One of the great things about living in Colorado is that we have plenty of green to enjoy the outdoors. Being green is not only about recycling, buying upcycled material furniture or reusing materials. Being green is also about enjoying the green grass and being outdoors. Denver may be a world-class city with its urban sights, but you’re guaranteed to find a green space close to you.
Green Areas in Denver
There are over 5,000 acres of urban parkland in Denver, more than 200 city parks, 100 miles of trails, 11 dog parks and an additional 14,000 acres of breathtaking mountain parks. As with many public areas, there are certain regulations and rules that visitors need to comply with. So if you’re planning a picnic, make sure not to bring any glass containers. If you’re not at a dog park, your dog must be on a leash at all times. Restrooms may have closed as of the end of September, but porta potties are available year-around. Remember to use the trash cans or take your trash with you when you leave!
4 Great City Parks in Denver
Our version of New York’s Central Park. This grandiose place holds a public golf course, flower gardens, ornate fountains, beautiful lakes, acres of green and lush lawn, and some of the city’s top attractions: The Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Martin Luther King Memorials and more.
Cheeseman Park: 1599 E. 8th St.
Loved by many families because of its large playground that delight the young ones, and also by joggers and runners who enjoy the crushed granite jogging path that goes around the park.
Washington Park: Bordered by Virginia Ave. on the North, Downing St. on the West, Louisiana Ave. on the South, and Franklin St. on the East
“Wash Park” has numerous reasons for being one of the most loved: fantastic space with two lakes (boat rentals available), lovely flower gardens, playgrounds, and exercise options such as an indoor pool, bicycle pathway, crushed granite jogging path, fitness course, horseshoe pit, lawn bowling/croquet area, soccer field and tennis courts.
Civic Center Park: 101 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Located in the heart of Downtown, numerous events are held at this park. Taste of Colorado, Cinco de Mayo, Civic Center EATS, Capitol Hill People’s Fair, Denver PrideFest, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, among others. Here you can also find some of the city’s top attractions: Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, the 16th Street Mall and the Colorado State Capitol Building.
Pack up the car, get your picnic gear out and be sure to hit one of Denver’s City Parks this fall. Green living in Colorado includes supporting our local entities by visiting parks and other green areas. Read of places in Colorado to enjoy the Tree Foliage this fall and how important is recycling for the state of Colorado.