City of Glendale. Photo: Dbkilo
A unique community, the City of Glendale is an enclave in Arapahoe County surrounded by the City and County of Denver on all sides. It is a Home Rule Municipality incorporated in 1952 with a population of 4,184 in 2010.
Glendale City only has a total area of 0.6 square miles. A short portion of Cherry Creek runs through the city, cleaving it from East to West. Despite the city’s relatively small land area, it offers quite a list of exciting and adventure-packed attractions.
In the 1970s, Glendale City was the nexus of entertainment and nightlife in Metropolitan Denver very much comparable to LoDo of today. It was once famous for its Celebrity Sports Center, an entertainment business landmark in Denver area owned by Walt Disney and other famous celebrities, which operated from 1960 to 1994. Presently, the city is having commercial developments for office and residential projects. It also envisions to bring back its fame by developing a state-of-the-art entertainment district through the Glendale 180 Project.
Things to do in Glendale
Four Mile Historic Park – Located on the banks of Cherry Creek, the Four Mile Historic Park showcases Denver’s oldest standing structures. This 12-acre historic park was a wagon and stage stop from 1860-1864. Now the place is open to picnics and hosts special programs and events for all ages year-round. It also offers guided tours to historic houses for those who want to see more of Colorado’s past.
Cherry Creek Shopping Center – Cherry Creek Shopping Center is a premier shopping center in the Rocky Mountain region with more than 160 stores and restaurants.
Cherry Creek Trail and Bike Path – Running a length of 40 miles from Douglas County to Confluence Park in Downtown Denver, Cherry Creek Trail offers an enjoyable experience for biking and running enthusiasts. This popular trail is runs alongside Cherry Creek and offers a generous view of Downtown Denver, residential areas and historic sights.
Creek Side Park – Located next to the Cherry Creek Bike Path, the Creek Side Park features a pavilion with four picnic tables, a walking/ jogging path, and two sand pit volleyball courts perfect for mini-outdoor activities.
Infinity Park – Infinity Park is a 16-acre entertainment hub home to the Glendale Raptors, one of the country’s premier rugby clubs. It is the first rugby-specific stadium in the U.S., adjacent to the City’s Municipal Center. Infinity Park features a rugby stadium that can accommodate 4000 spectators, a fitness and recreation center, an athletic training facility, a spacious outdoor park, and an event center for meetings, trade shows, galas, gatherings, weddings and fashion shows.
Playa Del Carmen Park – This family and animal-friendly park is a great stop for relaxation. It also hosts a community dog run.