articles

Douglas County Parks Series: Tallman Meadows Park

By Kari Ploysa, Macaroni Kid Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Administration & Marketing Assistant September 8, 2021

Tallman Meadows Park
12335 Canterberry Pkwy., Parker
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM

Tallman Meadow Park is a 12-acre park in Parker near Legend High School (it's a favorite location for high schoolers to visit during lunch). Tallman Meadows lives up to its name; a number of acres in the park are natural meadows. The different natural grasses and flowers make a nice shelter for insects and other animals.

You can look down over most of the park as you walk in from the parking lot. Christian glanced down the path and excitedly said "I want to drive the car! You can sit in the back." 

He ran straight to a metal outline of a car, with a back seat and steering wheels. It is large enough — and sturdy enough — for parents and kids to sit on comfortably. His imagination took us on a safari where we saw elephants, giraffes, and rhinos.


Once we were safely back in the USA, it was time to check out the slides. There are two playsets for younger children. One has three slides, more car-steering features, and multiple ways to climb up. The other is smaller with only a rolling slide. It is nice to know that if the playground is busy, your kids can still spread out while enjoying the playground. 

There is also a swing set here, and a pavilion off to the side where parents can sit in the shade while keeping watch over their little ones.




The playground designed for older children has a steep slide, curly slide, rock wall — all very tall. My oldest would be in heaven here... the higher the better. Since Christian is only 3, we didn't utilize the entire playset, but it gives us something to come back to when he gets older. 

  

The playground is clean and well-kept. We ran into maintenance from Parker Parks and Recreation. The gentleman was picking up trash, mowing the bluegrass fields, and just really taking pride in the park. I had to thank him and his team for keeping the parks as nice as they are. 

He pointed out the trailhead down the path and suggested that we check that out. So of course, we did. It took us down a path through a beautiful meadow where we saw black-eyed Susans, grasshoppers, bees, and even goldfinches! We hopped like grasshoppers, buzzed like bees, and crossed a pedestrian bridge that turned onto the Tallman Gulch Trail. 




The trail was lined by a creek filled with Cattails or hotdog flowers as my child called them. There is a small tunnel where the path goes under Canterberry Pkwy. We discovered a small pond where we saw multiple dragonflies and damselflies. They moved so fast that it was hard to capture a photo, but Christian was delighted to watch them. 

After watching the dragonflies we decided to fly like dragonflies on the path back to the car. It had been a fun-filled morning but it was time to go. 


FEATURES

SEATING

  • Pavilion/Shelter (Reservable)
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Boulders

AMENITIES

  • Restrooms (Portable)
  • BBQ Grills
  • Bike Racks
  • Educational/Historical Panels
  • Pedestrian Bridge
  • Trailhead Access
  • ADA-accessible and stroller-friendly

NEARBY SWEETS AND TREATS

Stop by Artisan Pizza for a personal pizza made to your specifications with as many toppings as you'd like. Right next door is Hurts Donuts where you can get a cotton candy donut with real cotton candy on top! 


Want more local family-friendly info like this?