Washington Park

Welcome To Washington (Wash) Park

Located in south-central Denver, Washington Park, affectionately known as Wash Park, is a prestigious neighborhood renowned for its prime location and charming character. The houses surrounding the expansive 165-acre park showcase a mix of contemporary and Victorian architecture, with many homes undergoing renovations to maintain their appeal. Positioned on a picturesque green space in the heart of the city, the Washington Park neighborhood offers close proximity to a plethora of shops, restaurants, and enjoyable family-friendly activities.

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Washington Park Neighborhood Information

Washington Park, located in Denver, is both a remarkable neighborhood and public park that dates back to the late 1800s. Known for its captivating beauty, it is recognized as one of Denver’s most stunning and expansive public grounds. The park offers a wealth of amenities, including biking trails, a state-of-the-art recreation center, grass volleyball courts, flower gardens, a 2.6-mile jogging path, soccer fields, tennis courts, and the picturesque Smith and Grasmere Lakes. Visitors can also appreciate a meticulous recreation of one of Martha Washington’s gardens from Mount Vernon, which adds to the park’s charm.

Notably, Washington Park holds the esteemed title of being designated as one of the “Great Public Spaces in America” by the American Planning Association in 2012. It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. The neighborhood benefits from convenient transportation options, with easy access to I-25 and a nearby light-rail station that connects it to the rest of the city. Additionally, the area surrounding the park is dotted with a variety of shops and restaurants along Old South Gaylord Street to the east, and South Pearl Street to the west. Runners can revel in the abundance of running paths encircling the park, while the Cherry Creek bike trail lies just north of the area.

Throughout the year, Washington Park remains a bustling hub of activity. Whether it’s organized volleyball league games, 5K running races, or leisurely strolls with furry friends, the park draws in people from sunrise to sunset. The historic Washington Park Boathouse, meticulously restored in 2012, stands as a centerpiece within the park. Designed by Jacques Benedict in 1913, it offers a picturesque venue for private parties and events, providing stunning views of the splendid flowerbeds and Smith Lake.

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Food & Fun

Washington Park neighborhood boasts a vibrant array of boutiques and restaurants lining Gaylord Street and University Blvd. Here are some of the highlights:

Washington Park Grille offers a delightful dining experience with a mix of American and Italian cuisine at moderate prices. Their menu features 12-inch pizzas, including the popular “Honey Pie” with local honey, Calabrian chilies, scallions, roasted onions, mozzarella, and smoked gouda. Enjoy their laid-back dining room, patio, and lounge, along with cocktail specialties like the cucumber margarita and raspberry lemondrop.

Homegrown Tap & Dough is a rustic and chic pizzeria known for its wood-fired grilled pizzas, craft beers, and comforting dishes. Locals love the fresh and local ingredients used in their gourmet burgers, which pair perfectly with their array of craft beers. Make the most of a beautiful day by enjoying outdoor patio seating.

For a classic ice cream experience, head to Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, a beloved Denver tradition since 1986. This family-owned local shop serves high-quality ice cream and offers a friendly gathering place for neighbors. Indulge in the best ice cream in Denver, made with care and served with a smile.

If seafood is your craving, Max Gill & Grill is the place to be. With a focus on fresh seafood and a raw bar, they serve dinner every night and brunch/lunch on weekends. Experience a palate-pleasing journey with their daily special menu items and don’t miss out on their amazing happy hour.

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