This post about Parkfield Lake Park is part of my unpopulated parks in Denver series. As I mentioned in previous articles, I’ve been visiting deserted parks in order to let my energetic dog Annie run around without bothering anyone while I am limited in walking due to knee surgery. The dog walker and my helpful friends can only do so much.
Parkfield Lake Park is an 82 acres park located in the culturally diverse northeast Denver area. The park features the Montbello Recreation Center, sports fields, tennis courts, a playground, a skate park, a dog park, some artwork, picnic shelters and a natural area with a pond. Here is a map of the area.
Annie and I spent our time walking around the storm water detention pond that attracts hundreds of waterfowl, or should I say hundreds of geese and two out of place ducks! Given Annie’s prey drive, I was amazed she didn’t care much about them.
She just loved sniffing in the tall grasses and cattails. The path around the lake begins as concrete, but soon turns to dirt which provides a natural feeling in the city. It takes about 25 minutes to circle the water with one small cut through on some rocks. I doubt if my doctor would have approved of my descent down the short dirt embankment and back up, but I survived.
Along our stroll, we only saw two others, and they weren’t even circling the pond. Maybe they went to the dog park or took the longer perimeter trail which skirts the sports fields of Parkfield Lake Park.
Back at the parking area, Annie loaded in the car, and we drove around the other side to go geocaching. Geocaching is like a modern scavenger hunt. Cachers use a GPS device to find hidden objects posted on Geocaching.com. The objects range from micro containers with only a log to large jars and ammo cans full of goodies and trackable coins.
When I started this blog ten years ago, I was obsessed with geocaching. I cached in every state during my year long road trip across the USA. Ever since 9/11, I stopped searching as it felt like people would be suspicious of someone looking under benches and in trees.
I’ve been so bored of late, my geocaching interests have been renewed. With a geocaching app and phone, it is also much easier to search for the hidden objects. I found two caches at Parkfield Lake Park. They were both micro sized, with just a log, and easy finds. Without many people around, I didn’t have to wait out any muggles either, though having Annie around helps with stealth while she sniffs at a tree.
We enjoyed our short outing at Parkfield Lake Park, and will be on a mission to find more quiet parks over the next month. ETB
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