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Top 14 Neighborhood Amenities of City Park, Denver, CO

City Park is a neighborhood that is located close to Denver Downtown. The vast majority of the neighborhood is represented by the park with the same name that still remains the main attraction for visitors. Colfax Avenue in the City Park neighborhood in particular, has become a popular area with many hip restaurants, stores, and other businesses, including the newest location of the Tattered Cover bookstore and Twist & Shout record store, just across from the neighborhood. This guide will show you around some of the best places in the neighborhood.

City Park

City Park is an urban park 330 acres (130 ha) and is located in east-central Denver in the neighborhood of the same name. There are two lakes in the park: Ferril and Duck Lakes, and a boathouse. The park forms the vast majority of the neighborhood. The park contains tennis courts, picnic sites, football and soccer fields, historical monuments and two playgrounds. The Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science are also located in the park.
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Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre (32 ha) facility located in City Park of Denver. Founded in 1896, it is owned by the City and County of Denver and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Denver Zoo was started with the donation of an orphaned American black bear. With the construction of Bear Mountain, it became the first zoo in the United States to use naturalistic zoo enclosures rather than cages with bars. It expanded on this concept with Primate Panorama, featuring huge mesh tents and open areas for apes and monkeys, and with Predator Ridge, which has three separate areas through which animals are rotated so that their overlapping scents provide environmental enrichment. Toyota Elephant Passage, which opened on June 1, 2012, is divided into five areas for rotating the various species.
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Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a municipal natural history and science museum. It is a resource for informal science education in the Rocky Mountain region. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help museum visitors learn about the natural history of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. The 500,000-square-foot (46,452 m2) building houses more than one million objects in its collections including natural history and anthropological materials, as well as archival and library resources. The museum encloses the gates Planetarium which presents a view of the universe, using technology to tell science stories and help visitors experience the universe, and the Phipps IMAX Theater located on the second floor of the museum. It was built as the Phipps Auditorium in 1940, and was used for lectures, concerts, and films until 1980. Renovated and reopened in 1983 as the Phipps IMAX Theater, it seats 440 people and now shows large-format IMAX films daily.
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East High School

East High School is a public high school located in the City Park neighborhood, it is part of the Denver Public Schools System. East High School opened in 1875 at 1600 City Park Esplanade St. with a total enrollment of 2,500 students, and was the first high school in Denver. In 1889, it moved to 19th and Stout Street because of the need for more room. This location is now referred to as "Old East". The current location of East is 1600 City Park Esplanade. East High School offers a range of extra-curricular and academic offerings, and has been nationally recognized for Speech and Debate, Constitutional Scholars, and Choir. East High School has fielded the Colorado representative for the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution High School National Competition in 21 of the 23 years it has been contested. It is the only 5-time National winner, including victories in 3 consecutive years from 2007-2009. The school has three jazz bands, two concert bands, and an orchestra, as well as AP Music Theory and numerous additional student groups. East also has a drama program. The school's boys and girls basketball teams are consistently ranked with the best teams in the state. The school has an active student government, as well as over 66 clubs and student organizations.
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Bluebird Theater

The Bluebird Theater is a music venue dedicated to all aspects of live music performance. The theater was built in 1913 and at first was named John Thompson in honor of the prominent Denver grocer and druggist. In 1922 as the theater became an important part of the community it was renamed. Initially the theater was a movie house and it went through different phases during its existence. In 1994 it was remodeled as a music venue. Now it is laid out in tiers and it has a balcony which overlooks the entire space. It is nowadays owned by AEG Live, who made significant modifications to the theater.
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SIE FilmCenter

The Sie FilmCenter is the home of the Denver Film Society. The movies shown at the Sie FilmCenter are changing on a weekly basis. It is the only year-round movie house that presents all kinds of movies, both domestic and foreign. All of them are presented in their original language and format.
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National Jewish Health

National Jewish Health is a hospital and an academic medical research facility specializing in respiratory, cardiac, immune and allergic disorders. It was founded in 1899 to treat tuberculosis, and is today considered one of the world's best medical research and treatment centers. It is a non-sectarian institution but received funding from B'nai B'rith until the 1950s. Today, clinical functions at National Jewish include research, diagnosis, and ambulatory outpatient care.
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Tattered Cover Book Store

The Tattered Cover is one of the largest independent bookstores in the United States. The Tattered Cover opened in 1971 in the Cherry Creek district of Denver, as a small 950 sq ft (88 m2) bookshop. Between 1973 and 1983, it expanded seven different times, and in 1986 it moved into and consolidated at a new location in Cherry Creek, which remained open for over 20 years. The Cherry Creek location closed in June 2006, and moved to the newly renovated, long-defunct Lowenstein Theater on Denver's Colfax Avenue. The Tattered Cover is open 7 days a week, hosts prominent book signings, and is renowned for its customer service.
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Tiger Kim's Academy

Tiger Kim's Academy was established in 1976 and has since incorporated three Korean martial arts: Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do and Hapkido. Tiger Kim's Academy maintains many of the oldest traditions of Taekwondo. The main focus of Tiger Kim's Academy is concentrated on Taekwondo and Tang Soo Do. The students learn different forms and techniques of these martial arts. Through testing, performed every three months, the students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and rank. As a result of practicing the martial arts students become physically fit and learn self-defence. So this is a good place to learn those self-defense techniques you were thinking of, just in case you end up needing them.
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Colfax Avenue

Colfax Avenue is the main street that runs east-west through the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area in Colorado. At first it was called “Golden Road” and Grand Avenue. Later the name was changed to Colfax Avenue in honor of an Indiana congressman, Schuyler Colfax. Colfax Avenue is the longest commercial street in the US. A great number of restaurants, cafes, and shopping centers are concentrated here.
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Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts is a grocery store that specializes in healthy foods. It is part of the Sprouts Farmers Market chain that is spread over 10 states. They sell about every kind of fruit vegetable and grains. Here you can also find products for your special needs, such as vitamins and supplements, organic and gluten-free groceries. The store is conveniently located on East Colfax Avenue at the South border of City Park neighborhood.
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P S Lounge

P S Lounge is a nice bar on Colfax Avenue. The bartender is always friendly, they have a jukebox with good music. Everyone gets a free shot and the ladies get a rose. The beer selection is extensive, however they only serve bottled beer. One good thing is that you can order pizza from Enzo's End next door. The bar accepts only cash, so make sure to have some with you.
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Green Door Fitness

Green Door Fitness will prepare you for situations when physical fitness is a must. Their set of workout exercises will usually be tougher than anything you may have in real life, but that is only going to make it easier for you later. Whether you will need it for active recreational activities or for emergency situations Green Door Fitness will literally make you sweat.
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Denver Biscuit Company

Denver Biscuit Company is exactly the place if you are in the mood for an absolutely delicious breakfast or brunch. It appeared from an idea the owner of the Atomic Cowboy bar next door had in 2009. It proved to be so popular with the locals, and not only, that soon after opening it there were queues in front of it with waiting time of up to an hour! So if you want something really out of the ordinary for a reasonable price, this is exactly the place to get it.
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Top 14 Neighborhood Amenities of City Park, Denver, CO