History of the Town of Parker's Cultural Facilities

A Brief History

  • April 1992: The Parker Cultural Commission is formed and community events are offered. Initial events include Concerts in the Park and Images of Parker Art Show.
  • December 1995: The Town of Parker purchases the Mainstreet Center to house cultural and recreation programs and to preserve an important historic building.
  • 2001-2002: Study is conducted on the potential expansion/renovation of the Mainstreet Center into a modern performance facility. The council determines an expansion is not feasible.
  • 2004-2005: Meetings occur between the Town of Parker, Douglas County Libraries and Douglas County School District on possible partnership for a new arts facility. The groups jointly commission a study for the property to the west of Parker’s Town Hall.
  • March-June 2006: The Town purchases land west of Town Hall in two parcels for the future development of an arts center, library and retail shops.
  • March 2007: The Parker Cultural Arts Center business plan is prepared for the Town by Webb Management Services.
  • August 2007: An architectural competition is held by the Cultural Authority. Semple Brown Design and Humprhries Poli Design teams are selected.
  • July 2008: The Council authorizes proceeding with the design of the arts center project from existing funds and plans for a $21.7 million construction budget through the issuance of certificates of participation.
  • July 2009: The Council approves the certificate of participation transaction to jointly fund the PACE Center and a new police station in Parker.
  • April 2010: Groundbreaking takes place for the PACE Center.
  • October 2011: PACE Center opens!
  • August 2013: PACE Center upgrades west patio
  • Fall 2013: Town of Parker's Cultural offerings rebranded as "Parker Arts" 
  • January 2014: Town receives $100,000 grant from State Historic Fund to begin rehabilitation on the Historic Parker Consolidated Schoolhouse in the Mainstreet Center
  • Fall 2014: Student matinee program at PACE established
  • February 2015: Town receives $198,045 grant from the State Historical Fund to continue rehabilitation on the Schoolhouse, with a focus on the lower level.
  • September 2015: Parker Consolidated Schoolhouse celebrates 100 year anniversary and Mainstreet
    Center is renamed The Schoolhouse.
  • August 2016: Town receives $200,000 grant from the State Historical Fund to complete rehabilitation
    on the Schoolhouse, with a focus on the restoration of the upper level and the renovation of the nonhistoric
    annex, which contains the theater and dressing rooms.
  • Fall 2016: Discovery Park opens in downtown Parker, with a splash fountain, ice rink, and performance
    stage, and monumental art.
  • Summer 2017: The Free Summer Concert Series moves to Discovery Park.
  • February 2018: The Schoolhouse reopens to the public.
  • April 2019: Construction begins to rehabilitate the Schoolhouse rear parking lot and create a small plaza
    between Ruth Chapel and Schoolhouse.