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Google Pioneer Expeditions

Students at Frontier Valley Elementary School recently traveled around the world with Google Pioneer Expeditions and Google Cardboard. Students visited Egypt, Mt. Everest, a waterfall in Venezuela, the moon and the Galapagos Islands – all in one day! Available only to a small number of selected schools, Frontier Valley students were the lucky recipients for the demo of this new technology. Expeditions is a virtual reality platform that allows teachers to guide students through experiences and take them to extraordinary places. The teacher uses a tablet to guide students wearing the Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer made almost entirely of cardboard.

38 Special to Rock 2016 Parker Days Festival Opening Night June 9

The Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with P.E. Productions, is excited to bring 38 Special to the opening night of the 2016 Parker Days Festival. The 38 Special band was formed by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie VanZant in 1975 in Jacksonville, Florida, and has been rocking venues across the country with hits like “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught up in You” and “Back Where You Belong.” The band lineup consists of Don Barnes, guitarist Danny Chauncey, bassist Barry Dunaway, keyboardist Bobby Capps and drummer Gary Moffatt. VanZant retired from music in 2013.

Parker Days Festival is one of the largest family festivals in Colorado and brings more than 150,000 people to downtown Parker each June. This year’s event runs June 9-12. The Thursday night activities include the 38 Special concert and carnival rides. The full slate of festival activities begin June 10.

Special concert tickets are $30 in advance for general admission ($35 after June 1) and $100 for VIP (front of stage and two beverages) tickets. For the latest information, visit

RTD To Bring All-Day Weekday Bus Service to Parker

The Regional Transportation District (RTD)  has changed its bus service in the Town of Parker with the addition of Route 483, which replaces Routes 410 and 153 to provide expanded weekday service connecting Parker to the Lincoln Light Rail Station and the Nine Mile Light Rail Station. The new route provides weekday service every 30 minutes during peak travel times and every 60 minutes mid-day between Lincoln Station and Parker. The new all-day service between Parker and Nine Mile Station will run every 60 minutes.

Route 483 allows passengers to connect to the AT SkyRide route at Nine Mile, providing more options to reach Denver International Airport. The route will also provide connections to the shopping area around Twenty Mile and Dransfeldt roads. The implementation of the Route 483 will be the first time service is offered all day in Parker.

Additionally, the planned 2.3-mile extension of the Southeast Rail Line along Interstate 25 is expected to break ground this spring and will extend the line to Ridgegate Parkway in Lone Tree with service slated to begin in the first quarter of 2018. For route and schedule information, visit or call RTD at 303.299.6000.

Open House For Horse Lovers

Horse lovers of all ages are invited to the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center on Saturday, June 4, for its fifth annual open house and adoption day. This free event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harmony Equine Center at 5540 E. Highway 86, just west of Franktown. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of the facility, games and activities for kids, and refreshments from local food truck vendors, as well as meet the horses that are available for adoption.

Professional horse trainer Brent Winston will present trainings and demonstrations throughout the day. Topics include how to trailer-load a horse, how to prepare your horse for riding season, horse ownership 101 and how the Harmony Equine Center trains formerly abused and neglected horses so they are ready for adoption. In addition, guests will be able to watch horses complete an obstacle course used for training and enrichment.

 To learn more about the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center or to see horses available for adoption, visit or call 303.751.5772.

Douglas County Commissioners Business Impact Meeting

On March 17, the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business Impact Meeting luncheon at Colorado Golf Club with Douglas County Commissioners Dave Weaver and Roger Partridge. The meeting gave Parker residents a chance to hear about Douglas County’s current and future projects that include expansion and widening of Parker roadways and the need for balanced growth.

Weaver, who has been in Douglas County since 1981, is focused on public safety that maintains a quality of life and preserves the county’s rural beauty and viable urban growth. Partridge, a Douglas County resident since 1994, expressed his interests for growth that balances transportation, land use and a renewable water supply for Douglas County residents.  For more information about planning and business development and your Douglas County commissioners, please visit DouglasCO.US.

Rueter-Hess Reservoir Recreation Master Plan

After more than a year of public comment, the preferred option for the Rueter-Hess Reservoir Recreation Master Plan has been unveiled. Although it was not available for this magazine’s deadline, it can be seen on the Parker Water and Sanitation District’s website at

The master planning process began in November 2015 with an online survey that garnered nearly 4,000 responses. Based on the first round of survey responses, three master plan concepts were developed for further public review.  In February 2016, the three concepts were shared at public open houses in Parker, Castle Rock and Lone Tree, which were attended by 300 area residents, and at a City of Castle Pines Council meeting. The concepts were available online, along with a second survey, which was ultimately completed by nearly 800 people.

The landscape architecture firm, Wenk Associates, used the feedback and comments from the surveys and open houses to draft the preferred option. The goal of the master plan is to develop a range of recreational opportunities in and around the reservoir while safeguarding the quality of water  and preserving the natural environment of the site.

Parker Farmers’ Market Opening Day

Come out Mother’s Day and celebrate the start of the 2016 Farmers’ Market on Mainstreet in downtown Parker, which each season includes an amazing lineup of vendors. Featuring locally-grown produce, farm fresh dairy, grass fed meats, freshly baked bread, pastries, cookies and more, the seasonal market offers something for everyone. Don’t forget to treat your mother on this opening day – Mother’s Day, May 8.

Community Leadership

Area citizens seeking a hands-on community education and higher level of civic engagement are encouraged to apply to Leadership Douglas County (LDC), a program that offers an opportunity for those who want to become more knowledgeable about the community in which they live or work. Class size is limited. Deadline for 2016 – 2017 is June 15. Applications available at