Friday, June 1, 2018

Town of Parker News

June 2018
Parker Farmer’s Market
Visit the Parker Farmer's Market on Sundays through October on Mainstreet in downtown Parker. Attendees can purchase fresh farm goods, locally produced foods, bakery items, flowers, herbs, hand-crafted items and ready-to-eat foods from all your favorite vendors.
FREE Summer Concert Series Announced!
Join us in the summer sun as Parker Arts presents the Discovery Park Summer Concert Series. That’s right! FREE summer concerts will return to the Discovery Park amphitheater! For more information about the shows and park rules, visit
June 14- Last Men On Earth
June 21- The Radio
June 28- Soul School
July 5- HomeSlice
July 12- Soul X
July 19- Wash Park
July 26- That Eighties Band
August 2- Tunisia

H2O’Brien Pool will be closed June 7-10 during the Parker Days Festival.
Old Town Parker Wine Walk
DATE: June 29
LOCATION: Downtown Parker, Mainstreet
TIME: 5 to 8 p.m.
COST: $20
CONTACT: 303.841.4268
Adults 21 and over purchase a Parker Chamber-provided wristband with 10 tabs and receive a wine glass and instructions that no wine is allowed outside of any participating establishment. A one-ounce sample of wine is allowed with only one sample per business. For more information, please visit
Sports Weather Line
For sports league weather related game cancellations, call the Weather Line at 303.805.3288.
Saturday Skate Night DATE: 
June 9 TIME: 5:30-9 p.m. LOCATION: Parker Fieldhouse CONTACT: 303.805.6309 COST: $4 for skaters or any age. Non-skating adults with skating children are always free.
Grab some friends and bring your roller skates or blades to the Parker Fieldhouse on select Saturday nights for Skate Night! Participants can skate around the inline rink, listen to great, family-friendly music and play games. This is a time designated for open skating with no hockey allowed. Skate Nights are great events for skaters of all ages or teens who are looking for something to do on a Saturday night! Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult while at the Fieldhouse. Participants must bring their own skates. Skate Night admission does not include other Fieldhouse venues.

Bike to Work Day
DATE: June 27
LOCATION: Cherry Creek Trail under the E-470 overpass
TIME: 6-9 a.m.
CONTACT: 303.805.3253
Ditch your car and grab your bike for Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 27! The Town of Parker and Rocky Vista University invite you to join the Way to Go team, a program of Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), and 25,000 commuters to participate in this great event, which promotes awareness of the benefits of biking!
Fuel up at the Town of Parker Breakfast Station located at the Cherry Creek Trail under the E-470 overpass from 6 to 9 a.m. Rocky Vista University (RVU) is once again joining the Town as a presenting sponsor of the station and Kneaders Bakery & Cafe will be providing breakfast and coffee for our riders! In addition to a delicious breakfast, there will fruit and nutrition bars compliments of Natural Grocers, Treads bike technicians will also be on hand and our Booth Sponsor, Fit 36 will also be onsite. The first 250 riders to stop at Parker's Breakfast Station will also receive a Town of Parker Bike To Work Day t-shirt! 

Visit for a map to Parker’s Breakfast Station. Riders are also encouraged to find more event information, Denver Metro Bike Station maps and to register for Bike to Work Day at the official site, Not only will registered riders be counted, but all registrants will be entered in a drawing for fantastic prizes!
Parker Days Festival
DATE: June 7-10
LOCATION: Downtown Parker
CONTACT: 303.841.4268
COST: Entrance to the festival is free. Rides, food, drinks, and other features require a fee.
It's the perfect family weekend! Parade, food, carnival rides, concerts, Ferris wheels, parades, beer gardens and more.
Join us Saturday at 8:45 for the kick off of the Hometown Hero Parade

NEW Cattle Crossing 5k & Family Fun Trek
DATE: June 2
TIME: 8 a.m.
LOCATION: Tallman Meadow Park
CONTACT: 303.805.6304
Part of the Parker Parks and Recreation Run Series, this event is professionally timed (5K). The Family Fun Trek with RNK Running and Walking, is about 1 mile of laid-back, outdoorsy fun. All participants will receive a commemorative item, as well as a delicious post-race pancake breakfast and a chance to win prizes. The overall male/female finishers, as well as the top three finishers in each of the following divisions of the 5K will be awarded: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. All results are determined using "gun time," meaning the timing starts simultaneously for all participants in the category. The FREE Kids' Dash follows the race for children 8 and under; no registration necessary.
Remember Garage Sale Sign Guidelines
  • A maximum of four signs are permitted per residential lot.
  • The signs may only be posted beginning at noon on Thursdays through 7 p.m. on the following Sunday.  
  • The signs may not exceed five square feet per side and four feet in height.
  • The signs cannot be attached to public utility poles, traffic, and other directional signs, vehicles, utility boxes, fences, other structures, or trees.
  • The signs cannot be placed in medians, roadways, shoulders, or bike paths/lanes.
  • Signs must be located 50 feet from all intersections and at least six feet from the edge of the roadway.
  • Signs must be located at least 10 feet from any other garage sale sign.

As part of this program, the Town has pre-approved Garage Sale signs available for free at Town Hall.
Fall Youth Sports registration opens on June 19.

“Safe and sane” fireworks are permissible only on private property within Town limits. All other fireworks are illegal and are prohibited in Parker, including on private property. “Safe and sane” fireworks include fountains, wheels, spinners, illuminating torches, dipped sticks, sparklers, snakes and glow worms. If you plan to set off fireworks, please keep the high fire danger in mind and take the following proper safety precautions:
  • If you plan on setting off fireworks, do it outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves or grass and other flammable materials.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.
  • Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
  • Keep unused fireworks away from the firing area.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place. Always check instructions for special storage directions.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
  • Children should only be permitted to use fireworks under close adult supervision. Do not allow any running or horseplay. Be mindful that sparklers, often considered “safe” fireworks, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing.
Fines of up to $600 may be given for each offense. Contact the Parker Police Department at 303.841.9800 or for more information on fireworks regulations.
At the time of print, the Town of Parker has not placed any restrictions on fireworks within Town limits. Please check the Town’s website,, prior to using fireworks to ensure there is not a fire ban in place.

Parker’s Stars and Stripes Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day at the Parker’s Stars and Stripes Celebration Presented by Ent Credit Union. Join us on Wednesday, July 4 at Salisbury Park from 6 to 10 p.m.
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and set up for an evening jam packed with family fun. Many of the activities are complimentary. Six Million Dollar Band will be mixing it up with patriotic music and jamming to 80’s hits from 6 to 9:15 p.m.! The evening will conclude with Parker’s biggest and best fireworks display to date, beginning at 9:30 p.m. General event admission is free and event parking is $10, cash only, with no in and out parking allowed.
Volunteers are always needed for this event as well. For more information about the event or to volunteer please visit or contact Brooke Spain at 303.805.3253.
First Friday Under the Lights Artwalk
DATE: June 1
TIME: 5-8 p.m.
LOCATION: Downtown Parker
Come visit with local artists during this free monthly Artwalk in downtown Parker, located in the 20-Mile Central Buildings on Mainstreet from Victorian Drive to Pikes Peak.
This event will be held the first Friday of each month from June through September.

Parker Town Council approves $2.7M reduction to 2018 budget
On Monday, May 7, Parker Town Council approved an approximately $2.7 million reduction to the Town’s 2018 budget. This reduction was recommended by staff and adopted to keep our budget balanced and aligned with recent declines in sales tax revenue growth.
Sales tax is important to Parker as it is the main source of revenue for the Town. In fact, sales tax makes up 87% of all taxes collected by the Town. The total sales tax rate in Parker is 8%, of which the Town receives 3%. Of the remaining 5%, the State of Colorado receives 2.9%, Douglas County receives 1%, RTD receives 1%, and SCFD receives 0.1%. Sales tax provides funding for the many services and amenities enjoyed by residents and visitors, including police protection and public safety; road and traffic enhancements and improvements; parks, trails and recreation facilities; community events and more.
We know there is a perception among some community members that the Town of Parker has unlimited funding available. While our funds have always had a limit, for many years, Parker enjoyed steadily increasing sales tax revenues, which allowed us to build state-of-the-art amenities for our residents and complete many capital projects that positively impacted the future of our community. However, since fall 2017 and continuing into 2018, the Town has seen a rapidly decreasing sales tax growth rate and we are now expecting a flat rate of growth in 2018, as compared to the original forecasted budget of an 8 percent sales tax revenue increase. The Town believes the decrease in sales tax revenue growth can be at least partially attributed to an increase in online shopping, which doesn’t currently have the same sales tax collection requirements as brick and mortar stores. People leaving Parker to shop, dine and play also has an impact on local sales tax revenues.
The revenue decline that Parker is experiencing, along with many of our neighboring communities, is causing us to examine our expenditures even more closely and make some significant reductions. These reductions are being distributed across all departments and both public- and internal-facing programs. In addition to internal reductions, some of the areas where the community may see reductions in services include:
  • Reduction in holiday lighting/décor on Mainstreet
  • Reductions in plant and tree replacements in medians, parks and facilities
  • Deferred maintenance on equipment/facilities
  • Reduction in funds for bridges, concrete and road resurfacing
  • Harvie Open Space opening delayed until at least 2020
  • Implementation of certain strategic and master plans delayed
  • Reduction in small business assistance programs
  • Reduction in number of national touring acts at the PACE Center
  • No shade structures to be installed at Discovery Park

Additionally, fees for some previously free services may be implemented or existing fees/ticket prices increased to help offset the need for additional budget reductions.
To learn more about these reductions please visit the Town blog at
Budget Reduction Introduction:
Budget Reduction Q&A:
How can you help?
Did you know that when you make a $100 purchase in Parker at an independent, local store, $48 stays in your community (including payroll, goods/services purchased, profits spent local by owners, and charitable contributions)? A chain restaurant/store located in Parker keeps $14 local, while only $1 of a $100 online purchase comes back to Parker.
So, Choose Parker and keep your tax dollars supporting local programs and services, all while supporting Parker’s distinct business community. Before you hop online or head out of our community to shop, do some research and see what you can purchase locally. Visit the Town’s online business directory, to see what’s here!
Tune in to the Town’s marketing and social media channels for more information, business features, fact and statistics and more. You can find the Town on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching the handle @TownOfParkerCO.