Denver:

City Park

City Park

17th Ave and Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO

Open dawn to dusk, daily

 

City Park is one of Denver’s oldest parks, and it enjoys a hallowed reputation as a beautiful haven in the middle of the busy city. With two multi-use paths of varying distances, runners, walkers, and cyclists have the option of both dirt and concrete paths. The park offers both real bathrooms and porta potties along the routes, so you’ll never have to look too far before you see one. Tennis courts and racquetball courts are also available, but the courts are utilized by summer camps and local high schools, so consider checking the park website before scheduling a game. Trashcans are plentiful throughout the park, but water fountains are not, so make sure you bring your own water supply.  The park is centered around a pond and a lake, so paddleboat rentals are available. The large playground is sure to be popular with the whole family, and the park borders the Denver Zoo, so there is plenty of opportunity for a fun and active day out in Denver. Paths through the park are completely flat, providing a welcoming environment for all levels of runners. One item of note: while the park itself seemed very safe (I visited alone in the afternoon), there are noticeable homeless populations on the street corners surrounding the park.

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