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Get to Know Wash Park

Peyton Garcia
Peyton Garcia
Posted on June 15   |   Updated on June 20
Wash Park neighborhood boundaries. (Via Denver Neighborhood Maps)

Wash Park neighborhood boundaries. (Via Denver Neighborhood Maps)

Today we’re exploring one of Denver’s most popular and beloved residential areas located at the center of the city: Washington Park.

🌳 Make it a park day: Obviously, the star attraction in the Wash Park neighborhood is, well, Washington Park. The 165 acres of public space features two large lakes — where you can float, boat, and fish — as well as winding trails, flower gardens, shady trees, expansive green spaces, picnic areas, and basketball / tennis courts.

🛍️ Shop, sip, and dine: Whether you’re out on the town for date night, up for a boutique shopping spree, or seeking a leisurely Sunday stroll, Historic South Gaylord is where you want to be. Centered at the heart of the Wash Park neighborhood, this quaint block chock-full of artisan shops and buzzy restaurants is the hub of the community. Check out the South Gaylord event calendar for upcoming community events.

🍨 Visit “Pleasant Hill”: In the 1920s, George W. Olinger began collecting property on the land that now straddles Wash Park and the Belcaro neighborhood. Olinger hoped to create something akin to a “peaceful Scottish Village,” and thus we got Bonnie Brae (which translates to “pleasant hill” in Gaelic). It’s something entirely different from the rest of the city, filled with charm and aesthetic from another time — oh, and some of the city’s best ice cream.

🍽️ Pizza, tacos, and baked goods: Hungry? Grab a slice of hand-tossed, wood-fired ‘za from local fan-favorite Tap & Dough. Or, take a trip to the coast with Perdida’s Baja-inspired Mexican fare. Need a sweet treat? Stop by Devil’s Food Bakery for coffee, pastries, or old-timey candy from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily!

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