Berkeley Neighborhood Denver Walk Hike - Denver By Foot

Berkeley Urban Hiking Denver

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Cesar Chavez sets the tone for our urban hike in Berkeley. Despite the scrapping of old homes, the transition from old to new, and the attempt to keep Berkeley from morphing into the something it’s not, it’s always about people. Berkeley’s Tennyson business district, the neighborhood heartbeat, screams out to the locals to maintain Berkeley as a cool, hip, interesting place to be. Here are the details of our weekly urban hike to discover Denver’s neighborhoods. This week, we walked through Berkeley, whose rectangular shaped boundaries are I70, W 38th Ave, Sheridan and Federal.

Something Old, Something New

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From Cesar Chavez’ workers’ park, where moms drank chai and lattes while babies play-dated, up the business district of Tennyson, and on into Rocky Mountain Lake Park, transition is a foot. The closer to Tennyson Street we got, the more home scrapes and rebuilds we found. The buzz of Berkeley balanced the old with the new on our amble toward Berkeley’s outskirts.

Two Lakes and a Dog Park, Too

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We headed up Tennyson to 47th, and meandered along Rocky Mountain Lake while waving hello to Berkeley Lake and its dog park to the west. From original homes with bikes piled in their front yards, to newly minted, tall duplexes, the co-mingling of tastes and styles jumped from every corner. Berkeley is on the move.

If It Isn’t Nailed Down…

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Towards the end of our walk, we came upon old bungalows with new facades. The giant Skinner Middle School shouted from the past, and new builds on top of old foundations exemplified Berkeley’s desire to blend the old with the new. Not one home is safe from rapid change coming this neighborhood’s way.

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And Character Persists

None the less, many signs of how Berkeley is adapting to change come from examples like the Oriental Theatre. Adjusting to the demands of its new neighbors, the Oriental was throwing a Super Bowl party.

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Yet on our way back to the start of our walk, we came across a pair of homes, probably from the 40s, built by the same builder. With matching rear turrets, they each still maintained their own personalities, adjusting and growing with the times. One had turned into a duplex with fancy roofing, while the other continued as a single family home. Both fit nicely in the neighborhood, while still maintaining their personalities and originality.

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The route:

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Start at Cesar Chavez Park, whose closest address is 4131 Utica Street. Walk east through the park, stopping to look at the bust of Chavez and the interesting quotes stamped into the concrete walls. Continue north, left, on Tennyson. Enjoy the quaint, independently owned shops.

At W 44th Ave, take a right. Admire the Oriental Theatre, then take a left on Stuart St. Continue north to W 46th Ave, take a quick left on W 46th Ave and then a quick right on Tennyson. Notice Berkeley Park to the left with its lake and its dog park.

Take a right on W 47th Ave, enjoying a sidewalk-ed amble through the neighborhood. Notice how the interstate runs right along the north side of the neighborhood. While walking we could barely hear it. Continue along 47th until you get to Rocky Mountain Lake Park. Walk along the edge of the lake, stopping at the original bathrooms, if necessary.

Take a right on Grove St, heading south through the neighborhood. Enjoy the variety of homes and their different ages and styles. At W 40th Ave, take a right, passing the giant Skinner Middle School built in the early 1900s. Also notice the two homes on the south side of the street with matching turrets.

Take a right on Perry and then a quick left on W 42nd Ave. Continue until you return to Cesar Chavez Park.
Click here to see the route, map, and turn by turn directions.

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