"Civic Center Park" Colorado Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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Denver's Civic Center Park is centrally located between the downtown business district to the north and the museums and public buildings of the Golden Triangle neighborhood to the south. It is centered on an east-west axis with the State Capitol Building to the east facing the City and County Building to the west. The two-square-block park features a Greek amphitheater, a colonnade, fountains, statues, a war memorial, and flower gardens to admire, as well as views of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains to the west. It is a pleasant place to relax and enjoy the flowers and shade after a day of sightseeing in downtown Denver.

The idea for a park originated with Denver's mayor Robert Speer in the early 1900s. He was inspired by the City Beautiful movement to create a civic center around which institutions of government, arts, and history could be placed. Various plans and ideas for the park were drawn up by different civic groups and architects and all were rejected by the voters. It was not until Chicago architect, Edward H. Bennett, a protégé of the famous Daniel Burnham, was hired that the different ideas for the park were incorporated into a master plan. The park officially opened in 1919.

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  • Updated Jul 2, 2012
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