Updated: Aug 14
Kistler Park is a 6-acre park in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. It is a rather simple park with a simple playground, but its close proximity to neighborhoods and Bear Canyon Elementary School makes it convenient for families to enjoy. Diamond K Trail runs right through both Kistler Park and Diamond K Park.
Just a heads up, there is no parking lot (except for the school), so the street is the best place to park.
There is one soccer field with goalposts and painted lines, so everyone can enjoy a game of soccer. This field takes up a lot of space, so a soccer game will limit other recreational opportunities.
Lots of trees surround the park - and especially the Kistler Park playground. This limits sunburns for children, who are well-known for getting sunburns.
There is a sidewalk that goes all around the grass area of the park and the playground. There is also a sidewalk leading to Bear Canyon Elementary School.
If you go past the playground, this will be the Diamond K Trail, taking you through a grassland. If you go east across the road (Burntwood Way), you will go through grass for a third of a mile before arriving at Diamond K Park. The Highlands Ranch Mansion is close, too.
Next to the playground are a couple of tables underneath a shade cover. There is also a bathroom. A water fountain, and a fountain for dogs, are close to here, along with some barbeque grills.
Kistler Park Playground
The playground has wood chips. I have personally had some bad experiences with wood chips (poking me, cutting me, and giving me splinters), so I recommend having your children wear shoes when playing here.
There is a hollow log that acts as a tunnel, a little table in a house, a couple of slides for small children and toddlers, a rope web between two boulders, a slide, ladders, and stairs. One swing is accessible, another is a bucket swing, and the third is a large circular swing.
There may be only one bench here, but the grass is nice and soft. Bringing your own chair is probably best.
Overall, I think that younger kids will be entertained for a little bit, but older children will get bored quickly. There are better parks nearby, like Writers Vista Park (next to a lake) and Southbridge Park, in Arapahoe County. Bring a soccer ball or football to have some more fun!
Address: 9603 Burntwood Way, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Hours: 5 AM-11 PM daily
Coordinates: 39.542015, -104.980787
Nearby Parks and Locations: Ketring Park, Arapaho Park, McLellan Reservoir, David A Lorenz Regional Park, Cooley Lake, Redtail Lake, Footbridge Park, Eaglewatch Lake, Plum Valley Park, Carbone Park, Jackass Hill Park, and dozens more.