Get To Know The Sloans Lake Neighborhood
Just minutes northwest of downtown Denver, the streets surrounding Sloans Lake Park offer a quiet, residential feel. The neighborhood is perfectly located to give residents easy access to both the city and the mountains. Head east into the city via 23rd or Colfax, or take off for the mountains on 70. You don’t even have to leave Sloans Lake for incredible views. Simply look to the east for a stunning view of the city skyline. Look west, over the lake, for a view of the mountains.
Grounded in history, with an eye on the future
Sloans Lake has a rich history and lots of character. Well-maintained and preserved homes built in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s share the tree-lined streets with more modern neighbors, bringing an eclectic vibe to this up and coming neighborhood.
Although the area has been traditionally more residential, revitalization is underway. The redevelopment of the old St. Anthony’s Hospital site, just south of the park, is bringing new dining and shopping options to the area, along with office space and condos. Other shopping and dining hotspots are easy to reach in nearby Highlands, Jefferson Park, or central Denver.
Sloans Lake Park
The hub of activity in the neighborhood is the namesake park. Sloans Lake Park is the second largest park in the city. It boasts a large lake, ample sidewalks and paths, shady spots, playgrounds, a softball diamond, and plenty of wide open spaces.
Runners will enjoy the path that circles Sloans Lake all year round. With incredible views of mountains, water, and the Denver skyline, Sloans Lake Park’s flat, 2.6 mile path has been voted one of the city’s best places to run.
During the warmer summer months, you’ll find Sloans Lake residents out on the water, enjoying fishing and boating. Water skiing is popular, but noisy jet skis are not allowed, preserving the peaceful feeling in this 177 acre oasis. Relax under shade trees, and let the kids explore the playgrounds.
The Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival also calls Sloans Lake Park home. This two-day event has been named one of Colorado’s best festivals! The most well-known part of the festival is the Dragon Boat Races on Sloans Lake, but festival-goers also enjoy the Asian marketplace of gifts and artwork, unique performances on 5 different stages throughout the park, and the lion dance. The family-friendly event also features Dragonland, with hands-on activities for the kids, and the Taste of Asia food courts with a huge variety of Asian cuisine from some of the Denver area’s finest chefs. Check out http://www.cdbf.org/ for more details about this one-of-a-kind celebration of Asian culture!
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