Preservation Park and Trailhead is the northern gateway into Parker and Douglas County. This trailhead park is located at the northwest corner of Parker Road and Valley Hi Drive just north of the Cottonwood community. Nearby is the 75-acre Norton Farms Open Space area, which was purchased and preserved by the Town in 1999 with funding assistance from Douglas County and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).
Purchase & Funding
The trailhead property, which includes approximately four acres was purchased in 2004 as a collaborative effort between the Town, Douglas County, Arapahoe County, Douglas County Schools, Cottonwood Metropolitan District and several community residents. In addition, Arapahoe County contributed $100,000 towards the Norton Farms trail connection project and GOCO contributed $280,000 towards construction of the trailhead.
The trailhead was completed in 2010 and includes enhanced vehicular access from Parker Road as well as parking for cars and school buses. A concrete trail connection from the trailhead to the Cherry Creek Regional Trail was completed in late 2011. Preservation Park, located just north of the trailhead, serves as an interpretive and educational resource devoted to local history and includes both historic structures and artifacts. Future plans include the construction of a picnic shelter.