Vanover Park

Ford Street and Water Street

Vanover ParkVanover Park Nature PlayBuilt in 1990, this creekside park’s focal point was once one of Colorado’s largest and oldest Cottonwood trees. During Golden’s earlier days, it was said that a Mr. Vanover was lynched at this tree by the local populace without a trial. Sadly, the tree died and came down in August 2006 with a grand goodbye ceremony. Today, a stump and wheel slices from its trunk are all that remain of the beloved Cottonwood. 

Present day park users will enjoy the quiet flow of Clear Creek nearby, with a view of the famous Coors Brewery beyond, as well as several places to eat lunch or read a book. The east side of the park was activated in 2013 with a new climbing structure and nature play elements designed to stimuate imaginative play and integrate with the remaining stumps from two large cottonwood trees.

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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

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City of Golden, Colorado
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