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Celebrate 100 Years of Arvada Parks

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Celebrating 100 Years of Parks

In 1919, 100 years ago, Mrs. Clemency McIlvoy deeded her home and the three acres that surround it to the Town of Arvada with the understanding that it would become our first park, now McIlvoy Park (5750 Upham Street). This was an early contribution to what has been sustained community support of outdoor spaces as cultural, recreational and civic centers.100 year parks logo

As part of the 100th anniversary of Arvada Parks, the City of Arvada and the Arvada Parks Advisory Committee will be hosting several events at various parks over the next few months, including the big one, the centennial celebration, on May 4 at McIlvoy Park. Celebrate the centennial anniversary of Clemency McIlvoy's generous gift to the community with an old fashioned picnic, live music, lawn games, bike rides, hikes, tours, Family Bike Parade contest and May Pole fun. Prizes and ribbons to be awarded!



Centennial Event Details

May 4, 2019, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.‚Äč 
McIlvoy Park (5750 Upham Street)

  • Bike Ride hosted by Bike Friendly Arvada (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
  • Live music from local groups Crooked Cannon (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and Olde Town Swing Band (1 to 2:30 p.m.)
  • Walking tours of Historic Olde Town Arvada (12 to 2 p.m.)
  • Pie Baking Contest (2:30 p.m.)

Bring a picnic lunch, buy a lunch from the food truck, or pick one up at an Olde Town restaurant. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the day celebrating 100 years of amazing Arvada parks! Visit city and local civic volunteer booths to learn more about Arvada’s park system.  Ride your bikes to the park and use the Bike Friendly Arvada’s free bike valet!

Arvada Parks Today

Since Mrs. McIlvoy’s gift, the City’s park system has grown to include regional, community, neighborhood, and urban parks. There are special purpose parks, like the Arvada Skate Park, that are top venue destinations and nationally recognized. Arvada historic sites, such as Gold Strike Park, Moore Farm, and Churches Ranch, preserve the mining, farming and ranching heritage that helped settle Colorado’s Front Range. The system also includes sports recreational facilities, the largest of which are the Harold D. Lutz and Stenger Sports Complexes.

Arvada Parks Inventory

Park Type


Regional Parks


Community Parks


Neighborhood Parks

86 (89 including planned parks)

Urban Parks


Special Purpose Parks


Historic Sites


Sports Complexes



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