Wash Park

Wash Park

Wash Park, short for Washington Park, is a picturesque and highly sought-after neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. Named after the expansive Washington Park, which serves as the neighborhood's centerpiece - and also known as Denver's version of New York's Central Park - this area offers a blend of natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and a charming residential community.

Washington Park itself is a 155-acre urban park, renowned for its lush greenery including two flower gardens - one of which is a replica of George Washington's gardens at Mount Vernon - two scenic lakes, and well-maintained pathways. It provides ample space for various outdoor activities, including jogging, biking, picnicking, and team sports. Visitors can also enjoy boating and fishing at the two park's lakes - Smith Lake and Grasmere Lake. 

The Wash Park neighborhood surrounding the park is characterized by its tree-lined streets, historic homes, and a mix of architectural styles, including Victorian, Tudor, and bungalow-style houses. Many properties in the area exude charm and character, reflecting the neighborhood's rich history.

Wash Park has split personalities with East Wash Park (homes east of Franklin Street) and Washington Park West (homes west of Downing Street). As the park began to take shape in the early 1800s, East Wash Park became a desirable residential area, characterized by the construction of beautiful homes overlooking the western mountains, many of which still stand today. The neighborhood attracted well-to-do residents, including prominent Denver figures and professionals. Wash Park West began to develop around the same time. This neighborhood initially attracted a mix of working-class families and young professionals. It featured a variety of housing options, including single-family homes, apartment buildings, and duplexes.

Over the years, both sides of the park have evolved while maintaining their distinct characteristics. East Wash Park has retained its reputation as an upscale residential area, with well-preserved historic homes and a strong sense of community. It features Old South Gaylord Street, a shopping and dining district that offer an array of boutique shops, restaurants, cafes, and local businesses, creating a vibrant and walkable commercial scene.

Wash Park West, on the other hand, has experienced a revitalization and transformation in recent decades. It has become increasingly popular among young professionals, artists, and individuals seeking a more affordable alternative to East Wash Park. The neighborhood has seen the emergence of new businesses, restaurants, Whole Foods, and a vibrant cultural scene along its main corridors, such as South Broadway.

Residents often take advantage of the park's amenities, organizing social gatherings, picnics, and sports activities. The neighborhood fosters a strong sense of community, with various events and festivals held throughout the year. It is a highly coveted neighborhood for those seeking a balance between nature, recreation, and a welcoming community atmosphere in the heart of Denver with easy access to everything.

EAT + DRINK

Homegrown Tap & Dough - 

Perdida

Wash Park Grille

Olivia

Uncle - modern ramen shop with creative small plates, ramen, entrees, craft cocktails, sake, beer and wine. Be sure to order the chilled tofu appetizer.

Carmine's on Penn - Family-style Italian with a cute outdoor patio.

Devil's Food Bakery & Cookery

Lincoln's Roadhouse - This Blues bar and Cajun Cafe features live music on Friday + Saturday night. A good mixed crowd from the older locals to the younger crowd.

Mister Oso - Tropical vibes at this second location of Mister Oso (original location is in Rino) in Wash Park. Mister Oso offers Mexican cuisine including tacos, empanadas, and ceviche to delicious frozen margaritas. 

The Kentucky Inn - This Wash Park dive just got a big renovation, and even the menu has a new look. Anything pimento cheese is delicious! All in all, great dive bar and equally great food.

Rosebud Cafe - Cute, quaint cafe that offers a housemade chai, lattes or pastries along with breakfast and lunch items. Try the Persian breakfast and get a French baguette instead of the pita bread. 


Overview for Wash Park, CO

6,822 people live in Wash Park, where the median age is 46 and the average individual income is $96,521.27. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

6,822

Total Population

46 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$96,521.27

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Wash Park, CO

Wash Park has 2,800 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Wash Park do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 6,822 people call Wash Park home. The population density is 6,775.29 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

6,822

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

46

Median Age

50.63 / 49.37%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
2,800

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$96,521.27

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Wash Park, CO

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The following schools are within or nearby Wash Park. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
St John's Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Steele Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5

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