Carmody Park

Carmody Park Universal Playground

Carmody Park truly has something for everyone!

The park is home to the city's biggest, brightest and most innovate universal playground, picnic shelters, several play fields, trails and a pond surrounded by mature cottonwoods and frequented by waterfowl.


Permanent bathrooms at Carmody Park are open for the 2024 season.

2024 Shelter Reservations

Shelter reservations for 2024 are now available. 2025 reservations will be available beginning January 2, 2025 at 10 a.m. MST.

Universal Playground

In 2017, the city completed a renovation of the park playground and opened the city’s first universal playground.

It is an imaginative place that stimulates creative play and healthy physical activity, and includes features such as mounds, ramps and structures that children of all ages and abilities can play in. 

Outdoor Fitness Zone

The Fitness Zone is an area where patrons can come to get physical activity while enjoying the beautiful Carmody Park. It is strategically placed so that patrons will be able to supervise their children at the playground while simultaneously getting in a workout.

The equipment was selected so that everyone, regardless of fitness level, will be able to get an effective workout. Focus areas include cardiovascular fitness, resistance training and core/ab work. Some of the equipment is also wheelchair accessible. 

Watch the video to view a beginner, intermediate and advanced workout demonstration by a certified fitness instructor. Use the icon in the top left corner of the video screen to select a different video in the three part series. 

Carmody Park is home to two reservable park shelters.

  • Carmody Park shelter #1 is located in the back of Carmody Recreation Center at the north end of the park by the pond. It has four tables and one grill and accommodates up to 40 people.
Carmody Park reservable shelter number 1 near pond
  • Carmody Park shelter #2 is located near the playground and is ADA accessible. It has nine tables and two grills and accommodates up to 76 people.
Carmody Park reservable picnic shelter number 2 near playground


Rental Fees and Reservation Instructions

Shelter rental hours are from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: $95
Friday-Sunday (and city holidays): $120
Add $25 for nonresident fee.

A $60 damage deposit is required at the time of reservation and is fully refundable if the shelter is cleaned after use and is free of damage. Deposits will be refunded within 7-10 business days.

Make a Reservation:

All shelter rentals are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations can be made online, over the phone (if paying with MasterCard, Visa or Discover) at 303-987-7800, or in person Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 480 S. Allison Parkway.

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Shelter Rental Rules and Regulations

GENERAL INFORMATION: Thank you for choosing to rent a City of Lakewood Picnic Shelter.  We hope it satisfies your needs and contributes to the enjoyment of your planned activities.  We appreciate your cooperation in leaving a clean shelter so that other users may experience the same atmosphere you have enjoyed.  Your reservation is valid from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Please be sure to have reservation paperwork with you.  Shelters are cleaned and ready by 10:00 a.m. on the day of your reservation. Please note that shelters may be utilized by drop-in users prior to your reservation. This is especially important if the shelter is being rented for a wedding or reception.  Renters should arrive far enough in advance of their guests to complete additional cleanup if necessary. If you experience any non-emergency problems at the shelter you have reserved, please call the Lakewood Police Department non-emergency number 303-980-7300.

*Park hours are from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  All shelter rentals are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Consumption of alcohol (other than beer) requires an Alcohol Permit. The cost of an Alcohol Permit is $100. If you are reserving a shelter online, an alcohol permit can be added to your reservation. You can also call 303-987-7800.

DAMAGE CHARGES: A damage fee may be assessed if damage occurs concurrent with the cost of repairs, or if excessive trash is left at the shelter due to your rental. Take a picture of the shelter when you arrive and when you leave for documentation purposes. Images can be emailed to .

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations received 14 days or more prior to a reservation will forfeit a service charge in the amount of $20.00.  No refunds or rescheduling of reservations will be made for cancellations received less than 14 days prior to a scheduled event.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: A cancellation due to inclement weather must be received by midnight of the day before the scheduled reservation.  Please call 303- 987-7800 to cancel; voicemail will document the time of your call.  Please state your name, reservation date, park name and shelter number (if any).  If these provisions are met, a reservation can be rescheduled for another available date within the same calendar year, or a refund (less a $20.00 service charge) can be made.  No refunds will be made for calls received after midnight.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED:  All park rules and regulations will be enforced.

  • Smoking is prohibited per Lakewood Municipal Code 9.38.030.
  • Driving off designated roadways.  This includes driving beyond curb lines and designated parking area or onto sidewalks to load or unload any kind of equipment or supplies.
  • Amplified music of any kind that would disturb residents or other park users.
  • Placement of anything that blocks sidewalks or paths.  Placement of buildings, structures, tents, canopies, charcoal grills or other equipment on the grass.
  • Piñatas or similar items that when broken require extensive cleanup.
  • Glass beverage containers.
  • Pets off leash.
  • Open fires.
  • Alterations of or physical damage to park shelters or resources.
  • Resale of food, beverages or other products.
  • Littering.
  • Removal of tables from other areas.
  • Dunk tanks, jumping castles or similar items.
  • Portable toilets.
  • Playing horseshoes in non-designated areas.


  1. Electricity and water are not available in the shelters.
  2. Park shelters must be left in clean and orderly condition.  All litter such as decorations, unwanted food and any other refuse resulting from the activities of the shelter users which accumulates in the shelter or in the surrounding park area must be placed in the trash receptacles provided.  Bring your own trash bags in case of excess trash. Trash must be bagged, secured and placed next to the trash receptacles.  Rental records are kept and denial of future rentals of City facilities could result if these conditions are not met.
  3. Applicant is responsible for any damage to sod, irrigation system, trees, shrubs or shelters.
  4. Applicant must bring the copy of a Park Reservation Request on the day of the rental, to be made available to City personnel upon request.
  5. Applicant is responsible for the conduct of participants.  All park shelter use must be under the direct supervision of an adult.
  6. Activities must not conflict with or hamper public use of any park area, endanger persons or property or create a dangerous condition on park property or adjacent areas.
  7. A park shelter reservation does not include use of a ballfield.  Ballfields, volleyball courts and tennis courts must be reserved separately by calling the Adult Sports Coordinator at 303-987-4804.
  8. Permission to use a park shelter does not constitute an endorsement by the City of Lakewood of any organization or group or of the beliefs of any organization or group.
  9. Use of park shelters will be denied if the group is advancing any doctrine or theory subversive to the Constitution or laws of the United States or the State of Colorado or if the group advocates social or political change by the use of violence.
  10. The City of Lakewood will not be held liable for any injuries to participants or damage to equipment or supplies.  The applicant assumes all responsibility for use.

If you are planning on having a food truck at any park, you are required to apply for a permit. You can do so by filling out the Community and Special Event Application.

Community & Special Event Application


Six outdoor pickleball courts are located adjacent to Carmody Recreation Center. Four courts are open on a first come, first served basis with two courts available for reservation. Carmody staff will pad lock the gates at the end of the day and unlock them in the morning.

Due to precipitation and cold weather, the courts may remain closed for safety. When this occurs, courts will be checked hourly for safe play. Please call the front desk at Carmody at 720-963-5360 for updates.

General Information

  • All skill levels are welcome.
  • All players must provide their own paddles and balls.
  • Properly remove and dispose of your trash.
  • Recreational activities other than pickleball are prohibited.
  • No animals of any kind are permitted inside the fences pickleball courts.
  • Courts are for personal play only. Use of courts for business purposes including paid instruction, private instruction, tournaments, leagues and events are prohibited. 
  • Push the button adjacent to the courts to activate the lights. A strobe will flash 1-minute before lights turn off. Push the button again to activate the lights for continued play.
  • No chairs, tables, glass containers or other outsides items are permitted on the court surface.
  • Courts are slippery when wet.
  • Gates to pickleball courts will remain locked when courts are snow-covered. Shoveling of snow is prohibited as it damages the court surface. 

Play Rules

  • Players are expected to observe proper pickleball etiquette, demonstrate courtesy and exercise self-discipline at all times.
  • Please limit cell phone use as to not disturb others.
  • Courts 1 and 2 are reservable in 1-hour time blocks starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m.
  • Courts 3 through 6 are available as drop-in courts only and are first come, first serve.
  • Play rotation takes effect once courts are full and any number of players are waiting.
  • Waiting players secure their spot by placing their paddle into the paddle holder at the court of desired play. 
  • Once a paddle is in the holder a 1-game maximum play goes into effect for existing players.
  • Existing players should finish their current game to 11 points, then waiting players rotate in.



Check out an instructional video for how to create an account and register online in our new system. If you need assistance registering online, call the City of Lakewood’s Community Resources front desk Mondays through Fridays, 8a.m. to 4 p.m. at (303) 987-7800.

For more information view the event board or filter the calendar view below for pickleball and Carmody. 

Event Board




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