Beautiful Washington Park, located between East Virginia and East Louisiana Avenues and between South Downing and South Franklin Streets, is a local recreational haven. Built in 1899, Wash Park lures visitors from throughout the city to its 162 acres. Here residents swim, lift weights or take classes at the recreation center; jog or walk along the crushed-granite outer trail; play tennis, volleyball or soccer; bike or rollerblade on the paved inner pathway; and fish in Smith and Grasmere Lakes.
The park is home to several historic structures, including the 1912 Bathhouse that once housed changing rooms for swimmers and now offers attractive office space. The three-story, red brick South High School, built in 1926 with griffins perched on its roof, overlooks Washington Park from the southeast corner. From I-25 to Cherry Creek and from University Boulevard to Downing Street, the neighborhood is rich with diversions, including the popular clusters of small shops and restaurants on South Gaylord and South Pearl Streets.