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Denver Parks Collections


NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED landscape architects and community leaders praise Denver for its parks and parkways. Beginning in 1893 with the appointment of Reinhard Schuetze as the city’s landscape architect, Denver committed to developing a park system that is now considered to be exemplary. From simple beginnings-the one-block Curtis Park-the Department of Parks and Recreation has grown to include formal parks, such as Civic Center Park, neighborhood parks and playgrounds, mountain parks, historic parkways, and trails like the 10-mile South Platte River Greenway.

The Denver Public Library has collected materials that document the growth of Denver’s park system, including landscape drawings, reports, correspondence, surveys, architectural plans for parks structures, greenhouse records, ledgers, photographs and maps. These materials, drawn largely from the Department of Parks and Recreation include over 15,000 items, making it one of the largest collections in the Western History/Genealogy Department. Covering the years 1862 to 2001, the archives has a finding aid to assist researchers in locating the specific park and item they need.


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Western History / Genealogy Department
Denver Public Library