Photo Slideshow: Wash Park celebrates new playground

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A new playground — replacing an older nearby play area in the north end— opened Aug. 18 between the two lakes of Washington Park.

The park, at South Downing Street and East Louisiana Avenue, is one of the most used in the state, said Scott Gilmore, manager of parks with Denver’s Parks and Recreation Department, which will be decommissioning the older playground.

The city will reach out to the community to decide what to do with the space.

The new playground is built from repurposed wood and was just one project slated for Washington Park. Gilmore said the city is putting in a new basketball court next spring.

Before Mayor Michael B. Hancock cut the ribbon for the new playground, councilmembers Jolon Clark and Paul Kashmann spoke to the group of children and parents assembled to celebrate the opening.

Clark grew up in the Washington Park neighborhood and said he was a kid when the playground on the north side was built. Now, his children will get to enjoy the new one.

“It’s a real treat for me,” he said.

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