While visiting our great city during the AIA National Convention next month I highly suggest you check out my neighborhood, Washington Park – or better known to us locals as “Wash Park.” Located just south of downtown you will find one of the best parks in town surrounded by some of the best neighborhoods in the city. The Wash Park neighborhood is a beautiful blend of historic and contemporary architecture style homes. To the east you will find tall, iconic 70s-style apartment complexes that are offset by rows and rows of brick Bungalow single-family homes to the west. One of the most popular neighborhoods in Denver, Wash Park is the ideal location for young professionals in between owning their first place and still needing a roommate. With 300 days of sunshine, this park gives locals a place to play all year round. Ask anyone in town and they will tell you what Wash Park is the place to be on any given Saturday afternoon.
Like the neighborhood would suggest, the Wash Park neighborhood surrounds a 165-acer park. This urban park has it all – 2 lakes, tennis courts, 2 playgrounds, large stretches of open lawns, a large flower garden, recreation center, a historic boat house, and a number of walking/running/biking trails that loop 3.5 miles around the park. On any given day you will find people walking their dogs, running, or riding their bikes along these paths. But the recreational activities don’t stop there. On the weekends you will find hundreds, if not thousands of people playing volleyball, soccer, and any other park-like activity on the open lawns.
Like most neighborhoods in Denver, Wash Park is not without its share of great restaurants. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed foodie like me or more of a burgers-n-fries kind of guy, you’ll be able to find exactly what you are looking for in Wash Park. For Brunch, I highly recommend checking out Lucile’s Creole Café on Logan Street. Don’t be turned away by the long line at the door, I promise you the food is well worth the wait. For great burgers, beers, and an outdoor patio, check out Wash Park Tavern or the Washington Park Grill on Gaylord Street. After dinner stick around and enjoy some of the great local pubs that Wash Park has to offer. Sing karaoke at Ogden Street South or sit outside on the back patio at Pub on Pearl. For more information on where to eat and drink in Wash Park, I recommend checking out Urbanspoon.com.
The best way to get around Wash Park is to jump on a bicycle and peddle your way around the neighborhood. Didn’t bring a bike with you? Not a problem! Check out B-Cycle – Denver’s own bike sharing program. With a number of B-Cycle stations all around the city, you’ll be able to get from downtown to Wash Park in a short 15 minute bike ride. So while you’re enjoying all that Denver has to offer while at the National Convention I hope take the opportunity to explore my great neighborhood!