Wash Park is easily one’s of Denver’s most popular public spaces, with two lakes, multi-use trails, and a large grassy meadow. The long, rectangular park covers 165 acres and on a given day of the week, there will be joggers using the park.
On summer weekends, the lawn is covered with volleyball nets and barbecuers. Standup paddleboarders float on Smith Lake. In the winter people still come to play and use the trails.
Architect Reinhard Schuetze designed the park between 1899 and 1908. In 1908 new paths and plants were added in a French country style. Many of the brick houses in the neighborhood were built in the early twentieth century.
- Recreation Center
- Two Lakes (Smith Lake and Grasmere Lake) and Lily Pond
- Multi-Use Trails
- Paddle Boat Rentals
- Picnic Areas with Grills
- Playground + Horseshoe Pits
- Basketball + Tennis Courts
- Lawn Bowling
- Two Flower Gardens
- Restrooms + Water Fountains
Biking/Hiking: Biking is permitted on the inner paved road within the park. Joggers are welcome to use the 2.6-mile perimeter loop, free of bikes.
Boating: Paddle boats are rented on Smith Lake via the Boathouse. Circle the small lake and enjoy new angles of Wash Park.
Fishing: Both Smith and Grasmere Lake permit fishing. Check local rules and regulations on-site.
Picnicking: There are picnic areas with grills and countless grassy spots. Bring a blanket, some chairs, and a cooler, and grab your spot at this grassy beach.
Volleyball: On summer weekends, expect to see the lawns covered with people playing volleyball across Wash Park.
Address: S Downing St & E Louisiana Ave, Denver, CO 80210
Season: Year-round | Daily
Pets: Yes, on leash
Map: Washington Park (PDF)
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