Washington Park, Denver

Its namesake green space, a rectangular expanse with sports facilities, formal flower beds, and winding trails for cycling and jogging, is the focal point of Washington Park, which is primarily residential. The kayakers and anglers' favorite Smith Lake is viewed from a beautiful boathouse. Old South Gaylord Street is a busy shopping area with upscale designer stores, galleries, sports bars, and informal bistros to the east of the park.

Reinhard Scheutze, an architect, created the park for the first time in 1899. Kessler, the Olmsted Brothers, and renowned benefactor "The Unsinkable" Molly Brown all had an impact on its design. The park is well-liked by both visitors and locals, and some have compared it to Central Park in New York City. In addition to being a hub for community gatherings, the park also serves as a place for jogging, walking, and biking. In 2012, the American Planning Association named the park one of its "Great Public Spaces in America."

Located in south-central Denver, CO is Washington Park. With Virginia Avenue to the north, Downing Street to the west, Louisiana Avenue to the south, and Franklin Street to the east, the park is long and rectangular in shape. One of Denver's biggest parks, measuring a mile long by a quarter mile wide and 165 acres (0.67 km2) in size.

German landscape architect Reinhard Schuetze first created Washington Park between 1899 and 1908. His plans, which still mostly stand, included the Lily Pond, Smith and Grasmere lakes, and a city canal that Shuetze had lined with Russian willows and other trees. Other elements of his plan are still in place, such as the expansive meadow to the south of Smith Lake that is bordered by a grove of trees and the carriageways that wind through the park. The exquisite boating pavilion, an evergreen grove on the north side of the park, and other modifications were made to the park by later landscape architects including Saco Rienk DeBoer and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.

There are tennis courts, a lawn bowling/croquet field, two playgrounds, and a number of pathways throughout the park, including one that circles the entire area. The park also has a recreation facility with an indoor pool, free weights, and other sporting equipment. A boathouse on Smith Lake is available for various occasions to rent.

The 2.3 mile inner loop (paved) is more park-like and has no traffic, while the 2.6 mile outer loop (dirt) offers additional vistas of the area's stunning mansions.

Since Wash Park, as locals refer to it, is the place you take guests when you want to show off Denver, it seems sense that the area around it consistently ranks in our top 10. With more than 270 parks in the city, Wash Park stands out as one of the biggest and most well-liked.

It appeals to both active, young families who want to meet up with friends to play Spikeball while their kids explore the large central playground and then stroll back to their renovated early 20th century Victorian homes, brick bungalows, or more opulent new builds, as well as retirees who value peace, safety, and walkability. (That is, assuming they have more than $1 million saved up for a new house.) The desirable neighborhood.

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