Parker was founded in 1864 and became incorporated in 1981. Parker is located 20 miles southeast of Denver and sits 5,900 feet above sea level. The Town of Parker’s vision is to be the pre-eminent destination community for the Denver Metro offering innovative services and a hometown feel.

City Facts

Population: 50,000 (estimated)

Size: 21.5 square miles of 13,760 acres.

School District

Students residing in Parker are within the Douglas County School District RE 1.

The Douglas County School District is Colorado’s third-largest school district, serving more than 68,000 students in preschool through twelfth-grade.

Total numberSchools
48 Elementary Schools
9 Middle Schools
9 High Schools
5 Alternative Schools
18 Charter Schools
Plus 65 Preschool locations

8,400 Employees, 4,400+ are educators.
General Fund
Budgeted Revenue

GRADUATION RATE: DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. Four-year graduation rates have risen steadily from 83.1% in 2010 to 90.4% in 2017.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO DCSD STUDENTS: The Class of 2017 earned scholarships totaling more than $82,000,000.

Neighborhood Activities

Parker prides itself on offering a wide range of recreational and community activities. For the most recent list of upcoming town and events please visit Parker’s Community Calendar

Parker currently maintains approximately 250 acres of developed parkland and more than 1,200 acres of open space and more than 30 miles of trails.

The Town of Parker, Ryland Homes, and Prairie Crossing Elementary School worked together to complete Auburn Hills Community Park. Located at 11682 Bradbury Ranch Rd. in Parker, Colorado, this park is also a Flat 14er.

Located on Mainstreet just east of Cherry Creek in Parker, Colorado, this park offers access to the Cherry Creek and Sulphur Gulch Trails with a trailhead and parking. Recent improvements to the park include the relocation of the ballfield, new irrigation, and a shade shelter.

Bayou Gulch Regional Park is owned and managed by Douglas County Parks and located at 17299 E. Lincoln Ave. in Parker, Colorado.

Challenger Regional Park is owned and managed by Douglas County Parks and located at 17299 E. Lincoln Ave. in Parker, Colorado.

Located next to Parker’s new library, Discovery Park on Mainstreet and Pine Drive will be a unique destination. With interactive fountains in the summer, a vibrant ice trail in the winter, and performances and events throughout the year, the new 1.5-acre park promises to be a four-season community gathering place.

Dog park and disc golf course in Parker, CO.

Iron Horse Park, located at 20151 Tallman Ave., features access to Tallman Gulch Trail.

Living Wheel Park is located near the intersection of Parker and Mainstreet in Parker, Colorado.

Located in Parker, Colorado along the west side of Parker Road just north of Indian Pipe Lane and the Country Meadows subdivision, this park includes a trailhead and a picnic area with parking.

Located on Mainstreet in downtown Parker, Colorado, O’Brien Park includes a lighted softball field, basketball court, a playground and an outdoor pool with slides and a variety of water features.

Preservation Park and Trailhead is the northern gateway into Parker and Douglas County, Colorado.

Railbender Skate and Tennis Park is located on the west side of Twenty Mile Road between E. Plaza Drive and Longs Way in Parker, Colorado. The park features six lighted tennis courts, a children’s playground, three picnic shelters, a public art display, restrooms, a trailhead for the Cherry Creek Regional Trail and approximately 68 on-site parking spaces.

Salisbury Equestrian Park and Sports Complex is located along Motsenbocker Road in Parker, Colorado. This park serves Parker’s equestrian community, as well as a variety of youth and adult sports leagues.

Salisbury Park, Expansion, Parks and Recreation, Master Plan.

The Stroh Ranch Soccer Fields are located on the north side of Stroh Road, west of Cherry Creek in Parker, Colorado. The park has two regulation size soccer fields, a playground, and two picnic shelters.

Tallman Meadow Park is on the east side of Parker in the Idyllwild community and was developed jointly by the Town and Village Homes. The park has a rustic western theme and boasts picnic and barbecue facilities, a shade shelter, a playground area, multi-use sports field, and baseball field. The park’s meandering trails connect to the Tallman Gulch Trail via a pedestrian bridge.

Twenty-Mile Historic Park is located near the intersection of Parker Road and Mainstreet in Parker, Colorado.

Climb the equivalent of a Colorado 14er in Parker Colorado.

View our Town of Parker, Colorado Parks and Trails maps for bikers, joggers, runners, walkers, and equestrian riders.


The PACE Center

The PACE Center is home to a 542-seat theater, Bellco art gallery, event room, dance studio, culinary teaching kitchen, green room and dressing rooms, an outdoor amphitheater, and several classrooms.

The Schoolhouse complex

Formerly known as the Mainstreet Center, it includes a recently rehabilitated 100-year-old historic school building with an event room, meeting rooms, a dance studio, and a newly renovated non-historic annex with a 200-seat theater, art gallery, and heritage center. The Schoolhouse complex hosts community arts events and classes including theater, dance, music, and visual arts. The theater lobby includes a full concession area, an art gallery curated by Parker Artist Guild, and a heritage center managed by the Parker Area Historical Society.

Ruth Memorial Chapel

Ruth Memorial Chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the perfect setting for a small wedding, church groups, or quiet meetings.

Discovery Park

located 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, the 1.5-acre park is an all-season community gathering place.


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