Denver has some cool neighborhoods and Washington Park is no exception. Called Wash Park by residents, it’s a neighborhood surrounding a park right in Denver. It has a blend of historic and contemporary styles of architecture, along with historic buildings, lakes, gorgeous open space, tennis courts and a recreation center.
First developed by Reinhard Scheutze in 1899
The park design was also influenced by city planner Kessler, the Olmsted Brothers and the famous philanthropist “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown. It is a gorgeous space for typical park activities like jogging, walking and biking, and also a center for community involvement and socializing.
One of the “Great Public Spaces in America”
Washington Park was designated as one of the “Great Public Spaces in America” by the American Planning Association in 2012. The park has two lakes and the “Lily Pond” and carriage-ways that meander through the park. It has over 250 picnic permits per year available, a 2.6-mile jogging path, 2 amazing flower gardens, several soccer fields, 2 playgrounds, 1 basketball and roller blade court, 1 horseshoe court, 10 tennis courts and a lawn bowling green.
There are also other facilities available. There is an indoor pool and gym facilities at the recently renovated rec center. During the summer there are free concerts in the park and a 4th of July fireworks display.
Plenty of shops and restaurants close by
The surrounding neighborhood was developed soon after Denver was founded, but most of the homes were built between 1900 and 1940. There are plenty of shops plus restaurants offering nearly every type of cuisine are nearby: to the east along Old South Gaylord Street, and to the west on South Pearl Street.
With all of that, plus a gorgeous park as your “backyard” who wouldn’t want to live there?