Barnum is one of the eight Denver neighborhoods that Extreme Community Makeover serves in. The neighborhood is named after P.T. Barnum (Barnum & Bailey Circus). History knows him as the circus showman who once famously said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Even though P.T. Barnum never lived in Barnum (as rumor has it), he did purchase some land there.
Barnum used to be one of Denver’s least desirable neighborhoods. However, things are taking a turn for this historic neighborhood. A top real-estate firm in Denver, Redfin, expects Barnum to be one of Denver’s hottest neighborhoods. Housing prices are rising drastically in this area.
Probably one of the best views of the city of Denver, is Barnum Park. In addition, the park has a recreation center, a pool, and playgrounds. It located at 360 Hooker Street, Denver, CO 80219.
The recreation center is next to Barnum Park. It offers a variety of different opportunities and classes – Barnum Recreation Center website. They offer sports by season and they also offer the My Denver Program for Denver residents 5 to 18 years of age. Their outdoor pool is fun to enjoy in the summer and they also have a summer camp.
If you want to grab a quick burger after you visit the park, check out Grandpa’s Burger Haven. It’s kid friendly and they have outdoor seating.
Los Molcajetes Taqueria is a Mexican restaurant that is said to have delicious chili rellenos and tortas. The pricing is reasonable and they have a great selection, with a friendly atmosphere.
Denver Urban Gardens purchased a vacant lot in Barnum called the Barnum King Street Garden. It has become the community orchard and it’s off of 1st and 2nd, on King street. It has roughly 22 treas, and they also planted red current, raspberries, grapes, winter squash, etc. Next door to the orchard is the community “petting zoo” that houses some friendly goats. Currently they are looking for donations in the community to build the goats a barn. If you are interested in donating, contact ECM and we’ll put you in contact with Kurtis, one of the community caretakers of the orchard. They also have a beehive next to the orchard in a neighbor’s yard.
Bring your family. Bring your friends. Come join Extreme Community Makeover at Barnum Park so we can thank you for volunteering with us. There will be food, games, and lots of fun.