WASHINGTON PARK

Overview

Wash Park, as its residents affectionately call it, is located in South Central Denver. It was one of the first suburbs to spring up around downtown Denver. The neighborhood is technically divided into two separate areas, Washington Park and Washington Park West. Downing Street divides the two neighborhoods and they are operated by two separate neighborhood associations. However, that division is barely noticeable as the two neighborhoods work together. Nearby hip coffee shops, bars and record stores, along with its central location give Washington Park a very broad appeal.

Featuring Tudor Revivals, durable Denver Squares, Craftsman-style bungalows, quaint cottages, luxury high-rise apartment buildings, and gorgeous tree-lined streets, Washington Park is one of the most popular and desirable neighborhoods in Denver. The neighborhood’s centerpiece is the 165-acre Washington Park. The park is one of the largest and most beautiful open spaces to be found in Denver. It is home to two lakes, various jogging paths, beautiful picnic areas, tennis courts, soccer fields and a full-service recreation center. The nearby South Pearl and Old South Gaylord districts feature a diverse mix of restaurants, retail shopping, studios and galleries. One of the principal draws of the neighborhood is its central location and proximity to downtown. The commute is only 10 minutes. It also features easy access to Interstate 25, the restored Broadway corridor, the Cherry Creek Mall and the Platte River and Cherry Creek bike paths.


History

Reinhard Schuetze designed the 165-acre park between 1899 and 1908. It includes an exact reproduction of Martha Washington’s Mount Vernon garden. The park also boasts two lakes, Smith and Grasmere. It has over 54 flowerbeds and a recreation center with two playgrounds and a lawn bowling/croquet field.


Schools

Steele Elementary School

o   Public • Grades K-5

o   437 students • 18 student/teacher

South High School

o   Public • Grades 9-12

o   1600 students • 19 student/teacher

St John's Lutheran School

o   Private • Grades PK-8

o   266 students • 16 student/teacher