Curtis Park’s boundaries are at 30th Avenue and Champa Street, Denver’s first public park was donated in 1868, while the city was still in its infancy. Curtis Park neighborhood was also the first of Denver’s many “street-car” suburbs; by 1871, horse-drawn streetcars ran on rails that stretched along Champa between Downtown & 27th.
In the early 1980’s many of the Victorian Era homes in Curtis Park underwent renovation. The neighborhoods are socially active and diverse but in constant competition to keep up with the housing market to the North of the central Business district.
Curtis Park embraces three designated historic districts, Clements, Glenarm Place, and San Rafael, and an eclectic mix of historic homes including grand Victorians, Queen Anne’s, Denver Squares, and Brownstone-style row houses. New residences, including lofts, condos, and townhomes, seem to pop up daily along with shops and bistros such as Blackberries Coffee Lounge.
Curtis Park’s great location makes the downtown commute easy and worry-free. You can enjoy a fifteen minute walk or hop on the light rail to go to funky Lodo. You have the Rockies Baseball field in walking distance, upper Larimer, local pubs and restaurants.
Mestizo-Curtis Park sits in the heart of the neighborhood offering tennis, basketball courts, soccer, horseshoe pits, a new playground for the kids to enjoy, and an outdoor pool for the whole family. Its Denver’s oldest park, developed in 1868.
Once a Mecca for jazz greats such as Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, and Duke Ellington, who would jam all night. Curtis Park, now home to a diverse mix of blue collar workers and young professionals, is enjoying an exciting cultural renaissance. Curtis Park is emerging as an excited and promising neighborhood.