Denver may be a world-class metropolis with all the familiar urban sights and sounds, but no matter where you find yourself in the city, you’re likely to be only a few steps away from a lush and relaxing green space.
CIVIC CENTER PARK
101 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Located in the heart of downtown Denver, Civic Center Park is always bursting with life, as tourists and locals take advantage of the beautiful landscaping and vibrant atmosphere of this unique urban park. Many events, such as Cinco de Mayo, Civic Center EATS (a food truck festival every Tuesday and Thursday in the summer months), the Capitol Hill People's Fair, Denver PrideFest, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and A Taste of Colorado are traditionally held annually in Civic Center. This spacious plaza, surrounded by monumental government and public buildings, is a stone's throw from a number of Mile High City attractions, including the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Public Library, the 16th Street Mall and the Colorado State Capitol Building.
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2250 15th St.
Where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River meet and mingle, you'll find the unique and scenic Confluence Park. Watch kayakers brave the rapids on custom-designed chutes, sunbathe on the sandy banks and enjoy panoramic views of downtown Denver. In the summer, Confluence Park is home to a free concert series, held every Thursday evening around dusk. The park is close to the the Downtown Aquarium, the Children's Museum of Denver and Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park.
SLOAN'S LAKE PARK
1700 Sheridan Blvd.
Located in the up-and-coming Highlands neighborhood of Denver, Sloan's Lake Park is an urban oasis, with the enormous Sloan's Lake taking center stage. In the summer be sure to keep an eye out for water skiers zooming across the lake, framed by a stunning view of the Denver skyline. Bring some food to grill and spread out a picnic blanket or two - there's plenty of room at this 177-acre park. Sloan's Lake hosts the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a celebration of Asian American culture and tradition, featuring a host of amazing dragon boats filling the lake.
15th and Little Raven Sts.
One of the city's newest park additions, Commons Park can be found on the banks of the South Platte River in a spot that just happens to be the city's birthplace. It's a pleasing mix of natural and urban influences: Close to 40 percent of the park is covered by native plants, a piece of reconstructed lush "sand prairie" close to what would have existed in the area originally. Meanwhile, the promenade along Little Raven Street is a tree-lined walkway dotted with many seating areas and entries, to connect the park to downtown Denver and the parks' future neighbor, the Commons Neighborhood.
On the corner of 16th and Arapahoe Sts.
Adjacent to the 16th Street Mall, Skyline Park offers an easy getaway for the approximately 110,000 people who spend their workday in downtown Denver. Located at 15th and Arapahoe Sts., Skyline Park is always a fun place to spend a little time in, especially during the summer, with free evening movies taking place on a regular basis. But don't miss the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park every winter, offering FREE ice skating all season long.