Welcome to Wash Park
A lush playground for the discerning outdoor enthusiast.
Washington Park — or Wash Park, as it's been dubbed by locals — is a lush, scenic respite from the hustle and bustle of city life and is one of the largest, most beloved green spaces in Denver. This long, rectangular park has sports facilities, formal flower gardens, and winding trails for cycling and jogging. An elegant boathouse overlooks Smith Lake, which is popular with kayakers and anglers. The area has a Rockwellian feel thanks to its immaculate landscaping, awning-covered storefronts and early 20th-century Victorian homes, brick bungalows, and opulent new builds.
What to Love
- One of the largest green spaces in Denver
- Proximity to Old South Gaylord and South Pearl Streets
- Walkability and outdoor recreation
Wash Park is perfect for retirees seeking walkability as well as young, active families who often meet with friends to play volleyball or picnic in the park. Residents love the neighborhood’s prime location, low crime rates, highly acclaimed schools, and proximity to Historic South Gaylord Street.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Many of the neighborhood’s shopping and dining amenities are concentrated along Old South Gaylord Street, just four blocks west of Washington Park. This neighborhood block is one of the oldest shopping and dining districts in the city. Old South Gaylord Street is a popular destination among residents and visitors alike and features locally-owned restaurants, eclectic shops — many of which have been converted from the late 19th-century houses that make up the neighborhood — fine art, fashion, and more. Historic South Gaylord also hosts a number of annual events, such as the Memorial Weekend Kickoff to Summer Festival, Farm to Bottle Fall Festival, Halloween Trick or Treat Street, and Holiday Fest.
South Pearl Street was once the site of the city's first trolley car route. Today, it’s another popular shopping district home to galleries, wine and cocktail bars, specialty shops, boutique and high-end clothing stores, and some of Denver's best local dining. Stretching from Buchtel to Jewell Avenues, the tree-lined blocks of this shopping mecca boast an authentic mix of locally-owned shops and boutiques, trendy restaurants and nightlife, as well as popular seasonal events including the South Pearl Street Farmers Market. Cherry Creek North and Cherry Creek Shopping Center are other prime shopping districts located just a stone’s throw away.
Things to Do
Wash Park is located along its namesake green space Washington Park, which is a haven for fitness enthusiasts. On any given day, you’ll spot Denver denizens walking their dogs, running, biking, paddle boating, or practicing yoga or tai chi. The park has two lakes, two formal flower gardens, tree-lined paths, and seemingly endless expanses of lush grass. The park was designed in 1899 by Reinhard Schuetze and is one of the largest of the 15 parks that compose the Denver Park and Parkway System. Its French and German-influenced landscape features curving paths and expansive lawns edged by groves of mature shade trees.
Wash Park is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
South High School, 9-12
Steele Elementary School, K-5
St. John’s Lutheran School, K-8