What You Need To Know
The historic community of Park Hill, located just northeast of downtown Denver, is a prime area for residents who enjoy checking out Denver’s local scene. The neighborhood is sprinkled with small shops and beautifully manicured pocket parks. By contrast, it is also home to Denver’s largest park, City Park, which contains Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Park Hill is further divided into three administrative neighborhoods: South Park Hill, North Park Hill, and Northeast Park Hill. The first homes were offered for sale here in 1900, and residential development has been on the rise ever since World War II. With tons of restaurant, shopping, and entertainment options available within easy reach, Park Hill continues to be a growing, thriving neighborhood for new residents to make their home!
Park Hill Hangouts
Built in nearby City Park in 1908 and entertaining guests ever since, The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is as historic as Park Hill itself. Plenty of opportunities for discovery await visitors at various exhibitions on display throughout the year. Gaze at the stars at Gates Planetarium or learn through 3D glasses at an IMAX theater show.
Meet Sally the orangutan, Cranbeary, the resident polar bear, and many more animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish at the Denver Zoo on Steele Street. See various exhibits, take a guided tour, or marvel at the exotic plants, flowers, and trees that grow on the zoo’s grounds. Special events like the Spring Fling and Do At The Zoo are scheduled during the year, and the zoo is open year round for your viewing pleasure.
Your Park Hill home puts you on the fringe of Denver’s exciting music scene! Thrill to the beating sounds of your favorite national and local musical acts as they take the stage at the Bluebird Theater, Fillmore Auditorium, and Ogden Theatre, all close by on E. Colfax. Outside, music rings through the summer air at City Park’s Sunday jazz concerts, while Cheesman Park provides an aesthetic arena for symphony and orchestral concerts.
Clubs, Pubs and Love Hubs
“After hours” it’s time to loosen up with some friends and neighbors at one of Park Hill’s happy hour spots. Top local choices include Neighbors, a cozy wine bar on Kearney St., Station 26, the former firehouse turned brewery in Northeast Park Hill, The Abbey Tavern, an Irish pub on E. Colfax Ave. and The Elm, a popular sports bar on E. Colfax to name a few.
Not much goes on around Park Hill after nightfall, but its proximity to Colfax Ave. and Colorado Blvd. make it easy to hop a bus to your nighttime entertainment destination. Downtown is chock full of varying vibes and verve, from the relaxing to the rambunctious, so get out there and express your fun side at hundreds of hotspots. Some offer open-air rooftop patios with breathtaking views of the city, while others boast underground haunts where hip-hoppers, ravers, and everyone in between whoop it up.
When it comes to restaurants in Park Hill, you could eat at one every night for almost two months and never hit the same place twice! Almost every type of food is available here from American to Mexican, from Greek to Italian, from Chinese to Ethiopian.
Experience the taste of delectable, authentic Mediterranean cuisine at Phoenician Kabob on E. Colfax Ave. by Ivy Street. Take in their friendly and relaxing yet handsome environment, with dinner, daily lunch specials, happy hour drinks, and weekly belly dancing entertainment (how’s that for authentic!). Be sure to try their thick, homemade fresh-from-the-oven pita bread. It’s one of a kind!
For a taste of North Africa on E. Colfax, explore the homey setting of Axum Restaurant or the folk art-filled nook of Queen of Sheba. Both serve hearty Ethiopian fare including vegetarian specialties, as well as Ethiopian honey wine and bottled beer to complement your food.
If it’s more of a romantic dinner you seek, Cork House Wine Restaurant (also on E. Colfax) has quiet indoor seating with tables spaced for privacy and a cozy fireplace for a chilly evening. Or, dine outdoors on a brick patio. Enjoy a cheese plate at their wine bar before indulging in such main courses as steak, seafood, and salads.
Of course, one can always stop by Oblio’s Pizzeria (on 22nd Ave between Kearney and Krameria) for a slice of Pizzahhh on their killer patio which was recently voted East Denver’s Best Patio.
Release your adrenaline while burning off calories in an exercise or swimming class at Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center. Located on Newport Street, activities range from fitness & wellness to clubs & games to arts & culture. There’s something for everyone here! Then, take the kids next door to Martin Luther King Jr., Park, or nearby W.H. Ferguson Park (E. 23rd Ave. & Dexter St.) or City of Axum Park (Bruce Randolph Ave.) to round out your day of fun.
Several great parks can be found just outside of the Park Hill area. Residents are fortunate to have City Park, Denver’s largest and most notable park, as a next door neighbor! Contained within its spacious 330 acres are the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science, while Ferril Lake and Duck Lake add to the park’s beauty and bird life. To the immediate north of the park is the City Park Golf Course. Nearby, Congress Park has an Olympic-size swimming pool and a separate kiddie pool, and Cheesman Park has lush lawns – the perfect place to spread out a blanket for a picnic, to read, or to just be mesmerized by the trees and sky.
Getting From Here To There
Downtown Denver is within easy walking or biking distance, or a quick RTD bus ride from Park Hill, making it an easy choice to leave the car at home. The obvious benefit of walking, biking, skating, and running 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 Denver’s vibrant downtown scene, the benefits multiply.
The ingenious car sharing service, Car2Go, is a growing service in the Denver area and, more recently, beyond. It’s easy to have access to a car when you need it. After registering with Car2Go, just swipe your access card on the windshield of an available Car2Go. The car unlocks, the key is in the console, and vroom, off you go! Now residents can get rid of that extra car that doesn’t get used as much after having moved to Park Hill. There’s even a handy smartphone app that tells you where the nearest available Car2Go is parked.
Everything Your Heart Desires
The Park Hill neighborhood is sprinkled with some wonderful small shops that are unique to the community. Browse and explore several antique stores, bicycle shops, florists, and other specialty businesses. And since the west side of all three of Park Hill’s neighborhoods border Colorado Blvd., the big- name stores are right around the corner!
Attention bookworms and casual readers! Neatly tucked amongst other architecturally quaint shops along E. 23rd Ave. is Park Hill Community Bookstore. Its many shelves, spanning three levels, are chock full with over 25,000 used books of all genres. Friendly, dedicated volunteers run this not-for-profit business that has proudly served Park Hill for over forty years.
Handpicked, custom-built home furnishings from around the world can be found at Rare Finds Warehouse on Stapleton Dr. South. Search their showroom to find such unique furniture and home décor treasures as a coffee table made out of a tree stump, an antique canoe carved out to be shelves, and a living plant growing out a coffee table. Add some special character and charm to your home with one of the many antique or modern pieces found only at Rare Finds!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
LifeSpan Technology Recycling, a nationwide leader in computer hardware recycling and disposal, data destruction, hardware resale, and a full range of IT asset disposition services has a convenient Colorado location in the Park Hill area on Leyden Street. LifeSpan offers companies and organizations the flexibility of handling large quantities of equipment with a customized program and works exclusively with EPA-registered and regulation-compliant downstream partners to maintain the highest standards of environmental protection, as well as full compliance with local, state, and national regulations.
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. Three quality elementary schools reside within Park Hill’s three subdivisions: Park Hill Elementary, Smith Renaissance School, and Stedman Elementary School. Each school teaches from Early Childhood Education (ECE) through 5th grade. From there, it’s on to middle school at Smiley Middle School on Holly Street.
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School (ECE-8th), a co-educational Archdiocese of Denver Catholic schools, proudly offers a distinct, rigorous, and developmentally appropriate curriculum that is attuned to the various needs of each age group.
Park Hill students can look forward to rounding out their education at historic East High School. Built in 1925 at City Park Esplanade, East High is a descendant of Denver’s first school, a one-room log cabin schoolhouse that opened in 1859, called The Union School. At East High, every student is provided with a relevant, stringent, relationship-based learning experience preparing all to become creative, active citizens ready for academic and career success beyond graduation.
Housed within Park Hill’s historic community is the campus of Johnson & Wales University. Earn your college degree at this tree-filled 26-acre private institution in one of over 40 undergraduate, graduate, online, continuing education, and accelerated programs. Schools of study include arts & sciences, business, culinary arts, hospitality, technology, and education.
The Denver School of the Arts is a comprehensive secondary arts magnet school (grades 6-12) in Denver Public Schools. In addition to a rigorous academic program, students engage in intensive studies in creative writing, dance, music, stagecraft and design, theater, video cinema arts, and visual arts. DSA on Montview Blvd. is committed to fostering a lifelong love of the arts in a culturally diverse, academically challenging environment.
Introduce your child to the wonders of music at Children’s Music Academy on Locust Street. Here, youngsters from age three to nine can develop a strong musical foundation in a lively classroom setting as they learn piano/keyboard, guitar, recorder, and singing, as well as all elements of music theory, rhythm, and harmony.
The Best Damn Sports…PERIOD
Designed in 1931, Park Hill Golf Club on E. 35th Ave. boasts lush greens, course wildlife, and an abundance of Rocky Mountain and Denver skyline views to take in while teeing off. A host of amenities including an indoor/outdoor driving range, practice bunkers, and rental clubs are available, as well as a restaurant, snack bar, and cocktail bar for relaxation after the 18th hole.
Become more flexible and mobile while dealing with life’s stresses at Park Hill Yoga on Ash Street. Specializing in Iyengar yoga, which focuses on proper alignment, their small classes allow for individualized instruction for all age groups.
Catch a soccer vibe on E. Colfax Ave. at The Three Lions, a cozy British-style tavern featuring World Football (soccer to Americans) on TV. The pub’s quaint décor, which includes an old-fashioned telephone booth, and a balcony give it English charm, while Fish & Chips and Fullers Ales abound!
A short 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
A doctor’s visit is just around the corner at Park Hill Family Health Center on E. 33rd Ave., where a team of nine physicians are on hand to take care of your health needs. This primary care clinic provides services for patients of all ages.
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.
Keep your furry family members in tip-top health at either of Park Hill’s veterinary clinics. Both Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center (Oneida St.) and VCA Park Hill Animal Hospital (E. Colfax Ave.) deliver quality medical care to your precious pets throughout their lifetime.