Description - Aspen parks and playgrounds are within walking or biking distance of lodging in the downtown Aspen area. They can also be accessed by bus. Most of the parks and playgrounds are dog friendly, and conveniently provide picnic tables and toilets. The following reviews of each park were written by Elementary School age reporters attending a summer writing club. They visited four of their favorite parks: Wagner Park, Herron Park, Paepcke Park and the Yellow Brick Playground and wrote their own reviews.
- Each park has unique features.
Wagner Park: Located at the end of the Cooper Street Mall near McDonald’s and the rugby field. The park is known for its unique rock formations to climb and slide on. There is also a swinging bridge, twirling disks and a large hammock swing alongside a large grass field which is great for running around, playing football and soccer or just throwing the Frisbee to the dog. There are ample outside tables and chairs to sit at and enjoy ice cream from one of the ice cream shops on the mall or to just watch the kids run through the infamous Aspen computerized “Dancing Fountain.”
Herron Park: Located on Neale Street. It is a short walk from Main Street or can be accessed from the Rio Grande Trail. The park is known for its large natural wading pool and sandy area formed by the Roaring Fork River. It includes a large grassy area surrounded by picnic tables as well as a playground with swings, a slide and wooden play structures. Great for children and dogs, especially on a hot summer day. Bring a picnic.
Paepcke Park: Located on Main Street in the center of town. It is well-known for its large gazebo in the center of the park. The gazebo is a great shaded spot for a picnic. Surrounding the gazebo is a large grassy area with lots of picnic tables. It is a local favorite because it is located across the street from Main Street Bakery. Grab a cup of coffee and the free local newspapers at the Bakery, stretch out on the grass and relax while the kids and the dog run around and play Frisbee.
Yellow Brick Playground: Located on the corner of 1st and Bleeker Street adjacent to the Yellow Brick Early Childhood Center. This park is a favorite for kids of all ages who just want to be active and run and climb on equipment. The playground includes three slides, one of which is a high twisting slide, swings, a climbing wall, ladders, circular monkey bars and a large geodesic rope web to climb in. A grassy area and some benches provide places to sit and relax. There is also a basketball court to take up a game of hoops.
Recreation - Recreation at the City of Aspen Parks & Recreation parks includes picnicking, playgrounds, volleyball, football, soccer and playing Frisbee.
Climate - Snowfall is common in the Colorado mountains from mid-October through late April. In the summer months snow is still possible but less common. Many of the ski resorts receive annual snowfalls in excess of 300 inches. Daytime high temperatures normally range from the 20's to low 30's but much colder temperatures can be experienced, especially from December through February. Nighttime lows in the teens are common but can dip to well below zero. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year. Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.
City of Aspen Parks & Recreation parks are located throughout the Aspen area in Aspen Colorado.