Littleton

Whether you’re looking to go on an outdoor adventure, spend some time shopping or sit back and enjoy a beautiful view, the City of Littleton has it all.

Founded in 1890 after 245 residents voted to incorporate the town, the 13-square-mile city is now home to more than 44,000 people. Littleton has top-ranked schools, higher education, and more than 2,000 diverse businesses.

Littleton embodies a strong sense of community through its historic downtown, active trail system and numerous community events. There are more than 59 parks and open spaces. Two light rail stations offer easy access to Downtown Denver or explore the Rockies within 30 minutes.

Not only has Littleton ranked the #2 Best Small City in America by Wallethub.com, but 95 percent of people surveyed in Littleton say their quality of life is either excellent or good. Additionally, in 2016 Littleton was listed as one of the 10 Best Places to Live in Colorado.

City Facts

Population: 44,000 (estimated) with 19,000 households.

Size: 13.82 sq miles of land or 8800 acres with 700 acres of water.

School District

Students residing in Parker are within the Littleton Public School District Number 6

Consistently scoring among the top of all students from across the metro area on state assessment tests, LPS is the only school district in the metro area to receive the Colorado Department of Education’s prestigious “Accredited with Distinction” rating all seven years it has been awarded. LPS schools annually receive John Irwin School of Excellence and Governor’s Distinguished Improvement awards. LPS also received the ELPA Excellence Award—a new award created as part of the 2014 Bill amending the English Language Proficiency act.

All three high schools are nationally recognized and have been featured in Newsweek’s “Top High Schools in America” and 5280’s “Best High Schools.” Its high schools boast regional and state champions in athletics, academics, STEM and performing arts. About 90 percent of its graduates indicate that they are college-bound and earn more than $40 million annually in college scholarships. Such success in high school is possible because of the strong academic foundation built over time in LPS’ elementary and middle schools.

Leading the country in 21st century learning, LPS has more than 20,000 computers, laptops and Chromebooks that are used by students and staff every day. District teachers are known internationally for their use of instructional technology and students consistently win state and national competitions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Neighborhood Activities

The City of Littleton has over 1,400 acres of parks and open space and more than 200 miles of trails. The city has an agreement with South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR) to maintain most of the parks in the city.

South Suburban’s district includes the cities of Littleton, Sheridan, Centennial, and Lone Tree, as well as parts of unincorporated Arapahoe, Jefferson, and Douglas counties.

Visit the South Suburban Parks and Trails for a complete list of facilities in the SSPR District and to reserve a shelter at one of the parks.

Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan

Littleton City Council approved a resolution in May 2016, adopting the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan. The purpose of the plan is to preserve and improve on the city’s outdoor features and recreational options, not just for today, but for future generations as well.

Some of the objectives outlined in the plan are ongoing, but overall the goal is to accomplish several aspects of the plan over 10 years. Some specific changes may include upgrading playgrounds, building new playgrounds, adding amenities to trailheads, and adding ADA access to parks.

This plan is the first of its kind in Littleton. City leaders worked alongside consultant GreenPlay and representatives from South Suburban Parks and Recreation to develop the plan. The team visited many parks, engaged the community, and discussed history as well as future population trends for the area.

Since SSPR manages a majority of the city’s parks, the organization plays a large role in executing the plan.

Arts

The Littleton Museum offers its visitors a unique glimpse into the past with two 19th-century living history farms, three galleries, and a children’s interactive gallery. Bemis Public Library is so much more than a building full of books. The library is a popular meeting place, event venue, social hub, senior center, and immigrant resource center, responsible for meeting the informational, educational, recreational, and cultural needs of Littleton residents and visitors.

Shopping

There are several shopping areas that sell everything from computers to cupcakes to unique handmade gifts. There are dozens of restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines including fondue, Middle-Eastern, American, sushi and many more. For the cyclists, joggers, walkers, and horse-lovers, Littleton has miles of trails and open space. Rest or picnic in one of the numerous parks in the area, many of which have playgrounds for the kids and rentable shelters for larger events. Littleton is home to several craft breweries and wineries and even a distillery. And Littleton is part of the award-winning South Suburban Parks and Recreation District.

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