One of the best known parks in the city of Denver, CO is called Washington Park. It is very popular and also probably the most traveled by visitors. Being that it is in the heart of the city, it is easy for people to get to and congregate for the many activities that take place there.
The park is spread out over 165 acres, and this makes it one of the largest in the city. The two lakes and a pond enhance the beauty of the park. Flower gardens are abundant, and there are 54 of them in all. Each year, more than 25,000 plants are planted. One of them is designed after Martha Washington's garden that was at Mt. Vernon.
The park is well equipped for sports and other activities - which is what makes it so popular. It has 10 tennis courts, a croquet field, several soccer fields, a basketball court, a roller blade court, and more. There is a large recreation center, which has an indoor pool, free weights and other athletic facilities. For children, there are two playgrounds, and one of them is handicap accessible.
Several trails are in the park, and one of them goes around the perimeter, giving hikers a perfect place to walk. Vehicular traffic is closed in the park, except the road to the northern Smith Lake. Altogether, the main trail is about two miles. Bikers also share this road.
When it comes to finding something to do in this park, it could just be left to the imagination. You can have a picnic (grills are allowed), play volleyball, roller blade, meet people, or just feed the squirrels. Bikes and multi-person bikes can be rented, and so can paddle boats. In the wintertime, you can ice skate on the lakes, or ski.
You can also have your party or event at the park, too. There is a beautifully restored boathouse/pavilion that can be used for the occasion and the park is the perfect place for it. Some groups even hold their block parties here.
The Recreation Center offers activities for the whole family, as well. While some of the activities and spaces are free, there are also classes held here of all kinds. Programs are offered for all ages, including some sports programs and a summer day camp. The pond is also available for youth to go fishing.
The center has a weight room, cardio equipment, aerobics, a kitchen, and a pool. It also has art & crafts, pottery and a kiln. Meeting space can be rented, too. Visitors can take part in the classes for single occasions, too.
During the summer months, you can also enjoy the free concerts in the park. The Colorado Symphony plays here in June. Then, you can enjoy the fireworks that take place here in July.
Not far from the park, visitors can find many other places to go for food and some shopping. Just about any kind of cuisine can be found here. The neighborhood right around the park is being renovated, and it is becoming a better neighborhood. This provides a more relaxing atmosphere