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 city and
provide access to nearby hiking and biking trails.