Key among the many compelling reasons why Parker is the fastest growing city in Colorado are urban conveniences, a robust economy, and family-oriented country living against a backdrop of rolling hills capped by the towering ponderosa of the Black Forest.
From the heights, spectacular views encompass not only the snow-capped peaks of the Front Range, but the scenic Cherry Creek Valley, as well.
In addition to mail and message services, Alfred Butters’ Pine Grove Post Office (1863) provided shelter and provisions to gold seekers, trappers, and frontiersmen – Kit Carson among them – trekking the ancient Indian trail that followed Cherry Creek into Denver.
Relocated to the present site of downtown Parker, Twenty-Mile House, the successor to Butters’ one-room shack, became a stopover for the Butterfield Stage. Later came a ten-room inn and eventually, in 1882, a railway station under the auspices of James S. Parker.
By the turn of the century, the Town of Parker counted two hotels, three general stores, a livery, two blacksmith shops, plus a brick works, stockyard, and creamery. Purportedly, the town’s bank was robbed twice.
Historic attractions include the 20-Mile House Landmark; Ruth Chapel, the town’s first church; and Main Street Center, home to municipal offices and the Missoula Children’s Theater. The Center is also the site of art shows and musical productions.
Long a vital equestrian center, Parker boasts a quaint but lively downtown together with a wealth of well-planned residential communities and bustling commercial centers linked to one another and with Cherry Creek by a scenic network of trails and bikeways.
Downtown hosts O’Brien Park and Gazebo and Parker Station, home of Jock and Jill’s Sports Bar, a children’s clothing and toy store, photography studio, and several offices. The Tailgate, a cozy pub, is Parker’s version of “Cheers.”
Within five to twenty-five minutes by car are renowned Park Meadows Mall, the Outlet Mall at Castle Rock, Cherry Creek Trail and State Park, Castlewood Canyon State Park, and convenient shopping centers off Parker Road and Founders Road.
Just to the north, E-470 provides high-speed connections to DIA, I-25 business parks, and mountain resorts and recreation areas.
There’s a good reason why noted Denver journalist and poet Thomas Hornsby Ferril chose the shores of City Park’s Ferril Lake for his daily constitution; it just doesn’t get any better than Park Hill and environs. Experience the enriching lifestyle of this exceptional neighborhood for yourself, from the threshold of your own Park Hill home.