Parks & Recreation

Access to high quality park and recreation facilities is a highly valued element of the Golden Community. The abundance of natural resources, proximity to the mountains, and presence of Clear Creek have given residents and visitors a number of unique recreation resources not found in most communities along the Front Range. The Golden Parks and Recreation Department is committed to the development of urban parks, vibrant recreation programming and preservation of the natural and historic resources in the City of Golden.

The Parks and Recreation Department encompasses recreation, parks, forestry, cemetery, facilities, golf and museums. The parks system provides 253 acres of parks, 24 miles of trails, 402 acres of open space, approximately 10,000 trees and amenities including the Cemetery, Community Center, Splash Aquatic Park, Clear Creek RV Park, Clear Creek White Water Park, Fossil Trace Golf Club, and Golden History Museums.

The Golden Parks and Recreation Department is the first municipality in Colorado, and is one of approximately 141 nationally accredited agencies (as of September 2016) in the country currently holding national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Read more about accreditation and other recognitions on the Golden Parks and Recreation Department Recognitions page.


The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to promote and provide safe and comprehensive community facilities, programs and services to enrich the quality of life for all residents and visitors.

Master Plan Update

The Parks and Recreation Department has commissioned a Master Plan Update as part of an effort to update the 2008 Golden Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Learn more about how you may participate in shaping the future of Golden Parks and Recreation.

Park Rules Draft

The Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting input and ideas for Golden Park Rules. Golden Parks and Recreation enthusiasts are invited to review a draft of a limited number of guidelines requested to protect our natural resources for the enjoyment of residents and visitors, and to ensure that those new to Golden are aware of what is required to maintain quality parks and open spaces. Here is the Golden Park Rules draft pdf download  Use the feedback form below, or send your feedback to Ashby at

Give us your feedback!

If you were unable to make the public meeting on August 2, 2016, and would like to send Parks and Recreation feedback on Park Rules, please let us know your thoughts here:

  • Tell us what you think about Golden's park rules.
COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

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