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Parker, Co. can trace its colorful recent history to the establishment of the Pine Grove Post Office by Alfred Butters around 1863. Prior to that time, the area was used for hunting by Indians, including the ancients (prehistoric), the Plains-Woodland Indians, and later (1800s) mostly Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Indians.

The Town of Parker was incorporated in 1981 and included the Rowley Downs subdivision, the downtown area and the Parker Square and Parker Plaza commercial areas. The incorporated area encompassed approximately one square mile and included 285 residents. Soon after incorporation in 1981, the Town adopted zoning and subdivision ordinances.

Top recreation spots near Parker include the Cherry Creek Trail, which originates in Denver, runs through Parker and continues south to Castlewood State Canyon. At the Cherry Creek State Park in neighboring Aurora, an 880-surface acre reservoir offers opportunities for boating, fishing and other water sports. Other amenities include camping areas, group picnic sites, wildlife-watching platforms and facilities for special events. Horse trails and open space parks also dot the community.

Map: Parker

Region: Metro Denver Area Regional Information

County: Douglas

Proximity to other towns: Located 15.5 miles from Highlands Ranch, 9.5 miles from Franktown, 11.9 miles from Centennial, 12.9 miles from Greenwood Village

Population: 41,406

Elevation: 5868 feet

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