Welcome to Aurora, Colorado

Parks & Open Spaces

Kids playing on a playground
Walk, hike, bike, fish or just play! Aurora has over 100 parks and 6,000 acres of open space to help you maintain an active lifestyle. Park hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Park amenities vary; however most parks have playground equipment, picnic tables and nearby hike/bike trails. Nineteen of the parks have reservable shelters; all other shelters are free and first come, first served during park hours.

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General Information
  • The water spraygrounds at Great Plains Park and Red-tailed Hawk Park will open Memorial Day weekend, operating daily from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. until early October (weather permitting). 
  • Park noise: Keep the volume of your music and voices to a reasonable level. City code (Sec. 146-1802) limits residential sound levels to 55 decibels during the day which, for example, is the sound of a normal conversation. After 9 p.m., the level drops to 45 decibels. Please be considerate of park neighbors and other park users.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated grills and personal grills. Portable charcoal grills can be used on dirt, concrete or an asphalt area. Grills cannot be used on any grass areas.
  • Charcoal grills and open fires are not allowed at any natural open space area.
  • Feeding wildlife, including geese, is not allowed and can harm the animal.
  • If you fish, you must have a Colorado fishing license.
  • Pets must be leashed along trails and in parks, except at the dog park. Pets are not allowed in baseball/softball complexes. Be sure to practice Park Pet Etiquette.
  • Dog owners must promptly remove and dispose of their pet's waste.
  • Trails are multi-use. Please share the trail. Cyclists yield to pedestrians.
  • Keys for tennis courts can be purchased for $3 at Expo, Meadowood, Utah Pool, ACAA and the Recreation Registration main office, 1st floor of the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway.
  • To inquire about a park permit, please call 303-739-7213.
  • Complete list of Rules & Regulations
City of Aurora Colorado -- 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy -- Aurora, CO 80012            Access Aurora: 303-739-7000