Cheesman Park

E 8th Ave & Franklin St
Denver CO 80218
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 5am-11pm
  • Tue: 5am-11pm
  • Wed: 5am-11pm
  • Thu: 5am-11pm
  • Fri: 5am-11pm
  • Sat: 5am-11pm
  • Sun: 5am-11pm

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Located on the site of a former cemetery, Cheesman Park takes up five square blocks in a historic residential area of central Denver. The park is well maintained and its expansive lawn is a lovely place for walking, biking or simply relaxing.

Parking and public transportation at Cheesman Park
A circular road runs through the park, and many parking spaces are provided along it. There is also a small parking lot on the east side. The park is easily accessible by foot, on a walk through the Capitol Hill and Cheesman Park neighborhoods. The RTD route 10 bus is the easiest way to reach the park by public transportation, as it has several stops in the vicinity.

Best and worst time to go to Cheesman Park
The park can be quite crowded with sunbathers and sport seekers on Saturdays and Sundays, but the bustle and activity can be part of the charm of a visit. If you intend to utilize the park's trail for fitness, try to visit after 7 p.m. on summer days, as the trail fills up quickly with the post-work crowd. In the winter, visiting after a fresh snowfall presents the park in a lovely state of beauty and solitude.

Admission to Cheesman Park
The park is completely free of charge to the public. All of Denver's parks are open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Must see/do at Cheesman Park
Take advantage of the 1-mile loop around the perimeter of the park to explore all it has to offer. Bikes are not permitted on this trail, but it is popular with walkers and runners. Walk around the striking pavilion on the east side of the park, then post up on the lawn in front of it to watch the sun set.

Other places to visit near Cheesman Park
The Denver Botanic Gardens are separated from Cheesman Park only by a fence, and are definitely worth a visit if the season is right for things to be in bloom. If you're in the mood for a treat, try Liks Ice Cream on 13th Ave, which makes some of the best ice cream in Denver.

Insider tip for visitors to Cheesman Park
Unlike many of the other public parks in Denver, Cheesman Park does not have a water source, which offers one very striking perk: no geese. Many other parks are plagued by the creatures, but Cheesman is the perfect place to head to if you want to relax on a clean lawn and enjoy a book or a picnic in peace.

Author's bio: Julia O. is a full-time editor and part-time freelance writer transplanted from Boston to Denver. She is thriving on the transition and has enjoyed the exploration of both cities and everything in between.