District residents receive a discount on fees, but our facilities, classes and events are open to the public including three recreation centers, one 2-sheet ice arena, four indoor and four outdoor swimming pools and two indoor sports facilities. Foothills’ land inventory of 70 park sites total more than 2,400 acres including: four regional parks, 43 community and neighborhood parks, 23 greenbelts and two golf courses (totaling 54 holes). Additionally, Foothills manages six regional trail corridors totaling 14.9 miles for public use. There are also approximately 17.6 miles of internal park trails.
FHPRD is a special district founded in 1959, not part of the City of Littleton or Jefferson County. It is a separate agency with its own taxing authority and no affiliation with any other government agency. Special districts are created by state law to serve specific community needs – recreation, fire protection, water, etc. Our specific focus is on parks and recreational facilities and activities only.
Register online for activities, stop by any FHPRD facility or visit the Contact Us page for more details.
Areas of Responsibility
- FHPRD offers parks, trails, recreation facilities, golf courses and recreational programs such as youth and adult sports, fitness, swimming, golf, ice skating, arts, etc. FHPRD facilities and parks are available for rentals.
- FHPRD is NOT the agency in charge of or responsible for: roads or bridges, fire, police, HOA covenants or animal enforcement.
- FHPRD follows the laws set by Jefferson County and the State of Colorado.
With a few exceptions, Hampden Ave. on the north, Sheridan Blvd. on the east and C-470 on the south and west. Other areas FHPRD serves that fall just outside the complex street boundaries are Sixth Avenue West, Mesa View Estates, Bear Creek subdivision and Lochwood subdivision. All areas served by FHPRD are within Unincorporated Jefferson County.
Leadership & Employment
FHPRD is managed by an executive director and governed by a five-member elected Board of Directors. Directors represent five wards within the District and serve four-year terms with elections held every two years in May. We employ full-time, part-time and seasonal positions, and utilize help from volunteers and interns.
Approximately 30% of FHPRD’s operating budget comes from property taxes. 70% comes from program fees, facility/usage fees, grants. FHPRD also receives funding for special projects from The Foothills Foundation, the 501c3 organization that puts on the annual Summerset Festival each September in Clement Park.
FHPRD is a special district established by Colorado statute. The District encompasses about 24.2 square miles within Unincorporated Jefferson County and serves a population of approximately 93,000 residents (tax-payers). You are a Foothills District resident if you:
- Pay taxes to FHPRD
- Reside in a dwelling within FHPRD boundaries
- Own commercial or residential property within FHPRD boundaries
- Proof will be determined by your current Jefferson County tax statement, a valid driver’s license, or mail addressed to you from utility or phone companies.
Frequently Asked Questions
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I live in Jefferson County (CO) but not in FHPRD boundaries. Do I get a discount?
FHPRD is a separate agency. Only FHPRD residents are eligible for resident discounts. The exception to this rule is Jefferson County Residents receive a discount for shelter rentals in Clement Park.
Why can't FHPRD just "expand" or add in neighborhoods and municipalities that aren't currently part of FHPRD?
FHPRD is a separate agency with its own taxing authority. The inclusion process requires a majority vote of an area wishing to include into FHPRD. If that area is already part of another special district that is providing park and recreation services, it would require an exclusion process from that district.
Doesn't FHPRD receive funding from Jefferson County, City of Littleton or City of Lakewood?
No – FHPRD is not a branch of any of these or any other entity. We are a separate entity with our own taxing authority. All tax revenue and other funds we collect go to serve your parks and recreation needs.
Don't Colorado Lottery funds go towards FHPRD parks?
Yes, BUT the amount is approximately only $480,000 per year which is less than 2% of the FHPRD’s overall budget. Colorado Lottery funding is distributed to organizations state-wide. Depending on the type of entity (county vs. city vs. special district, etc.) determines how much funding is received. Because FHPRD is a Special District, we get less funding than most. There are also other lottery funds through Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), but they can only be used for capital projects and require a financial match. Usually they fund new park builds, playgrounds, sports fields, etc.
Doesn't FHPRD receive sales tax?
No – the only taxes collected by FHPRD are property taxes from residential and commercial properties (makes up about 30% of our revenues) and a small portion of ownership taxes from Jefferson County license plate purchases/renewals.
Are FHPRD facilities open to the public?
Yes, anyone can participate in any activity, regardless of residency status. FHPRD is a public agency and there are no membership fees. However, because about 30% of FHPRD’s revenues come from property taxes, district residents receive a discount on most fees and activities. There are annual, seasonal or multi-visit pass options – another way for frequent users to make facility usage more affordable.
Does FHPRD offer a Therapeutic/Adaptive Recreation Program?
Foothills Park & Recreation District strives toward providing inclusive programs to all community members. People of all abilities are invited to consider registering for any recreational program Foothills has to offer provided they meet the minimum eligibility requirements.
Accommodation Request: To request an accommodation please allow 10 business days prior to the start of the class/activity. Please contact the Programmer/Supervisor of the selected activity. For more information on equal opportunity, diversity and ADA compliance, please contact Human Resources at 303-409-2118.