10 Best Parks You Probably Havnt Been To Near Denver CO

Dated: 07/04/2016

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When most people think of the best parks in the Mile High City, they default to the big three: City Park — flanked by the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science — Washington Park and Cheesman Park.

Those sprawling, historic spaces are undoubtedly great for summer get-togethers, jogging, volleyball and endless people watching. But since Denver is home to 250 urban parks boasting nearly 6,000 acres of land, virtually every corner of the city has something waiting to be discovered.

Denver falls in the middle of a recent list that ranked the percentage of a city’s land dedicated to open space — or about 8 percent of Denver’s nearly 75,000 acres, according to a report from The Trust for Public Land. That’s still an impressive number, especially since the city spends almost twice as much on its parks ($81 million per year) as Aurora, the next-closest contender in the state.

Here’s our list of underrated and lesser-known Denver parks that deserve a visit, including details on improvements that have been made to account for the city’s recent growth.

RUBY HILL
1200 W. Florida Ave.

DENVER, CO - MAY 31: Ted Van Orman launches his bike off a ramp while doing a test run at the new Ruby Hill Bike Park in Denver, Colorado on May 31, 2016. Ruby Hill Bike Park is nearly complete after over a year of planning and work. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
Ted Van Orman launches his bike off a ramp while doing a test run at the new Ruby Hill Bike Park in Denver, Colorado on May 31, 2016.
Seth McConnell, The Denver Post

The full extent of this hilltop gem’s improvements will not be visible for another year or two, but already a new $1 million mountain bike track and playground have joined what Denver parks officials have called one of the city’s most underused public spaces. Sitting next to the South Platte River Greenway, the 360-degree views and amenities (including a “Rail Yard” snowboard terrain park) make Ruby Hill Park one of Denver’s most versatile.Levitt Pavilion, a 7,500-capacity amphitheater, is also slated to open in 2017 and offer 50 free concerts per season.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 20: at Ruby Hill Railyard in Denver, Colorado on January 20, 2014. Ruby Hill Railyard, which gives people a chance to hit the slopes without driving up to the mountains, opened for the season on Monday. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
At Ruby Hill Railyard in Denver, Colorado on January 20, 2014.
Seth McConnell, Denver Post file

ALAMO PLACITA
300 Emerson St.

August 24, 2009 -- Karen Zeldin, a horticulture worker for the Parks Dept., tends to the flower beds in Alamo Placita Park. John Sunderland, The Denver Post
Karen Zeldin, a horticulture worker for the Parks Dept., tends to the flower beds in Alamo Placita Park in August 2009.

“If you accidentally glance over while you’re driving down Speer (Boulevard) you’ll see one of the most beautiful flower gardens in the city,” said Scott Gilmore, deputy executive director of Denver Parks & Recreation. Indeed, Alamo Placita’s compact but meticulously maintained gardens recall painterly European landscapes with their gently fanned geometric arrangements, which were designed by Saco Resnik DeBoer and opened to the public in 1927. A basketball court, playground and picnic areas add to the family-friendly/neighborhood appeal.

MELVIN F. SILVERMAN
12875 E. Andrews Dr.

(HR) ABOVE: Alex Miles, 17 plays a game of pickup basketball with friend Mike Ford at the Melvin F. Silverman Park in Montbello. Silverman park is a popular hang out for neighborhood kids. Teenaged kids will now have a new place to hang out with the opening of the Darrent William Memorial Teen Center at 4397 Crown Blvd in Montbello. It will be a center only for teens that offers a variety of activities for them. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post
Alex Miles plays a game of pickup basketball with friend Mike Ford at the Melvin F. Silverman Park in Montbello.
Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file

Culturally and geographically, the Montbello neighborhood often feels isolated from the rest of Denver. That’s a shame on several levels, especially since this newly updated park (featuring a color-splashed playground and fitness zone) is designed for everyone. “It’s also got a basketball court and a nice pavilion,” Gilmore added. “The neighborhood knows about it but pretty much no one else does. It’s a great place for the kids to play while parents get a workout.”

BABI YAR
10451 E. Yale Ave.

DENVER, CO-- Rabbi Raymond Zwerin, one of the original founders of Babi Yar Park, walks through two very large inscribed granite gates at the entrance to the park in Denver near the intersection of Yale Ave and Havana Thursday afternoon. Babi Yar Park memorializes the massacre of 200,000 people (mostly Jews) in the Babi Yar Ravine in Kiev Ukraine USSR between September 29th 1941 and November 6th, 1943 in the hands of the Nazis during WWII. Zwerin, along with others have organized an additional permanent memorial to be built in the park memorializing those killed in the World Trade Center attacks and worldwide terrorism victims. The group has acquired WTC steel and other artifacts from the WTC site that will be incorporated into the memorial, honoring not only those killed in New York but also those who have died in worldwide terrorism. The WTC material is scheduled to arrive in Denver on Monday. Andy Cross, The Denver Post
Rabbi Raymond Zwerin, one of the original founders of Babi Yar Park, walks through two very large inscribed granite gates at the entrance to the park in Denver near the intersection of Yale Ave and Havana. Babi Yar Park memorializes the massacre of 200,000 people (mostly Jews) in the Babi Yar Ravine in Kiev Ukraine USSR between September 29th 1941 and November 6th, 1943 in the hands of the Nazis during WWII.
Andy Cross, Denver Post file

Named after a Ukrainian massacre site, Babi Yar opened in 1982 to commemorate the Holocaust with some of Denver’s most striking, minimalist public art and design elements. The 27-acre memorial has hosted a dance commission and other cultural events, given that all surfaces slope down toward a centralized disc that forms one point a massive Star of David. The landscape is contemplative and each feature is imbued with meaning, such as The Grove of Remembrance, where 100 linden trees are planted in a grid representing the 200,000 people killed at Babi Yar.

MESTIZO-CURTIS PARK
3000 Curtis St.

The completed Mestizo-Curtis Park. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land, by Allison Bartholomew
The completed Mestizo-Curtis Park.
Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land, by Allison Bartholomew

Curtis Park, Denver’s oldest neighborhood, also contains its oldest park. It was designed as the gateway to the city in 1868 before officials changed its name to Mestizo-Curtis Park in 1987 to reflect the area’s ethnic diversity. While the majority of the park is a rectangular open space popular with dog owners and weekend sunbathers, the eastern quarter contains a newly updated playground, a wildly popular public pool, shelter, basketball court, tennis court and plenty of bike/pedestrian paths. Stay tuned for what the city is calling Phase 2, which includes a fitness zone, art project and community garden.

DENVER, CO. - JUNE 10: Families with their kids cool off on a hot day June 10, 2013 at Mestizo-Curtis Park Pool. Temperatures reached in the high 90's (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post)
Families with their kids cool off on a hot day June 10, 2013 at Mestizo-Curtis Park Pool. Temperatures reached in the high 90’s.
John Leyba, Denver Post file

MONTCLAIR PARK
6829 E. 12th Ave.
It’s hard to find a more historic structure in Denver than the one at Montclair Park, a.k.a. The Molkerei, which was built by Baron Walter Von Richthofen in 1898 and has since been used as a tuberculosis sanatorium — complete with on-site dairy) — a restaurant, an insane asylum and, in 1908, one of Denver’s first community centers. The larger park sits on the National Register of Historic Places and features the usual playground and picnic tables plus horseshoe pits and a tennis court.

GARFIELD LAKE PARK
3600 W. Mississippi Ave.
Any park with a lake has built-in appeal in our relatively dry city, but Garfield Lake ups the ante with a forest grove in the center that takes on spectacular hues in the fall. Picnic tables, a pool, bike/pedestrian paths, sports fields and a playground offer a little something for everyone in this tidy park, which has often been called one of Denver’s most pleasant strolls.

INSPIRATION POINT PARK
4901 Sheridan Blvd.
This charmingly rough-hewn space earns its name with ample views of the city and Front Range on a bluff that looks over Clear Creek Valley — near where gold was first found in 1850. The entrance of this 106-year-old park includes a stone-walled picnic area while inside walking paths, flower beds and a meadow offer a chance to clear your head — albeit with residential and industrial neighbors now surrounding the space.

MAYFAIR PARK
1000 Ivy St.
This relatively quiet, residential park not far from Montclair is unassuming in its offerings, including picnic tables, a modest playground, basketball court and a handful of natural areas with robust trees. But its straightforward layout, versatile open space and comfy surroundings make it feel miles away from urban development, despite the fact that the park is only a few blocks from a bustling and fast-changing stretch of East Colfax Avenue.

LITTLE CHEESMAN
Between High and Williams streets on East 8th Avenue

Capital Hill resident, Phillip Earle, plays with his beloved pug Angus, who is sporting a red doggie sweater that shields him from the cold mix of rain, sleet and snow that started falling in the Denver area late Friday morning. The pair were playing catch in Cheesman part braving the weather for a little fresh air and exercise. (Photo By: Nathan W. Armes)
Capital Hill resident, Phillip Earle, plays with his beloved pug Angus, who is sporting a red doggie sweater that shields him from the cold mix of rain, sleet and snow that started falling in the Denver area.
Nathan W. Armes

Officially it’s called Cheesman Esplanade, but as anyone who’s had a barbecue or baby shower at this city block-sized patch knows, it’s just Little Cheesman. In addition to being centrally located (yet out-of-the-way), Cheesman Park’s much smaller sibling nicely balances mature trees and open space for an array of uses. The well-heeled neighbors and spooky history (like Big Cheesman, it was formerly a graveyard) combine to give it a boutique sort of charm in a city with no shortage of folks looking for such things.


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