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Story Behind the Name: Parker Park


January 18, 2023

Evan McCalmon

Gene Parker in November 2020, shortly after Parker Park was officially named.

Gene Parker was in his late thirties when he and his wife Denise bought a spanking new home in Gunbarrel's Heatherwood subdivision. The year was 1967, and most of Heatherwood was still a twinkle in its developers' eyes.

A short walk from the Parkers' new home were a couple of acres of open space with a clear view of the mountains. The site was designated as a future park, but as time passed, th...

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