Parks, Forestry & Open Space

  1. Toxic algae presence in Prospect Lake - use caution!

    Water contact can cause illness, especially to pets. Avoid full-body contact and keep children and pets out of the water. If exposed, shower immediately. Read on...
  2. Regenerate Wheat Ridge Returns for Third Year!

    Regenerate Wheat Ridge kicks off it's 3rd year on April 12th! Seven workshops on regnerative agriculture topics will be offered from April - October 2023. Topics include seed saving, goats for regenerative grazing, preserving the harvest and more! Read on...
  3. Applications for the 2023 Hazardous Tree Grant Program are open NOW!

    The City of Wheat Ridge Hazardous Tree Services Grant Program provides aid to Wheat Ridge residents for assessment, removal, pruning, or treatment of hazard trees, which qualify by posing significant risk. Read on...
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What We Do

Wheat Ridge Parks, Forestry and Open Space Division maintains 21 city parks occupying more than 170 acres, seven miles of trails, 300 acres of open space, urban forestry, community gardens, nature programs and volunteers.


We know that parks are essential to the physical, social, environmental and economic health of our community.

Our Goal

That's why our goal is to ensure that parks, trees, trails and open space in Wheat Ridge remain attractive, inviting and safe for you and your family to enjoy.

We Are Smoke Free

As of 2015, pursuant to Wheat Ridge municipal code #1584, smoking and vaping are prohibited in the following areas;

  • City parks, trails, open space, sports fields and other public recreation areas
  • Public transit waiting areas including bus stops, shelters and light rail platforms
  • Within a 15-foot perimeter of public buildings and entrances
  • Inside facilities and businesses open to the public
Smoke free sign for the City of Wheat Ridge