Bordered to the north by Alameda, to the the west by Downing, the east by University Blvd, and to the south by I-25, Washington Park is a charming older neighborhood with mature shade trees, quiet streets, and well-cared-for bungalows style homes. “Wash Park,” as it is fondly called, offers excellent access to any major location in the city. Because homes here tend to be smaller and more affordable, many residents are young professionals in their 30s or 40s or empty nesters who have moved back into the city from the suburbs now that their children are grown. “Pop-top” is another commonly heard term here, because “popping the top” by adding a second story and enlarging the bungalow home has become quite a trend. The residents tend toward friendliness and active concern for an involvement in the community.
At the center of the neighborhood is a beautiful 161-acre park containing two large lakes which are frequented by flocks of geese, tennis courts, a boathouse, a rec center, flower gardens, picnic areas and a playground. The rec center features a public pool, workout area and basketball courts. From bikers and rollerbladers to runners, walkers and picnickers, the park is a sanctuary for residents and Denverites of all ages. A special block in this lovely neighborhood, Old South Gaylord Street, is home to one-of-a-kind specialty shops, service businesses, restaurants and cafes.