Centennial Civic Center. Photo: Jeffrey Beall
Situated in Arapahoe County, Centennial got its name from Colorado’s nickname “Centennial State.” The state was admitted to the union in 1876, the 100th year anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence, hence the name centennial.
Access to the city is not a problem. Near Centennial is the third busiest airport in the state, the Centennial airport. It’s the closest non-commercial airport to downtown Denver located in Englewood.
Centennial is one of Colorado’s newest cities. It was incorporated in February 7, 2001. It’s also the state’s 10th most populous city with around 100,300 residents in 2010.
Despite all these, Centennial is ranked as the safest city in Colorado and the 15th safest city in the entire United States. This achievement is being attributed to the proactive way its government deals with problems and the sense of ownership of its citizens.
Things to do in Centennial
These facts are not the only thing that this city has to offer. It also offers a lot of activities to quench your thirst for adventure.
Centennial Center Park – This award-winning park is located near the Centennial Civic Center. It boasts an 11-acre recreational area of enjoyment and fun. Established in 2012, Centennial Center Park is the first city-owned park. It provides a family-friendly environment for all ages. The park features a meadow, climbing walls, play areas and an amphitheater among others. Amenities include restrooms, barbecue grills, parking and bike racks, and electrical power.
South Suburban Golf Course – A regional public golf course that caters to professionals and amateurs alike. It features a full 18-hole regulation par 72 course for avid players and a 9-hole par 3 course for beginners. It also has an affordable casual restaurant, the South Suburban Golf Course Bar and Grill, providing delicious meals for its golfers against a scenic mountain background.
Family Sports Golf Course – A very accessible course for those on the go, Family Sports Golf Course is located just next to the Centennial Airport. It has a 9-hole executive 31 par course and a two-tiered driving range. After a great game, Avalanche Grill is a great place to grab a bite. It offers a relaxing, picturesque view of the mountains and the Centennial Airport.
David A Lorenz Regional Park – An 18-hole disc golf course in the South Suburban System, the course is situated in a natural open space area. Aside from a flying disc, it is recommended to bring water and sunscreen.
Ice Arenas – There are two ice arenas available in the city. The South Suburban Family Sports Ice Arena is where the Colorado Avalanche hockey team practices. Whether you are an ice skater, a hockey player, or an adventurous person just wanting to play in the rink, you won’t be out of place. The other one is the South Suburban Ice Arena. It is a nationally recognized ice skating complex offering skating lessons and competitive programs for hockey and figure skating.
Willow Spring Service Center – Perfect for nature lovers, this park is home to forestry and horticulture crews for South Suburban Park and Recreation District. It has a network of trails as well as many opportunities for outdoor recreation and wildlife viewing.