The Secret Speer Neighborhood Shares Up More than Alamo Placita

The Secret Speer Neighborhood Shares Up Great History on this Urban Hike

Shhh! Here's the funny thing about Speer Neighborhood. It's the neighborhood with the most millennials in Denver (42% of the neighborhood's population is between 25-34!), yet lots of folks don't know they live here in Speer Neighborhood. But if you say Alamo Placita or West Wash Park, everyone says ah-ha! Problem is, according to the City of Denver, "Alamo Placita" and "West Wash Park" don't exist as neighborhoods. But Speer does. That's a funny thing living in one of the most convenient neighborhoods in Denver, yet no one knows where it is.

In the Middle of Everything, Almost

The Speer Neighborhood's boundaries lie just south of Cap Hill and Cheesman Neighborhoods, east of Baker Neighborhhood and north of Wash Park Neighborhood. Officially, the boundaries are Seventh Avenue to the north, Downing Street to the east, Alameda Avenue to the south, and Broadway to the west. Yet person after person, when walking in the neighborhood and when asked where they lived, not one person said, "Speer."

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Grandiose Homes and Fantastical Parks!

Funny how the neighborhood named after a Mayor who had some of the biggest impact on Denver is practically anonymous. Mayor Speer, who lived in a now-torn-down home in the Alamo Placita community and who developed the area along with creating the City Beautiful movement which brought the large boulevards, City Park, Civic Park, and many other landmarks Denverites love, would have probably been a bit embarrassed that no one knows where his namesake is. He certainly was a showman, and the homes in the neighborhood showcase his grandiose-ness as well.

Dancing Elks and Bicycling Ladies

Loaded with historical parks, Speer Neighborhood can't be missed. You'll start the walk at the historic Alamo Placita Park. This gorgeous little park and garden has a long and fun history. It started as Chutes Park, where Denverites could watch a herd of elk dive off a platform, followed by a female bicyclist from Paris. They then could gawk at Henri Maurice Cannon, a 617 pound performer, plop off the platform too. Next, they could marvel at the recreation of the Last Day of Pompeii volcanic disaster, recreated with a “real” volcano.

Sadly Chutes Park burned to the ground and went bankrupt. The area was renamed Arlington Park. Mayor Speer, who owned land in and around this area, decided the area was “overgrown with mammoth cottonwoods”, cleared it and cut the park into lots for development. Right before he left office, the city purchased portions of the land and declared it a public park for the citizens of Denver. Cherry Creek ran through the center of this contested area, of which Mayor Speer ultimately had channeled and walled. The north side became known as Alamo Placita Park, and the southside is now Hungarian Freedom Park.

Revolution and Lion Heads!

While in the park, be sure to enjoy the formal gardens, which bloom nicely in the spring and summer. Then, you'll want to cross Speer Blvd and visit Arlington's other half, Hungarian Freedom Park. Like its sister park across Speer Blvd, Alamo Placita, this park has a long history. It started as a dump, became Arlington Park under the vision of SR DeBoer, and ultimately was renamed to commemorate the 1956 revolt of Hungarians against Soviet oppression. DeBoer originally designed the park to offer a forested respite for the local neighborhoods, and you can still see the pine, spruce, fir, honey locust and hawthorn at its southeast end.

Since the original design, in 1963, the Hungarian Club of Colorado, led by Janos Benko, petitioned the city to create a memorial to honor the people killed in the Hungarian/Soviet conflict. The city agreed. The club hired Zoltán Popovits to design the Hungarian memorial, the first of its kind in North America. In 1976, a Baroque two-tiered caste with lion heads, copying the one in Benedict Park and designed by Maurice Bardin, moved in. In 1986, the Hungarian Freedom Park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing feature of the Denver Park and Parkway System.

Walk this Way

This wonderful neighborhood filled with homes from 1890-1930s or so and split in half by Speer Boulevard and the Cherry Creek, has wonderful community, convenience and connected-ness to downtown. It made for a great walk, too, despite having to brave the crossing of Logan and Speer to complete this 3.4 mile route.

The route (click for interactive map):

Start at Alamo Placita park; a good address to locate it is 354 N Ogden St. Walk north to E 7th Ave, taking a left.

You'll be walking on the border of Speer and Cap Hill neighborhoods with large homes on both sides of the street. At Grant St, take a left.

Cross Speer, getting a nice look at Cherry Creek and the Cherry Creek trail. At E 3rd Ave, take a right, then take a left on Sherman.

Continue down Sherman. Just north of 1st on the east side of the street hangs a wonderful tea-bag curtain as a piece of art in a window. Keep going south to E Cedar Ave, take a left.

You'll be walking in the Historic Grant Street District. Take a left on Clarkson.

At 1st St, take a right and then a left on Emerson. Take a moment and view the memorial to the 1965 Hungarian uprising in Hungarian Freedom Park which commemorates the 1956 revolt of Hungarians against Soviet oppression. The lion fountain, designed in 1932 by Maurice Bardin, was placed in the park in 1976.

After enjoying the park, continue north across Speer one more time, then take an immediate right on E 3rd Ave. When you reach Alamo Placita park, enjoy the gardens on the south side of 3rd, which still honor the original layout designed by Saco Resnik DeBoer.

Take a left on Ogden, returning you back to the start.

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If you’ve enjoyed this walk, maybe you’ll enjoy some other walks curated by Denver By Foot. Get the 52 Hikes 52 Weeks Denver Calendar, which recommends a hike a week, subscribe to the YouTube Channel to hear about weekly hiking suggestions in Denver, and buy access to the Denver By Foot Challenge. The Challenge is 30 activities in Denver to do by foot where you’ll uncover treasures throughout Denver. It’s a great thing to do with friends and family, or even along during our lock down.

Finally, please support Denver By Foot by purchasing Chris Englert’s books, The Best Urban Hikes: Denver and Discovering Denver Parks. Thank you so much!

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A Little High Brow-ing through Regis Neighborhood

High Brow-ing through Regis Neighborhood's Urban Hike


Sitting on the hill just north of I70 is Regis, a neighborhood that broke itself off from its southern celery farmers in Berkeley. Bounded by 52nd St to the north, Federal to the east, Harlan to the west and I70 to the south, Regis separated from Berkeley in order to become its own enclave of higher society. Regardless of the reasons to live in Regis, it's a great neighborhood for an interesting urban hike of over 4 miles.

Custom Homes and Homes for Everyone

Originally, William Lang, who designed many houses in Denver including the Molly Brown House and Castle Marne, built 35 beautiful custom homes to attract the middle class away from the smokey bottoms of the Platte River and away from snooty Cap Hill. Although only a few of those original homes still stand, the neighborhood's big features now are the Willis Case Golf Course and Regis University.

And a University, Too!

The Jesuit school, Regis University, attracts students from all backgrounds and religions. Although it was originally Las Vegas College in New Mexico and the College of the Sacred Heart in Morrison, it eventually found its home here by way of a land donation from the controversial and fantastical  John Brisben Walker (who started Red Rocks Park.) Upon its move north of Berkeley, the school became Regis College and then Regis University, ultimately becoming the namesake of the neighborhood. It also swallowed up several programs from competing colleges, including the nursing program from Loretto Heights College, which was in Loretto Heights.

But Wait, There's More!

Also within the neighborhood is the old El Jezbel Shrine (now turning into condos) and a Buddist monastery as well. Around every corner is a surprise. There's even found a shoe garden!

Across from Regis sits the antique-school-turned-housing, Berkeley School apartments. At one time, a tunnel ran from the main school building to its northern expansion, and the children practiced bomb sheltering in the tunnel. Each class had its own spot along the wall to gather to wait out the bomb drills.

Fun and Frivolity

To the very west end of the neighborhood is Inspiration Point Park--known by many Denver teenagers. During the day, the views across the front range hold imaginations of adventure and travel. Mayor Speer created the area as part of his City Beautiful campaign. At dusk, you can catch a great sunset view. Be sure to check out Inspiration Park's gardens on the east end and historical markers on the north side.

This walk takes you through some of the major and a few minor features of this interesting neighborhood.

The Route (click for interactive map):

Start at 5000 Tennyson. Walk to the west along 50th where it ends at the El Jezbel temple, now becoming a condo complex and is across from the Willis Case Golf Course club house. Return back to Tennyson and head south.

Pass some of the original homes built in the former North Denver nee Berkeley Hills nee Regis. Take a left on W 49th Ave, walking past more beautiful, original homes. At Newton St, take a left, heading north.

At W 50th Ave, take a right then a left on Lowell Blvd. Notice the old Berkeley School on the left and then cross over Lowell into the Regis University Campus.

Make your way to the center of the campus to look north at the original Regis building. Read the various plaques, then make your way behind the building. Just to the north and west of the building is a small foot path that takes you to a secluded, private area. In this area is a small table and a statue of Jesus Christ. The statue has a very different perspective of how Jesus appeared. When finished, return to the south of the historic building.

Make your way easterly across the main campus courtyard to the Admissions Building. Just to the north of the building is a statue to James Joyce, and it's worth an interesting stop.

When finished thinking about the Dubliners and other Joyce novels, continue south to the front of the campus and enjoy additional religion-inspired artwork. When finished exploring the campus, exit it on W 50th Ave, continuing to the east.

Take a right on Grove St, then a right on W 49th Ave.

Take a left on Julian Street then a right on W 48th Ave. Pass the monastery. At the end of 48th, there is a little sidewalk path that sneaks to Lowell Blvd.

At Lowell, turn north (right). Pass the famous Goldspot Brewing Company and the Noshery. As you continue north along this street where the trolley once ran, also notice the old and older gas stations along the way. Take a left on W 50th Ave.

Take a right on Meade St. Take a left on W 51st St. You'll be walking in the newer section of Regis, dating from the 1950s or so. Take a left on Raleigh St. Watch out for pirates!

Take a right on W 50th returning back to your start.

High Browing through Regis and Supporting DenverByFoot

If you’ve enjoyed this walk, maybe you’ll enjoy some other walks curated by Denver By Foot. Get the 52 Hikes 52 Weeks Denver Calendar, which recommends a hike a week, subscribe to the YouTube Channel to hear about weekly hiking suggestions in Denver, and buy access to the Denver By Foot Challenge. The Challenge is 30 activities in Denver to do by foot where you’ll uncover treasures throughout Denver. It’s a great thing to do with friends and family, or even along during our lock down.

Finally, please support Denver By Foot by purchasing Chris Englert’s books, The Best Urban Hikes: Denver and Discovering Denver Parks. Thank you so much!

What did you like about this walk? Post it on Facebook and tag your posts with #denverbyfoot so I can find them.

See you on the trail!

~Chris

 


Custom Homes and Giant Reservoirs Treat You on this Urban Hike through Southmoor

Custom Homes and Giant Reservoirs Treat You on this Urban Hike through Southmoor

Sitting between Cherry Hills and I25 can't be easy. At one time, Southmoor neighborhood was part of the  Hampden South neighborhood. They split off, becoming Southmoor. Shaped like a sideways bow tie, the neighborhood's northend homes neatly trimmed yards, and its southern neighbors live in multi-family dwellings. In the middle is Jefferson High and the Denver Water Hillcrest facility. You can meander the neighborhood on a gorgeous day, enjoying some custom homes and tree-lined streets.

Southmoor's location makes it a great place to live if you work at Denver Tech Center or anywhere in South Denver. You can even jump over to Wallace Park to catch afternoon concerts for the brown-bagging crowd.

Southmoor is a long neighborhood. From one end of the bow-tie shape to the other is over 5 miles. Happy Canyon Road becomes Monaco halfway through the neighborhood and it makes roughly the western boundary. I25 is the eastern boundary, Hampden is the northern boundary and Belleview picks up the southern side. Although separated by the interstate, Southmoor does buddy up with Hampden for a neighborhood association.

Storing Water

The Denver Water Hillcrest facility dominates the neighborhood. Built as a storage facility in the 1960s, the needs for Denver Water's water have grown. Denver Water is now replacing and restoring some of the tanks, adding new pumps and infrastructure. Three new 15 million gallons tanks are on their way! Watch this informative video where you can see inside one of the new reservoirs and learn about what's happening at Denver Water's Hillcrest station.

A Little Logistics along Happy Canyon

Walking the neighborhood will take some logistical expertise; there's not really a good way to walk north and south except along Happy Canyon. Within the subdivisions, roads curve to other roads, making an east-west walk become circular. None the less, you are able to pick up 3.5 miles even though you'll have to double back on Happy Canyon.

 

Halfway on this route, you'll find the tiny Jefferson Square Park, not to be confused with the similarly named Jefferson Park up near Highland. Sharing lacrosse fields and other facilities with Thomas Jefferson High School, this triangle-shaped park welcomes the locals from the Southmoor neighborhood. Although the actual park is small with playground equipment for little kids and a mixed use field, it appears big. You can see the tennis courts and ball fields of the high school next to the park, adding to the open space feel of this neighborhood gathering spot.

From custom homes to some slightly renovated and many 1970/80s Brady Bunch style homes, it doesn't appear that much has changed in the northern neighborhood. The southern neighborhood is caught up in the hustle-bustle of Denver living and has quick access to DTC.

The route (click for interactive map):

Start at 3616 S Forest Way. Walk east to Happy Canyon Road, take a right. Go northerly to S Eudora Way, take a left. At S Dahlia St take a left.

Take a left on Mansfield Ave, then take a right on Happy Canyon Rd. Follow Happy Canyon past Jefferson High and Jefferson Square Park to the Quincy intersection.

Notice the development and apartments to the south, the bridge that crosses i25 into Aurora, and the easy access to DTC.

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Turn around and go back up Happy Canyon Rd.

At S Jersey St, take a right. Stay on Jersey to S Hillcrest Dr. Take a left. At E Ithaca Pl, take a left.

Take a left on S Ivanhoe, pass the Hebrew Educational Alliance. Cross S Holly St and you'll be on E Jefferson Ave.

Stay on Jefferson, which will turn into S Forest Way, bringing you back to where you started.

Exploring Denver by Foot and Supporting DenverByFoot

If you’ve enjoyed this walk, maybe you’ll enjoy some other walks curated by Denver By Foot. Get the 52 Hikes 52 Weeks Denver Calendar, which recommends a hike a week, subscribe to the YouTube Channel to hear about weekly hiking suggestions in Denver, and buy access to the Denver By Foot Challenge. The Challenge is 30 activities in Denver to do by foot where you’ll uncover treasures throughout Denver. It’s a great thing to do with friends and family, or even along during our lock down.

Finally, please support Denver By Foot by purchasing Chris Englert’s books, The Best Urban Hikes: Denver and Discovering Denver Parks. Thank you so much!

What did you like about this walk? Post it on Facebook and tag your posts with #denverbyfoot so I can find them.

See you on the trail!

~Chris


Getting Happy along Sunnyside's Urban Hike

Sunny on This Side, Sunnyside

One of Denver's oldest neighborhoods that grew up around sugar beets, the railroad and the smelting industry, it grew out of its "Little Italy" history into a tight-knit community adjusting to a new identity. Taking an urban hike through Sunnyside provides an interesting and engaging opportunity to see how diversity and variety can co-habitat. Feeling a little gloomy? Brighten up in Sunnyside. From streets named after Native American tribes to an annual music festival, you'll find something for everyone in Sunnyside.

 

Sunnyside, with boundaries of the Union Pacific Railroad lines on the east, Interstate 70 on the north, Federal Boulevard on the West and 38th Avenue on the south, has a mix of housing, with everything from income-qualified blocks of homes to restored large turn-of-the century homes and WWII cottages intermingled within.

Good Neighbors Helping Good Neighbors

A good community has good neighbors. In Sunnyside, the neighbors have created the Sunnyside Music Fest, held in Chaffee Park in September. Began in 2000 in the backyard of two residents who wanted to have friends over for music 2 bands played, 2 kegs drank, 50 people danced and about 20 dogs howled. The festival folder in the mid 2000s when the original couple moved away. But soon, neighbors organized again and revived the festival with the help of local musicians like Mollie O¹Brien. The Sunnyside Festival is now a mainstay, found the second Saturday in September, and it even raises enough money to provide grants to local kids wanting to play music.

Neighbors also formed the Troy Chavez Memorial Peace Garden, in response to gang violence, to provide local kids with healthy after-school activities. The Garden provides peaceful locations to connect, while the Foundations raises money to help kids pay for school supplies and learn computer skills. Within the garden, you'll find local art reflecting on Aztec and Mexican culture.

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In addition, Sunnyside's downtown area thrives with the excellent Sunny's Cafe (get the Hipster!) and new breweries opening in several locations. Also on its main street, you'll find Common Grounds Coffeehouse, a happening place to find everyone in Sunnyside hanging out. Their vibrant bulletin board tells the story of what to do in Sunnyside. Be sure to pick up some flowers at the very cute Diz's Daisies--they also deliver. Get some hydrangeas! And throw in some gerbera daisies with your order to keep up your happy Sunnyside smile.

Why Native American Street Names?

From income-qualified homes to old treasures, Sunnyside's growth has waxed and waned. But it remembers its past, embraces its present, and thinks about its future. The artwork in alleys honors Sunnyside's Native American street-naming conventions. But why Native American tribal names? Back when Sunnyside finally annexed to Denver in the late 1880s, there was a movement to standardize Denver's naming convention for streets. Antelope, Bison, and Deer Streets, for example, change to tribal names, including Pecos, Navajo and Zuni. While walking in Sunnyside, be sure to see the entire neighborhood, not just some of its more popular areas.

Restored Gas Stations and Great Public Art

Along the route, you'll pass Chaffee Park, not to be confused with the neighborhood of the same name. This park,

This community park, punctuated by Mark Lansdon’s lively steel flower sculpture, ‘Garden of Flowers’, is the heartbeat of the neighborhood and where the community organizes its annual Sunnyside Music Fest. Whether you’re here for the music or not, enjoy a game of pick-up basketball, toss a ball on the ball fields, or let you kids play on the playground that has a climbing wall, rope bridge and tractor!

The Route (click for interactive map):

Start at 4202 Lipan St. Head north, enjoying the artwork on the dumpsters around the income-qualified housing. Take a left on W 46th Ave. At Tejon St, head south.

You'll pass Chaffee Park on the left. Drop down and see Artist Mark Lansdon’s ‘Garden of Flowers', then come back up and go west on W 44th Ave.

Drop in on Common Grounds for a cuppa or if you need to use the restroom. They might even be roasting some coffee beans while you're there. Continue toward Zuni, walking through the small commercial area, Sunny's Cafe, and the darling, restored, auto shop on the side side of the street. Take a left on Zuni.

Take a right on W 43rd Ave then a left on Bryant St. At W 39th Ave, turn east (left).

At Tejon, take a right and then a left into the first alley. Walk in the ally until you come to the Troy Chavez Garden. Walk through the garden, reading the signs and artwork, making sure you see the tiles on the columns at the entry.  These tiles were made by the families of several of the victims who've fallen to neighborhood violence. Exit the garden at Shoshone, turning north.

Take a right on W 40th Ave, then a left on the alley between Osage and Navajo, then a right on W 41st Ave.

At Navajo, head north, noticing the artwork in the street and the gorgeous Horace Mann school, now Trevista. At W 42nd St, take a right and return back to Lipan where you began this 3.5-mile amble.

Getting Happy in Sunnyside and Supporting DenverByFoot

If you’ve enjoyed this walk, maybe you’ll enjoy some other walks curated by Denver By Foot. Get the 52 Hikes 52 Weeks Denver Calendar, which recommends a hike a week, subscribe to the YouTube Channel to hear about weekly hiking suggestions in Denver, and buy access to the Denver By Foot Challenge. The Challenge is 30 activities in Denver to do by foot where you’ll uncover treasures throughout Denver. It’s a great thing to do with friends and family, or even along during our lock down.

Finally, please support Denver By Foot by purchasing Chris Englert’s books, The Best Urban Hikes: Denver and Discovering Denver Parks. Thank you so much!

What did you like about this walk? Post it on Facebook and tag your posts with #denverbyfoot so I can find them.

See you on the trail!

~Chris

 



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Liberating Change on this Urban Hike through Berkeley

Liberating Change on this Urban Hike through Berkeley

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Cesar Chavez sets the tone for this 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, the Berkeley neighborhood has always been about people. Berkeley's Tennyson business district, the neighborhood's heartbeat, screams out to the locals to maintain Berkeley as a cool, hip, interesting place to be. The veritable Feral anchors the shopping district, making sure to provide local-oriented events and invites for people to hang.

Where's Berkeley? It's a rectangularly shaped neighborhood with the boundaries of  I70, W 38th Ave, Sheridan and Federal.

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The Times, They Are a'Changin

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From Cesar Chavez' workers' park, where moms drink chai and lattes while babies play-date, up the business district of Tennyson, and on into Rocky Mountain Lake Park, transition is a foot. The closer to Tennyson Street you get, the more home scrapes and rebuilds you'll found. The buzz of Berkeley balances the old with the new on your amble toward Berkeley's outskirts.

Cesar Chavez Park, named after the American labor leader and civil rights activist, oozes with thoughts about workers rights. You’ll find murals along the outer perimeter of the park and stamped concrete with sayings such as, “The fight is never about grapes or lettuce…” You’ll even find a bust of Chavez overlooking Tennyson.

 

 

In 1966, Corky Gonzalez founded the Crusade for Justice, sparking the Chicano movement right here in Denver. Together with Cesar Chavez, Paco Sanchez, and La Alma’s Benevidez family, the world started to listen to the Hispanic community. There are at least five places in Denver to learn about its history by foot; Cesar Chavez Park (see video), La Alma/Lincoln Park, Corky Gonzalez Library, Paco Sanchez Park (see video) and Columbus/La Raza Park (see video).

The small but mighty Cesar Chavez park has basketball, bocce and soccer fields plus ping pong tables and a great playground for kids.

Two Lakes and a Dog Park, Too

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You'll head up Tennyson to 47th, and meander along Rocky Mountain Lake while waving hello to Berkeley Lake and its dog park to the west. Berkeley Lake has always attracted the neighborhood. John Walker originally used the lake to irrigate alfalfa, and eventually a race track around the lake popped up. By 1906, the City purchased the property, adding it to George Kessler’s Denver Park and Parkway System. From there, the city’s first public golf course appeared, cobblestone restrooms and a bathhouse were added, and the William H Smiley Branch of Denver Public Library opened. In 1927, the park got a bit of a face lift and S.R. DeBoer rerouted the roads to limit commuter traffic through the park. Cedar, oak, pine, birch and cottonwood provided shade for lake goers, and ultimately, after I70 settled the northern boundary of the park, it entered the National Register of Historic Places.

From original homes with bikes piled in their front yards, to newly minted, tall duplexes, the co-mingling of tastes and styles jump from every corner. Berkeley is on the move.

If It Isn't Nailed Down...

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Towards the end of this walk, you'll come upon old bungalows with new facades. The giant Skinner Middle School shouts from the past, and new builds on top of old foundations exemplify 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 Theater. Adjusting to the demands of its new neighbors, the Oriental's sign always expresses what's happening in the neighborhood. You'll find locals telling jokes, shows, burlesque shoes, movies, and family entertainment. Every night something changes.

 

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

 

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The route (click for interactive map):

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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 Theater, 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.

Liberating Change in Berkeley and Supporting DenverByFoot

If you’ve enjoyed this walk, maybe you’ll enjoy some other walks curated by Denver By Foot. Get the 52 Hikes 52 Weeks Denver Calendar, which recommends a hike a week, subscribe to the YouTube Channel to hear about weekly hiking suggestions in Denver, and buy access to the Denver By Foot Challenge. The Challenge is 30 activities in Denver to do by foot where you’ll uncover treasures throughout Denver. It’s a great thing to do with friends and family, or even along during our lock down.

Finally, please support Denver By Foot by purchasing Chris Englert’s books, The Best Urban Hikes: Denver and Discovering Denver Parks. Thank you so much!

What did you like about this walk? Post it on Facebook and tag your posts with #denverbyfoot so I can find them.

See you on the trail!

~Chris