15 Great Metro Denver Parks

Dated: 06/26/2014

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For Colorado residents as well as for those relocating from other states, here is the list of 15 parent-nominated and approved parks and playground areas. Whether you have kids or not, check out these extraordinary metro-area parks and let summer days come alive.

1.  
Valmont Bike Park
3160 Airport Rd., Boulder Cycling enthusiasts of all ages and ability levels enjoy Valmont Bike Park. A variety of dirt trails wind through the park, allowing families to ride together. There are jumps, hills, and other features for brave cyclists to practice tricks and skills.  

2.  
Waneka Lake Park
1600 Caria Dr., Lafayette Not far from the intersection of Baseline Road and Indian peaks Drive sits this park along the shore of Waneka Lake. Mature trees surround two playground structures made for multiple ages, with easy access to the shaded lake shore, picnic tables and covered pavilions. Close to the playground is the boat house with bathrooms, where one can rent paddle boats in the summer or fish from the pier in all weather.  
3.   Margaret W. Carpenter Park and Open Space-my personal favorite!!! 112th Ave., and Madison St., Thornton A short distance east of the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center at Colorado Blvd. and 112th lays this oasis for all sorts of sports and activities. Opened in 2013, the new playground on rubberized turf includes a variety of modern, unique structures for climbing, a giant bench-seat seesaw, handicap accessible swings and covered slides. There is a lake and a boathouse with paddle boat rental, a spray park, carousel, lighted tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits and shuffleboard. Paved trails run through the open space and there is a skate park near the parking lot.  I take my kids to this one quite often, and they love it.  
4.   E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park 11701 Community Center Dr., Northglenn At E.B. Raines Park you’ll find baby,big-kid and handicap accessible swings, in addition to swinging park benches for families. Multiple play structures, including a fenced play area for younger children, were designed to engage all five senses. Large, mature trees surround picnic tables and bench seating along a creek, close enough to the playground to watch your kids in the shade.  
5.   Westminster Center Park 4801 W. 92nd Ave., Westminster Commonly referred to as the “Peter Pan Park” because of its theme, Westminister Center Park’s playground includes a London Bridge play structure, the Darling house, slides in a pirate ship, manmade logs to crawl through and a unique slide that winds between the rocks. In the large spray park area just to the south of the playground, water fountains spray from various places in the turf “river” surrounded by a map with the names of many famous London landmarks.

 6.   Majestic View Park 72nd Ave and Garrison St., Arvada Large trees surround this giant, tree-house themed playground with great mountain views. When the kids need a change of pace from the playground, take them on a hike down the 1/3-mile paved path that winds through the natural landscapes, leading to the Majestic Veiw Nature Center.  
7.   Discovery Park 3701 Johnson St., Wheat Ridge Discovery Park is a convenient destination and meeting place for many north Denver families, as well as those from the surrounding suburbs. Water-loving kids will enjoy the manmade creek, spray park and wet sand area. Remember to bring a change of clothes for all the “dry” play options too-skate park, age appropriate playgrounds, spinning elements, youth climbing wall and plenty of open space to run.  

8.  
City Park
17th Ave., and Colorado Blvd., Denver It’s popular spot for festivals, 5K races, a variety of sports and other events. The park contains the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of nature and Science, as well as two playgrounds, two lakes, paddleboat rental, tennis courts, horseshoe pits and multiple sports fields.  
9.   Downtown Children’s Playground 1800 N. Speer Blvd., Denver Sleek, modern playground where kids can climb the giant rope net, swing, slide, spin, balance and more on a variety of unique play structures, right next to the Pepsi Center, Elitch Gardens, Union Station and a variety of downtown businesses and restaurants.  

10. Washington Park 701 S. Franklin St., Denver The shaded dirt trail surrounding the park is a favorite for runners, walkers and dog walkers. There is a loop for cyclists, and the bike rental is available at the park. You can rent boats to take out on the lake, play tennis, try lawn bowling or let your kids wade in the creek. Food carts and ace cream trucks are never far away, or you can walk a few blocks to restaurants, coffee shops and more.  
11. Kendrick Lake Park 9351 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood Shade trees line an area near two play structures for big and little kids. In addition to plentiful picnic tables, park benches around in many areas, offering nice spots to stop and enjoy the mountain views, making it a great park that the very young to the very old can appreciate.  
12. Ruby Hill Park 1200 W. Florida Ave., Denver It is a recently remodeled celestial-themed playground, from which the visitors can view both the city and the mountains. There are two play structures, a light-and-shadow maze and constellation-themed turf area featuring a giant dragon on which kids can climb.  
13. Westlands Park 5701 S. Quebec St., Greenwood Village Scenic look-out spots are everywhere at this award-winning park featured in Landscape Architecture magazine. Kids can slide down into the playground, where the will find three play areas, sand, unique swinging and spinning features, two rock climbing walls and a natural water sculpture.
14. Belleview Park 5001 S. Inca St., Englewood To kids, it’s sometimes called “airplane park” because of the giant plane that anchors the upper playground, or the “train park”, because of the miniature train that has traveled around the park for 30 years. Shady, mature trees shelter the park and its many play and picnic spots. A slow moving creek that runs through the entire park makes a great way for kids to cool off without getting completely soaked.  
15. O’Brient Park 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker In addition to being near many shops and restaurant, O’Brien Park includes a lighted softball field, multipurpose filed, a paved path through the center of the park. A public art display, mural and lighted plaza with bathrooms makes a great meeting place in Parker, serves as the hub for many Parker events, outdoor concerts, festivals.
If you are relocating from a different state or if you are a Colorado resident and would like to live close to one of these beautiful parks, I would be delighted to find a place near the park that pleases you the most, so that you can enjoy it every day!

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