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Cheesman Park is located near central Denver. The park is surrounded by neighborhoods that consist of apartment buildings, single family homes, with a mix of new buildings and older mansions. Cheesman Park has many events that take place from the annual pridefest, Aids Walk to family picnics and social gatherings.

The history of this park goes back to the 1800’s. Congress, which had originally designated acreage for burials, switched it to park land at the request of Denver officials. By 1894, graves had been removed, burials depleted, and the area fenced, but the incipient Cheesman Park remained empty and deserted until landscape architect, Reinhard Schuetze, drew up formal plans in 1898 that included a lily pond, Pavilion, and rows of Linden trees which you can still see today.

In 1907 funds for a pavilion were donated by the widow of Walter Cheesman in exchange for naming the park in his honor. The Pavilion was constructed of white Colorado marble and decorated on the west by reflecting pools and fountains.

Trying to Create a Japanese tea house, the wooden building at the park’s north end is undergoing repair after years of neglect. During the ’30s and ’40s, Helen Bonfils, owner of the Denver Post, Cheesman Park hosted seminars and theatrical productions that brought enthusiasts by the thousands each summer.

Cheesman Park is a well known neighborhood in Denver and a great gathering spot, attracting joggers, walkers, picnickers, and sunbathers. A wonderful playground is there for parents and their children to enjoy. On windy days you will find brightly colored kites in the air, and in the early snow you will see ski tracks on the freshly fallen snow. You can also enjoy all the wildlife that comes and goes among foxes, squirrels, pigeons, hawks, geese, ducks and much more. This is a prime location to live and enjoy in Denver.

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