About Us

Department Overview

In Wheat Ridge, we know that recreation programming, vibrant parks and open spaces enhance our community and create a great place to live and play. We provide opportunities to meet your neighbors, improve your health, enjoy nature, learn something new and develop hobbies for a lifetime!


  • 300 Open Space acres
  • 7 Trail miles
  • 20 Parks (173 Park acres)
    • Dog Park
    • Skate Park
    • Splash Pad
    • 20 Playgrounds
    • 13 Picnic Pavilions/Shelters
    • 7 Tennis Courts
    • 6 Pickleball Courts
    • 11 Baseball/Softball Fields
    • 8 Multi-purpose Sports Fields
    • 8 Outdoor Basketball Courts
  • 69,000 sq. ft. Recreation Center
  • Outdoor Aquatics Facility
  • Anderson Community Building
  • Active Adult Center
  • Richards-Hart Estate
  • Historic Park
  • Community Gardens
  • 8 Public Art Displays

Our Mission

To create and offer services that foster sustainability, as well as to partner with the community to provide exceptional programs, parks, open space and facilities that enhance opportunities for personal growth, well being and healthy lifestyles.

Our Vision

To be a dynamic City department by creating community connections to health, wellness and vitality through parks, recreation and open spaces.

Our Brand

"Rooted in Fun" was inspired by the City's rich agricultural history along with the essence of what parks and recreation is all about.. fun! We are committed to offering quality programs and events for you and your family to connect with people, parks and play in Wheat Ridge.

Where We Are Located

The City of Wheat Ridge is located just west of Denver along I-70. It is one of the smallest cities in the Denver metro area in both size, 9.5 square miles and population, approximately 31,000.

How We Are Funded

  • Program and Service Fees
  • City's General Fund (sales tax revenue)
  • Recreation Center Fund (sales tax revenue)
  • Open Space Fund (Jefferson County Open Space Tax)
  • Conservation Trust Fund (Colorado Lottery)
  • Grants
  • Scholarships

Accreditation & Awards

The City of Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Department is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies for excellence in operation and service. The Department was also a National Gold Medal Finalist in 2017.

Commission for the Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies
National Gold Medal Finalist Award

2017 Gold Medal Award Video