Parks, Forestry & Cemetery

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Parks Responsibilities

The Parks, Open Space, and Cemetery Department is responsible for the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of the following City-owned facilities:

  • Cemeteries
  • Open space
  • Parks
  • Recreational facilities
  • Trails

Parks Division

The Cañon City Parks Division maintains sixteen public parks as well as many public use areas and green belts, comprising more than 6,500 acres, including three mountain parks and two Cemeteries.


The Parks, Open Space, and Cemetery Department ensures that the following responsibilities are performed:

  • Burial services are performed in a courteous and respectful manner
  • Campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, and open space areas are patrolled and rules and regulations are enforced
  • Good turf grass management practices are followed
  • Recreational facilities are safe, cleaned, and repaired
  • Trash and litter is removed in all parks and public areas including the Main Street pedestrian area
  • Trees and shrubs are maintained


The Parks, Open Space, and Cemetery Department is also responsible for overseeing contracted services including:

  • Contracted mowing
  • Removal of dead trees
  • Street tree pruning
  • Stump grinding
  • Trimming services


The Parks, Open Space, and Cemetery Department assists the Administrative Service’s Department in obtaining and administering a range of grants including Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Park and Recreation grants, and processes approximately 600 park use permits per year.

Park Related Documents

Park Trails and Maps

Visit our Maps Page to view static and interactive maps of our city parks and trail systems.