City Park Golf in Denver (credit: CBS)City Park Golf Course (credit: CBS)
The city of Denver is known for having many amazingly beautiful and well-kept parks, all thanks to the Denver Parks and Recreation Department. However, in addition to all the beautiful parks to enjoy, you’ll also find lots of wonderful activities offered at your local recreation center. From youth sports to adult fitness classes to everything else you can possibly imagine, you’ll love all the different ways to take advantage of the Denver Parks and Recreation Department.
Denver Parks And Recreation
201 W. Colfax Ave, Dept. 601
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1311

Special Events and Permits

The Department of Parks and Recreation in Denver is the spot to visit if you’re looking to secure a park or public space for any type of special event. You can find permit applications covering everything from private parties to commercial video and photography to public events like 5k walks and tournaments. If you’re planning any type of big event at a public park then you’ll want to stop by the Denver Parks and Recreation website to get all your permitting needs taken care of and get answers to all your event questions.

Wedding Venues

If you’re planning a wedding, then you’re already looking at several of your local parks and pavilions. There are lots of great venues available to reserve up to a year in advance through the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation. The Chief Hosa Lodge, the Central Park Pavilion and the Montclair Civic Building are just three examples of venues that just may be perfect for your wedding. Fees associated with each venue will vary depending on dates and location, but you can be sure that you’ll get a great price and a beautiful location, since all of Denver’s parks are so well maintained.

Recreation Centers

Did you know there are more than 25 different recreation centers found all over the Denver area? Find the one nearest you to enjoy lots of great activities at very low costs. Many recreation centers include fitness centers, pools, saunas, classes, racquetball courts and more. Really, you’ll find a huge variety of activities to enjoy at every recreation center in Denver. Membership prices for Denver’s recreation centers are low, and you’ll find that there are so many different reasons to use your local center. Get active in your community and take advantage of this great perk for all Denver residents.

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The Denver Parks and Recreation Department also runs eight golf courses scattered all over Denver. From Kennedy Golf Course in southeast Denver to City Park Golf Course, you’ll find lots of beautifully kept greens just waiting for you, your clubs and a few buddies. If you’re looking for a place to host a tournament, or if you just want to enjoy 18 holes with a few buddies, check out the Parks and Recreation Department for all the information on the local golf courses, green fees, cart rental fees and more.

Active Adults

For those adults over the age of 50, you’ll find lots of great activities thanks to the Parks and Recreation Department. The SilverSneakers program is an exercise program offered free of charge to many Denver residents. It features drop-in exercise classes and other ways to keep strong and healthy and to prevent injury as you get older. You’ll also find lots of great clubs, games, bingo and other fun activities just for seniors, and there are so many great reasons to enjoy the benefits of your local recreation center. Check out the website, look at all the different classes and workshops and try one or two for yourself soon. You just may be surprised at how many different ways there are to take advantage of your Parks and Recreation Department.

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