Washington Park Information

WASHINGTON PARK INFORMATION

Age Statistics
Median resident age: 33.1 years

Awards
Featuring the Westword's "Best of" for West Wash Park along Pearl Street:
• Best Eclectica -- Five Green Boxes, 1705 S. Pearl St.
• Best Handbags -- Alice's Tapestries, 797 S. Pearl St.
• Best Personalized Nostalgia -- Photographs and Memories, 669 S. Pearl St.
• Best Regional American Restaurant -- Hugh's Bistro, 1469 S. Pearl St.
• Best Sushi Restaurant -- Sushi Den, 1487 S. Pearl St.
• Best Wedding Invitations -- Paper Talk, 1577 S. Pearl St.

Featuring the Westword's "Best of" for East Wash Park along Old South Gaylord Street:
• Best Sunday-night special -- Hemingway's Key West Grille,1052 S. Gaylord St.
• Best Bicycles Built for Two - Tandem Cycle Works of Colorado,1084 S. Gaylord St.
• Best Hole-in-the-wall Kids' Boutique -- Beez Kneez, 1011 S. Gaylord St.
• Best Mini Flower Fairies -- The Tended Thicket, 1034 S. Gaylord St.
• Best Neighborhood Garden Nook -- The Potted Garden, 1001 S. Gaylord St.
• Best Scones -- Devil's Food The Bakery,1024 S. Gaylord St.
• Best Used Sporting Goods Store -- Sports Plus, 1055 S. Gaylord St.

Boundaries
West Washington Park: Broadway to Marion Street, Speer to I-25. (west to east, north to south, respectively)
East Washington Park: Downing to University, Speer to I-25

Business
The City & County of Denver www.denvergov.org
Denver Chamber of Commerce www.denverchamber.org
Denver Office of Economic Development www.milehigh.com/oed/
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation 
Metro Denver Sports Commission www.denversports.org County
Denver
Downtown/Shopping District

Washington Park has broad appeal because of its central location and its proximity to hip coffee shops, record stores, bars and the like. Plenty of shops plus restaurants offering nearly every type of cuisine are nearby: to the east along Old South Gaylord Street, and to the west on South Pearl Street.

Drivers license bureaus and contact info
Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles
Denver Athmar
1865 W. Mississippi #C, 80223
(303) 937-9507
www.dmv.org

Elevation
5,280 feet, the Mile High City

Government
West Washington Park is in District 7 of the Denver City Council. Kathleen MacKenzie is the Councilperson. Phone: (720) 865-8900 E-mail: kathleen.mackenzie@ci.denver.co.us

East Washington Park is in District 6 of the Denver City Council. Charlie Brown is the Councilperson. (303) 871-0601 E-mail: charlie.brown@ci.denver.co.us

Colorado's governor is Bill Ritter and Denver's mayor is John W. Hickenlooper. Denver, the capital of the State of Colorado, is a consolidated city and county. It serves as the financial, transportation, and distribution center of the Rocky Mountain region. Denver was officially formed on November 7, 1861. A non-partisan elected mayor, auditor, and 13-member city council govern Denver. Nine main departments carry out the functions of city government.

History
Washington Park, at over 100 years old, is one of the largest park in Denver. About a century before Wash Park began to burgeon, it was one of Denver's first suburbs. The 162-acre Park itself was designed between 1899 and 1908 by Reinhard Schuetze, and includes an exact replica of Martha Washington's garden at Mount Vernon. Also within the park's confines are Smith and Grasmere Lakes, 54 flowerbeds, a recreation center, a lawn bowling/croquet field, and two playgrounds.

Hospitals/Healthcare
Centura Health - St. Anthony's Central Hospital, 4231 W 16th Ave.
Centura Health - Porter Adventist Hospital 2525 Downing St.
Children's Hospital, 1056 E 19th Ave.
Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, 1719 E. 19th Ave.
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, 3520 W. Oxford Ave.
Denver Health Medical Center, 777 Bannock St.
Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, 1835 Franklin St.
National Jewish Medical & Research Center, 1400 Jackson St.
Rose Medical Center, 4567 E. 9th Ave.
University of Colorado Hospital, 4200 E. 9th Ave.

Safety and Law Enforcement
Denver Police Department
S.E. Denver
District 3 Substation
1625 S. University Blvd.
Denver 80210
720-913-1300

Denver Police Department
District 6 Substation
Central Denver
1566 Washington St.
Denver 80203
303-839-2100

Main Post Office
225 S Broadway
www.usps.com

Major Employers
First Data
Newmont Mining
Liberty Media
EchoStar Communications
ProLogis
Qwest Communications
Archstone Smith Trust
Liberty Global
Ball Corp.
Discovery Holding
Federal Government
State of Colorado
University of Colorado System
Denver Public School
City & County of Denver

Major Industries
Communications, Utilities, Transportation

Neighborhood Association
The Washington Park area is split into two distinct neighborhoods: Washington Park and Washington Park West. They are operated by separate neighborhood associations, but the two work in conjunction with each other.

Newspapers
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

Library Facilities
Eugene Field Branch
810 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80209
303-777-2301

Denver Public Libraries 
Central Library
10 W. Fourteenth Av. Pkwy.
Denver 80204
720-865-1111
www.denver.lib.co.us

Places of Interest

  • The three-story red brick 1926 South High School, complete with griffins perched on its roof, overlooks Washington Park from the southeast corner.
  • Washington Street Community Center, providing programs for Seniors, Preschoolers, Before/After School Kids and children's summer and holiday camps, 809 South Washington Street, 303-733-4643
  • Grant Avenue Community Center, A focal point of local social, educational, health-related and spiritual gatherings, as well as a meeting space for state and national conferences. 216 South Grant Street, 303-733-8940
  • Flower Gardens - Washington Park garden contains 54 large flower beds in an informal arrangement. Flower color there begins with iris and peonies, and other spring-blooming perennials. About Decoration Day, approximately 25,000 annual plants are planted here. These are only some of the nearly 170,000 flowers raised in the City Park greenhouses which supply flowers for the entire park system. During the summer there is a vast and brilliant display of color, lasting until heavy frosts come, bringing many residents and visitors into the garden to enjoy it. The flowers are planted according to a carefully planned arrangement to present a balanced composition of colors and shapes. The arrangement is completely redesigned every year.

Denver City and County Building
Denver's LoDo
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens
Black American West Museum and Heritage Center
Children's Museum of Denver
Colorado History Museum - Denver
Denver Mint
Denver Firefighters Museum
Colorado Convention Center
Mizel Museum of Judaica
Museo de las Americas
Ocean Journey Aquarium
Coors Field
The Pepsi Center
Invesco Field at Mile High
Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Visitor Center
Denver Performing Arts Complex
Denver Coliseum

Population
East Washington Park: 6,650 (2000)
West Washington Park: 6,319 (2000)
Denver: 556,835

Recreation
Washington Park has many unique features: a 2.6-mile jogging path, the busiest rec center in Denver & two of the most colorful flower gardens in Denver. It has several soccer fields, a massive playground, a handicap accessible playground, a basketball & roller blade court, a horseshoe court, 10 tennis courts, a lawn bowling green & two lakes. The lakes and beautiful, wide-open spaces dominate the landscape; a massive playground & jogging paths provide additional diversions. It's a fantasyland for in-line skaters & cyclists.

Recreation Centers
Washington Park Recreation Center, 701 S. Franklin St.: 303-698-4962
Indoor Pool, Showers, Lockers, Large Gym, Weight Room, Pottery/Kiln, Meeting Room, Kitchen

Sales Tax
7.6 %

Shopping Centers
16th Street Mall - Denver 
Denver Pavilions - Denver www.denverpavilions.com
Cherry Creek Shopping Center - Denver www.cherrycreekmall.com

Schools/ Education Stats
There are several schools within the boundaries of Washington Parks East and West, including St. Francis de Sales, Lincoln Elementary, Steele Elementary, St. John's School, and South High School.

Washington Parks East and West are in the Denver Public School System. It has 74 public elementary schools; 17 public K-8 schools; 18 public middle schools; 12 public high schools; 19 Charter Schools of varying grade levels; 6 "Other" Schools; and 8 Alternative Schools.

Widely recognized today as one of the best urban school systems in the country, Denver Public Schools serves the residents of the City and County of Denver, Colorado.
www.dpsk12.org

The Cherry Creek School District is also in Denver.

Transportation
Bounded by I-25 on one side, both East and West Washington Park have easy access to this main Interstate of Denver. By November 2006, Washington Park will be readily accessible by the light rail as part of a sweeping transit project called T-REX.

Utility Companies and contact info
Denver Solid Waste Management Division
www.denvergov.org/dephome.asp?depid=370
Xcel Energy www.xcelenergy.com

Information Sources
The City & County of Denver www.denvergov.org
Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc. www.downtowndenver.com
Denver Chamber of Commerce www.denverchamber.org
Denver Office of Economic Development www.milehigh.com/oed/
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation www.metrodenver.org
Metro Denver Sports Commission www.denversports.org
Denver.com www.denver.com/highlands

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