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Parks and Open Space

Our Parks and Open Space System

The City of Arvada manages a 3,400 acre system of parks, open spaces, and trails. The parks system includes 90+ neighborhood parks, one within a ten-minute walk of every residence in our community. 

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Protect Our Greenbelts

Greenbelts are areas or strips of lands that are undeveloped land surrounding or adjacent to urban neighborhoods. You can often find these greenbelts between neighborhoods and parks or open space. 

Greenbelts are important to keep maintained and protected because they often serve as a wildlife corridor and act as a sponge for pollution that would otherwise be headed into natural habitats. Each growing season, our parks staff mows approximately 1,350 acres of open space areas bordered by hundreds of private properties. Sometimes our crews come across trees, gardens and other landscape structures planted by homeowners on the City’s open space (greenbelts), which makes mowing very difficult and often leads tot he removal of these structures. 

Examples of illegal structures in greenbelt

If you want to have a structure added to a greenbelt, you must attain a permit prior to installing any structure. This includes fences, gardens, trees, signs, walls, or any structure that hinder the ability to maintain the greenbelt.  

More Information About Parks and Open Space

Pavilion Rentals

The Arvada Parks Department offers 10 picnic pavilions for rent. All offer picnic tables, benches and charcoal grills. Restrooms are not provided in any of our parks or pavilions.

West Arvada Dog Park

This is a "Special Use" park. It is operated by volunteers on City-owned property and is funded 100% through donations. Happy, healthy dogs make a happy healthy community. 

Healthy Based- Park Concept

The City of Arvada and Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) are working together to develop a new park  in the Arvada Ridge area which seeks to meet identified public park service gaps and support higher education curriculum at the RRCC Arvada Campus.  Find more details about this park. 

For Other Parks Related Questions:

  • Park watering schedules/broken sprinkler heads
  • Park mowing schedules
  • Snow removal on park trails; or
  • If you wish to speak to the City Forester regarding tree issues

Please contact Parks Maintenance at 720-898-7410 between 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Fridays.

To contact our Parks, Golf and Hospitality Department, call 720-898-7400.