Parker of Colorado
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Parker, Colorado offered a prime hunting area for the Plains-Woodland Indians, Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Indians in the 1800’s. Many famous explorers, such as James Pursley, Baptiste LaLande, Stephen H. Long and John Charles Fremont, came to this area. Early traders, trappers, frontiersmen and gold seekers used the old Indian trail running next to Cherry Creek near Parker. Famous men such as John Beck, Captain R. B. Marcy, William Green Russell, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Jim Baker, “Uncle Dick” Wooten (Wootton) and Kit Carson all roamed the Parker valley. The trail that they used was known by several names, such as the Cherokee Trail, the South Branch of the Smoky Hill Trail and a branch of Trapper’s Trail.
When stage lines headed into Colorado, the stage lines were known as the West Cherry Creek Stage Road and the Denver-Santa Fe Stage Road.
In 1858 when gold was discovered in Colorado, over 100,000 people followed the trails in search of their fortunes. Small towns and settlements sprang up along the way and Parker, Colorado was no exception. In 1863, Alfred Butters came to the Parker area and built a one room building in the pines south of the present day Hilltop Road, now known as Rampart Station. Butters was the post master, provided provisions and a place to leave messages. He named this area Pine Grove.
Soon after, Butters traded the building to a Mr. Goldsmith for a yoke of oxen. Goldsmith then sold the land and building to Mr. and Mrs. George Long in 1864. The Longs moved the structure to the site of present day Town of Parker. They built a rough addition and some other buildings to accommodate animals and wagons. This way station provided meals, lodging and provision and was called the 20 Mile House because it was located 20 miles south of Denver.
In 1874, James Sample Parker, an ex-bullwhacker and station manager, bought the 20 Mile House and made further changes to the house. He added a blacksmith shop with equipment to shoe oxen and a general mercantile store. This building became the first official post office in Parker. James Parker granted rights-of-way for future roads, ditches, telephone lines and eventually the Denver and New Orleans Railroad.
He built the first school across the road from the 20 Mile House. Many of families who settled in the Parker area were of Scandinavian descent and they established dairy farms and raised cattle or horses. They experimented with dry land farming until irrigation ditches were built connected to Cherry Creek.
The Denver and New Orleans Railroad was the first standard gauge railroad to cross Douglas County, running between Denver and Pueblo. “Pollywog” was the affectionate name given the first train. The Denver and New Orleans Railroad boasted 10 locomotives, 13 passenger cars and 200 freight cars. The line eventually became the Colorado and Southern Railroad. However, in 1913, operations on the rail lines were slowing down. In 1935 after a major flood washed out many of the trestles, operations were discontinued.
Close to fifty years later, the Town of Parker was incorporated in 1981. The town included the Rowley Downs subdivision, the downtown area and the Parker Square and Parker Plaza commercial areas. The incorporated area encompassed approximately one square mile and included 285 residents. Soon after incorporation in 1981, the Town adopted zoning and subdivision ordinances.
The first ten years after incorporation, the town of Parker increased from one square mile to 13 square miles and the Parker’s population increased from less than 300 people to currently more than 45,000 people.
Currently, Parker, Colorado is 18.8 square miles, located twenty miles southeast of Denver, Colorado and is 5,900 feet above sea level. Parker, Colorado has a total area of 14.6 square miles of land and less than 1 square mile of water. Known as a commuter town, Parker is the 17 th most populous municipality in the state of Colorado. Parker, Colorado has experienced on average 18% of county growth per year. With the current population of approximately 41,600 people, estimated population by 2030 will be 71,500.
Parker, Colorado has both incorporated and unincorporated areas accounting for its population. There is a 1 to .75 ratio between the incorporated population and adjacent and surrounding areas. As a result, projected build out population for Parker’s incorporated population will be around 85,000, but the Parker area total population will approach 150,000.
Seventy-five percent of residents living in Parker are married and 48% have college degrees as well as 83% with some college education ascompared to the region and the state of Colorado. The median household income is $82,961 per year and the average household size is 3.01.
Parker, Colorado is considered a commuter town. However, residents and local government are committed to maintaining a friendly, hometown atmosphere. Parker is located in northeast Douglas County approximately five miles east of I-25and Lincoln Avenue. The E- 470 Expresswayruns through the northern area of town. As a result commuting to the various business parks such as the Meridian, Inverness and Denver Tech Center business parks takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes drive time.
Parker offers you a variety of housing options, including covenant-controlled home and town home developments, neo-traditional homes, multi-acreage home sites and exclusive golf course communities.
Some of the gorgeous subdivisions in Parker include Cottonwood, which is a covenant-controlled community with starter homes and a community park. Ironstone, Pineview and Prairie Walk subdivisions offer enticing town homes and condominiums ranging in price from $80,000 up to $150,000. Stroh Ranch, Misty Pines, Timbers and the Pinery offer single-family homes some with acreage ranging in price from $375,000 to $800,000. The median price in the Parker area for homes is $375,000 and the average home price is $579,000.
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Parker Downtown area entices you with historic buildings and memorabilia from the past as well as the present. Stop by the 20-mile house, the first stage stop in Parker, located along Mainstreet. Visit the Ruth Chapel, just across the street from the newest building in Parker. This building was the first church in Parker, Colorado and now is a favorite place for small hometown weddings. It also hosts the Open Mike Night each month. Walking along the pedestrian walkways filled with flowers, local businesses and great restaurants you can understand why the downtown area is the best gathering place in town.
There are eight wonderful golf courses in Parker, Colorado. Some of the best-known golf courses are:
The Black Bear Golf Club located at 11400 Canterberry Parkway, phone 303 840-3100, is a public 18 hole, 7,178 yard, par 72 golf course.
Enjoy a day of golf at Club at Pradera located at 5225 Raintree Dr, Parker, phone 720 851 9600, is a private 18 hole, 7,290 yards, par 72 golf course.
One of the most notable golf courses in Parker is the Pinery Country Club. Located at 6900 E Pinery Pkwy , Parker, phone 303 841 7510 offers a 27 hole golf course, practice facility and a full service golf shop.
Parker, Colorado maintains approximately 200 acres of developed parkland, over 700 acres of open space and a centrally located Recreation Center directly adjacent to Challenger Regional Park. Parker also has many semi-public parks and open space areas that are maintained by Homeowner’s associations or other organizations, including the Cottonwood Community Park and Open Space, which is accessible from the Cherry Creek Trail.
Bar CCC Park located on Main Street just east of Cherry Creek has 7.7 beautifulacres to enjoy. This park offers access to the Cherry Creek and Sulphur Gulch Trails via a trailhead, parking, a ball field and shade shelter.
Challenger Regional Park is located along Lincoln Avenue just west of the Cherry Creek Trail and Open Space Corridor and offers 64 acres with three lighted ball fields, a children’s playground and a multi-purpose soccer field area. Enjoy the three outdoor inline hockey rinks and a skateboard park.
East Bank Park is located along the west side of Parker Road just north of Indian Pipe Lane and the Country Meadows subdivision. This 6-acre park includes a trailhead, and a picnic area with parking. The Parker Arboretum is also located here.
O’Brien Park located on Main Street near downtown Parker. This 8.5-acre park includes a lighted softball field, basketball court, a playground and an outdoor pool with slides and a variety of water features. Enjoy sitting under O’Brien Park’s gazebo during the August Concerts in the Park and the Mayor’s Tree Lighting event.
Salisbury Equestrian Park located along Motsenbocker Road just north of the Town’s Public Works department. This 160-acre park offers Parker’s equestrian community, as well as a variety of youth and adult sports leagues outdoor fun activities.
Stroh Ranch Soccer Fields located on the north side of Stroh Road, west of Cherry Creek. This 16.5-acre has two regulation size soccer fields, a playground and a picnic shelter. There is adjoining open space extending from the northern boundary of the park to Cherry Creek.
Tallman Meadow Park located on the east side of Parker in the Idyllwilde community and was developed jointly by the Town of Parker and Village Homes. Enjoy a wonderful day in the sun in this 12-acre park that has a rustic western theme and boasts picnic and barbeque facilities. Sit under a shade shelter while kids play at nearby two playground areas. There is multi-use sports field and baseball field. The park’s meandering trails connect to the Tallman Gulch Regional Trail via pedestrian bridge.
The Town of Parker, Ryland Homes and Prairie Crossing Elementary School developed Auburn Hills Community Park. This three-acre park features a large, multi-use sports field used for Recreation Department programs as well as school programs. The park also includes six educational stations – a butterfly garden, weather station, plant life cycle, Colorado wildlife and geology, astronomy and outdoor seating area for class lectures.
Douglas County School District RE-1 operates the schools in Parker, Colorado. The two main high schools in Parker are:
Chaparral High School is located 15655 Brookstone Drive , Parker, in the Stonegate subdivision for students in grades 9 through 12. Currently there are 2,170 students in attendance.
Ponderosa High School is located at 7007 East Bayou Gulch Road , Parker and has 1,958 students attending grades 9 through 12.
Sagewood Middle School is located at 4725 Fox Sparrow Road , Parker. This feeder school for Ponderosa High School has 1,077 students in grades 7 and 8.
The elementary schools in Parker are located in many of the area’s subdivisons. Some of the elementary schools include, Cherokee Trail Elementary School, Frontier Valley Elementary School, Iron Horse Elementary School, Pine Grove Elementary School and Prairie Crossing Elementary School.
Arapahoe Community Collegeis a two-year college offering associate degrees and has a campus in Parker. Web site:http://www.arapahoe.edu/
The University Center at Chaparral located at15653 Brookstone Drive, Parker, phone 303 734 4822, web site Arapahoe Community College–Parker Campus, provides a broad spectrum of educational needs by offering individual classes, certificate programs, undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
First Bank of Parker
10961 S Parker Road
Parker, CO 80134
Phone: 303 840 9000
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
10900 S. Parker Road
Parker, CO 80134
Phone: 303 840 6002
18999 E. Mainstreet
Parker, CO 80134
Phone: 303 805 4645
Colorado Capital Bank
12753 S. Parker Road
Parker, CO 80134
Phone: 303 841 8149
Town of Parker Government is one of the largest employers in Parker and currently employs approximately 350 full and part-time employees. Located at 20120 E. Mainstreet, Parker, Colorado, phone 303 841 0353, Web site http://www.parkeronline.org/ the town of Parker’s vision is to create a community where residents always feel at home by providing needed facilities, infrastructure, services and maintenance, while enhancing the image and identity of the town of Parker.
Parker Adventist Hospital (Web site http://www.parkerhospital.org/) located at 9395 Crown Crest Blvd, Parker, on the southeast corner of Parker Road and E-470, in the newly developed Crown Point is the state-of-the art 100 patient bed hospital. Parker Adventist Hospital is 206,000 square feet with 85,000 square feet medical office building, and 7,000 square feet Children’s Hospital pediatric wing.
Sky Ridge Medical Center (Web sitehttp://www.skyridgemedcenter.com/) located at 10101 RidgeGate Parkway, Lone Tree, Colorado, phone 720 225 1000, is a 360,000 square foot, high-end medical facility offering full-range surgical suites, obstetrical services, Level II nursery, a cancer center, and a Level III ER/Trauma Department with a helipad. The hospital has special care nursery facilities, MRI and CT suites, with 106 hospital beds that eventually will expand to 335 beds.
Gas Emergency/Gas Odor
Web site: http://www.xcelenergy.com/
Intermountain Rural Electric Association – Electric
5496 North US HWY 85
Sedalia, CO 80135
Phone: 303 688 3100
Web site: http://irea.coop/
Parker Water & Sanitation District
19801 E. Mainstreet
Parker, CO 80138-7386
Phone: 303 841 4627
Web site: http://www.pwsd.org/
Parker Public Works Department
20120 E. Mainstreet
Parker, CO 80138
Phone: 303 840 9546
Web site: http://www.parkeronline.org
Parker Fire Department
10235 Parkglenn Way
Parker, CO 80138
Phone: 303 841 3131
Web site: http://www.southmetro.org/
Parker Police Department
19600 E. Parker Square Drive
Parker, CO 80134
Phone: 303 841 9800
Web site: http://www.parkeronline.org
Douglas County Sheriff Department
4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303 660 7505
Web site: http://www.dcsheriff.net/
Enjoy a day of shopping at Parker’s many shopping centers in and around the town of Parker, Colorado.
Outlets at Castle Rock located at 5050 Factory Shops Blvd, Castle Rock, CO, phone 303 688 4495. The Outlet stores at Castle Rock are directly on the west side of Interstate 25. With 477,786 square feet and over 110 shops anchored by The Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Off 5th Saks Avenue Outlet, Coach Factory Store, Liz Claiborne and Tommy Hilfiger Factory Store. The Outlets at Castle Rock draws 4.2 million visitors each year. Bargain-lovers will enjoy “mining” for great deals. Free parking encircles the entire complex and free bus rides are available inside the complex.
Park Meadows Mall located at 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, Colorado, phone 303 792 2533 is Colorado’s only retail resort. Park Meadows combines the best of the Colorado outdoors with 160 of the finest retailers and restaurants in America. Top named retailers include Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn Kids, Sundance, Planet Funk, John Atencio and Janie and Jack. Great restaurants include P.F. Chang’s, China Bistro, California Café and The Cheesecake Factory. You’ll enjoy 12 eateries inside the Dining Hall at Park Meadows Mall.