Virginia Village Shopping Center
Burns Park brings minimalist art to busy Colorado Boulevard in southeast Denver.
Denver Public Art
For the second installment of Warm Cookies of the Revolution’s Stompin’ Ground Games, the organization dedicated to civic health will celebrate the neighborhoods of southeast Denver — Virginia Village, Washington-Virginia Vale, Cook Park, Hilltop and other nooks and crannies — with a participatory program of urban storytelling and oral history on November 14 at the area’s oldest landmark, Four Mile Historic Park. Haven’t spent much time in that part of town lately, except while driving through? You’re not alone. But there are many reasons to love southeast Denver, and here are six of them:
1) Garland Park
6300 East Mississippi Avenue
Garland Park is everybody’s park. It belongs to the stroller pushers, the dog walkers, the Russian ladies, the tennis aces and volleyball spikers, the Little Leaguers, the picnickers, the radio-controlled boat enthusiasts, the Sunday bicyclists, way too many geese and all the rest of the multigenerational and multicultural denizens of Washington-Virginia Vale. We’ve sung the praises of this all-purpose park near the banks of Cherry Creek before, and we’re singing them again: With the placid duck pond Lollipop Lake as its centerpiece, Garland Park is a recreational oasis with no prejudices.
2) Les Delices des Paris
Leetsdale Center, 600 South Holly Street, #101
Southeast Denver might not be known for its classy eateries and chic boutiques — things are a little more down-to-earth along Leetsdale Drive — but it does have Les Delices, a little piece of Paris that holds its own in a nondescript strip mall at Leetsdale and Holly. The tiny pâtisserie, run by Christelle and Gerard Donat, is full of pastry, beginning with perfectly flaky, butter-laden croissants and ending with more inspired confections, from rich petit fours to full-blown cakes slathered with ganache or buttercream and layered with many secret and delicious, strictly-French ingredients.
3) Virginia Village Branch Library
1500 South Dahlia Street
The Virginia Village library got its start in a strip mall at Florida Avenue and Holly Street, where it operated as a sort of mini-library with limited services. Back in those days, its current location down the street at Florida and Dahlia was still home to one of the once-ubiquitous carnation-growing greenhouses of southeast Denver, a little reminder of the area’s agricultural past. Once it became cheaper to ship fresh carnations in from South America, where the flowers grew outdoors and didn’t require the expensive upkeep unique to greenhouses, the carnation-growers of Denver bailed. Now a busy, full-service library that draws families from the neighborhood, the VV branch operates in a building that evokes the past with a row of peaked roofs recalling the corner’s agricultural roots. What goes around comes around.
4) Burns Park
250 South Colorado Boulevard
Spread out in a green triangle at the western foot of Hilltop along Colorado Boulevard and Alameda Avenue, Burns Park is an art park, dotted with minimalist sculptures, most of them survivors of a "temporary" show placed there in 1968 as part of the Denver Sculpture Symposium, and recently refurbished. Though questions still swirl as to what the city should do about the park, which seems to be caught in a vortex of rushing traffic and encroaching urban redevelopment, we’re glad it’s there, reminding us that life is more than ferrying yourself from one big box to another.
5) Four Mile Historic Park
715 South Forest Street
Built around the city’s oldest structure, a stage stop constructed on the banks of Cherry Creek in 1859 by the Brantner brothers and a landmark for travelers on the Cherokee Trail, Four Mile Mile Historic Park is a back-in-time treasure where folks get a look at what life was like on the Colorado plains more than a century ago. Now a living-history museum where kids can do a rain dance in a tepee, bake in an earthen oven or take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon, it’s a thriving educational reminder that there was a time when Target stores didn’t exist. Stompin’ Grounds boss Even Weissman loves it so much that he recommends attendees at Saturday’s event go early and enjoy the park first.
An Eichler-tyle home in Krisana Park.
The Denver Eye
6) Krisana Park: East of Dahlia Street to Fairfax Street/Filbert Way, between Florida and Louisiana avenues.
Lynwood: East of Holly Street to Jasmine Street, between Mexico and Jewell avenues.
Built by H.B. Wolff in the mid-’50s, these two Virginia Village enclaves on opposite sides of Holly Street are composed of sleek, Eichler-style contemporary knockoffs built low to the ground with open kitchens and California-style privacy features. From the start these homes, though relatively modest by modern standards, were obviously a cut above the rest of the neighborhood, design-wise, and they appealed to academics and free thinkers of the time. Some of them have since undergone careful renovations aimed at preserving the mid-century style, thanks to proud owners who value their place in architectural history.
Learn more about the ‘hood and its musicians, artists, activists and storytellers at the Stompin’ Ground Games from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 14, at Four Mile Historic Park. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested (or bring scannable personal memorabilia of the surrounding neighborhoods for Historic Denver to scan into their collection and get in for free). Of course, warm cookies will be served. Visit Warm Cookies of the Revolution online for information.What is rigor mortis? How to test testosterone levels? What does solubility mean? What does ik mean in texting? Where is proseries tips? What does l mean in roman numerals? What does honed mean? How to dye tips of childs hair? What is the meaning of the taco bell commercial? How to change tips on wood burning tool? what do principal do at school community helper project How long to quarantine after exposure? How to get rid of folliculitis? How to do tennis tricks? What does gross vehicle weight mean? Beta why don't you do something useful meaning? How to cut potatoes into cubes? What is the meaning of llc abbreviation? What the c word meaning? Tricks to packing jewelry when moving? What is the meaning of difference in math? how a shadow is made? teachers helper 2010 What is the meaning of no soliciting? what is the british equivalent of hamburger helper What is a cdl? How to wax hair image tricks? How to get gas smell out of clothes? What does watery poop mean? What does orange urine mean? What is isp mean? How to get a bigger dick? How to move out of state? Tricks for when your pants are too tight around the waist? What is the meaning of metal in science? What does cvs mean? How old to teach a dachshund tricks? What restaurants are open on new year's day? What is fs mean sexually? What does humor mean? What is a gander? Which of these words has the same denotative meaning as but a different connotative meaning? is attitude important when becoming a professional helper What is the meaning of install? What does mila mean? How to make a tool in little alchemy? How to turn off an iphone? How to link instagram to facebook? What is the meaning of affinity? Ibeats which tips? How to delete telegram account? how to apply domestic helper in usa What are 3 tips for making wise choices from the protein group? What are all the states? what do u call helper t cell with immunity What is tips finance? What does vaporub do? What does a water pump do? which of the following is the definition of helper (cd4+) t cells? What is bougie like natty in the styrofoam meaning? What is the meaning of the 45 degree line in the 45 degree line diagram? What does ootd stand for? How to get an xbox series x? What is the meaning of reigning? What does glaucoma look like? What are the tricks to remembering dmv questions? How to make calzones? What does wheels or doors mean? How to slice on cricut? What time does dave & buster's close? How do mentalist blindfold tricks work? What is the meaning of xylophone? How do i talk to a real person at usps?? What does a cat's tail wagging mean? How long have magic tricks been around? What does the eclipse mean? what is the name of the inspectors helper in pink panther What is the meaning of loose cannon? What does it mean when the mucus plug comes out? What do wing tips on shows? What does it mean when you can't get someone off your mind? How to relieve tooth pain? how to reinstall apple usb helper What is a ba degree? What does nf mean? How to draw a palm tree? How to make soldering tips last longer? How to get rid of hormonal belly? How to start a professional email? Why can the government tax my tips? how to remove spotify web helper What does standoffish mean? Who said the thing about the mind plays tricks when left to its own devices? what are helper t cells and what do they do What does 4/20 mean and why? What are the requirements to start a business? How to go into labor early tips? What does a hornets nest look like? What does a black ribbon mean? ed helper how windmlls work