Throughout the South Metro community trail systems there is direct access to a wide range of recreational opportunities for all ages including playgrounds, water parks, tennis courts, sports fields, and even ice skating facilities. During the spring, summer and fall, all of the trails provide safe and easy access to festivals, farmer markets, concerts and special events throughout our community.
Three reasons to get out and play on the trails!
- It’s free! What more could you ask for? Grab your friends and family and explore one of the dozen trails to see where you might end up.
- What a great opportunity to spend time outside with friends and family members of all ages. And, there is no age limit and finding something fun to do for all ages is easy and convenient.
- You live in Colorado with over 300 days of sunshine; Don’t sit inside! Go play outside with friends and family.
Where to spend the day? Many of the regional and community trails we’ve built will take you somewhere fun for the entire family. Especially during the spring, summer and fall, of the places listed below offer festivals, farmer markets, concerts and a wide variety of special events. If you haven’t made a visit to one of these yet, put it on your calendar soon!
- Belleview Park, Train and Petting Zoo (Englewood)
- Carson Nature Center (Littleton)
- Cornerstone Park (Littleton)
- deKoevend Regional Park (Centennial)
- Douglas H. Buck Recreation and Senior Center (Littleton)
- Englewood Recreation Center
- Goodson Recreation Center (Centennial)
- Holly Tennis Center, Pool and Open Space (Centennial)
- Hudson Gardens (Littleton)
- Littleton Historic Museum
- Littleton Golf and Tennis
- Lockheed Martin Discovery Pavilion (Littleton)
- Pirates Cove Aquatic Park (Englewood)
- Progress Park (Littleton)
- Sheridan Recreation Center
And, there are dozens of community and regional parks to visit! The larger parks provide tremendous amenities including parking and restrooms as well as a wide range of activities including organized sports and leagues, informal play of all sorts, group and individual recreational opportunities. Here are some of the stellar parks our trails connect to:
- Belleview Park (62-acres) is one of the largest parks in Englewood and is always a favorite with families. The park offers pavilion rental, a miniature train (open summer only), horseshoe pits, and, directly adjacent is Pirates Cove Aquatic Park. Children especially like the Children’s Farm featuring resident cows, pigs, goats, chickens, and sheep, among others. All barn animals are loaned from area farms and then returned to their owners at the end of summer. The shallow, meandering creek is perfect for wading in when adults are present.
- Centennial Park (37-acres) hosts a picnic area and pavilion, playground, basketball courts, league ballfields, fishing pond and an off-leash dog park. This park is easily accessible from the Marty Carter Greenway/South Platte River Trail.
- Cornerstone Regional Park (66-acres) with spectacular views in all directions provides a wide range of outdoor opportunities. This park features athletic playing playing fields, multi-purpose courts, playground with water features, skate park, picnic shelter, and restrooms.
- Progress Park (22-acres), adjacent to the Big Dry Creek Trail and just east of Belleview Park, this park hosts a baseball field, multi-purpose field, football field, picnic areas and pavilion, a fishing pond and informal play area.
- deKoevend Park, home to the South Suburban Park District’s major recreational facilities (Goodson Recreation Center), includes baseball fields, picnic areas and pavilions, playground, tennis courts, fitness path and plenty of green open space to throw a Frisbee or relax on the grass reading a good book!
- South Platte Park is more than 889 acres of open space, larger than New York’s Central Park, along the South Platte River with 5 lakes open to fishing, 2.5 miles of the South Platte River and the Mary Carter Greenway for walking and biking, nearly 4 miles of natural surface trails, and the Carson Nature Center and classroom. South Platte Park has over 300 species of wildlife and is an excellent place for wildlife viewing, photography, and bird watching.