What You Need To Know
In 1995 when the opening of Denver International Airport meant the closing of Stapleton International Airport, Denver had the unique opportunity to transform 7.5 square miles of runways, concourses, and terminals into a beautiful new community known as Stapleton.
Buzzing with bike races, farmers markets, and free concerts in the park, Stapleton now thrives at a grassroots level thanks to residents and business owners each adding their own touch. Stapleton also offers dozens of annual events, great happy hour spots, sports bars, restaurants, shopping galore, and much more!
For info on everything Stapleton, stop by the Visitor Center located at 4928 Uinta Street, in the heart of Conservatory Green. Become part of a growing, up-and-coming neighborhood overflowing with community spirit!
After the tough work day grind, it’s time to have some fun! Take in a state-of-the-art movie at Harkins Northfield 18, or laugh your ass off to some of the top names in comedy at The Improv, both located at Northfield Stapleton.
Outside there’s plenty of festivities happening throughout every season where you can be rejuvenated, mingle, or just take in the fresh air. Thanks to the Stapleton Master Community Association, Stapleton is able to host such events as the Stapleton Farmers Market, the Winter Welcome, and the outdoor markets.
Plus, the Stapleton neighborhood hosts over 50 events annually, including the Stapleton Beer Fest where you can relax and knock back a few brews. Or bring a picnic, a blanket, and the family to enjoy an evening of free music at Stapleton’s concert series, Music on the Green.
Other forms of entertainment are just minutes away. Take advantage of free days for all during off-peak winter months at nearby Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which features exhibitions, an IMAX theater, and planetarium.
Clubs, Pubs and Love Hubs
Stapleton’s outdoor spaces and modern design make it easy for neighbors to gather for an impromptu happy hour at local hot spots like Casey’s Bistro & Pub, home of the Stapleton Run Club, featuring drink specials and yummy appetizers, and Stapleton Tap House, which offers tons of well-selected local brews on tap.
After happy hour, head out to The Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre on E. 49th Avenue for a night of laughs from top comedy acts. Or, watch your favorite Colorado sports team in action at Cleatz. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill serves up your beer in mason jars, and for the adventurous at heart, see how long you can rock n’ bounce on their mechanical bull. Yee-haw!
E. 29th Avenue and Quebec Square are the spots to hit when hunger pangs strike. From fast-food to sit-down dining, a plethora of tasty restaurants serve up favorites like pizza, sushi, bagels, burritos, burgers, salads, and sandwiches. From E. 29th, you can take your food to go and enjoy eating by the fountain in The Green.
For an authentic Italian dining experience, indulge at Mici, located on Central Park Blvd. This is the real deal – handcrafted Italian food made from old family recipes, prepared by the family Miceli. Feast on homemade, hand-rolled “just like our great-grandmother did” meatballs in their Polpetta Parmigiana panini. Tantalize your taste buds with the flavorful combinations in one of Mici’s specialty pizzas, made with homemade dough and cooked directly on a stone deck. For dessert, nothing tops their freshly baked Florentine and Pignoli cookies or mini cannoli. Take it from an Italian from New York – it’s bellissimo!
‘Oink’ on down to The Berkshire on E. 29th Avenue, a trendy neighborhood eatery serving refined comfort food… heavy on the pig. Innovative pork preparations and a playful, pork-infused menu are second only to the pig itself at this rustic American restaurant. Pig out at lunch, dinner, or brunch, or choose an offering of lighter fare and vegetarian dishes.
Th-th-th-th-that’s all folks!
Home to 50 parks (and more to come!) living in Stapleton is sure to keep you active and fit! Choose from climbing a wall at Central Park’s 80 acres (3rd largest park in Denver), skateboarding at Skate Park (located in Greenway Park), a variety of courts, fields, and paths at Fred Thomas Park – where you can play almost any game you can imagine – and much more!
Stapleton has six swimming pools, each designed with its own, one-of-a-kind feature and a different swimmer in mind. At Westerly Creek, a network of multi-purpose trails connects your steps to Greenway Park, Central Park, the recreation center, and the Sand Creek Regional Trail. There’s even a 57,000 square foot recreation center.
After all that exercise, let yourself zone out in the quiet open spaces of Spring Park or Arrowhead Park – while breathing in scenic Front Range views. Spring Park also offers views of Westerly Creek and features Stapleton’s only May pole!
From day one, Stapleton was envisioned as a place where people will spend more time outside: Walking, running, or biking instead of driving, getting to know each other, and taking advantage of Colorado’s abundant sunshine. In so many ways, parks are what make Stapleton… Stapleton.
Getting From Here To There
Living in Stapleton means it’s easy to get around – whether you’re headed somewhere in the community or for a night on the town in metro Denver. Stapleton’s prime location – 15 minutes from downtown Denver and 20 minutes from DIA – has become even more accessible with the addition of the I-70/I-270 interchange at Central Park Boulevard.
For pedal-pumpers, Stapleton is seamlessly connected to an 850-mile regional network of bike routes. And the RTD Commuter Rail will reach the community in early 2016, for even quicker access to downtown, the airport and Stapleton’s 11 RTD bus routes.
Meanwhile, your Stapleton home puts you close to everything you need – shopping, dining, playing in the parks, meeting friends, going to school, exercising, and even going to work – so you don’t always need a car. Sidewalks and trails are set away from traffic lanes and plenty wide, so you can comfortably walk hand-in-hand, leash-in-hand, or both, with room for neighbors walking the other way.
The obvious benefit of walking, biking, scootering, skating and jogging is better health – burning calories instead of fossil fuels, which also leads to a healthier environment with fewer carbon emissions. But when a walk leads you to a concert, Farmers Market or even a block party, the benefits multiply.
Everything Your Heart Desires
Northfield Stapleton is a festive, open-air shopping experience! At its center is a lively Main Street lined with boutiques. Just beyond Main Street are the big stores: Super Target, Macy’s, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and more. Northfield is located north of Interstate 70 on Northfield Boulevard.
The heart of any community is its town center. For Stapleton residents, that’s E. 29th Avenue. Stroll around licking an ice cream cone, grab a hot java, do yoga, buy flowers or a bottle of vino, dine al fresco, or pick up the groceries. Here you’ll also find many professional services – from dentistry to a dog wash.
Quebec Square is the retail mother lode, bursting with big-brand stores such as The Home Depot, Sam’s Club and Walmart. Plus there are specialty shops, a hair salon, and an environmentally friendly dry cleaner. Pretty much everything you need, right where you need it. Quebec Square is located at the corner of Quebec Street and Smith Road.
Every summer people come from miles around to shop or sell their goods at Stapleton’s seasonal outdoor markets. The weekly Farmers Market is the perfect place to buy Colorado-grown produce, appetizing prepared foods, specialty meats, herbs, and handmade crafts. The monthly Sweet William Market is all about the one-of-a-kind finds, from collectible antiques and fine art to handcrafted furniture and candles. You never know what you might fall in love with!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Not many neighborhoods can say they recycled an airport, but that’s exactly what Stapleton did, turning the concrete from the runways into a material they call “StapleStone” – which in turn has been used for bridges, streets and pathways throughout Colorado. Nearly 90% of Stapleton households participate in Denver’s voluntary recycling program. Even their waste doesn’t go to waste. And when it comes to minimizing greenhouse gases and maximizing neighborhood beauty, nothing beats a tree. That’s why more than 30,000 of them have been planted in Stapleton.
The City of Denver’s Climate Action Agenda, whose goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is spreading green practices with more support than ever. Greenprint Denver is a valuable resource and community newsletter for residents all over to help out and get their questions answered regarding recycling programs, sustainability, and reducing greenhouse emissions. So get with the program and join the other Denverites who desire to counteract the unnecessary litter and hazy effects of pollution that may already be staining our beautiful city.
The A to Zs
Good schools are a parent’s top priority. And Stapleton’s schools, from early childhood education through high school, are ranked among the very best in Colorado. They’re new, they’re innovative and they come with an entire community of actively involved, well-educated parents who support these Denver schools and each other.
Northfield High School is a liberal arts and sciences high school with a challenging and exciting academic program and a full array of electives, athletics, clubs and after-school activities. The school will open with a freshman class in the fall of 2015 and grow by one grade per year. All students will participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. The school model will encourage student creativity, self-awareness, and collaboration and interaction among students.
Westerly Creek Elementary School (K-5) and William R. Roberts (ECE-8) are both Denver Public Schools. William R Roberts includes a middle school, offering classes from early childhood development to eighth grade. And its energy-efficient campus is heated and cooled by geothermal renewable energy.
The Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) is Stapleton’s first charter high school. And every year, DSST sends several Denver Public school students into the Colorado workforce by requiring juniors and seniors to complete an internship. It’s all part of why 100% of DSST’s graduates were accepted to college over the last few years.
Two of Stapleton’s newest schools that opened Fall 2014 are Isabella Bird Community School and High Tech Elementary. Both schools offer ECE – Grade 5. High Tech Elementary shares space with DSST middle school at Conservatory Green.
Anchor Center for Blind Children, founded in 1982, made its new home in Stapleton and now educates nearly 400 blind children in Denver, Colorado each year.
The Best Damn Sports…PERIOD
Keep your body toned at one or all of 50 parks Stapleton has to offer. Get your amateur athlete on at Fred Thomas Park in the East 29th Avenue Neighborhood. Whatever you play you can probably play it here. There’s basketball, tennis, and sand volleyball courts, as well as football, soccer, baseball, and softball fields. Or go for a spin around the bike path, steering clear of the kids on the playground of course.
For skateboarders, in-line skaters, and BMX bikers, there’s Skate Park, located in Greenway Park at South End Neighborhood, where you can sharpen your ollie, grind, and pop shove-it skills. And you don’t have to be a pro; Skate is designed to challenge advanced riders without intimidating newbies.
A 15-minute trip to nearby Downtown presents nothing but the most exciting of professional sports! Watch the Denver Nuggets tear up the court, or the Avalanche fly down the ice at the Pepsi Center as they clash against bitter league rivals. Or, catch the high-octane, run-producing, my-how-the-balls-fly offense of the Rockies at Coors Field as they battle division foes like the Dodgers and Giants. Best of all, enter Sports Authority Field at Mile High to witness the crushing power of our very own Broncos as they clash helmet to helmet with the best (and the rest) in the NFL. So bring it on, and don’t be surprised if you catch the fever, ’cause Denver sports fans are known to be among the most loyal in the nation!
Anything “Medicinal” You Need
When a medical emergency strikes and TLC is needed, rush to one of the many nearby hospitals or clinics. Three major health care systems are available to provide medical aid in Downtown Denver: HealthOne, Denver Health, and Exempla.
HealthOne Systems have the LoDo Internal Medicine Clinic (which doubles as the AfterOurs Urgent Care for late night help) on Wazee St., and the full-fledged Presbyterian/St Luke’s Medical Center on East 19th Avenue. Denver Health Medical Center is there to care near 8th Ave. & Delaware St., Exempla St. Joseph’s Hospital is ready to mend on Franklin St., and the University of Colorado provides advanced yet comprehensive care at their hospital on West 13th Ave. Alternative medicine is available at Healing Arts Medical Center on 16th St., which combines eastern and western medicine in cooperation with many of the above facilities.
Maintain a healthy body by hitting the gym at Central Park Recreation Center (a 57,000 square foot facility), Bladium Sports & Fitness Club on Central Park Blvd., or Curves, located in the E. 29th Avenue Town Center. Or take a yoga class at CorePower Yoga, also in the Town Center.