Parks, Forestry & Cemetery

Current Park Closures due to COVID-19

The following will be closed to the public until further notice: parks department building, playgrounds, splash pads, skate parks, restrooms, campgrounds, pavilions and picnic shelter areas. Open space areas and trails are to remain open as long as the public respects physical distancing of six (6) feet. If there is overcrowding of these city owned areas we will need to reassess the situation for everyone’s safety.

Tennis courts at Centennial Park and Rudd Park are open. The following rules must be followed: 

  • There can be no more than 10-people on the courts at a time. Only singles play will be allowed, no doubles play. 
  • You must maintain social distancing guidelines. 
  • When serving you must serve the balls that you brought with you. 
  • The use of masks is preferred, and we ask that you use a glove to open and close gates.

When playing at the courts you must follow the rules or risk having them closed until further notice. We are doing everything we can to offer recreation opportunities, but we need your cooperation. A list of rules will be posted at all courts.

Please remember to wear a life jacket when playing on the Arkansas River. Life jackets are required for persons of all ages when swimming, rafting, tubing, etc. on the river. BE SAFE!

Parks Responsibilities

The Parks, Open Space, and Cemetery Department is responsible for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the following City-owned facilities:

  • Cemeteries
  • Open space
  • Parks
  • Recreational facilities
  • Trails

Parks Division

The Cañon City Parks Division maintains sixteen public parks as well as many public use areas and green belts, comprising more than 6,500 acres, including three mountain parks and two Cemeteries.


The Parks, Open Space, and Cemetery Department ensures that the following responsibilities are performed:

  • Burial services are performed in a courteous and respectful manner
  • Camp grounds, picnic areas, trails and open space areas are patrolled and rules and regulations are enforced
  • Good turf grass management practices are followed
  • Recreational facilities are safe, cleaned and repaired
  • Trash and litter is removed in all parks and public areas including the Main Street pedestrian area
  • Trees and shrubs are maintained


The Parks, Open Space, and Cemetery Department is also responsible for overseeing contracted services including:

  • Contracted mowing
  • Removal of dead trees
  • Street tree pruning
  • Stump grinding
  • Trimming services


The Parks, Open Space, and Cemetery Department assists the Administrative Service’s Department in obtaining and administering a range of grants including Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Park and Recreation grants and processes approximately 600 park use permits per year.

Park Related Documents