Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Parker Newsletter - Feb 2017

February 2017
Parker Ice Trail at Discovery Park The Town of Parker and the Parker Parks and Recreation Department are pleased to announce the opening of the Parker Ice Trail at Discovery Park. The Ice Trail, located next to Douglas County Libraries in Parker on Mainstreet and Pine Drive, is one of the only ice trails in the country. The new Parker Ice Trail meanders through the park, reminiscent of a frozen river or canal. Skaters or spectators can stay warm next to one of the fire pits adjacent to the ice, or enjoy hot chocolate and other concessions while delighting in the sights and sounds of the new community park.

Ice Trail Hours
Monday through Thursday: 3 to 8 p.m.
Friday: 3 to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ice Trail Admissions and Rentals
Children 10 and under: $6
Adults: $8
Skate Rental: $4
Group Rate (10 or more guests): $10/each, includes skate rental

Discovery Park will feature additional amenities such as a large, interactive fountain with programmable water jets and color changing LED lights and a performance stage equipped with sound and lighting to feature live entertainment along with a large lawn allowing for casual seating. The entire park is expected to be complete in late spring 2017.
Community Development Open House
DATE: Feb. 15
LOCATION: PACE Center Gallery Studio
TIME: 5-7 p.m.
CONTACT: 303.841.2332

To encourage community conversation, the Town of Parker Community Development Department hosts quarterly Community Open House events.

The purpose of the Open House is to encourage conversation among residents and staff about community development issues in Parker including ensuring safe, quality construction; planning for growth and development; promoting quality of life and the Town’s vision for the future. There will be a brief presentation, but the Open House is intended to be informal and offer the opportunity for conversation about subjects of interest to residents. Please join us to discuss our community, how it is evolving and the many exciting initiatives that the Town is pursuing. Light refreshments will be served.

Performances at the PACE Center
Jan. 20- Feb. 12- Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Be Our Guest for A Tale as Old as Time! The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Featuring all of the wonderful characters and songs you know, this musical is sure to enchant the whole family.

Feb. 18-19- Wonderbound: A Dangerous Liaison
Sensuality mingles with decadent humor in this provocative production that blends baroque music with contemporary dance. Featuring Sarah Tallman’s In Between Seams, a carnal romp over, under and around the iconic green couch, and Garrett Ammon’s flirty and irreverent For Pity’s Sake My Love, a delicious work that leaves the men deep in love and without a shirt to their name.

Feb. 25- Parker Symphony Orchestra: Celebrating Black Composers Throughout the Centuries
In honor of Black History Month, the Parker Symphony Orchestra performs pieces by composers of color from the late 1700’s to the late 1900’s with works from Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, and more.
For more information contact 303.805.6800 or

Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 for President’s Day.
Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentines’s Day 5K/10K
DATE: Feb. 11
TIME: 10 a.m.
CONTACT: 303.805.6304

Join Parker Parks and Recreation for the annual Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day 5K/10K with RNK Running & Walking on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. at Bar CCC Park, 10951 Twenty Mile Rd. in Parker.

This sanctioned and professionally timed event features an exciting 10K option along with the popular 5K run/walk and free Huntington Learning Center Kids’ Dash for children under 8 following the run! Pre-registration, which closes at noon on Feb. 8, is $40 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K, with walk-up/race-day registration for an additional $5; all registered participants receive a long-sleeve race shirt, a chance to win great prizes and a delicious, post-race pancake breakfast! Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. Register online at or contact Charlie Rhode at for more event information.

Saturday Skate Night DATE:
Feb. 18
TIME: 5:30-9 p.m.
LOCATION: Parker Fieldhouse
CONTACT: 303.805.6309 COST: $3 for skaters or any age. Non-skating adults with skating children are always free.

Grab some friends and your roller skates or blades for Skate Night! Participants can skate around the rink and listen to great, family-friendly music. The time is designated for open skating with no hockey allowed. This event is great for all ages and teens looking for something to do on a Saturday night.

Parents’ Night Out
DATE: Feb. 11
LOCATION: Parker Fieldhouse
TIME: 6-10:30 p.m.
COST: $20 first child; $15 sibling. Fee increases by $5 day of event. Pre-registration is encouraged
CONTACT: 303.805.6309

Parents, grab some friends and enjoy a night with adults while we watch your kids. Our talented staff will keep your kids active and entertained so you don't have to. We host plenty of games and activities, crafts, movies, climbing, and skating to keep your kids busy. Children must provide their own skates. For kids who need a little down time, we show a family-friendly feature film and mini-films in the activity rooms. The movie title will be posted at check-in. Concessions will be available to purchase. To ensure your child's spot, pre-registration is strongly encouraged! Staffing is determined by the number of pre-registered participants and walk-ups may be turned away.

Neighborhood Services Transitions to the Parker Police Department
Neighborhood Services has been transitioned from Community Development to the Parker Police Department as of Jan. 9. This reorganization has allowed for a more effective pairing between Neighborhood Services and the Police Department, and allows our organization to get to the core of community policing and the “broken windows theory.”

The term "broken windows" comes from the metaphor used to describe this concept: "If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge." This philosophy says that the little things do matter. This theory will be combined with other community-policing strategies focused on graffiti, blithe, trash, disabled/abandoned vehicles and other neighborhood concerns, etc. Although minor and on the surface seemingly insignificant, quality-of-life crimes were found to be the tipping point for other more serious crimes. With the increase in residents to the Town of Parker and building infrastructure, this merger was needed to assist with the overall quality of life for those who live, work and visit the Town of Parker.

Information about Neighborhood Services can now be found on the Parker Police Department’s website, If you need to report an issue to Neighborhood Services, please call 303.841.9800.