Parks & Recreation

UPDATES: City of Aspen Limits Non-Essential Community Service Adjusts to Remote Services - March 17 

The Parks and Open Space Department office is closed but trails and parks are open with social distancing practices. The Parks Department office at Cemetery Lane is closed to the public until further notice, but we are working. Please call the parks office to schedule a phone call or virtual meeting at 970-920-5120 or email us at Please know we are still accepting online applications for Park Rentals with the understanding that current public health guidelines govern our ability to approve your request. Please submit your request and we will review and respond as soon as possible.  Also, bookings for weddings and other events in city parks may be subject to change. If you wish to inquire about a park rental, please submit the following form

All of the playgrounds have reopened.

To learn more about what activities are available at the Aspen Recreation and Red Brick Recreation Center, please go to

Facility closures until December 2020:

  • Aspen Ice Garden


Welcome to the Aspen Parks and Open Space and Aspen Recreation Department.


The department provides an affordable and extensive network of recreational services for people of all ages in Aspen. We manage:

  • 2 recreation centers
  • 7 athletic fields
  • 2 ice arenas
  • the Aspen Golf and Tennis club

Park Excellence

The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for over 2,100 acres of parks, trails, and open space. This includes the award-winning John Denver Sanctuary, the beloved Wagner Park in the heart of downtown, Cozy Point Ranch, Sky Mountain Park and the state-of-the-art Skate Park to name a few. The city offers locals and visitors 30 parks and playgrounds, 22 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails and over 90 kilometers of Nordic ski trails for them to enjoy.


With our stewardship of these areas we bring a strong commitment to protecting our environment through healthy forest practices and conservation. We want generations of locals and visitors to enjoy all that Aspen has to offer.

Special Events

In addition, Our Events Department produces special events that are not only beneficial to event participants but provides vitality to our community, instilling a sense of pride and excellence in the City’s uniqueness, and in its dedication for maintaining the joy and beauty that is Aspen. This department manages the Special Event permitting process and calendar for the City of Aspen to help outside organizations permit special events within the city limits with safety and the environment of utmost importance and keep a balanced calendar of events.

Commercial Use of Parks for Fitness/Wellness Classes

The City of Aspen Parks Department staff has developed a program to allow local businesses that are aligned with health, fitness and wellness. to use public parks as an alternative space to conduct classes during COVID-19 public health restrictions. These guidelines were developed to  meet the needs of the local fitness/wellness business, while limiting the impacts to the general public and park users. 

Special Use in Parks during COVID-19

Parks & Rec Scope

The Aspen Parks and Recreation Department encompasses:

  • Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Parks, Trails and Open Space
  • Recreation Department
  • Special Events / Event Permitting
  • Aspen Golf & Tennis Club

Come Play With Us!

The Recreation Department has three wonderful facilities: the Aspen Recreation Center, the Red Brick Recreation Center and the Aspen Ice Garden. Come swim, skate, climb or workout! Host your next birthday party or group event of any size at either facility. We will provide an experience you will tell your friends about for years to come. Click to learn more about the activities we offer or reserve a park.

Austin Weiss, Interim Manager of the Parks and Recreation Department