Connecting Colorado Neighbors-The Foerster Team: The 10 Things I LOVE About Parker, Colorado

The 10 Things I LOVE About Parker, Colorado

The 10 Things I LOVE About Parker, Colorado

When you are deciding on your next place to live, there are many factors that come in to play. Mostly it's about the house and does it meet your needs. In many instances it's about the location. Is it close to work, family or the fun things you like to do in your spare time.

When we decided to move to Parker, Colorado in 1997, it was primarily due to it's proximity to work. After we moved here, we fell in LOVE. We've moved twice in the last 16 years and both moves were still in Parker! As I said, we fell in LOVE.  Here are some of the reasons we STILL live in Parker, Colorado.


Ruth Memorial ChapelTown History ~ The Downtown area of Parker is rich in its history. The Town currently has 20 Parker landmarks! One of my favorites is Ruth Memorial Chapel, located on Mainstreet. It opened for its first service in 1912. You can learn more about Parker's history by taking a self guided tour. Just stop by Town Hall for walking map and you can visit the former Parker Schoolhouse, Ruth Memorial Chapel and the Parker Creamery. What better way to learn than hands-on! 

Parks, Trails & Recreation ~ We love the great outdoors, don't we? That's why we live in Colorado, right? Well, Parker has acres of parks and trails to enjoy. We also have some great recreation facilities. H2O'Brien Park is an outdoor water park that is open Memorial Day through Labor Day and it's very affordable. The Parker Recreation Center features an indoor pool and offers wonderful exercise and fitness classes. The Parker Fieldhouse has batting cages, an inline rink, a climbing wall and so much more. All of the facilities are available for rentals for your special events.

PACE CenterPACE Center ~ The Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center opened in October 2011.  The 50,000 sqft facility is perfect venue for entertainment-theater, dance, music and visual arts; education-cooking, dance, photography and so much more; and events-weddings, conferences, fundraisers, banquets and business meetings.

Restaurants ~ OK, I admit it.  I'm a foodie!  Looking for breakfast? Parker has options from fast food to sit down service.  We've got donuts and pastries too!  What about lunch?  Parker has got you covered.  Salads, sandwiches, pizza and so much more.  Making plans for dinner?  Would you like a Italian, Mexican, maybe Japanese? Once again, Parker has what you are looking for!  Oh and don't forget dessert!

Downtown Parker ~ Downtown Parker is also referred to as Old Town Parker. It has restaurants, shops, offices and a beautiful park. Many of the town's "signature events" on Mainstreet in Downtown Parker...the annual carriage rides at Christmastime, the Farmers Market and the Parker Days Festival in the summer, Smokin' Brew BBQ at the end of the summers. The best part of the Downtown area is that it's an easy walk from one end to the other, or if you don't want to walk, you can ride on the Parker Pedicab!

Parker Days FestivalChamber of Commerce ~ The Parker Chamber of Commerce is well-known for its signature events. Each year, May through October on the last Friday of the month the Chamber hosts Wine Walks in Old Town Parker. It's a great way for folks to get out on the town and visit local businesses. In June, Parker Days Festival takes over Downtown Parker for a long weekend filled with carnival rides, live entertainment, exhibitors and feed vendors. During the summer months, come out to enjoy Movies in the Park. It's a FREE family friendly time at O'Brien Park. In late November and December get cozy and cuddle on a Holiday Carriage Ride in Old Town Parker.

Farmers Market ~ The annual Farmers Market runs from May through October each year. Mainstreet is closed off to traffic and shoppers are able to roam free to explore the many vendors. Of course, there are fruits and vegetables, but there is so much more. Homemade breads, jellies, butters and salsas well tempt your taste buds. The scent of flowers will tickle your nose. Be sure to plan at least an hour, wear your walking shoes and be prepared for the warm, dry weather.

Parker Library ~ The Parker Library offers so much to our community. Like many libraries in the area, the Parker Library has Storytime for newborns through 5 years, and an all ages Storytime. (Hmm, maybe I should drop in for one of those.) I enjoy the educational opportunities. This month (February 2013) the library is offering assistance with GED preparation. I also like that I can reserve a book online. It's so convenient!

Neighborhoods ~ When you are deciding on where to live, you think primarily about the house, you should also consider the neighborhood. In Parker, you will find most of our neighborhoods have a Homewoners Association, this can be a positive or a negative depending on what is important to you. We have neighborhoods that are a mixture of townhomes or condos and single family homes, again, this may or may not be important to you. Maybe you'd like a gated community, we have a few. Whatever your needs, Parker has a solution!

O'Brien ParkLocation ~ We moved to Parker, just like many other folks, because it's close enough, yet far enough away from everything! We are close to major highways to get to downtown Denver and the airport. (It takes less than an hour to get to the airport.)  Parker is about an hour and half from the Mountains. Anything else we might need is right in our own backyard...library, movies, great restaurants and recreational opportunities, cultural events, what else is there?


If you are considering a move to Parker Colorado, please give us a call.  We'd LOVE to share our passion for our Town with you! We work with buyers and sellers in Parker, Douglas County and the surrounding area.


(Photo credits: Ruth Memorial Chapel~Town of Parker website; PACE Center~PACE Center website; Parker Days Festival~Weinrach Photography LLC: O'Brien Park~Donna Foerster.)



The 10 Things I LOVE About Parker, Colorado


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Comment balloon 23 commentsDonna Foerster • February 06 2013 08:33AM


Parker, CO sounds like it has a lot to offer.  And I'm sure the scenery isn't bad either.  

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 7 years ago

Donna, I like the sound of Parker as well. So much to do and eat!

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 7 years ago

Hi Donna - Nice post. I really like Parker. Mary and I have done quite a bit of cycling in the area, so we're mostly familiar with the outdoors aspect, but it looks like a great place to call home.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 7 years ago

Chris Ann~ We have a great view of the Rocky Mountains. (I've got one from my house!) :-)

Debbie R.~ Being the "foodie" that I am I tend to focus a lot on our great restaurants! Shame on me! I also enjoy the year 'round events!

Dick~ The "outdoors" is one of the best features of Parker. We have beautiful parks and trails!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 7 years ago
Good decision to locate in Parker, Colorado. Reminds me of why I live where I do. Sounds alike you have it all.
Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Mary~ One of the many reasons citizens (and visitors) love Parker is the "small town feeling".  We don't have EVERYTHING and that's ok, we like it that way!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 7 years ago

Parker sounds like a nice place, however when we come through this town next, our first destination will be, 19751 E Mainstreet #387, Parker, CO 80138

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 7 years ago

Oh Bob, you put a big grin on my face! :-)

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 7 years ago

Hi Donna,

I read all about you on Jerry Newman's blog.  With someone like him endorse you, how can I not try to support you also in your quest for the 1/2 million mark?  He did a very nice write up. 

Your pictures of Parker on your header are great.  I too love the farmer's market.   I'd add one more thing to your list - Parker is great place for people with horses.  

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Sondra~ You are absolutely right, Parker is a great place for horse people!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 7 years ago

Howdy Donna Foerster, Parker Colorado sounds like a wonderful community and with all those landmarks and the festival sounds like it would be a blast. Old town sound interesting also....

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) over 7 years ago

Very nice post with great photos and personal story of why you and your husband moved and stayed there.

Posted by JoAnn Moore, Home Loans in Delaware (The Mortgage Market of Delaware) over 7 years ago

Parker County really does have a lot to offer, and anyone looking to move there should be calling the Foerster team.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago
Donna, This is a great way to make yourself the specialist in Parker CO.
Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 7 years ago

Donna, great local post, really highlights why Parker CO is a great place to call home.

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) over 7 years ago

Although I am right here in Colorado, I don't know parker. Thanks for introducing me. And, great post with great photos... you are less than 400 pts from your 500,000, girl!

Posted by Paula Bradfield, Your Salida Colorado area Realtor Team (Bradfield Ramsey Group) over 7 years ago

Bob~ Parker Days Festival attracts a lot of attention from all over the state. We have great entertainment and of course, carnival food!

JoAnn~ Most of the residents that I've talked to stay in Parker due to its small town feel and location.

Debbie G.~ Parker is just a small town that wants to be loved!

Debbie R.~ Parker has so much to offer to its residents and visitors!

Kathy~ I never thought I would love it this much.

Paula~ Colorado is a big state! I've lived here for 20+ years and there is much that I have yet to see!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 7 years ago

Those are all really great things but MY #1 favorite thing about Parker, Colorado is DONNA FOERSTER. I just love her!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 7 years ago

Joni~ You rock my world! :-)

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 7 years ago

Hi, me and my husband is planning to move in Parker colorado, my husband got scared with tornado he seen  in google picture... we would like to know about  how often  Parker, Colorado hit by tornado. This is very important to us  if ever we will push through with the job offered to us. And also if ever one day we have  our own  house suddenly in a wink of an eye it will be gone with the tornado. Thank you very much. God bless.


Posted by mila torres about 7 years ago

Hello Mila~ Parker, Colorado is a beautiful place to live. Tornadoes typically occur further East. I've only seen one in Parker since I moved her about 17 years ago. Where are you moving from?

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Lived in Parker more than 20 years and plan to always call Parker my home. Our community is filled with amazing people. With the PACE Center I don't have to go DT Denver to see amazing Theater. We are like a huge supportive family. Looking forward to Parker Days in June. Thank-You to our Mayor, Town Council and Chamber for all they continue to do.

Posted by Aneeda Contadeluci over 4 years ago

Great post with alot of helpful information on what Parker Co has to offer. Sounds very nice. 

Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) about 3 years ago