Wash Park, officially known as Washington Park, is well known to locals as an oasis in the center of the city. With two lakes, a pond, play areas and even paddle boats, the green space brings a breath of fresh air to the city. Well known for its healthy living and great mountain resources, Washington Park is another reminder of the cities long lasting tradition of keeping it green.
Wash Park was originally designed by Reinhard Schuetze between 1899 and 1908. Many local artists and architects followed by adding the wonderful paths, ponds and unique touches enhancing the splendor of the area. It continues to be one of Denver’s most popular and beautiful recreation areas. Nearly 170,000 flowers are grown in the onsite greenhouses and the gardens are a wondrous display of color and beauty.
A Park Full of Fun in the Denver Metro
What a wonderful place to let the kids run and play or enjoy adventures on one of the unique playground sets. Horseshoe pits, fishing, beautiful flower gardens and acres of lush green grass perfect to hang out, read a book or play Frisbee with friends. There are finished and rock paths for biking, inline skating, jogging or strolling, allowing you to move at whatever speed you desire. In the summer, paddle boats are available for rental, allowing for a soothing trip around Smith Lake.
The Washington Park Boathouse on Smith Lake was built by Jacques Benedict in 1913 and can be rented April – October for special events or corporate gatherings. It is a wonderful place for receptions, employee recognition nights or just getting a few hundred close friends together. The recreation center has an indoor pool and offers youth swimming lessons and a host of health and wellness programs.
The grounds are also home to many special events and unique activities. Visitors are reliving a childhood memory or discovering something brand new at Jiminy Wicket™ near the center of the park. This great croquet club brings back traditional royal play on a wonderfully manicured turf. Summer activities also include fun runs, concerts, plays and spontaneous group activities.
Finding Wash Park
Located on the east side of S Downing Street and bordered by E Virginia Avenue to the north and E Louisiana Ave to the south, Wash Park is 165 acres of pure fun and relaxation. The park is surrounded by beautiful homes and great neighborhoods. Many people fall in love with the area, and enjoy living in one of the many houses, lofts or condos nearby. Parking is available in lots on the grounds at several entrances, along the surrounding streets, and south of the park at South High School when school is not in session.
Get outside and enjoy this wonderful part of the metro landscape. A few minutes or hours will bring peace, smiles and an appreciation of the birds, squirrels and children that inhabit this beautiful, natural playland.