Washington (Wash) Park, a neighborhood and public park in Denver, is a wonderful blend of historic and contemporary architectural styles. Its historic buildings, lakes, tennis courts, lawns, large flower gardens, and recreation center provide the perfect playground for the neighborhood.
Melissa Hechter is a Bradford Real Estate agent and a Wash Park specialist. Her knowledge and expertise in the neighborhood provides insight to the area.
Whether you like to jog, walk, bike or play soccer, volleyball or tennis, viewing the flower gardens, sitting by one of the two lakes and just picnicking on the lawn, you’ll find Wash Park the perfect place to enjoy your day.
Melissa points out, “One of the beautiful gardens is a replica of George Washington’s garden at Mount Vernon. There’s also a lovely boathouse that is available to rent for parties. And, in the summer, you can rent pedal boats or kayaks to enjoy time on the water.”
The park, one of the largest in Denver, serves as a center for social activities, encourages community involvement and enjoys a national reputation. In 2012, the park was designated one of the ‘Great Public Spaces in America’ by the American Planning Association in the year.
Developed in 1899, Wash Park was the inspiration of city planner Kessler, the Olmsted Brothers and the famous philanthropist ‘The Unsinkable’ Molly Brown. The 165-acre park is popular both as a tourist destination and among Denver locals.
Wash Park is actually two neighborhoods— East and West.
East Wash Park is defined by Speer to the North, I-25 to the south, Broadway to the west and Downing to the east. Wash Park West shares the same north/south boarders but lies between Downing to the west and University to the east.
Melissa explains, “Both neighborhoods are within walking distance of Denver’s premier park and offer easy access to downtown Denver, Cherry Creek and I-25.”
Wash Park East, considered the more exclusive of the two neighborhoods, offers charming bungalows and new mini mansions. “The neighborhood has a great walk score, including the shopping on nearby Old South Gaylord,” says Melissa. “They offer a great selection of restaurants and shopping. One of my favorites is Devils Food Bakery and Cookery (1020 S Gaylord St.), a coffee and tea house serving comfort food for breakfast and lunch.”
Another one of Melissa’s personal favorite shops is The Tended Thicket (1034 S Gaylord St.), a garden shop with unique flowers and gifts. And, of course, you can’t miss Bonnie Brae ice cream (799 S University Blvd.), one of Denver’s iconic ice cream shops!
“West Wash Park is more diverse and offers smaller homes, duplexes and condos,” compares Melissa. “But it also has great restaurants and shopping. Vert Kitchen (704 S Pearl St.) is a small gem reminiscent of a French café where everything is fresh and unique.”
There are several new restaurants to explore. Telegraph Bistro and Bar (295 S Pennsylvania St.), is a great neighborhood gathering spot with an outdoor patio and Cafe Marmotte (290 S. Downing St.), a charming French Restaurant with incredible food.
One of the best kept secrets in West Wash Park is Europa Coffee House (76 S. Pennsylvania St.). It’s the perfect place for breakfast or brunch, in addition to a great cup of coffee.
East or west, you’ll love Wash Park!
Melissa Hechter, part of the Bradford Real Estate team since 2014, lives and specializes in the Wash Park area.