Parker began as the Pine Grove Post Office in 1863, though it wouldn't get its current name for several more years. Prior to this time, the area was an Indian hunting ground.
After the discovery of gold in Colorado in 1858, gold seekers poured into the state and settlers followed. Recognizing the opportunity, Alfred Butters built a one room refuge for travelers which he called Pine Grove where he handled mail, provisions and messages for people coming to the area. The building changed hands several times, was moved, added to, and finally built up by James Sample Parker, an ex-bullwhacker. As it was 20 miles south of Denver, it became known as the 20 Mile House. Parker built the first school, and the town was on its way.
The town of Parker, CO was not incorporated until 1981. At that time, it had 285 residents and encompassed one square mile. In its first decade, Parker increased to 13 square miles. Now at 18.8 square miles and a population of 42,000, the popularity of the area as a haven for families, young couples and professionals continues to grow.
The Parker area attracts homebuyers who want a country lifestyle with modern amenities. Just 20 miles southeast of Denver, Parker has transformed from a rural equestrian center to an exciting town with open space parks and well-planned residential developments.
Over the past five years, the town has invested more than $15.8 million in new parks and facilities including Salisbury Equestrian Park improvements, construction of the new H2O'Brien pool, restoration of the historic Ruth Memorial Chapel, and the Parker Recreation Center addition and renovation. Parker now has over 200 acres of park land, 400 acres of open space, and 12 miles of paved trails for biking, hiking, skating and horseback riding. There are also five golf courses in or adjacent to Parker.
The Mainstreet Center in the heart of town serves as an important cultural and recreational hub for the Town with its 200-seat Auditorium and a gymnasium used for numerous youth sports. The Ruth Memorial Chapel, listed on the National Registry of Historical Buildings, is an intimate location for weddings, meetings or services. The Parker Arboretum features a variety of trees unique to the area, and a seasonal farmers market runs May to October.
The variety of Parker homes include everything from single-family homes, ranch properties and subdivisions with newer homes, to upscale living featuring executive homes and large estates.
The median household income is $82,961, and the average household size is 3.1. Compared to residents of the state as a whole, Parker residents are 75% more likely to be married, and the town has a higher percentage of residents with some college (82.4%).