My neighborhood is home to Denver’s oldest amusement park, Lakeside. Built in 1908, the beautiful park is situated on the original plot of land and many of the original structures and buildings remain. This is due to the fact it is still family owned and operated. Owner Rhoda Krasner is uninterested in selling the property or partnering with an investor to put money into fixing it up. Here are two photos of the park from its glory days, courtesy of The Denver Eye.
Built in the Beaux Arts style, a neoclassical architectural genre, the park blends French and Italian Baroque with Rococo style. The original entrance boasted 16,000 individual bulbs. Sadly, the park isn’t kept up as it could be and many of the lights haven’t been replenished over the years. See my recent photo below compared to a historical photo from the Denver Public Library digital archives/L.C. McClure Collection.
The carousel is the 1908 original. They believe it has moved location within the park, but the ride is the same. The carousel’s housing and many of the Art Deco neon signs in the park were designed by architect and neon-specialist Richard Crowther. The neon lights are considered a rare historical treasure.
It costs $2.50 to enter the park. The owner is adamant that the park remain affordable to all. On one of the last nights of summer before school started, the park was packed. I think the price tag and proximity to the city makes it a prime destination for families. I love rides but enjoy taking a stroll through the park even if I don’t want to get on the Wild Chipmunk. It is absolutely beautiful to walk around and take in the neon sights.