The Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District (CVPRD) is a governmental entity and is known as a special district in the State of Colorado. Special districts in Colorado are local governments, i.e., political subdivisions of the state, which make up a third level of government in the United States. Local governments include counties, municipalities (cities and towns), school districts, and other types of government entities. Colorado law limits the types of services that county governments can provide to residents.
Districts are created to fill the gaps that may exist in the services counties provide and the services the residents may desire. The majority of districts draw their boundaries in unincorporated county land, but residents of a municipality may be included in one or more districts.