Located in the City and County of Denver, Colorado, Congress Park is both a park and a neighborhood. In 2010, the neighborhood had a total population of 10,235 people and 5,724 households.
Denver’s population increased from 35,000 to over 100,000 people between 1880 and 1890. Due to poor air quality in the late 1880s, the population of Denver had been driven further out into the countryside, and advancements in transportation such as cable cars made the eastern areas of the Capitol Hill district more accessible to Denver’s middle class residents.
Congress Park was platted into more than ten subdivisions between 1887 and 1888, and the region was incorporated into the city of Denver on March 11, 1889, as a result of the city’s growing population and expanding middle class. Congress Park area, formerly known as Capitol Heights, has been in use by the city of Denver since the 1970s and is home to the Colorado State Capitol.
The region was formerly known as Cemetery Hill, after the nearby City Cemetery, which was the inspiration for the name. As a result, in 1887, the city of Denver built a reservoir on land that had previously been designated as part of the cemetery but had never been used for that purpose. By 1890, the cemetery had become a stumbling block for development in the eastern Capitol Hill neighborhood, and Colorado Senator Henry Teller introduced legislation requesting that the land be redesigned as a public park.
Congress Park was established as a result of the relocation of the graves. In its original form, Cheesman Park included land that is now home to the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Water Board as well as Cheesman Park and the Denver Botanic Gardens. It was in 1903 that the area south of the reservoir up to 8th Avenue was designated as the municipal nursery, which supplied the expanding city with trees and flowers for its parks and parkways.
Following the construction of a second reservoir in the vicinity of the nursery in 1908, the region to the north and east of the nursery grew substantially.
Since 2016, the Congress Park Flag Football League (CPFFL) has met on Sundays during the football season, with games taking place every week.
Aside from the eight tennis courts and many sporting fields, the park also includes a children’s playground as well as a picnic pavilion and one of Denver’s public outdoor swimming pools.
The Denver Botanic Gardens are located on the west side of York St in Cheesman Park, on the grounds of the Denver Zoo. Denver’s Communications Center is located at 950 Josephine Street, at the northern edge of Congress Park, and is clearly identifiable due to its large antenna on the roof.
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