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Oct 09

Meet Our Department - Parks, Recreation and Open Space

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 3:01 PM by Ryne Dittmer

Meet Parks Rec blog

With 170,000 square feet of indoor recreation space, 250 acres of developed parkland, 1,200 acres of open space and more than 30 miles of trails to its name, the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department provides the settings and support for residents to improve their fitness, learn a new sport or skill and enjoy being active throughout the Town of Parker. 

Main office and contact information:
Address: Parker Town Hall, 20120 E. Mainstreet
Phone: 303.841.4500
Email: recreation@parkeronline.org
Facilities: www.ParkerRec.com/225/Facilities
Parks and Trails: www.ParkerRec.com/301/Parks-Trails

Department website/social media accounts: 
Website: www.ParkerRec.com
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: ParkerRec 
YouTube: ParkerRecreation

Number of Employees: 
45 full-time and approximately 400 part-time 

Department overview:
The recreation facilities, open space, parks and trails in Parker are viewed by our residents as some of our most prized amenities. We are dedicated to developing the facilities, events and programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department to continue to enrich our community. 

The Town is proud to be home of award-winning recreation facilities. The Recreation Center opened in 1994. Since then, we have been busy keeping up with the expectations of our rapidly growing community. In 2007, the Town opened the doors to the Parker Fieldhouse, a 100,000 square foot sports and fitness facility.  The Parks and Recreation Department has been recognized nationally for their success, including being selected twice as a recipient of the National Gold Medal Award, given by the National Recreation and Park Association to the top agencies in the country.  Currently, the department is pursuing national accreditation, an honor held by only one percent of agencies in the country.

Of course, Parker Parks and Recreation is much more than facilities. We offer a full range of adult and youth programming choices. Offerings include year-round swimming lessons, children’s and adult special interest classes, specialty fitness and wellness programs and community events. Recreational sport leagues are available year-round for kids as young as 3 through 50 leagues for more mature players. Opportunities for participation continue to grow and diversify with our population.

Additionally, the Town currently maintains approximately 250 acres of developed parkland, more than 1,200 acres of open space, and more than 35 miles of concrete and soft surface trails throughout Parker. The Town's expansive parks and trails system provides endless opportunities to enjoy this beautiful region of Colorado.

Department divisions:
Parks: Maintains our inventory of parkland and trail network

Forestry and Open Space: Maintains our inventory of trees and open space

Recreation Facilities: Operates the Recreation Center, Fieldhouse and H2O’Brien Pool

Recreation Programs: Develops and implements nearly 300 programs each brochure season

Administration: Plans for future opportunities, oversees budgets, acquires and preserves open space, and designs and constructs new parks, trails and facilities.

How does this department impact daily life for Parker residents?  
The mission of the department is to provide quality parks and recreation facilities and services to meet the needs of our community by utilizing the resources of our team, and fostering an environment that encourages support, creativity and integrity. Hopefully this translates into enhanced quality of life for our residents through a variety of recreational opportunities, state of the art facilities and beautiful, expansive parks, trails and open space.

What would residents be surprised to learn about this department?
Parker Parks and Recreation staff are held in very high regard in the industry, and are often consulted by other agencies and asked to speak at state and national conferences.

How can residents get involved with the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department?
There are several opportunities to volunteer with Parker Parks and Recreation. Whether you assist with an event, Adopt-a-Trail, Adopt-a-Flowerbed or youth sports coaching, you and your group can always find a way to get involved with Parker Parks and Recreation. Learn more at www.ParkerRec.com/Volunteer.  Additionally, we frequently seek community input on master plans, park designs and other projects. Look for future opportunities at www.ParkerRec.com.

What else should residents know about this department? 
Due to the large number of part-time employees in the Parks and Recreation Department, it’s likely that many of your friends or neighbors know someone working for the department.  We love having Parker residents as employees, and we are one of Parker’s largest employers of teenagers. Check out www.ParkerRec.com/Employment for job opportunities.