What You Need To Know
Your Washington Park home is nestled amongst a charming blend of historic and contemporary styles of architecture in one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods! “Wash Park,” as locals call it, includes many early twentieth century brick houses and even some late nineteenth century brick houses in West Washington Park.
Experience historic buildings, lush lawns, lakes, tennis courts, legendary flower gardens, a rec center, and several clusters of specialty shops – all available for residents to explore and enjoy! With a central location and proximity to downtown Denver, Washington Park’s popularity has recently soared. Its closeness to Washington Park – one of Denver’s largest – and its easy access to commercial business enclaves has led to a complete transformation of this quaint neighborhood!
Wash Park Hangouts
Throughout the year, Washington Park residents have the opportunity to see community performing musicians and artists at the Wash Park Center for Music & Arts. Concerts, recitals, and art and music festivals are held at this naturally acoustic venue located on S. Williams St. in the Wash Park UCC church. The center’s aim is to promote the work of musicians and artists through events, marketing, promotion, and community-building. Dancers, choirs, pianists, and chamber ensembles are some of the greatly varied acts on the bill.
Residents gather regularly at Washington Park, a center for social activities that encourages community involvement. Here, historic Dos Chappell Boathouse, built at the rim of Smith Lake in 1913, is used for hosting events and gatherings, and accommodates up to 150 people.
And of course, your Wash Park home puts you minutes away from some of Denver’s oldest and most beautiful concert theaters on E. Colfax Ave. that can be easily reached via foot, bike, or RTD bus. Be sure to catch a show at the Bluebird Theater, Fillmore Auditorium, or Ogden Theatre!
Clubs, Pubs and Love Hubs
“After hours” it’s time to unwind with friends and neighbors at one of Washington Park’s happy hour spots. Soak in the spacious yet cozy ambiance of Tavern Wash Park situated in the Old South Gaylord Street Shops. Enjoy weekday happy hour specials and trivia and ladies nights, amid high-end architectural features specific to Wash Park, a fireplace, and outdoor patio – sure to cure your workday stress!
Upscale thirty-something’s and the college crowd mingle at Washington Park Grille, a popular neighborhood gathering place east of Wash Park. A beautiful lounge is set off to the side, where loungers can enjoy live music two-to-three nights weekly. Choose from 26 tap and bottled beers and an excellent wine list at the Grille’s elegant U-shaped bar. A covered strip on the south side of the building makes for outdoor seating that emits a clubby vibe.
At nighttime, Wash Park’s central location makes it easy to hop a bus to your 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!
For a small neighborhood, Washington Park has a sizeable share of restaurants for big appetites! For the seafood lover in you, Max’s Gill & Grill on S. Gaylord St. specializes in the freshest seafood and raw bar (flown in), along with rotisserie smoked and BBQ grilled cuisine. Choose from daily dinner specials. Max’s also has a full weekend brunch menu with patio dining available.
Modern twists on Italian-American cuisine lure locals to Washington Park Grille (S. Gaylord St.), a low-key dining room, lounge, and patio. Dinners are mid-priced, with a good selection of grilled seafood, steaks, and several fancy pasta dishes. For lunch, Wash Park Grille offers up Panini’s, grilled sandwiches, salads, and pasta plates. Their 12-inch handmade pizzas start with naturally leavened organic flour.
Artisanal American cuisine in an intimate, relaxed setting is the order of the day at Bittersweet on E. Alameda Ave. Run by a husband and wife team, their creative menu’s offerings are updated seasonally and during each season to ensure freshness and variety. Almost all of the “hand-crafted, playful, and artfully created food” at Bittersweet is made in-house using the best possible ingredients sourced from local farms and fisheries.
Devil’s Food on S. Gaylord St. is a vintage bakery and cookery serving homemade pastries & American fare from breakfast to dinner. Or, drop by for coffee and a slice of their classic cakes or pies, tarts, scones, cookies, and more – baked from scratch by their pastry chef! Devil’s Food’s full menu of bakery items can also be specially ordered.
Turn your body into a well-oiled machine by making Washington Park and Washington Park Recreation Center your centers for exercise. The 165-acre park – one of Denver’s biggest – features several bicycle, running, and walking trails, including one that circles the rectangular perimeter of the park. Sweat it out on numerous tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, or play a more leisurely game of lawn bowling, croquet, or horseshoes. There are also two playgrounds for the kiddies.
The park, which contains two lakes, connects to the city with the help of bike trails at Exposition Ave., Marion St. and Louisiana Ave. The curvilinear paths in the park facilitate smooth circulation whereas the grove tree plantings, set at intervals, allow spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.
Picnic areas, with the option for grilling, are situated around the park. Eat lunch overlooking Lilly Pond or while taking in beautiful floral views of the largest flower garden in Denver. Afterwards, tour the gardens’ 54 informally arranged flower beds. One garden is an exact replica of Martha Washington’s garden at Mount Vernon.
Due to its welcoming appearance and unique characteristics, Washington Park was designated as one of the “Great Public Spaces in America” by the American Planning Association in 2012. Washington Park is on US National Register of historic places as well as the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.
Washington Park Recreation Center is conveniently located within the park and is equipped with a gym, weight room, cardio equipment, aerobics, arts & crafts, pottery/kiln, tennis court, meeting space, and kitchen. Take an aquatics class at their indoor pool, or one of numerous other classes and programs offered for all ages. Washington Park is the most popular of all the Denver rec centers, so don’t be left out; head on down and get the lead out!
Getting From Here To There
Washington Park’s centralized location makes getting to downtown Denver a breeze. Walk, bike, or take a quick RTD bus ride. You’ll love being able to leave the car at home, saving on gas, wear & tear, and parking meters & garages. 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
Washington Park has several commercial enclaves to browse, like the specialty stores at Old South Gaylord Street Shops. Here you’ll discover women’s boutiques, gift shops, SportsPlus (new and used sporting goods), The Single Track Factory (bicycle, skateboard, and outdoor gear), and The Tended Thicket, a florist specializing in European-style arrangements.
In addition, there are several smaller corner store areas stationed at stops of the former streetcars that used to run down residential streets. And because of its central locale, the big-name stores aren’t far from your Washington Park home!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
One of Washington Park’s top preservation goals is the reuse of irrigation water through city ditch systems and water-saving measures for the rec center’s swimming pool and for showers, faucets, etc. Conservation practices like this one address the conflicts between pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, park plant diversity, and water quality issues.
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 parents’ top priority. Start your child’s education off on the right track at Montessori School of Washington Park, where your 15-month to 6-year-old will become involved in a tremendous experiential learning environment. MSWP combines dedicated teachers and faculty, exceptional facilities, challenging programs, and committed parents to help children develop confidence and competence as they discover their world.
Steele Elementary School is located in the heart of tree-lined Washington Park. It maintains its status of being a top performing elementary school while still providing cultural and ethnic diversity, with a wide range of activities to support children’s varied interests. Steele offers multi-age classes for all of its students, four different electives, and two educators in every classroom.
Originally opened on Arapahoe St. in 1882, St. John’s Lutheran School offers kindergarten through 8th grade classes, plus a fully equipped Early Learning Center for toddlers. The current day school and church are now situated on S. Franklin St., across from magnificent Washington Park. St. John’s facility houses a full-size gym, library, technology lab, cafeteria, and full-size playground. Leading-edge learning tools such as Smart Boards, iPods, and iPads are offered in classrooms. (Denver public middle schools can be found just outside of the Washington Park area.)
South High School is another historic school in Washington Park, first opening its doors on Washington St. in 1893 before moving to its current location on E. Louisiana Ave. in 1924 to accommodate increased enrollment. Their vision is for all graduates to be prepared for success in college, a career, and life, possessing essential skills and a sense of civic responsibility to contribute to their global community. South’s vast selection of courses and committed teachers and faculty staff help make this possible.
The Best Damn Sports…PERIOD
You won’t miss a single play watching your favorite Colorado teams on 26 HD TVs at Wash Park Sports Alley Bar & Grill on S. Downing Street. Shoot some pool with friends, play some beer pong, or gobble up some ghosts on their Pac-Man machine. Other classic arcade games, including skee ball and NBA Jam, as well as pinball machines are here for your gaming amusement. Literally located in an alley, Sports Alley features a good selection of usual bar fare at terrific prices!
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 West Washington Park Clinic on S. Pearl St., a family practice with an old-fashioned, small-town feel. Their staff of trained and certified medical professionals has the current knowledge and skills you would expect in a modern urban medical clinic. Same day appointments are usually available.
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 Washington Park Veterinary Clinic on S. Pearl Street. A full service animal hospital, they provide quality complete medical and surgical care for your precious pets throughout their lifetime.