HOUSE TAVERN AND TAP: 19320 Cottonwood Dr. Parker - 303-840-2285 Serving 11 a.m.–11 p.m.! Brick House Tavern and Tap is known for their wings, burgers, steaks, ribs and gourmet salads! This is the ideal family spot, cozy atmosphere with a brick fireplace or game watching night out with an extensive beer list! Brick House has it all! www.brickhousetavernandtap.com TEXAS ROADHOUSE: 11205 S. Parker Rd. Parker - 303-805-5848 Legendary food with legendary service, specializing in hand-cut steaks, freshly baked bread, fall off the bone ribs and made from scratch sides. Treat your family and friends to a night out and sip on the award-winning margaritas. www.texasroadhouse.com ON THE ROX: 11957 Lioness Way, Parker - 303-790-1033 Your neighborhood sports bar! From coconut shrimp to fish tacos, this bar offers more than just your typical bar food. Great happy hour menu, beer selection, and crafted cocktails! www.ontherocksparker.com SALTGRASS STEAK HOUSE: 19310Cottonwood Dr., Parker - 303-840-2370 This steak house captures the open campfire flavors. Offers steak, chicken and seafood chargrilled to perfection! Bread, soups, and desserts are made from scratch daily! Excellent pineapple margarita and signature Texas tea! www.saltgrass.com

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> CONTINUED TAKODA TAVERN: 12365 Pine Bluffs Way, Parker - 720-851-5302 Amazing views and happy hour! Serving happy hour from 3-8 p.m. M-F. Better than bar food, offering amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Known for the juicy Angus and bison burgers, wings, and crab cakes! Lots of local beers on tap! www.takodatavern.com HICKORY HOUSE: 103355 S Parker Rd., Parker - 303-805-9742 BBQ! Best BBQ in Colorado, so lucky to have Hickory House in our backyard! Best, ribs and steaks and smoked sausage in town. Offers amazing catering menu! hickoryhouseribs.com

ASIAN: JUNZ: 11211 Dransfeldt Rd# 100, Parker - 720-851-1005 Open 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Monday–Sunday and 4:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Sunday Jun Makino, owner and chef, was professionally trained by French chef Jean-Louis Palladin. You can taste the passion for a unique blend of Japanese and French. Junz is a must for sushi lovers. The rolls are beautifully crafted, and you have to try the Junz and Phoenix roll! www.junzrestaurant.com

INDOCHINE THAI AND VIET CUSINE: 19751 Main Street, Parker - 720-851-8559 Indochine is your kitchen away from home. Our food is prepared with you in mind: fresh, creative, delicious and from the heart. Enjoy your time in our kitchen! The pad Thai is delicious! Rice noodles, eggs, bean sprouts, scallions, zucchini, chicken and tamarind sauce. Everything on the menu is made to order to fit your taste buds! Great, healthy Parker dining or takeout! Gluten-, dairy-, and nut-free options! www.indochine-cuisine.com

INDIAN FLARE: INDIA’S KITCHEN: 18701 E Main Street, Parker - 720-851-6830 Voted Best of the Best, authentic Indian cuisine, excellent wine list, exotic beers and delicious flavors of India! The traditional chicken curry is seasoned with perfection! www.indiaskitchenco.com SPICE KITCHEN: 19751 E Main Street, Parker, - 303-945-4168 Indian - Nepali cuisine and bar is family owned with over 30 years of experience. Everything on the menu is delicately crafted with amazing flavors of coconut, ginger, garlic herbs and spices! Vegan and gluten-free friendly menu! www.spicekitchenparker.com

KUROSAWA ASIAN BISTRO: 17002 E Main Street, Parker - 303-805-5985 Modern, fresh and delicious! Kurosawa is Japanese food with inventive French-inspired nouvelle cuisine, making the experience exquisite to the taste buds. They deliver! www.kurosawaparker.com AUGUST MOON ASIAN BAR AND GRILL: 18651 E Main Street, Parker - 303-841-4598 Start off with a signature cocktail, great happy hour and experience the open atmosphere with menu items full of eastern Asia flavors and a variety of delectable menu items. augustmoonasiangrill.com 18 BeLocal

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SMITH FAMILY PARKER PICKS: Restaurant: India’s Kitchen Nail Salon: Green Tea Nails  Bike Shop: Elevation Cycles   Pet Store: Pet Smart  Gym: Momentum Athletic Center  

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Jeff and Julie moved to Colorado for the lifestyle. Both competitive athletes originally from Indiana and Upstate New York, Colorado seemed like the perfect fit! The average 300 days of sunshine, nearby mountains and trails are hard to beat! After living in various locations in the Denver area, the Smith family have now called Parker their home for the past three years.  Jeff works at the Nearby Charles Schwab Complex in Lone Tree and Julie is a Middle School teacher and coach for the Douglas County School District. Proximity to work was an important consideration for Jeff and Julie when deciding to build in the popular Stepping Stone Community.  “We both agree that our family loves to be outdoors” Julie and Jeff both say. We love to hit the trails! Jeff is a

longtime competitive Mountain Biker and Julie is a long distance runner. One of our favorite parts about Parker is the variety of outdoor options. From the Cherry Creek Trail to the new East-West trail connecter. This trail connects to over 17 miles of dirt path! We also really enjoy the variety of park options for our daughters Grace and Ruby.

Gracie (7) and Ruby (3) both love riding their bikes and playing with neighborhood friends. “Parker feels like a safe place to let your kids play and run around,” says Julie. That was a top priority when choosing a place to raise our family. Both girls also attend gymnastics at Momentum Athletic Center in Parker. “We are very pleased with this gymnastics center,” says Julie. “There are a lot of options for all ages and the coaches are top notch.” Gracie attends first grade and Ruby will be attending pre-school next fall.

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H I S T O R Y O F PA R K E R According to popular legend, Parker can trace its colorful history to the establishment of the Pine Grove Way Station by Alfred Butters, around 1863. The first residents of the area were the ancients (prehistoric) including Plains-Woodland Indians and later (1800s) mostly Arapahoe, Cheyenne and Utes.

Gold was discovered in Colorado in 1858, and the following year over 100,000 people followed the trails here in search of their fortunes. Small towns and settlements sprang up as the focus changed from gold to land.

The old Indian trails that ran next to Cherry Creek near Parker were also used by early traders, trappers, frontiersmen and gold seekers, such as John Beck, Captain R.B. Marcy, William Green Russell, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Jim Baker, “Uncle Dick” Wootton, and Kit Carson.

To continue with the legend, the Longs moved the structure to its present location on Mainstreet, built an addition to include 10 rooms and a second story ballroom, and added some other buildings to accommodate animals and wagons.

The trail became known as the Cherokee Trail and a branch of Trapper’s Trail. When stage lines rolled into Colorado, it became known as the Smoky Hill Trail South, the West Cherry Creek Stage Road and the Denver-Santa Fe Stage Road. Rhode Island Hotel 1908. This building now houses Fika Coffee House on Mainstreet. 22 BeLocal

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LOCAL > HISTORY Source: Parker Area Historical Society Photo Source: Parker Historical Society Douglas County Library

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Long traded the 20-Mile House to Nelson and Susan Doud in 1869 for a span of mules. Under Parker’s ownership, the 20-Mile House grew and prospered; a blacksmith shop with equipment to shoe oxen and a general mercantile store were added to the facilities. It became Pine Grove’s first post office on December 8, 1870.  When you arrive in the town of Parker, what you’ll see amid the rolling plains is a growing community of new shops, low buildings, new home communities and lots of open space. Parker has worked hard to keep it’s small-town flavor and atmosphere even though it’s currently one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. You can find homes with an amazing view of the Rockies, Downtown City Lights, or nestled in the Pines. Parker’s very modest beginning came in 1860, when a one-room shack was moved from Pine Grove over to Cherry Creek to serve as a stage stop called, appropriately, the Twenty-Mile House. It was twenty miles from the origination point of the Butterfield stage, what today is the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Colfax Avenue in bustling Denver. The humble little shack grew into a ten-room Inn, changed hands twice and finally became a major stopping point for the railroad in 1882 under the ownership of James Sample Parker.

Parker Consolidated Schoolhouse Restoration Project The Parker Consolidated Schoolhouse became a century old in 2015. For decades, The Schoolhouse served as the area’s only K-12 school. In recent years, it has been known as the Mainstreet Center and served as downtown Parker’s educational and cultural center. To honor the building’s heritage, the Town of Parker has rebranded the structure as “The Schoolhouse.” Phase II construction, at a cost of $849,218, was completed in late fall 2016. It included replacement of the outdated and inefficient heating system with two hydronic boilers; creation of an enlarged dance studio in the lower level; the addition of an elevator shaft; window rehab; and exposing and restoring the beautiful wood trim and flooring throughout the lower level. TOWN OF PARKER HISTORY A BRIEF HISTORY April 1992: The Parker Cultural Commission is formed and community events are offered. Initial events include Concerts in the Park and Images of Parker Art Show. Dec. 1995: The Town of Parker purchases the Mainstreet Center to house cultural and recreation programs and to preserve an important historic building.

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First Band of Parker CO Photo Credit AG Russell

What doesn’t show when you’re in Parker today are the scars that ravaged the area during the 1930’s depression when the bank was robbed, railroad tracks were washed out and low produce prices almost wiped out the small village. Denver, twenty miles to the northwest, was getting crowded. Developers and planners wisely looked to this area and found a beautiful environment where the rural living could combine with modern day necessities, where country pleasures would join with today’s desired amenities. Today, the Parker governmental agencies and residents are striving to ensure that this beautiful rural area is not spoiled by over-building and lack of planning. Beautiful walking and biking trails and equestrian facilities abound in the Parker vicinity.

CS Railroad Train passing through Parker Coloradoa

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LOCAL > HISTORY > CONTINUED 2001-2002: Study is conducted on the potential expansion/renovation of the Mainstreet Center into a modern performance facility.

Rhode Island Hotel 1908. This building now houses Fika Coffee House on Mainstreet.

2004-2005: Meetings occur between the Town of Parker, Douglas County Libraries and Douglas County School District on a possible partnership for an arts center. The groups jointly commission a study on a partnership for property to the west of Parker’s Town Hall. March-June 2006: The Town purchases land west of Town Hall in two parcels for the future development of an arts center, library and retail shops. 2006-2007: Representatives from the Town of Parker and Douglas County Libraries meet regularly to discuss planning and funding.  March 2007: The Parker Cultural Arts Center business plan is prepared for the Town by Webb Management Services. Aug. 2007: An architectural competition is held by the Cultural Authority. Semple Brown Design and Humphries Poli Design teams are selected.

Nov. 2007: The Library puts the funding issue for the new library on the ballot. It does not pass. Jan. 2008: The Town decides not to place the arts center item on the ballot as previously planned, after the library failure. Parker Town Council considers alternative funding options for an arts center. July 2008: The Council authorizes proceeding with the design of the arts center project from existing funds and plans for a $21.7 million construction budget through the issuance of certificates of participation. The Library puts the new library issue on Nov. 2008 ballot.

Nov. 2008: The second library ballot issue for funding fails. Nov. 2008: The Greater Parker Foundation is incorporated. This nonprofit serves as an umbrella for fundraising for the Parker Arts, Culture and Events (PACE) Center, as well as other projects. July 2009: The Council approves the certificate of participation transaction to jointly fund the PACE Center and a new police station in Parker. April 2010: Groundbreaking takes place for the PACE Center. Fall 2011: PACE Center opens! Read about the PACE Center history here Source: Parker Colorado Historical Society

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When you first move to a new home and a new town, there are plenty of new things needed both for you, your family and around the new home. Despite being a smaller city, Parker surprisingly has plenty of locally owned stores to fit your needs. When you stop in somewhere, be sure to tell the associate you meet that the folks from BeLocal Parker sent you. That associate will quite often turn out to be the owner and would love to know you!

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LOCAL TIP One of the best things about living in Parker is the Cherry Creek Trail. It is paved for riding your road bike or pushing a baby jogger and flat so kids can manage it. From the Cottonwood Trail Head off Cottonwood & Jordan Road you can cruise north towards Cherry Creek State Park stopping in the Serenity Garden along the way and the Cherry Creek Ecological Park. Your kids will love both! - Neale O.

PARKER PANACHE Parkerpanache.com 720-851-5121 This is a local favorite for ladies as this is a designer boutique with timeless elegance that meets modern-day panache. Located in Downtown Parker, with a wide selection that ranges from basics to one-of-a-kind pieces that you won’t easily find elsewhere.

THE LOCAL thelocalcolorado.com 720-583-0966 The name says it all, Local. This store brings everything Colorado into one store. Sourcing the best handmade gifts, local foods and drinks and everything else made in Colorado. Swing in to sample the honey, lotion and view the rustic farmhouse décor.

CINDERELLA RANCH Cinderellaranch.com 303-840-2303 This Mother-Daughter owned boutique has style for all ages. From boots and jeans to jackets and jewelry. This store is a must as you are building or freshening your wardrobe.

GREAT FINDS Greatfindsparker.com 303-264-8934 Welcome to Great Finds - Decor, Gift & Fashion...we are your local one-stop shopping headquarters for Home Décor and Accessories to fit any budget and style. Great Finds for you, your home, and always the perfect gifts. New items arriving daily!

WROUGHT’N APPLES 303-940-3323 Need a unique, fun gift? Stop in to this local shop and see the fun selection of home décor, jewelry, clothing and seasonal items. A tip is if you follow them on social media, you can often get added discounts. MEADOWLARK Meadowlarkdecor.com 303-840-7266 This store is a treat as you are greeted with a smile and heavenly smells. Be sure to swing in here for fun home décor from new candles, to wreaths to locally handmade products.

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INTERIOR DELIGHTS Interiordelights.net 720-508-4201 This beautiful store is filled with gems and if you’re shopping for home décor with a country/ ranch feel you will sure love this place. From chandeliers and dressers to beds and tables. This is the perfect place to spice up your new Parker home. PARKER SHOPPES Theparkershoppes.com 303-841-2250 Located in the heart of Parker, this independent cooperative boutique is comprised of 12 individual merchants coming together to feature an abundance of vintage home décor, jewelry, fashion and even gourmet foods. BeLocal 27


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RNK Running is a great hometown running shoe store. They offer expert advice for all ability runners and walkers. They are also a great supporter of local races! - Julie S.

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Bike to Work Day 2019 Town of Parker Breakfast Station Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6 to 9 a.m. On Cherry Creek trail near E-470 Overpass and USMC CPL David M. Sonka Dog Park and Westcreek Disc Golf Course

Council of Governments (DRCOG), and 25,000 commuters to participate in this great event, which promotes awareness of the benefits of biking!

Ditch your car and grab your bike for Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 26! The Town of Parker and Rocky Vista University invite you to join the Way to Go team, a program of Denver Regional

Riders are also encouraged to find more event information, Denver Metro Bike Station maps and to register for Bike to Work Day at the official site. Not only will registered riders be counted, but all registrants will be entered in a drawing for fantastic prizes!

For more detailed information and up-to-date details, please visit www.ParkerOnline.org/BiketoWorkDay

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Parker Stars and Stripes Celebration Presented by Ent Credit Union Thursday, July 4, 2019; 6 to 10 p.m. Salisbury Park; 12010 N. Motsenbocker Road Parker’s Independence Day celebration brings community together for live music, delicious food, fun family activities and, of course, a world-class firework show. Celebrate Independence Day at the Town of Parker’s Stars and Stripes Celebration. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and set up for an evening jam-packed with family fun. General admission is free so save the date and come join in on the fun! Live music takes place from 6 to 9:15 p.m. and the evening concludes with an awesome fireworks display, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

or and the Parker Chorale in a Sing-Along to Silent Night to kick off the event. Following Silent Night, the Mayor and Town Council will count down to the Town Tree and Grand Park Lighting. You will love the elegant look and feel as our Town Tree lights up and the park sparkles in white elegance!

For more detailed information and up-to-date details, please visit www.ParkerOnline.org/ StarsandStripes

The O’Brien Park Gazebo will also come to life with the sounds of the holidays as the Parker Chorale and our local high school choirs sing some of our favorite holiday carols. The Colorado School of Dance performers will also be at the event and will showcase one of their dances on stage as well.

2019 Mayor’s Holiday Lighting presented by Xfinity and Ent Credit Union Friday, Nov. 29, 2019; 5:30 to 7 p.m.O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr.  O’Brien Park comes alive for the holidays! Join the Town of Parker for an enchanted evening in O’Brien Park. Gather around the Town Tree and join the May-

Once the park is lit up, it’s time for the fun to begin! Stroll around O’Brien Park and take in the sights of the fun holiday ice sculpture displays following a path to each of the six displays. Along the way, you are bound to run into some holiday characters all of whom will have some sort of story to tell or an activity to show you. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in town for this festive evening and you may even spot the “Elf in a Tree!” While you stroll through the park you can enjoy tasty food from holiday food vendors.

This evening is sure to be filled with wonderful holiday memories. For more detailed information and up-to-date details, please visit www.ParkerOnline.org/MayorsHolidayLighting

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2019 Christmas Carriage Parade Presented by Xfinity Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Noon Downtown Parker  The Parker Christmas Carriage Parade is a valued tradition held annually in downtown Parker in celebration of the holiday season. The Town of Parker and the Colorado Driving Society present this exciting event on the second Saturday of December each year and the parade is free to attend.

Event-goers also enjoy a holiday farmer’s market, a petting zoo and pony rides, ice sculpting, games with Santa’s elves and visiting time and pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. For more detailed information and up-to-date details, please visit www.ParkerOnline.org/ CarriageParade

Come and experience that holiday feeling in the air and enjoy this all-equestrian parade.

Parker offers so many wonderful opportunities for families to get outside. In addition to the parks and playgrounds (Bayou Gulch Park is my favorite), not to be missed popular events are Parker Days, Mainstreet Farmer’s Market and Discovery Park and PACE Center outdoor concerts, all in the summer months. Sandra L.

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PARKER RECREATION CENTER WWW.PARKERREC.COM

PARKER TRAILS Parker Parks and Recreation maintains 27+ miles of concrete paved, multi-use trails throughout the Town, as well as 6+ miles of natural surface equestrian trail along Cherry Creek and a 1.8mile natural surface, multi-use loop trail in the Idyllwild area. Find more information about specific Parker trails and view an interactive trails map at www.ParkerRec.com/Trails.

PARKER PARKS HIGHLIGHTS Auburn Hills Community Park – 11682 Bradbury Ranch Dr. – Auburn Hills Community Park has a unique interpretive and educational area, which incorporates six educational stations - a butterfly garden, weather station, plant life cycle, Colorado wildlife and geology, astronomy and outdoor amphitheater seating area for class lectures. Discovery Park – 20115 E. Mainstreet - With interactive fountains in the summer, a vibrant ice trail in the winter, and performances and events throughout the year, Discovery Park is a four season community gathering place.

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O'Brien Park Photo By John Ott

O’Brien Park – 10795 Victorian Dr. - Located on Mainstreet near downtown Parker, O’Brien Park’s iconic gazebo serves as the backdrop for many Parker events and memories. This park includes a large playground, softball field, multipurpose field, basketball court and shares a parking lot with the popular H2O’Brien Pool. Railbender Skate & Tennis Park – 10533 Twenty Mile Rd. - Railbender Skate and Tennis Park is a unique destination with amenities that include a 36,000 square foot lighted skate park, six lighted tennis courts, a children’s playground and serves as a trailhead for the Cherry Creek Regional Trail.

USMC CPL David M. Sonka Dog Park and Westcreek Disc Golf Course – 17855 Pine Ln. - The Town of Parker’s dog park is named for Corporal David M. Sonka who graduated from Chaparral High School. In 2013, Corporal Sonka and his military working dog, Flex, were killed in action in Afghanistan. The dog park features nearly five acres of off-leash space with shade structures, drinking fountains, small dog area and an agility course. The Westcreek Disc Golf Course is located adjacent to the dog park and includes 18 holes designed with assistance from local enthusiasts and experts. Find more information about all of the Town’s public parks at www.ParkerRec.com/PublicParks.

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LOCAL TIP Want to know the best place to get work done, or reserve a meeting room? The Parker Library. People think of the library as a place for mommy and me reading circles, and they have that for sure, but what they may not realize is that they have small and large meeting spaces, and lots of great places to plug in and get some work done. - Cary C.

PARKER PARKS AND RECREATION RUN SERIES The Parker Parks and Recreation Run Series features four popular events each year. The fun kicks off with the Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day 5K/10K and Kids’ Dash in February at Bar CCC Park. The western-themed Cattle Crossing 5K & Family Fun Trek kicks off the summer in June at Tallman Meadow Park. The So Long to Summer 5K/10K & Family Fun Trek caps off the warm weather season in August at Salisbury Park and then the Turkey Day 5K is the big, fun finale on Thanksgiving Day at the Parker Recreation Center. Learn more about the Run Series at www.ParkerRec.com/RunSeries. Photo: Cattle Crossing 2018 039 (by Town of Parker)

Parker Fieldhouse Photo provided by the Town of Parker

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PARKER PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES The Parker Recreation Center, located at 17301 E. Lincoln Ave., is a state-of-the-art facility, which includes an auxiliary gymnasium, a triple gymnasium, a children’s party room, classrooms, two fitness studios, one cycling studio, multi-purpose rooms, cardiovascular and circuit equipment, multi-station and free weights, child care, and an indoor pool area that includes lap pool, therapy pool, sauna, activity pool with zero-depth entry, lazy river, water slide, aquatic climbing wall and play structure. A full range of adult and youth programming is available and the Recreation Center The Parker Fieldhouse, located at 18700 E. Plaza Dr., offers 100,000 square feet of action and excitement! Sports turf, batting cages, gymnasiums, inline rink with Sport Court flooring, climbing wall, elevated track, fitness loft and personal training make this building popular with sports enthusiasts of every age and ability level. Many of Parker Recreation’s youth and adult sports leagues take place at the Fieldhouse. PARKER PARKS AND RECREATION BARKER DAYS This exciting Parker Parks and Recreation event welcomes hundreds of dogs with their owners and features a temporary dog park in the O’Brien Park ball field and H2O’Brien Pool, and dog-related vendors on the Saturday following Labor Day each year. Find more information at www.ParkerRec.com/BarkerDays

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SECORCARES caring people caring for people.

When you think of poverty, do you think of Douglas County? Most people don’t, but the reality is that many Douglas County residents are struggling to put food on the table. As cost of living in our beautiful state continues to rise, the ability to afford it plummets. Life happens and that’s where SECORCares is there to help. SECORCares (formerly SECOR) is a non-profit organization located in Parker that serves the residents of Douglas, Arapahoe, and Elbert Counties who are faced with the often sudden and harsh realities of suburban poverty. SECORCares offers a free food market where local residents are able to grocery shop for free. In addition to their free market, SECORCares offers multiple wrap-around services to their guests such as financial counseling, individual /family counseling, medical/dental aid and more, with the ultimate goal of helping their guests on the path to independence. Through their Community of Hope self-sufficiency program they support and empower guests as they reclaim their lives and get back on their feet. SECORCares serves roughly 15001700 families each month at their Parker location, and an additional 300 families monthly at their satellite locations in Aurora and Highlands Ranch. They provide food for 900 elementary aged children and their 36 BeLocal

families on the weekends through their Food for Thought weekend backpack program. SECORCares also has a mobile food market they can take into high-density housing locations and serve 100 families at a time. Essentially a grocery store on wheels, guests can shop the mobile market the same way they can in their brick and mortar location. As public transportation can be a challenge, this mobile market can get closer to the need and feed the people who need it the most! They are also ramping up a senior outreach program called SECOR Senior Cares in the coming months.

of the community! They have several fundraising events this summer you can support like their charity Golf Scramble & Gala., Parker 1K, and the SECORCares Grape Stomp. You can find out more about these events and SECORCares by visiting their website at www.secorcares.com or email Amy at amy@secorcares.com.

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LOCAL TIP Elevation Cycles is knowledgeable and experienced. Whether you are shopping for a new bike, need a tune-up or just want to hang with the fun crew, Elevation Cycles has it all! Live. Love. Ride. - Jeff S.Â

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A VIBRANT COMMUNIT Y CELEBRATING ARTS & CULTURE By Jameson Hamsmith

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Ruth Chapel

Discovery Park Concert photo by John Ott

LOCAL TIP Vines Wine Bar & Bistro is a premium

> CONTINUED The Town of Parker’s Cultural Department, known as Parker Arts, goes above and beyond the status quo of municipal responsibilities to provide arts, culture, and enrichment to the residents of Parker and visitors alike. Parker Arts oversees multiple cultural venues, from the 50,000 square foot, state-of-the-art PACE Center; the recently restored 104-year-old Schoolhouse; a downtown amphitheater for outdoor concerts called Discovery Park, and the Ruth Memorial Chapel, a 106-year-old church perfect for an intimate wedding or small gathering. Parker Arts’ mission is to enhance local economic vitality and quality of life by offering unique gathering spaces and providing access to a wide variety of high-quality performances, exhibits, and educational programs in arts, culture, history, and science. Parker Arts presents performances by local, national, and international acts in music, theater, comedy, dance, and much more. They have cultivated lasting relationships with local artists and organizations such as the Parker Chorale, the Parker Symphony Orchestra, The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and more. These partnerships have resulted in increased awareness, growing audiences, and greater ticket revenue for all parties involved, which helps to strengthen economic vitality for the region as a whole. Cultural enrichment opportunities for school groups, youth, adults, and seniors are also a priority for Parker Arts. Over four hundred educational performances, camps, classes, and lectures are offered year-round. With topics ranging from dance, theater, culinary arts, science, music, and so much more, Parker Arts has a little something for everyone. Bringing arts, culture, and educational opportunities to Parker, is a large part of what Parker Arts does. From outreach programs like the Honey Bee Festival to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our honey bee population to the free Adult Lecture Series, which works with the Parker Cultural and Scientific Commission to present talks on topics that impact Colorado citizens and residents of Douglas County. More than 25,000 students attended Cultural Department’s enrichment offerings in the past five years. 40 BeLocal

wine bar located in the heart of Downtown Parker. They have excellent food and impeccable service! The menu is always fresh and innovative. Once you enter you truly feel like a part of the “Vines Family”.- Tish Shade

Parker Arts features both professional and community artists in their art galleries at the professionally curated PACE Center and The Schoolhouse, whose gallery is managed by the Parker Artists Guild. The aesthetics of downtown are enhanced through rotating public art exhibits along Mainstreet as part of the Douglas County “Art Encounters” program. Parkerites are proud of their Town’s long history, so Parker Arts collaborates with the Parker Area Historical Society to manage the Parker Heritage Center, a museum housed in The Schoolhouse (which itself holds historical significance as the Town’s original consolidated school building built in 1915). The Cultural Department is responsible for preserving and celebrating other historic landmarks in the community as well. With all of the amazing venues Parker Arts oversees, there is always something happening. With ample space for a variety of events, the PACE Center, The Schoolhouse, Discovery Parker, and Ruth Chapel host not only all of Parker Arts’ presentations and offerings, but a variety of rentals as well. From performances on the stage, small meetings to large scale professional conferences, memorial services, holiday parties, celebrations, and even weddings. With Parker Arts, your art can take center stage, your meeting can have an extra stroke of inspiration, and your wedding can be painted on a blank canvas to match your vision. Parker Arts’ unique gathering spaces serve as a place for your creativity to come to life. The Town of Parker is proud that its efforts have created a sense of vibrancy for its citizens, and plans to continue to bring creative experiences and cultural enrichment to the community for years to come. For more information on Parker Arts and to see what’s happening today, visit www.ParkerArts.org. 2019


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Mary Poppins play Photo by Pam Spika

FREE CONCERT in Discovery Park: Woodshed Red July 11, 2019, 6:00 PM  @ Discovery Park Hailing from the Colorado Springs area, this high energy band performs music inspired by bluegrass, blues, funk and rock spanning eras of music both old and new. FREE CONCERT in Discovery Park: Conjunto Colores July 18, 2019, 6:00 PM @ Discovery Park Opening for such bands as: Tito Puente Orquestra & Sonora Poncena, they are one of the few bands that specializes in “Salsa Dura” (Hard Salsa) which emphasizes strong percussion and horns over vocals.

FREE CONCERT in Discovery Park: Knot Rock June 13, 2019, 6:00 PM  @ Discovery Park A Yacht Rock / Soft Rock band playing hits from the 1970s to the early 1980s featuring both male and female lead vocals as well as five-part harmonies that will take you back in time. FREE CONCERT in Discovery Park: Nothing But Nineties June 20, 2019, 6:00 PM  @ Discovery Park Complete with shameless throwback outfits, 90’s-themed jokes and gags, and pop culture references, this 5-piece Denver-based cover band nails your favorite 90’s hits giving you all the nostalgic feels. FREE CONCERT in Discovery Park: The Burroughs June 27, 2019, 6:00 PM @ Discovery Park Steeped in classic funk and soul and outfitted with modern flair, this high energy nine-piece band known as “The Burroughs”, can only describe their music in one way: SWEATY SOUL.

The Full Monty July 19, 2019 - August 4, 2019, @ PACE Center In this musical comedy based on the film of the same name, six down-on-their-luck steel workers strip down to their roots to reclaim their lives through less-than-conventional means. FREE CONCERT in Discovery Park: Buckstein July 25, 2019, 6:00 PM @ Discovery Park “I don’t like country music but I like you.” Buckstein gets that a lot. Randomly. He’s a 6’4” bass-baritone that harkens to the likes of Trace Adkins and Toby Keith even though he’s too humble to admit it. FREE CONCERT in Discovery Park: Boogie Machine August 1, 2019, 6:00 PM @ Discovery Park Decked out with giant hair and custom retro style costumes, Boogie Machine is a four-piece ‘70s Disco tribute band playing all your favorite Disco era hits with a taste of Funk & Rock. PACE Center building photo by John Ott

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2019 WINE WALKS WERE A SUCCESS LOOK OUT FOR THE 2020 WINE WALKS DATES! CHEERS

The cost is $20 per participant, who must be 21 years of age or older. ID’s are required! Each participant will receive a wine tasting glass and 10 tasting coupons, plus a list of participating businesses. Tickets are available at the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 19590 E. Mainstreet, Parker, CO 80138. That’s on the

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Ave Maria Catholic Parish 9056 E Parker Rd 303-841-3750 www.avemariacatholicparish.org

Hilltop United Church of Christ 10926 Democrat Rd 303-841-2808 www.hilltopucc.org

Calvary Chapel Parker 15655 Brookstone Dr. 303-805-1726 www.calvarychapelparker.com

Horizon 12870 Stroh Ranch Ct. 858-756-5599 www.horizon.org

Crossroads Community Church 9900 S Twenty Mile Rd 303-841-3785 www.visitcrossroads.com

Parker Bible Church 4389 Mainstreet 303-841-3836 www.parkerbiblechurch.org

Cornerstone Church of Parker 19542 E Parker Square Dr 303-841-5259 www.cornerstonechurchofparker.org

Parker United Methodist Church 11805 S Pine Drive 303-841-3979 www.parkerumc.org

Church of Christ Parker 11405 Pine Dr 303-841-2109 www.parkercoc.com

Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church 9030 Miller Rd. 303-841-2125 www.pepc.org

Faith Baptist Church 11150 Hilltop Rd. 303-841-2273 www.cometofaith.org Grace Baptist Church 10816 S Parker Rd. 303-841-4995 www.gbcparker.org

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Pinecrest Community Church 4144 County Rose Cir. 303-290-9083 www.pinecrestonline.org

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 20850 E Main St. 303-841-7553 www.LDS.org

Redemption Parker (AnActs: 29 Church) Parker Pace Center 720-507-4378 redemptionparker.org

Southeast Christian Church 9650 Jordan Rd. 303-841-9292 www.southeastcc.org

Thrive Church 9500 Stonegate Pkwy 720-295-3730 www.thrivechurch.com

The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 11755 Tara Ln 303-243-5812 www.LDS.org

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CASTLEWOOD

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Castlewood Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park near Franktown, Colorado just south of Parker. The park protects a unique part of Colorado’s history (the Castlewood Canyon Dam).

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LOCAL TIP I really enjoy going to Parker Garage as they have a great selection of whiskey and make an exceptional Old Fashion. - Mark P.

Nature lovers and groups enjoy environmental diversity on several hiking trails ranging from mild to moderate. The trails range from .5 to 4 miles and can be combined for longer journeys. The winding Cherry Creek flowing along the canyon floor provides wonderful rest stops. Pets, on a leash, are welcome on most trails, except the new East Canyon Preservation Area trail. The natural amphitheater and the Bridge Canyon Overlook gazebo perched on the edge of the canyon are unique places for weddings or other outdoor ceremonies. Casual groups and families enjoy the picnic areas at both entrances. Remnants of geologic and local history combine when the then Castlewood Dam burst in 1933, sending a 15-foothigh wave of water into Denver. Ruins of the original ill-fated dam and the historic homestead still exist for hikers to see.

Photography by John Ott

Photography by John Ott

Park Hours Castlewood Canyon is a day use park. Current park hours are from Sunrise to Sunset. Sorry, there is no camping. Inbound gates are closed one hour prior to park closure; both gates are locked, promptly, at Sunset. East Canyon Trail is Closed November 1 - May 1 Due to the fragile nature of this area the following regulations are strictly enforced: ·Visitors must remain on the designated trails. ·No Dogs or other pets are permitted. ·No climbing, traversing, or rappelling on or from rock formations. Information provided courtesy of www.cpw.state.co.us

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LOCAL > KID’S CORNER

PLAY TIME! H2O’BRIEN POOL 10795 Victorian Dr. Parker, CO (720) 851- 5873 www.parkerrec.com/234

PARKER REC CENTER 17301 E. Lincoln Ave. Parker, CO (303) 841-4500 parkerrec.com SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK  9851 S Parker Rd, Parker, CO (720) 214-2000 www.skyzone.com/parker BOONDOCKS FOOD + FUN  18706 Cottonwood Dr, Parker, CO (720) 842-1100 www.boondocks.com/parker GREAT PLAY OF PARKER  18425 Pony Express Dr #107, Parker, CO (303) 632-6350 www.greatplay.com/parker 48 BeLocal

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H2O’Brien Park is always a blast for the kids. The two water slides and waterworks play structure are a huge hit. We pack our own snacks and drinks, always a fun family day at H2O’Brien! - Jessica K.

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TRY’N ESCAPE 19515 E Parker Square Dr, Parker, CO (303) 841-7018 www.try-n-escape.com

PARKER FIELDHOUSE 18700 E, Plaza Dr, Parker, CO (303) 805-6300 www.parkerrec.com/348

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RAILBENDER SKATE + TENNIS PARK 10543 Twenty Mile Road, Parker, CO (303) 841-0353 www.parkerrec.com/255

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LOCAL > FARMER’S MARKET

SUPPORT LOCAL MAY - OCTOBER

Parker Farmers Market is held Sundays from Mother’s Day through the end of October on Mainstreet.  7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. This market attracts a large and noisy crowd with lots of options for supporting local growers and artisans. This market may not be the best place to bring your dog unless it is perfectly behaved and is used to large crowds of all ages. Vendors prefer cash, please! Come enjoy the delicious homemade breakfast burritos, quesadillas, wine tastings, middle eastern, Mexican and American samples and of course  Fika Coffee for your favorite caffeinated beverages.  Purchase your local fresh flowers to take home!

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