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Cheesman Park, Denver

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Cheesman Park is an urban park and neighborhood located in the City and County of Denver, Colorado, United States.GeographyCheesman Park is located in central Denver, southeast of downtown. The Park has inexact borders, as it is framed on 3 sides by private residences, but is located in center of the Cheesman Park neighborhood, between Humboldt Street on the west, Race Street and Denver Botanic Gardens on the east, 13th Avenue on the north, and 8th Avenue on the south. The neighborhood's borders are approximately: West: Downing StreetEast: York StreetNorth: Colfax AvenueSouth: 6th-8th Avenue, depending on the sourceEarly park historyIn the late 19th century, the land that is now Cheesman Park was Prospect Hill Cemetery, which also included the land that is now the Denver Botanical Garden and Congress Park further east. The long-disused cemetery was converted to a park which opened in 1907, after city planners felt it would provide an amenity to new residents as land development moved east of the central city. The park was originally named for the US Congress who gave permission to change the cemetery to a park and was renamed Cheesman Park in honor of Denver pioneer Walter Cheesman whose family donated the funds for the neoclassical pavilion on the eastern side of the park in his honor shortly after his death.
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  • Lively, active, happy people and animals around, especially on the weekends. All ages, repectful, easy parking...seems like everyone just wants to enjoy where they are and with who...  more »
  • It was close to our hotel. Nice walkways to go out in the early morning and get some excise. Lots of joggers and dog walkers.  more »
  • My favorite public park in Denver. I used to live around the block, now im about a mile away and frequent the Cheese as we call it. The grass in nicer than most other public parks. Many people usually...  more »
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  • Great park in downtown Denver! Beautiful rolling hills, modern and classical sculptures in different areas, and beautiful old trees lend character to this park. A members entrance to the Botanical Gardens is hidden behind the Greco-Roman pavilion but even more is hidden beneath the soil of the park. This beautiful spot had a hidden dark secret - Cheesman Park was built on top of unclaimed graves that were never exhumed. Just a fun fact to remember for a haunted walkabout!
  • Cheesman Park is a nice place for a picnic. There are a lot of people the day that we went, playing volleyball, running, biking, etc. There's a nice fountain in a building with Corinthian columns in the center of the park which is quite lovely. Parking situation could be improved a little bit and we had to search for a few minutes to find a place, but it was worth it.. the people there were fairly friendly, in the park is dog friendly, but not everyone keeps their dog on a leash. This Denver staple is popular for a reason. Is it good place to relax and unwind after a hard week.
  • I have either been here and it's almost completely empty or a protest might be walking through. Also frat guys hang out here for some reason. Apparently you can also drink here which is cool. Just don't look like a poor person and you should be fine.
  • Well maintained. Rarely crowded, so there's plenty of space to lay down a picnic blanket, set up a volleyball net, bring a camping grill and enjoy some nature time in the heart of the city. The Botanic Gardens has an entrance/exit on the East side, albeit it's for members with a key fab only, so it's lovely for only a select few. The portable toilets leave a lot to be desired, including toilet paper, so be prepared if you plan on spending the day there.
  • Probably one of my favorite parks. It's small and doesn't have alot to do there but people make their own fun there or just relax. Most people are either working out or just relaxing having a picnic, which may not sound amazing but it keeps me coming bad weekly

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