Elitch Gardens owner looking at developing parking lot land

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

The local investment team backed by billionaire Stan Kroenke that bought Elitch Gardens in 2015 sees potential in the sea of parking lots between the downtown amusement park and Speer Boulevard. The 1,800 spaces are part of one of the largest swaths of surface parking that remain in downtown Denver as lots of all sizes been developed.

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Parking Lot Land sounds like an awful theme.

But then again, what do I know?

Carrie J.'s avatar

The way the city is constantly growing and developing, this makes perfect sense. I'm selfishly hoping for new lunch options during the work week.

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

During my only visit to Denver I took the train to Elitch for the day. I was so impressed by the city until I got close to the park. Even on a bright summer morning that area was so gloomy with what seemed like miles and miles of nothing but concrete. There was not much of anything around there but the park and it was kind of depressing.

That was also the Memorial Day weekend Denver had a string of damaging tornados, which we Ohioans came to understand was an unheard of event around there. While at Elitch I could see a bad, black as night storm was coming and decided to scram the hell outta there. Another train and bus ride later I beat it back to the hotel in the knick of time and avoided the downpour. The very next day I got chased out of Lakeside when they closed early due to another funnel in the area. Cheated out of the night time experience I actually left our group and went back there again the next day. I had a good time at both parks, though, in spite of it.

And I liked Denver for a variety of other reasons as well.

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