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Washington Park and Playground

701 S Franklin St, Denver, CO 80209



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If you are looking for a charming, family-friendly, and active park with lots to do, look no further than Washington Park!

Why I love it: Washington Park is a must-hit if you’re visiting Denver anyway, and the fact that there’s an awesome (and new!) kids’ park inside just makes it even more attractive. There are porta-potties very close, but there are also nicer, family-sized restrooms within walking distance. The park features swings and tunnels for wee ones, as well as climbing features and an awesome paved bike/scooter riding circuit with bumps added for fun for the older kids. The huge sandbox is a draw for kids of all ages, and the fact that it’s right across from a lake and flower garden means it’s the perfect spot to play all morning, and then relax with a lunch by the water later in the day. The fact that the wooden areas of the playground are made from repurposed wood is just icing on the cake.

What to keep in mind: Washington Park is one of the most popular parks in Denver, so it’s bound to be busy whenever you go. There is parking right next to the playground, though, which makes it easy to schlep gear. Besides the lake and park, there is a larger jogging/biking trail that makes it easy to ride bikes with kids or walk with a stroller, and the ample green space is great for more active play, so remember to bring a ball-of-choice to throw or kick around.

It is very common on the weekends for people to host birthday parties next to the playground, or for young people to set up volleyball nets all over the middle of the park to play all day! This park is also very pet friendly. 

By: Cheryl Lock of Weary Wanderer


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Cheryl Lock
Cheryl Lock is a former New Yorker who currently lives in Denver with her husband and two daughters, Lotte and Grace. When she isn't exploring the mountains and trails with her girls, Cheryl is a writer and editor who covers travel, personal finance and parenting. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parents, Real Simple and more. You can see more of her work here at CherylLock.com and WearyWanderer.wordpress.com,.
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