Located at 12th Avenue and Gilpin Street and 8th Avenue and Josephine Street, respectively, Cheeseman and Congress parks are adjacent to Denver’s bustling inner-city Capitol Hill district.
Originally designated as the Prospect Hill Cemetery by an act of Congress in 1858, Cheeseman Park is one of Denver’s older, more historic, and influential neighborhoods. As the neighborhood grew and prospered, and more cemeteries were built in and around Denver, Congress agreed that the cemetery could be transformed into a park. In the late 1890s, the park’s naming rights were sold for $100,000 to the widow of Denver land speculator, railroad afficionado, and businessman, Water Cheeseman.
Today, Cheesman Park covers 16 square city blocks, just east of downtown. The park offers a wide-open central lawn, a playground and numerous fields ideal for soccer, football, frisbee, and other outdoor sports, with ample streetside parking.
Often referred to as a subdivision of Cheeseman, because it was created through a city land partition, Congress Park began its history as Denver’s official city nursery in 1903, created and cared for by Reinhard Schuetze, the city’s first landscape architect. Today, the park features an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, softball and soccer fields, playground and parking lots.
Both the Cheeseman and Congress Park neighborhoods offer a unique blend of classical home styles including Queen Anne Victorian, Colonial, Tudor, Denver Squares, French Eclectic, Georgian, Italian, and NeoClassical. The homes in this area are some of the older and larger homes in Denver, juxtaposed with ranches, duplexes, and other new construction. Once upon a time, these were the homes of socialities, dignitaries, and some of the city’s wealthiest and most influential citizens.
The surrounding area features an electic mix of art galleries, theatres, and dining experiences for all tastes. Proximity to downtown Denver and Cherry Creek makes this area an ideal oasis of big-city living, with all the comforts of a small neighborhood.