Martin Luther King and Central Park Blvds., Denver
HOURS: Daily 5 a.m.–11 p.m.
Where there were once airport runways and an airport, there are now homes and an 80-acre park in the new infill community of Stapleton, east of downtown. Central Park is still in development, with a “forest” and wetlands just beginning to develop. A state-of-the-art playground for young children can be a blast, but certainly the trees still need to grow up to create more shade and ambience.
The flat eastern plains were once the ideal setting for long, smooth airport runways. But as the former Stapleton Airport site has evolved into a new neighborhood, it’s full of surprises that include a giant sledding hill in Central Park.
Adjacent to the playground, the 30-foot hill was created with snow and speed in mind. It’s quickly become a favorite place for sledders who come from beyond the immediate Stapleton community on the snowiest days.
Central Park opened in late 2007 and it has the potential to be a great addition to Denver ’s parks.