THE BEST LITTLE KNOWN NEIGHBORHOOD IN DENVER
Bordered to the East by the South Platte River and to the West by the Little Saigon Business District and Federal Boulevard, between Alameda Ave to the North and Mississippi to the South. Athmar Park has many riches to offer: some of the best food in town including dim sum, Vietnamese, and traditional Mexican; four amazing parks including Huston Lake Park; Aspgren Park, Vanderbilt Lake Park and the Johnson Habitat Park; cute Tudor bungalows dating back to 1927; and much more.
In 1946, Thomas and John R. McCusker purchased the land and developed the Denver subdivision named “Athmar Park.” According to urban legend, the name “Athmar” originated from the combination of the names of the developers’ two wives—Athea and Mary.
Why You Should Check Out Athmar Park:
Athmar Park is a funky little neighborhood in central southwest Denver. The area is full of history, great stories, and people. As we speak, the neighborhood is going through a bit of a renaissance. Houses are being remodeled, people are moving in at a rapid pace, schools are improving, and new businesses, restaurants, and breweries are opening their doors.
This renaissance has been long in the making, but since lately the pace has really been picking up. If you haven’t been to Athmar Park lately, here are some great reasons to come on over and check it out:
- An active Neighborhood: The neighborhood association is very active, and is regularly looking for ways to involve the community. Some examples of what we do include: Monthly meetings, an annual picnic, a movie in the park, progressive dinners, volleyball games, and bicycle tours. Here is the link to learn more: http://athmarpark.com/apna/
- Restaurants: We have some of the best restaurants in town. Whether you are looking for Pho, drunken noodles, mole or authentic street tacos Athmar Park has the best! The neighborhood restaurants have been highlighted many times, but most recently in the Westword, check out their articles to find out what they had to say: http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/a_federal_case/
Huston Lake Park: Athmar’s most identifiable park. Once a swamp area, used by residents for ice skating, it is now home to pelicans, cattails, a variety of beautiful trees, and amenities such as tennis courts, a fitness zone, horseshoes and a playground.
Vanderbilt Park and Johnson Habitat Park: These parks sit adjacent to the South Platte River. Both have recently undergone significant and exciting improvements which will make them more desirable places to enjoy and give us all one more reason to visit the South Platte River.
Aspgren Park: Packed on the weekends this park offers expansive gathering space, a playground, and sledding hill without having to travel up the notorious hill to Huston Lake Park.
- Bikeability: While Southwest Denver and Athmar Park do not have the most bicycle facilities of Denver neighborhoods, they do contain connections to several great destinations. The entire eastern boundary of Athmar Park is made up by the the South Platte River which has a multi-use path stretching from Thornton down to Chatfield Reservoir. This path is one of the metro area’s many high quality trails. Additionally Athmar Park has the Virginia Avenue, Kentucky Avenue, Zuni Street and Alameda bicycle routes which feed into Denver’s expansive bicycle route system. Using these routes you can get to the South Platte River trail system, to the Bear Crek trail, and areas west of Denver such as the town of Morrison. These routes also feed into the vibrant neighborhoods of Baker and South Broadway.
- Proximity: Athmar Park is minutes away from downtown, easily accessible via the Alameda or Broadway light-rail stations, and within 15 minutes driving distance to Cherry Creek, Wash Park, S Pearl Street, Bel Mar, and much more…