Denver:

Washington Park

 

Washington Park

E. Louisiana Ave and S. Downing St

Open dawn to dusk daily

Washington Park is one of the largest of the City of Denver’s many parks. The truly expansive landscape is nothing short of impressive. The park can be found in the beautiful Washington Park neighborhood just south of Downtown Denver and offers activities for everyone. With five multi-use paths of varying distances, there are plenty of opportunities to run, bike, or walk the dog. Dirt, asphalt, and gravel/asphalt surfaces are available depending on your preference, and most paths wind around one of the two lakes in the park or around the large grassy meadow in the center. Porta potties and trashcans are readily accessible, but water fountains are scarce, so make sure to take a water bottle with you.  No matter what time of day you go, you’re almost certain to see many runners and bikers out enjoying the park’s beauty. The majority of the available parking is along the streets surrounding the park, but parking is plentiful and free. Cyclists take note – there is a 15 mph posted speed limit for bikes in the park traveling along the inner asphalt loop. The loop has divided lanes for both cyclists and pedestrians, helping to prevent conflict.

Washington Park offers more than just multi-use paths and beautiful views. Washington Park Recreation Center is located prominently in the center of the park and offers a gym, fitness classes, basketball, and a lap pool. Day passes are available starting at $5.50 for adults. If you’re interested in lap swimming, make sure to check the pool schedule to ensure that the pool is open for lap swimming. If the whole family is looking for an active day out, check out the playground or the available paddleboat rentals. Outdoor basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts are also plentiful.

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