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Denver

 


The City and County of Denver (/ˈdɛnvər/; Arapaho: Niinéniiniicíihéhe') is the Consolidated City and County that is the capital and the most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is also the second-most populous county in Colorado after El Paso County. Denver is located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of theRocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is located immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 feet or 1,609.344 meters) above sea level, making it one of the highest major cities in the United States. The 105th meridian west of Greenwich, the longitudinal reference for the Mountain Time Zone, passes directly throughDenver Union Station.

Denver is ranked as a beta world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. With a 2013 estimated population of 649,495, Denver ranks as the 22nd-most populous U.S. city. The 10-county Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated 2013 population of 2,697,476 and ranked as the 21st most populous U.S. metropolitan statistical area. The 12-county Denver-Aurora, CO Combined Statistical Area had an estimated 2013 population of 3,277,309, which ranks as the 16th most populous U.S. metropolitan area. Denver is the most populous city of the Front Range Urban Corridor, an oblong urban region stretching across two states with population of 5,467,633 in 2010. Denver is the most-populous city within a 500-mile (800 km) radius and the third most-populous city in the Mountain West and the Southwestern United States after Phoenix, Arizona and El Paso, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

City and County of Denver, Colorado

 

Consolidated City and County

 


Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Denver Skyline, Colorado State Capitol, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, RTD Light Rail train Downtown.
Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Denver Skyline,Colorado State CapitolRed Rocks Amphitheatre,Sports Authority Field at Mile High, RTD Light Rail train Downtown.
Flag of City and County of Denver, Colorado
Flag
Official seal of City and County of Denver, Colorado
Seal
Nickname(s): The Mile-High City
Queen City of the West
Queen City of the Plains,
Wall Street West
Location of Denver in the State of Colorado
Location of Denver in the State of Colorado
City and County of Denver, Colorado is located in USA
City and County of Denver, Colorado
City and County of Denver, Colorado
Location in the United States


Parks and recreation

 

 

 

As of 2006, Denver had over 200 parks, from small mini-parks all over the city to the giant 314 acres (1.27 km2City Park.  Denver also has 29 recreation centers providing places and programming for resident's recreation and relaxation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chess players on the 16th Street Mall.

 

 

 

Many of Denver's parks were acquired from state lands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This coincided with the City Beautiful movement, and Denver mayor Robert Speer (1904–12 and 1916–18) set out to expand and beautify the city's parks. Reinhard Schuetze was the city's first landscape architect, and he brought his German-educated landscaping genius to Washington ParkCheesman Park, and City Park among others. Speer used Schuetze as well as other landscape architects such as Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and Saco Rienk DeBoer to design not only parks such as Civic Center Park, but many city parkways and tree-lawns. All of this greenery was fed with South Platte River water diverted through the city ditch.

 

In addition to the parks within Denver itself, the city acquired land for mountain parks starting in the 1911s. Over the years, Denver has acquired, built and maintained approximately 14,000 acres (57 km2) of mountain parks, including Red Rocks Park, which is known for its scenery and musical history revolving around the unique Red Rocks AmphitheatreDenver also owns the mountain on which the Winter Park Resort ski area is operated in Grand County, 67 miles (110 km) west of Denver. City parks are important places for both Denverites and visitors, inciting controversy with every change. Denver continues to grow its park system with the development of many new parks along the Platte River through the city, and with Central Park and Bluff Lake Nature Center in the Stapleton neighborhood redevelopment. All of these parks are important gathering places for residents and allow what was once a dry plain to be lush, active, and green. Denver is also home to a large network of public community gardens, most of which are managed by Denver Urban Gardens, a non-profit organization.

 

 


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