Washington Park

Denver, Colorado 80209

Washington Park

Washington Park Professional Review and Guide

"Busy. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of how to describe Washington Park. Big. That’s the next word that comes to mind for this 165-acre park just south of downtown Denver. It is certainly a lively place with room for almost every kind of recreation you can think of, during any time of year. Locals call it Wash Park, and it is probably Denver’s most popular park given all the amenities in one place with two big lakes, a pond (fishing allowed in all of them), flower gardens, multiuse trails, boat rentals, benches and picnic areas, tennis courts, a large grassy meadow, trees for shade and brilliant fall color, mountain views, historic buildings— and it is all easy walking distance from some very good restaurants and shops."

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"This walk follows paved trails and closed roadways through a long, narrow park located a few miles southeast of downtown Denver. The 162-acre park, offering welcome green space, sits in an old residential neighborhood. A couple of lakes—Smith Lake on the north side of the park and Grasmere Lake on the south—anchor respective ends. All roads through the park are closed to vehicular traffic, except for a short access road to a large parking area at Smith Lake.

The roads are open to walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and rollerbladers. Several closed roads and trails lace the park, offering excellent walks that range from 1 to 2.5 miles. Special attractions: Smith Lake, Lake Grasmere, Smith’s Ditch Historic District, formal gardens, fishing, playground, jogging, rollerblading, and bicycling."

"Washington Park is to Denverites what Central Park is to Manhattanites. It’s a lovely park with mature trees and wide grassy expanses and two lakes that are annually stocked for fishing.

The 160-acre park was designed in 1899. Washington Park is heavily used for all manner of recreation, ranging from indoor use of the Washington Park Recreation Center to walking, jogging, in-line skating, fishing, ball playing, sunning, picnicking, dog walking and people-watching."

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Oct 2018