The Platt Park Neighborhood

The Platt Park Neighborhood is almost an extension of Washington Park. It lies just south of Washington Park on the other side of I-25 and to the west of the DU area. In the last few years, Platt Park has become well known for its pleasant shopping atmosphere & fine restaurants on Old South Pearl Street. The neighborhood is rich with sprawling mature trees, bungalows, Victorians, and pop tops. In recent years we have seen some scraper homes being replaced with new construction homes & duplexes. The Old South Pearl Street Business District in the heart of Platt Park, brightly lit at night by black street lamps reminiscent of old-fashioned gas lamps, is the drawing card of the neighborhood. All establishments are busy all week and jammed on Friday and Saturday nights. Interstate-25 is just a stone’s throw away from Old South Pearl Street and residents can hop on the Light Rail at the Louisiana- Park Light Rail Station.

On sunny spring and summer mornings, residents stroll the street with family and friends and meet new ones while shopping the famous Farmers Market. Decker Library, a branch of the Denver Public Library, is just a few blocks away, snug up against James H. Platt Park. And if you’ve got some little ones ready for or already in elementary school, you can enroll them in the McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School, near Florida and Arizona streets, whose motto is “Soaring Into Literacy.” Platt Park is popular because of it’s beautiful homes, old and new, and its close community feel.

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Map of Platt Park

 

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Platt Park

Washington Park

 

Area Information

To Downtown………… 17 min

To Cherry Creek Mall… 13 min

To I-25………….………… 3 min

Grocery Store………. Whole Foods

 

Walk Score: 80   Bike Score: 84

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4th of July Party Ideas!

Quickie Garland

08-fourth-of-july-garland-fslTo make your own 4th of July party garland on the cheap, try this trick from Fun Home Things, who cut red, white, and blue plastic tablecloths into strips, and tied them to a set of string lights.

Independence Punch


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A drinkable 4th of July flag! Big Bear’s Wife mixed up a patriotic beverage using cranberry juice, blue Gatorade Frost, Diet 7-Up, and ice cubes for a refreshing party cooler.

Flag Canopy


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Create a classy canopy and mood lighting for your 4th of July party with this genius idea from Style Me Pretty. Tie red, white, and blue paper streamers onto big-bulb outdoor lights, and hang above a picnic table or a grassy dance space.

Muffin Tin Art Caddy


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Vaccuming in High Heels & Pearls created this quick DIY with a muffin tin and some red, white, and blue buttons, beads, and other odds and ends. For a 4th of July party activity, leave it out on a backyard table for kids to string necklaces and bracelets.

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Make snow cones that won’t melt—these beauties are actually Bakerella cupcakes in disguise. A glittery tri-color frosting tops a layered three-color cake that you (and your party guests) have got to see to believe.

Firework Rings

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Make fun fireworks accessories with the kids using this tutorial from Fantastic Fun and Learning. Twist together sparkly tinsel stems (or patriotic-color pipe cleaners) to create cute rings.

Cool Soda Bar

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Desserts on the 4th of July can be used as party decorations with this sweet soda bar idea from Let’s Dish. Group red, blue, and clear soda bottles on a table with small bowls of striped straws, cherries, sprinkles. After the grill is off, bring out ice cream and let guests make their own ice-cream floats.

Have a safe 4th of July weekend! 

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The Bonnie Brae Neighborhood

Bonnie Brae is one of the most unique and attractive neighborhoods in Denver. It is predominantly a residential neighborhood with large family homes and  peaceful, tree lined streets.There is a rich diversity of architectural styles. Many of the homes date from the 1930s and 1940s, but there are some large new houses in the area. These new builds, which have replaced some of the ranch and Tudor style homes, are now considered characteristics of the neighborhood and are often highly sought after.

Bonnie Brae is a small community, which still feels something like a village despite having been surrounded by the city. There is an active neighborhood association that organizes social events such as the Bonnie Brae Wine Group. The neighborhood has a good selection of businesses that are within walking distance for most residents of the area. There are some particularly good cafes and restaurants in Bonnie Brae, as well as a range of useful stores. The Cherry Creek shopping center, Washington Park, and Downtown Denver can all easily be reached from Bonnie Brae, and this has made it a very desirable address. The famous homemade Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, Brae Tavern (some of the best pizza in Denver) are all anchors of this retail community.

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
Map of Bonnie Brae
Map of Bonnie Brae

Parks

Bonnie Brae Park

Washington Park

Area Information

To Downtown………… 16 min

To Cherry Creek Mall… 15 min

To I-25………….………… 5 min

Grocery Store………. King Soopers

Walk Score: 60   Bike Score: 70