February 27, 2017

Parks and Pavilions

Parks Rules and Regulations

PDF: Parks Brochure

Park Hours 4:30 AM to 11:00 PM Facts you should know regarding the “Sterling Parks Ordinance” and its rules and regulations for all parks, recreational facilities, and open spaces. Prohibited Acts Under Chapter 13 of the Sterling City Code:
Use or possession of alcoholic beverages

    1. Smoking, Vaping, or E-Cigarettes inside any Building or Structures
    2. Smoking, Vaping, or E-Cigarettes within 25 feet of all structures, playgrounds, gatherings or events
    3. Open fires, in designated fire pits by Permit only
    4. Animals running at large (all pets must be on a leash). Owners must clean up after their animals
    5. Littering
    6. Golfing
    7. Firearms or archery, except by permit
    8. Horseback riding
    9. Motor vehicles off designated roadways
    10. Commercial activity, except by Permit
    11. Dumping of residential trash in park dumpster
    12. Camping or overnight parking except by permit
    13. Skateboards, roller-blades, or bicycles on tennis courts, basketball courts, pavilions
    14. Stakes or posts driven into the ground
    15. Bouncy Houses, or other temporary shade structures with stakes, are not allowed
    16. Throwing rocks or other items into the streams/damming up streams.

Park Bench Donation

PDF: Bench Form

The City of Sterling Parks, Library and Recreation Department has a program in place for the purchase of memorial benches in our area Parks, although Pioneer and Columbine are completely full, we have numerous other great Parks to choose from! The benches cost $1,700 and a plaque will be attached to each bench with the wording of your choice (restrictions do apply). This is a great way to donate a memorial bench that will be enjoyed by the public for many years to come. If interested, please come in to the office of Parks, Library and Recreation, City Hall, 421 North 4th St., Sterling, CO., and you can discuss with us were you’d like the bench to be placed, you can print out the form to bring in with you, or you  may also call 522-9700 ext 1101 for further information.

 Pavilion Reservations

Pavilion Reservation Form

PDF: Pavilions Brochure

To help you plan ahead for family outings and other special events, the pavilions in Pioneer, Columbine, Prairie, Wisdom, Propst Parks, and the Overland Trail Recreation Area, are available for reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis. The City of Sterling now has eleven(11) pavilions for your enjoyment and reservations can be made at any time during the current calendar year, the amount of the reservation is $30.00. The pavilions which have not been reserved, are available for drop-in use on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information call the Department of Parks, Library and Recreation at 522-9700, or stop by City Hall, 421 N. 4th St.

Facility Use Permits

PDF: Facility Use Permit

If you are planning an event in any of our parks, please complete a facility use permit available from the Department of Parks, Library and Recreation, Centennial Square. The completion of this permit will assure you that park operations and maintenance will not take place during your event if possible. There is a $30.00 charge to complete this permit.


Mileages of Walking Paths

Walking is one of the best exercises of all. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes, and you’re off! Some great places to walk and relax in Sterling include Pioneer Park Trail, Columbine Park Trail, Wisdom Park Trail and the Overland Trail Recreation Area. Sterling’s multi-use trails, especially in Columbine Park, are getting busier all the time. Our trails are open to walker, joggers, skaters, and bicyclists, of all ages and abilities.  In order to accommodate this wide range of users, we must all observe a few simple rules:

Rules for Multi-Use Paths

  • Ride – Skate – Walk on the Right
  • Ride, skate or walk with the flow of traffic, as far to the right side of the trail as practical.
  • Ride – Skate – Walk Single File
  • Don’t block the trail. Groups should be in single file when other trail users are present and should never use more than one-half the trail to allow for flow of traffic.
  • Control Your Speed!
  • Obey speed regulations. Slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking other trail users. The trail is not a racetrack.
  • Before passing another trail user, be courteous and make your approach known well in advance. A friendly greeting “hello, passing on your left,” works best.
  • Faster users yield to slower users
  • Bicyclists and skaters yield to walkers
  • Bicyclists yield to skaters
  • Respect all other users
  • Always ride or skate within your abilities
  • Always wear proper safety equipment

 Doggie Etiquette

Sterling’s parks are extremely popular and the visitation continues to grow. Along with that, the number of dogs accompanying their owners to the parks has also increased. We would like to remind all dog owners that their pets must be kept under control at all times while visiting the park. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Please do not allow your dog to jump up on other visitors or to run at large. Also, dog owners are required to clean up after their pets in all City parks. Please be courteous to all park users and make sure that your pet does not infringe upon the enjoyment of others.

IT’S A DOG’S WORLD at the Overland Trail Recreation Area. Owners must be in control of their pets but leashes are not required. Dogs are also allowed to go swimming, but humans must remain on the shoreline.

Park Watch

Graffiti and vandalism in our parks is a serious, unnecessary, and costly problem. The time and money spent repairing damage done by vandals could be used to further improve and beautify our parks. This is a serious problem. Don’t let a few individuals ruin the enjoyment of the parks for others. If you see a vandal damaging a building, driving on the grass or defacing a piece of playground equipment, please call the Sterling Police Department at 522-3512 to report it. You’ll do the entire community a service.

Disc Golf Course



Disc Golf Information, there is a map (which is currently being updated), the Rules, and a score sheet for you convenience. To Rent the Disc Golf Course for a Tournament please  bring the form into the PLR Department at City Hall.

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