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Thornton public parks are open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.
Gravel Lakes and West Sprat Platte Fishing Facilities are open sunrise to sunset.



Due to COVID-19, pavilion reservations are not available at this time.
Park pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis for groups of 10 people or less.  For questions or cancellations please call 303-255-7800.


To report mosquitoes in the Thornton area, please call the Mosquito Hotline at 1-877-276-4306.


Thornton residents can pick up free mulch for their yards Monday-Friday between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 8651 Colorado Blvd. The mulch bin is located inside the gate immediately to the right.  

One truckload per resident, hand shoveling only. 

Contact the Parks Division at 303-255-7833 to find out if there is mulch is currently available.

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Parks, Forestry and Golf Operations

With over 140 miles of trails and 2500+ acres of park land, the Parks, Forestry and Golf Operations Division provides endless opportunities for outside activities and recreation. You can enjoy time with your 4-legged friend in the dog park, practice riding at one of our three skate parks, take up disc golf, or watch your child's face light up as they ride our carousel.

This division is responsible for the general maintenance of all the above, and managing the city's forestry program as well as mowing, shrub/flower bed management, playground maintenance, open space and trail maintenance, and park facility maintenance. Parks, Forestry and Golf Operations also provides landscape and turf care for medians, streetscapes and rights-of-way.

They also work in partnership with the Recreation Division to offer residents and their guests five city festivals and celebrations throughout the year. Parks, Forestry and Golf Operations takes pride in making our city fun!