Why Work Anywhere Else
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Why Work Anywhere Else?
Research shows that where we live has an effect on our happiness. Beyond the basic needs of feeling safe and having access to good jobs, residents report the highest levels of well-being in cities where they have access to life-affirming amenities like quality parks, recreation, arts and culture.
Parker, Colorado is conveniently close to Denver, but also removed enough from the city to have its own hometown feel. The best aspects of a rural lifestyle coalesce with the cultural offerings of a large city here.
Achieving a balance between work and life is possible in Parker. The town places a priority on green space and promotes an array of arts and cultural activities. The 1,200 acres of open space and hundreds of performances, exhibits and classes offered each year make it easy to hit the town trails during a lunch break or attend an arts event after business hours.
An Outdoor Mecca
Studies demonstrate that being in nature is good for both physical and mental health. In Parker, there are abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. The town features an expansive 250 acres of parks. Whether you like to bike, hike, skate or ride horses, Parker has you covered with its network of 30 miles of developed trails.
Cherry Creek Trail is a fine example of one of the town’s great recreational assets. The scenic 40-mile trail starts in downtown Denver and extends through Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. The Parker section extends for 8 miles, from Norton Farms Open Space in the north to Stroh Ranch Park in the south.
Being active year-round is easy in Parker. It boasts one of the only ice trails in the country. In winter, this unique skating path weaves through Discovery Park like a frozen river with opportunities to warm up next to fire pits or with a cup of hot chocolate along the way.
Summer family fun happens at the H2O’Brien Pool located right in downtown. People travel from miles around to enjoy the wonderful outdoor facility, which has facets to suit all ages, from thrilling 182-foot water slides to a zero-depth play area and a lap pool.
Abundant Arts & Culture
Arts and cultural activities are often viewed as gratuitous. But towns like Parker recognize the value of creativity for helping to inspire people and bring them together.
Parker Arts works diligently to encourage creativity and vitality. It provides access to a variety of high-quality performances, exhibits and educational programs in arts, culture, history and science. In addition to formal gallery exhibits, its permanent works of public art and events such as the arts walk help promote a vibrant sense of creativity throughout the core of the town.
Venues such as the PACE Center and Schoolhouse Complex enable the town to host national and local touring acts, plays, musicals and special events as well as valuable arts learning opportunities for all ages.
Parker also hosts an array of events throughout the year that bring the community together and emphasize local culture. The Parker Days Festival includes concerts, vendor booths, food, inflatables, carnival games and rides. The Town’s Stars and Stripes Celebration is one of the largest Independence Day events in the Denver area. Parker Oktoberfest celebrates German heritage with food, beer garden, music and activities for the kids. And there’s no better way than the Town’s Christmas Carriage Parade to bring home the spirit of the holiday season.
Few places in the country have the superb quality of life available to residents of Parker. At a time when a good proportion of Americans feel overworked and stressed out, Parker provides a setting that enables residents to slow down, connect with others and enjoy the beauty around them — all without sacrificing the urban amenities they’re used to.