Updated: Oct 8
Arapaho Park is a 16-acre park in Centennial, Colorado south of Denver. There is 1 large soccer field, 3 medium soccer fields, 3 small soccer fields, a basketball course, 2 tennis courts, and a playground. With plenty of trees, it’s a great place to spend your time or walk your dog.
The large soccer field is 210 feet across - older ages will most likely play here. The medium soccer fields are 140 feet across - for the middle ages. And the smaller soccer fields measure 110 feet and 90 feet across. These 7 fields will make Arapaho Park very crowded when games are happening.
The baseball field is 135 feet long. There are three rows of bleachers on each side next to each team’s dugout (it’s probably best if the players’ parents aren’t mixed together). The dugouts also have shade covers, plus there are some shady trees for parents. It takes a couple of minutes to walk to the baseball field from the parking lot.
There is a concrete sidewalk that takes you around all of Arapaho Park. It’s ⅔ of a mile and is a fun trip for you and your dog. There are some benches to sit on, plus an entrance from a neighborhood on the western and northern sides.
The parking lot has 38 spots and 2 handicapped spaces, which is clearly not enough when all of the soccer games are going on.
Last but not least is that this is a dog-friendly park! Just make sure to clean up after them.
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday are the busiest days in Arapaho Park, while Monday, Thursday, and Friday are the best days to go. 11 AM and 5 PM are the busiest times during the weekdays; 12 PM is the busiest hour on the weekends. As for the best times to go, before 10 AM or after 6 PM is the best every day of the week. It may be difficult to go when it's not crowded if your kids are still in school.
Don Staples' review says, "Holy cow, the play park is amazing! I am way too old for kids slides, but I still felt that childish excitement rise up as we pulled into the parking lot. Oh how I wish I could have been 8 years old again. Very clean, lots of shade, and a great place to spend the day."
The Arapaho Park Playground
There are 4 swings in total: 2 traditional swings, 1 baby swing, and 1 accessible chair swing.
My personal favorite thing about this playground is the 4 slides. There are 2 tall tube slides, an open slide, and a tunnel. The kids will have to climb to the top to go down the slide - which is more fun! I really love these playgrounds when they have unique and enjoyable slides.
Adults will feel their inner child want to go down the slides (and you can if you play it off well).
Something fun for the kids and maybe irritating to everyone else is the musical instruments. There are drums and 3 xylophones to play around with.
Next to the musical instruments is a rope tower to climb on. There is a picture game where you make a word from two or three pictures; there is a picture of a foot and a ball, translating to football!
In the smaller playground for younger children, there are 2 slides, a ladder, a bridge, a drum, and stairs.
There are a couple of playhouses where you can make words or animals.
The playground has a lot of shade, so sunburns are less worrisome.
More Information About Arapaho Park
This is not Bally’s Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Colorado (which is a horse track a few miles away).
This is also not Cheyenne-Arapaho Park in the Four Square Mile neighborhood.
There are some bathrooms next to the playground and tennis courts. There are also a lot of tables to sit at and have lunch.
Also next to the tennis court are some horseshoe pits.
Address: 7800 S Adams St, Centennial, CO 80122
Hours: 6 AM-11 PM daily
Coordinates: 39.575769, -104.950796
Nearby Parks and Locations: Writers Vista Park, McLellen Reservoir, Southbridge Park, Cooley Lake, Redtail Lake, Footbridge Park, Eaglewatch Lake, South Platte Reservoir, Chatfield Reservoir and State Park, Plum Valley Park, Carbone Park, Jackass Hill Park, plus so many more.