Our Incredible Local Parks
Autumn is shaping up to be a stunning season with outdoor-friendly weather this year across Metro Denver, and right now is an ideal time to plan an outing to the park with your family. Whether you want to hit the trail, soar on the swings or enjoy a relaxing picnic in the sunshine, plan to visit one of these favorite local parks you may never have been to before the snow flies. Or the day after the snow piles up, then melts…
Isn’t Colorado the best?
Located just off Arapahoe Road about halfway between Parker Road and I-25, Centennial’s Center Park offers free splash pad fun in the summer and some of the best playground equipment around. There are fun play opportunities for kids of all ages. Three climbing walls (a spongy surface material makes for soft landings), super tall concrete slide and cool round hammock-style swing are just a few play features. There are lots of tables, including covered shelters, and great modern bathroom facilities on site. It is impossible to be bored at this cool park, no matter the time of year.
Westlands Park is another almost-too-fun-to-be-true location for kids. Children can slide right down into the action on a steep, fast slide and the adventure begins! The park boasts climbing features and play structures suitable for toddlers to teens, hiking/biking trails and a pond. If you aren’t a frequent visitor to this area of town, you may not come across this hidden gem on Quebec Street. This park is a consistent community favorite and worth the drive if you live across town.
Simply put, Central Park is 80 acres of fun. As Denver’s third largest park, it attracts people from all over the city for sledding, RC boating, team sports and an amazing Dr. Seuss-inspired playground. 5280 magazine calls Central Park “one of the city’s coolest playground.”
The oldest park in Denver, Five Points’ Mestizo-Curtis Park (est. 1868), boasts one of the city’s newest playgrounds. The $300,000 project, with features such as a compass-inspired merry-go-round, debuted last summer. Snag one of the six picnic tables near the playground to sit down for a family meal at the park. Originally developed as Curtis Park, Mestizo, meaning “a mix of cultures and ethnicities,” was added to the name in 1987 to reflect the diversity of the community.
What is your family’s favorite local park or trail? Share your top pick in the comments. With so many amazing green spaces, sports fields and places to play, it’s tough to choose!
The Meyers Group