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Foothills Park and Recreation District
For a complete listing of Foothills Park and Recreation District’s facilities, including parks and trails, visit www.ifoothills.org, or follow on Facebook (@FHPRD), Twitter (@FHPRDnews) and Instagram (#fhprd).
6612 S. Ward St., Littleton, CO 80127
(303) 409-2100

Clement Park
Playground, splash park, skate park, tennis courts, athletic fields, batting cages, volleyball courts, picnic shelters, trails, amphitheater with free summer concerts and more!
7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO 80123
(303) 409-2600

Easton Regional Park
Multi-use baseball and softball fields, playground, tennis courts, basketball court, volleyball court, fishing, picnic shelter, horse shoe pits and trails.
12819 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, CO 80127
(303) 409-2300

Edge Ice Arena
Two NHL-sized rinks, birthday parties, skate rental, performance training center, Penalty Box Bar and Grill and more!
6623 S. Ward St., Littleton, CO 80127
(303) 409-2222

Lilley Gulch Recreation Center
Playground, indoor pool, gymnastics center, birthday parties, gymnasium, cardio and free weights, racquetball courts, pickle ball and more!
6147 S. Holland Way, Littleton, CO 80123
(303) 409-2500

Peak Community and Wellness Center
Pilates Studio, massage services, drop-in child care, cardio and free weights, fitness classes and more. Multi-purpose rooms with access to caterer’s kitchen, outdoor gazebo and patio make a great wedding and reception venue!
6612 S. Ward St., Littleton, CO 80127
(303) 409-2200

Ridge Recreation Center
Playground, three indoor swimming pools, climbing wall, gymnasium, arts and fitness classes, cardio equipment, birthday parties, indoor running track, racquetball courts, pickle ball and more!
6613 S. Ward St., Littleton, CO 80127
(303) 409-2333

South Suburban Parks and Recreation
For a complete listing of South Suburban’s facilities, including parks and trails, visit www.ssprd.org, or follow on Facebook (@ssprdco), Twitter (@ssprd) and Instagram (@ssprd).
6631 S. University Blvd., Centennial, CO 80121
(303) 798-5131

Buck Recreation Center
Offering activities and programs for all ages at affordable rates. Swim laps, soothe your muscles in the therapeutic pool, or play in the lazy river. Check out the cardio equipment, hit the indoor track, or take a new class. Watch a theater production, or set out on an adventure with our adult trips and tours program. There's plenty to enjoy, and it’s all just steps away from downtown Littleton and the Littleton Community Trail. Open to the public. SSPR residents receive District rates.
2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton
(303) 797-8787

Ketring Park
Located adjacent to the Littleton Museum and across the street from the Bemis Library. The park offers opportunities to view wildlife and fish in Ketring Lake. Enjoy walking the flat Ketring Park Trail Loop.
6000 Gallup St., Littleton

Littleton Golf and Tennis Club
The 18-hole, par-63 executive Littleton Golf Course is naturally beautiful. It features two par-5's, four par-4's, a grass driving range with water targets and a practice putting green. Located adjacent to the South Platte River and the Mary Carter Greenway Trail, just west of downtown Littleton. Open to the public. SSPR residents receive District rates. The Littleton Tennis Bubble is the only public, indoor tennis facility in the area, featuring six indoor courts for year-round play. The “bubble” hosts lessons, in-house leagues, as well as USTA leagues and tournaments that draw tennis players from throughout the area.
5800 S. Federal Blvd., Littleton
(303) 794-5838

Mary Carter Greenway Trail (MCGT)
The flat, dual-trail is a favorite among commuters and those who enjoy walking, biking and running. Choose from a paved trail or a crusher fines trail. The MCGT is an eight-mile, multi-use trail that parallels the South Platte River, from Chatfield State Park north to Englewood. South Suburban hosts several popular races along the MCGT year 'round (visit www.sspr.org/raceseries).

South Platte Park and Carson Nature Center
Spanning over 880 acres, this park is a natural oasis featuring 880 acres of open space along the South Platte River and Mary Carter Greenway Trail, offering five lakes for fishing, extensive trails and nature programs. At the Carson Nature Center, re-create the area’s famous 1965 flood at the interactive water table, or observe live animals in the center’s museum. Open Tuesday-Friday, 12-4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays. Free admission.
3000 W. Carson Dr., Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 730-1022

Sterne Park
A regional favorite, located close to downtown Littleton. The park features a brand-new playground and restroom, two shelters and a pond.
5800 S. Spotswood St., Littleton

Other Active and Outdoor Options

Chatfield State Park
State park centered on Chatfield Reservoir, a 1,423-acre surface area lake fed by the South Platte River and two other creeks, including Plum Creek. Offers boating, a full-service marina, campgrounds, horseback riding, a dog off-leash area, model airplane field, picnic areas, trails and a swim beach.
11500 N. Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-7275

Deer Creek Canyon Park
This Jeffco Open Space has several trails that hikers and equestrians can have to themselves, including Meadowlark, Homesteader, and Golden Eagle Trails. 
13388 Grizzly Dr., Littleton, CO 80127
(303) 271-5925

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
Working farm offering trails and bird-watching spots amid wildflowers, plus seasonal butterfly house.
8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton, CO 80128
(720) 865-3500

High Line Canal
A man-made waterway, used for irrigation and recreation that serves the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area. At 71 miles long, the High Line Canal is one of the longest continuous urban trails in the country, twisting through the most populated area of Colorado while crossing a diverse mosaic of communities and nature. The Canal originates at Waterton Canyon in Douglas County and runs to Green Valley Ranch in Northeast Denver.

Ken Caryl Sledding Hill
This undeveloped park features a large, grassy slope used for sledding in the winter.
9989 W. Ken Caryl Ave., Littleton, CO 80127
(303) 409-2100

Littleton Family YMCA
The Littleton YMCA is a community resource for individuals, seniors, families and kids. The Littleton Y offers a gym, walking track, swim lessons, swim team, SilverSneakers®, unlimited fitness classes including Yoga, Pilates, cycling and summer day camps.
11 W. Dry Creek Ct., Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 797-9622

Roxborough State Park 
State Park known for dramatic red sandstone formations. Located in Douglas County, the 3,339-acre park was established in 1975. In 1980 it was recognized as a National Natural Landmark.
4751 E. Roxborough Dr., Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 973-3959

South Valley Park
This Jeffco Open Space has dramatic red sandstone spires and stunning views of craggy outcroppings. The trails are well-suited for beginning mountain bikers, and hikers who prefer more level terrain.
South Trailhead: 12447 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton, CO 80127
North Trailhead: 8354 South Valley Rd., Littleton, CO 80127
(303) 271-5925

Waterton Canyon 
Home to many different types of wildlife, including the popular Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd. There are also mule deer, black bears, mountain lion(s), elk, lizards and snakes, including the prairie rattlesnake. A winding dirt road trail takes you along the South Platte River and into a canyon. It is an out-and-back hike or bike ride, and you have a lot of options, from a short journey in to have a picnic, all to way to 12.4-mile round-trip adventure to the Strontia Springs Dam.

Local Tip: "A favorite local activity is tubing down the Platte River, as well as many other beautiful rivers in Colorado." – Cynthia H.

Local Tip: "The Mary Carter Greenway Trail is a great running and biking trail that goes adjacent to Santa Fe from C-470 to 285. Lots of water stops and bathroom breaks. It follows the river with beautiful scenery and is flat the entire way. There are also a few places to stop along the way and eat or get coffee." – Lisa B.

Local Tip: "Check out Deer Creek trail up toward Lockheed Martin. In the late afternoon, you can spot Bighorn Sheep up Waterton Canyon trail." – Phil D.