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 one of approximately 104 nationally accredited agencies 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.

Parks & Recreation Annual Report

Parks and Recreation Department Services
Activities, Programs & RegistrationBirthday Party Packages
Camping – Clear Creek RV ParkCemetery Services
Community Center Facilities & Virtual ToursDog Parks
Front Porch for Active AdultsGolden Bike Park
History Museums Exhibits & Programs
Memorial Tree & Park Bench Donation Program
Personal TrainingSwimming Lessons
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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

Additional Resources

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