Proposed Thumb Open Space

The Town of Estes Park is considering the purchase of parcels to ensure public access to "The Thumb and Needle," two prominent rock spires on Prospect Mountain that have been used by climbers for half a century. Access to the Thumb and Needle currently occurs at the discretion of the current landowner. This access could be lost with the sale of the property to a new owner. If it proceeds, the Town's purchase would include an amended conservation easement by the Estes Valley Land Trust. Public feedback on the Thumb Open Space Proposal can be directed to
Important Dates 
  • November 26th, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.a Town Board Study Session will be held in Rooms 202 and 203 where the Town Board will review the design concept and public feedback received to date.
  • December 3rd, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. a Public Meeting will be held in the Town Board Room. This meeting will allow the public to give feedback to the Town of Estes Park and the Estes Valley Land Trust about the proposal.
  • December 5th, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. all emailed comments and questions are due to once submitted this information will be provided to the Town Board for consideration at the December 10th, 2019 Town Board Meeting.
  • December 10th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. a Town Board Meeting (Public Comment Encouraged) will be held in the Town Board Room where it will be determined if the Town of Estes Park will proceed or not with the Thumb Open Space Project in 2020. 

The Town of Estes Park's Parks Division is responsible for the maintenance, renovation and management of all Town-owned park land. Each year the Parks Division plants more than 38,000 annual flowers in addition to 8,000 perennial flowers while maintaining its own greenhouse; all the park trees and Town right-of-way trees; 3 acres of turf; 32 irrigation systems; 53 flower beds; 12 bronze statues; the 6 bronze Armed Services plaques, bronze eagle and bronze American flag at Veterans Monument Park; 14 bronze benches located along the Riverwalk, and 12 new hidden bronze pikas. The Parks staff also cares for the Estes Park Museum properties, Estes Park Visitor Center, the parking structure, Stanley Park Fairgrounds, Light & Power Building grounds, open spaces, 16.4 miles of trails, and they keep all downtown areas (parks, Elkhorn Avenue, parking lots/structure landscaping) clean and tidy. The Parks Division crew consists of five full-time employees, 1 part-time employee and approximately 18 seasonal workers.  Parks staff also assists in snow removal during winter and spring months.
For information pertaining to the Estes Valley Trails Master Plan or other transportation studies, please go to our Transportation and Transit Studies page within the Engineering Division section of our website.
For more information pertaining to the Parks Division please contact Public Works at 970-577-3587 or