Updated: Sep 17
Sterne Park is a 15-acre park with 2 large ponds, a playground, and a large grass area in Littleton, Colorado. This park is only half a mile away from the amazing Ketring Park and Ketring Lake, which has a large lake and an island you can walk onto. We’ll talk about everything there is to know in Sterne Park.
We’ll start off with the pond on the northern side. To get here, there are two parking lots to park in. One parking lot is at the end of West Ida Avenue and has 30 spaces. The other parking lot is on the western side right next to the playground. It has 16 spots and 1 handicapped space. It is just off South Bemis Street and next to the War Memorial Rose Garden.
There is a concrete sidewalk that takes you around the pond. It’s 0.22 miles long and has a 40-foot-long bridge where you can get a nice view from. You can see in the picture below how many geese there are. Don’t make them mad or they will chase you!
There is another bridge on the northern side of the pond that is 20 feet long and gives you a better view of the entire pond. You will likely see many Wood Ducks because it is a popular breeding site.
Yes, you can fish in this Sterne Park pond! There may not be much, though, because it is still a small pond. Try finding all of the sculptures in the park!
If you’re looking for another pond - or rather a reservoir - in Littleton and Arapahoe County, I highly recommend Mclellan Reservoir at Writers Vista Park. We have written blogs about each of these places, and you can get some amazing sunsets.
There is another pond on the southern side, measuring 160 feet by 50 feet. This is most easily accessed through parking on the street. There will be about 10 spots to park on West Lake Avenue. The walk from here to the playground is 0.17 miles.
About half of the park is an open grass area where you can play soccer, football, cornhole, or just about anything. As I said before, there can be a lot of geese that like personal space. Now to talk about the playground!
Somewhere in the park is a place to play Horseshoe toss, but I wasn't able to find it.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are the busiest days in Sterne Park; Monday through Thursday is much less busy. As for specific times, 12 PM or 7 PM is the most active time. The best time to go is before 9 AM or after 7 PM.
Jen says that "This park is wonderful. My two year old loved every bit of it and so did I. Playground is very nice with something for big kids and little kids. There is also a large pond with tons of different species of birds to check out as well as a larger walking trail that circles the entire park. It was also very quiet."
Sterne Park Playground
Next to the playground are a bunch of picnic tables in the shade and some bathrooms.
The Sterne Park playground has wood chips, so make sure that you and your children wear shoes. Getting splinters is not fun! The playground is somewhat simpler than some others, so younger kids will get more excitement out of it than older kids; it was recently redesigned, too. It is better than Gallup Park nearby.
Up first is the Sterne Express, which is a small train with tunnels that children can climb through. There are 5 slides of 3 different sizes. They are small which is why this playground is enjoyable for 9-year-olds and below. Furthermore, there are 5 swings in total. 2 are traditional, 2 are for babies, and one is an accessible chair.
Off to the side is this fun rope structure that your kids can lay inside or climb to the top of. It’s about 10 feet tall!
There are some rock walls, monkey bars, a small table, a board where you can learn to read Braille, and more.
If you want 3 different playground for your children to play on, I highly recommend Cornerstone Park!
War Memorial Rose Garden
According to South Suburban Parks and Recreation, "This park is dedicated to veterans who have served in any of America’s wars ... and contains over 1800 roses of all types—hybrid teas, shrub roses, miniatures, old garden roses, species roses and climbers." You can see in the picture below that the War Memorial Rose Garden in Littleton has multiple circles of roses, a sundial, and benches. It's right across the street from Sterne Park!
Address: 5800 S Spotswood St, Littleton, CO 80120
Hours: 6 AM - 11 PM
Coordinates: 39.609578, -105.011542
Nearby Parks and Locations: Ketring Park, Gallup Park, Redstone Park, Kistler Park, Southbridge Park, David A Lorenz Regional Park, Arapaho Park, Writers Vista Park, McLellan Reservoir, and dozens more!
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