The Town of Parker is a Home Rule Municipality in Douglas County, Colorado, United States. It is a self-declared “Town” under the Home Rule Statutes. In recent years, Parker has become a commuter town at the southeasternmost corner of the Denver Metropolitan Area. As of 2013, the town population was 48,608. Parker is now the 19th most populous municipality in the State of Colorado.
As of the census of 2000, there were 23,558 people, 7,929 households, and 6,525 families residing in the town.
Parker is served by Douglas County School District RE-1. Douglas County School District has among the highest level of students in Colorado. Students have scored, on average, 12 to 19 percent above the state average. The district was rated 9th in the state in 2009. The Pine Lane Elementary School had the largest student enrollment in Parker until Mammoth Heights Elementary opened in January 2007 and took the overload.
The two principal high schools in the area, Ponderosa and Chaparral, have a cross-town rivalry and compete annually for The Pride of Parker trophy. Legend High School opened in 2008, as Douglas County’s ninth High School.
The Cherry Creek Trail runs along Cherry Creek, north and south through Parker. Bicycling, hiking, nature walks, and cross-country skiing are all popular uses.
The Rueter–Hess Reservoir is located west of town and is not yet open for recreational use. Nevertheless, planned activities there include fishing, hiking, and non-motorized boating. No natural streams flow into the reservoir, instead water rights owned by the Parker Water and Sanitation District provide water delivered via Cherry Creek and a local canals. If filled to capacity, surface size would be 1,140 acres.
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