Washington Park, or Wash Park as it is known among its residents, is consistently one of Denver’s most desirable neighborhoods. Located in South Central Denver, the neighborhood is split into two distinct areas: Washington Park and Washington Park West. The areas are operated by separate neighborhood associations but the two have vast similarities and work together to maintain their eclectic mix of homes, retail shops, restaurants and art galleries; especially in the Old South Gaylord and South Pearl districts. The homes are distinctly unique to their residents, whether they are a high-rise luxury condo building or a Craftsman-style bungalow. Washington Park has a broad appeal because of its central location to downtown, Interstate 25, and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. The largest draw to this neighborhood is the 165 acre park itself which features two lakes, expansive flowerbeds, jogging paths for miles, a recreation center, and two playgrounds. The park was designed between 1899 and 1908 by Reinhard Schuetze, and includes an exact replica of Martha Washington’s garden at Mount Vernon.