Give the Whole Package to Your Employees

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Town of Parker cultivates a playful, family-oriented culture. From our lush parks to our plethora of recreational options and cultural activities, it’s easy to find ways to connect and engage as a family here. 

This family-friendly factor is increasingly important to workers looking for life/work balance. And it’s well documented that happy workers contribute to business success.

ET Investments moved to Parker from Aurora several years back. CFO Jim Shumway says it’s been a very positive experience, both for the business and its employees, many of whom already lived in Parker.

As a father of five children, he’s also found Parker delivers the whole package for his family. “We found that it’s a very good place to raise a family — very good schools. Good teachers. It’s a very family-oriented community. We feel proud to be part of that same culture that exists here already.”

Top Notch Parks and Recreation

Parks are more than just a luxury; they’re a vital component of a vibrant community. According to the National Recreation and Parks Association, 85 percent of Americans consider parks and recreational opportunities an important factor when choosing a new place to live. 

The Town of Parker has long prioritized green space and is continuously working to improve its recreational opportunities for residents. The Parker Parks and Recreation Department recently received accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, ranking it among the top 1 percent of park and recreation agencies in the country to have received this distinction.

This translates to the highest level of recreational programming and facilities for Parker families. Ninety-five percent of residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park, trail or open area. We have 13 beautiful parks and more than 30 miles of multi-use trails that are just ripe for exploration.

Sarah Stott, human resources director at ET Investments, moved back to Parker for its quality of life and because she wanted to raise her children near their grandparents, who already live here. The whole family appreciates the Town’s recreational amenities. Stott plays in an adult soccer league at the Parker Fieldhouse and her 85-year-old father still regularly bikes along the Cherry Creek Trail. 

Kid-friendly Amenities

The Parker Recreation Center is a remarkable area resource with a range of Kids’ Zone classes and events starting with infants and toddlers. Wee ones can develop motor and social skills while older kids try out sports like t-ball, soccer and gymnastics in a non-competitive and playful environment.

Summer family fun happens at the H2O’Brien Pool in downtown Parker. People travel for miles to experience the state-of-the-art outdoor facility, which has features to suit all ages, including water slides, a zero-depth play area and a lap pool.

The Parker Fieldhouse is another area gem, offering youth sports and activities like a 25-foot climbing wall and facility for inline skating. The Fieldhouse offers day camp for active 5 to 13-year-olds with loads of programming geared toward educational fun.

Arts & Cultural Activities

Parker’s arts and culture programming rivals that of a much larger city, enriching the lives of area residents, young and old.

The PACE Center in Parker host concerts, touring artists, musicals and more. It also offers valuable arts learning opportunities for kids and a special Family Discovery Series where participants can experience new forms of arts, culture and science through one-hour programs.

Kids and parents alike benefit from Parker Arts’ summer and school break camps on an array of topics such as art, music, cooking and robotics. Through Parker Arts, youth and adults have the chance to partake in master classes with dance and theatre professionals.

Leanne Naso, COO of Parker Adventist Hospital, moved to Parker from Texas. She and her family appreciate that they can enjoy first-rate performances together at the PACE Center without having to leave Town. “It’s nice not to have to drive into Denver,” says Naso. “I love that you can pretty much get what you need right in our backyard.”

We invite you to visit to explore and see for yourselves why Parker is a prime place to live, work and play.

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