Parker is located in Douglas County and provides easy access to the Denver metro area's southern corridor where shopping, dining, entertainment, and business amenities abound. The city's recreational facilities include generous open space, numerous parks and trails, plus one of the region's finest recreation centers.
Residents and visitors enjoy swimming pools, a fieldhouse fitness center, and a wide variety of community events throughout the year. The community is dedicated to developing facilities, events, and programs offered by Parker's Recreation Department. The town is proud to be home to award-winning recreation facilities, and the city's goal is to offer a place for everyone to play.
Parker was founded in 1864, and its original residents included settlers, miners, and rugged individuals who settled the great American west. Parker is served by the highly regarded Douglas County School District, and Parker's vision is to be the pre-eminent destination community of the Denver metro area for innovative services with a hometown feel. The city is an area leader in economic and community development, and the town counsel strives to be at the forefront for services, civic engagement, and quality of life.
Parker's mission is to enrich the lives of residents by providing exceptional services, engaging community resources, and furthering an authentic hometown feel. Civic leaders promote a transparent government while supporting sustainable development and fostering a strong local economy.
Parker features the Parker Arts, Culture, and Events Center, a venue that hosts art exhibits, art classes, theater productions, and concerts. It is the official home of the Parker Symphony Orchestra, which was established in 1994.
The Cherry Creek Trail runs along Cherry Creek north and south through Parker. Popular uses include cycling, hiking, nature walks, and cross-country skiing. The Rueter-Hess Reservoir is located west of town and provides a variety of activities including fishing, hiking, and non-motorized boating. In addition, the Parker area showcases a variety of championship golf courses and residents are just minutes away from Castlewood Canyon State Park, a pristine wilderness area showcasing a dramatic canyon, towering pine trees, majestic views, and abundant wildlife.