An iconic Denver park full of history and wide open spaces.
Cheesman Park is one of Denver’s oldest parks and one that is alive with visitors every day of the year. Its pavilion, The Walter Scott Cheesman Pavilion, is a Denver icon that has been host to many weddings and events since it was dedicated in 1908.
It’s not only the history of the park that makes Denverites love it so, it’s that Cheesman Park is a great place to go for a jog, take a stroll with a friend, sunbathe, ride a bike, throw a frisbee, fly a kite or play on the playground. It’s a green oasis close to many residences and businesses in Denver with easy access and parking.
Fast FactsLocation: 1599 E 8th Ave. (between 8th Ave. & 13th Ave. and Franklin St. & Race St.)
Park Features: Benches, drinking fountain, pavilion, picnic tables, playground, flower beds, fountain, walking/jogging path, bike/pedestrian path, shelter, toilets
This Park is Best For: Walking, jogging, riding a bike, flying a kite, throwing a frisbee, having a picnic and playing on the playground
Open Space Rating: 8 – Has more than one wide open, flat expanse of lawn
Playground Overview: The Cheesman Park playground is a metal and plastic structure that is certainly not new, but is in good condition. The playground surface is sand. Thanks to some lovely, large trees, this playground does have some shade coverage. Features of the playground include slides, swings, bridge element and bouncy ride-on toys.
Playground is Best For Ages: Preschool – elementary
Playground Kid Rating: 6 – Good level of fun, but playground doesn’t have any unique features
Bathroom Options: There are port-o-let toilets in the park near the playground and also near the pavilion.
Parent Tip: Parking is only allowed on one side of the road that passes through the park, so the best way to park near the playground is to enter via 12th Ave.
Denver Parks and Rec. Map: ParkArt_Cheesman Park
Activities For This Destination
Scavenger Hunt: Scavenger Hunt
Create a Simple Paper Kite to Fly at the Park: Kite Instruction Sheet and Simple Kite Template
History Research: Learn more about the park at CheesmanPark.net or at the Cheesman Park Advocacy Group website or check out Denver’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood by Amy Zimmer from your local library.