Washington Park is one of Denver’s crown jewels. Developed in the 1890s and early 1900s and designed by architects Reinhard Schuetze and Saco DeBoer. The park encompasses 165 acres, contains two large lakes, tennis courts, basketball courts, a regional playground, lawn bowling and croquet courts, two large flower gardens, a substantial meadow used for lawn sports such as volleyball, as well as a bustling recreation center. The recreation center offers a pool, gymnasium, and workout equipment along with a variety of fitness classes. (Access to all recreation centers within Denver is free to residents over sixty.) The park features a 2.6 mile gravel jogging trail encircling the entire space, as well as a 2.3 mile paved “loop road” for pedestrian and bicycle use.
Friends and Neighbors of Washington Park (FANS) was established in 2006 and is a Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) whose mission is to:
Preserve and enhance the character and safety of Washington Park through advocacy and education.
With the help of its all volunteer board and members FANS provides:
- Free educational events such as bird watching, garden tours, arbor tours, and lectures on various topics including photography, pollinators, and wildlife.
- An electronic newsletter and periodic e-mails to keep the public informed about important events and projects within the park. These community outreach efforts help facilitate community input and involvement on future park improvement projects.
- Volunteering opportunities within the park, both on an individual project basis, such as mulching trees and clearing waterways, as well as ongoing projects like weekly volunteering within the park’s gardens.
- Monetary donations for items like, playground equipment, bicycle repair equipment, trees and shrubs.
Enjoy a slideshow below that offers a glimpse into what FANS activities.
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