Named after the city in England, the Denver suburb of Derby was established in 1910 when a post office opened in the small settlement. While more than a hundred years have passed since its inception, Derby has somehow maintained a pleasantly conservative size as the Denver muttropolitan area has grown up around it.
While Derby is without fur-iendly amenities, there are many to choose from just down the road in Commerce City. There are even two veterinary clinics in this neighboring town!
You and your pup will love visiting Commerce City’s Urquidez-Centennial Park, less than a mile away from Derby. Cattycorner to Monaco Elementary School, this neighborhood park is primarily made up of wide open grassy space! You and Fido can stroll and play until your hearts are content at this pleasant park. There’s also a playground for kiddos, trees, basketball courts and a covered picnic pavilion where you two can relax after playtime. For a longer walk, hop on the sidewalks that border the park and continue to wind through this quiet, older residential area where the streets are lined with many mature trees.
Derby residents truly get the best of both worlds – a quiet small town with all the furrific amenities just a short drive away!
Less than a mile from Derby, you and your furry friend can explore some furrific community parks in Commerce City’s namesake neighborhood! Los Valientes Park is a lovely little oasis in town that spans the length of an entire city block! The park has a wide runway of lush lawn where you and your leashed dog can wander, plus a small canal that is often filled with water. Mature trees provide ample shade, and there’s covered picnic tables, too. Kiddos will love the park’s large playground! There’s also portable restrooms and doggie waste cleanup stations. This neighborhood is also home to Urquidez-Centennial Park and the pocket park, Joe Reilly Park!
Check out Commerce City’s second biggest park in the Adams Heights neighborhood, about a mile from Derby! Fairfax Park has 23 acres of beautiful open space you and your leashed dog will love visiting. Dotted with big, shady trees, this park has tons of open fields where you and Fido can stretch your legs or relax. If you and your pooch are in the mood to really move, hit the park’s woofderful paved walking path that makes two huge loops around the park’s perimeter. Fairfax Park has lots of amenities, too, like restrooms, picnic tables, drinking fountains, a playground and ballfields. For another pawsome, but smaller park in the neighborhood, visit Adams Heights Park!
Head north to visit one of the area’s most beautiful and undisturbed natural spaces with your leashed pup! Thornton’s North County neighborhood is only about three miles from Derby, and its home to the woofderful Adams County 88th Avenue Open Space. This county-managed green space is nestled alongside the South Platte River which you can explore via the pawsome waterfront walking trail! Wild grasses and mature trees line the pathway, giving it a secluded, pastoral feel – Fido will love all the sights and smells along the way! Be sure to stop on the riverbanks when the water is low and let your pup cool off while you skip rocks along the beautiful waterway.
Visit Commerce City’s largest park in the city’s East 56th Avenue/ Sandcreek Drive South neighborhood! About three miles from Derby, the 37-acre Pioneer Park is home to a wooftastic 1.2-mile paved walking trail that is a furrific spot to take your leashed dog for a jaunt! In addition to picnic areas and a playground, Pioneer Park has plenty of grass where your pooch can roll and play, too. For a more rural excursion with your four-legged friend, check out the Sand Creek Regional Greenway. A stretch of this 14-mile trail runs through the neighborhood, providing a slice of quiet nature to the bustling city. This neighborhood is also home to Monaco Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Freedom Park, Olive Park, Monaco Vista Park, Gifford Park and Leyden Park.
You and Fido will love the wide open spaces waiting for you in Thornton’s Remington neighborhood, about five miles from Derby. This area’s 45-acre Community Park is made up of several unobstructed grassy fields that are sure to get your furry friend’s tail wagging! Whether you and your leashed pup want to play or work on fine tuning some training, you’ll have plenty of room to do it in Community Park! This puptastic park also has a paved walking path where you and your dog can get some exercise together. Community Park is truly a great hangout spot as there are picnic areas, a playground, tennis and basketball courts, and restrooms. Just a few blocks away, you and Fido will find the smaller, but beautiful Aspen Park.