over 300 acres of parks designated Rivers & Trails and
an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks.
Here’s a look at a few
favorite parks in Denver.
On the corner of 16th and Arapahoe Sts. Adjacent to the
16th Street Mall, Skyline Park offers an easy getaway for the approximately 110,000 people who spend their workday in downtown Denver. Located at 15th and Arapahoe Sts., Skyline Park is always a fun place to spend a little time in,
especially during the summer, with free evening movies taking place on a regular basis. But don't miss the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park every winter, offering free ice skating all season long.
1101 Little Raven St. Just
steps away from Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park and
the South Platte River, the Centennial Flower Gardens are a must-see for anyone with any interest in gardening. The gardens are patterned after the Gardens of Versailles, with paths and patterned flowerbeds showcasing native species
along with other flowers that grow well in Colorado's arid climate. This is a great spot for a refreshing afternoon stroll.
15th and Little Raven Sts. Commons Park can be found on the banks of the South Platte River in a spot that just happens to be the city's birthplace. It's a pleasing
mix of natural and urban influences: Close to 40 percent of the park is covered by native plants, a piece of reconstructed lush "sand prairie" close to what would have existed in the area originally. Meanwhile, the promenade along Little Raven Street is a
tree-lined walkway dotted with many seating areas and entries to connect the park to downtown Denver.
East of downtown on 17th Ave. and York St. This expansive, multifaceted
park is Denver's version of New York City's Central Park. In City Park's 314 lovely,
landscaped acres, you'll find a public golf course, colorful flower gardens, ornate fountains, placid lakes and rolling green lawns perfect for picnics. City Park is home to some of Denver's most popular attractions, including the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Martin Luther King Memorial and much more. From June through August, the park plays host to City Park Jazz with free
concerts each Sunday. It's also got unbeatable views of The Mile High City skyline and the Rocky Mountains beyond.
An orchestra performs at the City & County building overlooking Civic Center Park and the State Capitol Building.
1599 E. 8th St. Joggers love Cheesman Park for the crushed granite
jogging path that winds its way around the park. But it's also a popular spot for families, thanks to its large playground, with swings, slides and everything else to delight your young ones. The park, located at Franklin St. and 8th St., also offers as incredible
vistas stretching from the Cheesman Memorial Pavilion to the Front Range.
Bordered by Virginia Ave. on the north, Downing St. on the west, Louisiana Ave. on the south, and Franklin St. on the east One of Denver's most
popular spots year-round, Washington Park (nicknamed "Wash Park" by
locals) is a spectacular space, with two lakes (boat rentals are available), lovingly looked after flower gardens, innovative playgrounds and countless areas for outdoor recreation. Wash Park is also a favorite for its extensive sports and fitness options,
including a recreation center with indoor pool, a bicycle/pedestrian pathway, a crushed granite jogging path, a fitness course, a horseshoe pit, a lawn bowling/croquet area, a soccer field and tennis courts.
Click on the image below to take a virtual
tour of Washington Park via Google Street View.
BEAR CREEK PARK
15600 W. Morrison
Rd., Lakewood Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life at Bear Creek Park — without even leaving the city. Almost 100 acres of unspoiled natural
beauty, this spectacular park is divided by Bear Creek. The north side of the park provides picnic, playground and recreational facilities. The south side of Bear Creek Park is the largest undeveloped park area within Denver's city limits, offering a look
at nature in a native setting.
Enjoy today like it is the best day of your life!
SLOAN'S LAKE PARK
1700 Sheridan Blvd. Located in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver, Sloan's Lake Park is an urban oasis, with the enormous Sloan's Lake taking center stage. In the summer, be sure to keep an eye out for
water skiers zooming across the lake, framed by a stunning view of the Denver skyline. Bring some food to grill and spread out a picnic blanket or two — there's plenty of room at this 177-acre park. Sloan's Lake hosts the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a celebration of Asian American culture and tradition, featuring a host of ornate dragon
boats filling the lake.
South Suburban Parks List
Parks and Trails
Explore and enjoy the more than 100 parks in the South Suburban system, from neighborhood gems to