Cheesman Park - Denver
Cheesman Park from above. Photo courtesy of Denver.org.
The Cheesman Park neighborhood is one of Denver’s oldest residential areas. The neighborhood was almost totally developed by 1915, and was characterized by large homes for the wealthy. Much of Cheesman Park’s history is shrouded by the fact that the land was historically used as a cemetery. Now, Cheesman Park Neighborhood is home to some of Denver’s most beloved sites, such as Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheesman Park itself.
On the whole, Cheesman Park has remained true to its original design. It is one of the last urban parks in the country where vehicles are permitted to travel through and around the grounds. Today Cheesman Park is comprised primarily of restaurants, bars, apartment buildings, conversion condo buildings, and restored homes. (DNN). Learn more about this classic Denver neighborhood below!
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Photo courtesy of Chris May.
Cheesman Park is (was) the site of a 320 acre cemetery, established in 1858. All of the bodies were dug up and removed from the plot of land in March 1893. In the parks landscape you'll see majestic views and a plethora of flower gardens. Cheesman park features historic architecture and a gorgeous view of Denver's sky scrapers.
Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo courtesy of Visit Denver.
Denver Botanic Gardens is a must see. It's a 23 acre park that contains a conservatory, a variety of themed gardens, and an amphitheater for shows and concerts. To check out their summer concert series, check here. They feature a variety of gardens including the water garden, gardens of the west, and internationally inspired gardens. They also have many free entry days to the gardens, you can find the specific dates here. It also features Mordecai Children's Garden where kids and families can explore different plants and the natural world through hands on experiences and play.
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Four skeletons were found during irrigation work in Cheesman Park in 2010.
Several more were unearthed in 2008.
Denver’s infamous Pride Fest Parade begins at Cheesman Park every year.
Via car: 9 minutes
Via bike: 12 minutes
Via walking: 36 minutes
COMMUTE TO VAIL: 1H 44MIN
Cheesman Park West Association
1156 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80218
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