When I was much younger, I played some baseball for a local kids’ league. Not only was it humilitating, the experienced was hard on me and gave me a lasting hatred for playing any kind of sport. Since I was an overweight child, I was much bigger than my fellow teammates. My uniform made the rolls stick out a little too much. Of course, the family has the video tape to prove how bad I looked. My weight problem made running incredibly hard. If I ran too fast, I could almost have an asthma attack. So, I would literally trot to each base. I was “OUT” more times than I could count. To this day, I wonder if there were parents in the crowds saying, “They should really do something about that fat kid, he’s really holding the team back”. But, that’s all in the past.
Recently, I’ve played some baseball with my buddies, and had a ball. There weren’t any umpires. It was just a bunch of guys in shorts and fatigues playing ball. It’s an all-American sport. None of us proved to be a Babe Ruth or a Lou Cobb, but we held our own. When I was on that team, I was always afraid the pitcher was going to hit me with the ball, but not this time. Don’t get me wrong, our pitchers weren’t always on target, but they never close to bouncing the ball off of me. I was walked a few times. We built up all of car bases numerous times. We used the mats off the floor of my car for bases. We had 10-year-old baseball bats. One of my buddies brought a glove he’s owned since high school. We had one, even older catcher’s mit. Forget the crude, aging equipment. The spirit of baseball isn’t in the way you play, it’s in you.
Location: The main entrance is on 20th and Blake Streets
Fun Facts: The cost was 215 million bucks to build, the first baseball field in the National League to be built since Montreal’s Stade Olympique, site of the 1998 All-Star game
Opinions: Personally, I haven’t gone to a lot of baseball fields in the major league but I think Coors is the nicest stadium I’ve ever seen.
Parks in Denver
51st & Zuni Park – This is a park with some gorgeous trees, and a great view. It has a picnic area, a playground, two softball fields and a football field. Pretty sweet huh?
Alamo Placita Park – Located at Emerson Street & East 3rd Avenue, this park has some beautiful trees and flowers. Great sights and sounds all around. It also has a playground and a basketball court.
Argo Park – Located at Logan and East 47th Avenue, this park is nice. I mean, great. It has a cute playground. But the real sale of this park is its lighted baseball and softball fields, its nice football field and outdoor pool and tennis court.
Ash Grove Park – Located at South Holly and East Mexico, this park is perfect for picnicing, playing soccer, and playing basketball. It’s just nice, quaint. You shouldn’t have any trouble having fun while relaxing.
Aspgren Park – Located at South Navajo and West Exposition Avenue, this is a very quaint but equally beautiful park. It features one softball field and nice, little playground. Let me tell you, it looks gorgeous in the fall.
Athmar Park – Located at W. Mexico Ave. and S. Clay St., this is a quaint, little park that features a softball field behind the rec. center.
Aztlan Park – Located at Navajo St. and W. 44th, this is great for playing basketball and softball, swimming in the outdoor pool, and having some fun in the rec. center.
Babi-Yar Park – Located at Havana St. and Parker Road, this park has an Amphitheater, a path system in the shape of the Star of David that takes you around the building and into a “Grove of Remembrance”. It is a beautiful park with patches of bluegrass and 100 Linden trees.
Barnum East Park – Located at Federal Blvd. and W. 5th Ave., this is not the nicest-looking park in the world, but it features a lighted baseball and softball field. To look at it, you have to wonder if its closed or something. It may be perfect for kids looking for a sandlot.
Barnum North Park – Located at Federal Blvd. and W 8th Ave., features a softball field, softball field grass infield, and lighted softball field. This really isn’t much different than the East park.
Barnum Park – Located at Julian St. and W. 4th Ave., this is a great park, featuring a basketball court, a rec. center, fishing, tennis court, and soccer field. Great picnic sights and sounds. It’s great fun for all.
Bates-Hobart Park – Located at Bates Ave. and Hobart Way
Bear Creek Park – Located at S. Raleigh St. and W. Hampden Ave., this is a beautiful park that features a bicycle and or pedestrian path, football field and softball field grass infield, fishing, and a horseshoe pit.
Bear Valley Park – Located at S. Lamar St. and W. Dartmouth Ave., a park with a few patches of dead or dying grass, but it does have 6 – that’s right, 6 lighted tennis courts, and a couple of soccer fields.
Berkeley Park – Located at Tennyson St. and W. 46th Ave., Berkeley has a soccer field and soccer infield, a lighted tennis court, outdoor and indoor pools, and a rec. center.
Bezoff Park – Located at New York and Fulton Ct., Bezoff is great for softball and basketball.
Bible Park – Located at Yale Ave. at Pontiac St., Bible features 4 softball fields, football fields, and tennis courts. The park also has a nice basketball court.
Bonnie Brae Park – Located at Bonnie Brae Blvd and E. Kentucky Ave.
Burns Park – S. Colorado Blvd and E. Alameda Ave.
Chaffee Park – Tejon St. and W. 43rd Ave., Chaffee doesn’t have the nicest look at times – there is patches of dying grass and mud, but it’s great for playing softball and basketball.
Cheesman Park – Franklin St. and 8th St.
Ciancio Park – Lipan St. and W. 40th Ave.
City of Axum Park – 32nd Ave. and Cherry St.
City of Brest Park – Located on Cherry Creek Drive South on Colorado Blvd.
City of Cuernavaca Park –
City of Karmiel Park – S. Steele St. and Cherry Creek Dr. N.
City of Madras Park – Quebec St. and Iowa Ave.
City of Nairobi Park – Cook St. and E. 35th Ave.
City of Potenza Park – S. Holly St. and E. Mississippi Ave.
City of Takayama Park – S. Colorado Blvd. and Cherry Creek Dr. N
City Park – Located downtown at 17th Ave. and York St.
Civic Center Park – Located in the heart of civic downtown
Columbus Park – Navajo St. and W. 38th Avenue
Commons Park – Located in the center of Little Raven, 15th Street and 19th Street.
Congress Park – 9th Avenue and Elizabeth Street
Cook Park – S. Monaco Parkway and E. Mexico Avenue, Cook is wonderful. It’s not only a beautiful park with flourishing green trees and grass, but the park also features a basketball court, swimming pools, basketball court and rugby, softball, and soccer fields.
Cranmer Park – Cherry St. and E. 2nd Avenue.
Crescent Park – Located between Roslyn, Trenton, 8th and 7th
Crestmoor Park – Monaco St. and E. 1st Avenue
Dailey Park – E. Elati St. and W. Ellsworth Avenue
Deboer Park – S. Vine St. and E. Harvard Avenue
Denison Park – Quebec Street and E. 11th Avenue
North Harvard Gulch Park – S. Clarkson Street and E. Iliff Avenue
Dunham Park – Clayton Street and E. 44th, Dunham is nice because it features a nice playground, a big softball field and a basketball court.
Eastmoor Park – S. Monaco Parkway and S. Princeton Avenue
Eisenhower Park – S. Colorado Blvd. and E. Dartmouth Ave.
Elmendorf Park – Scranton St. and E. Elmendorf Pl.
Falcon Park – Xanadu St. and E. Maxwell Pl.
Ferguson Park – Dexter St. and E. 23rd Avenue
Flores(Hector M.) Park – Galapago St. and W. 4th Avenue
Fred N. Thomas Memorial Park – Quebec St. and E. 26th Avenue
Fuller Park – Gilpin Street and E. 28th
Garfield Lake Park – S. Lowell Blvd and W. Mississippi Avenue
Garland & Saratoga Park – S. Garland St. and Saratoga Pl.
Garland Park – S. Monaco Parkway and Cherry Creek Dr. N, Garland features a lot of great things, including a basketball court, lighted baseball field and softball field, football field, lighted tennis court, and a sand volleyball court.
Globeville Park – Platte River Dr. and I-70
Godsman Park – S. Zuni and W. Florida Avenue
Green Valley East Ranch Park – Jebel St. and E. 45th Avenue
Green Valley West Ranch Park – Argonne St. and E. 45th Avenue
Hallack Park – Irving Street and W. 20th Avenue, Hallack has a very messy-looking soccer field, but would a little mud really stop anyone?
Hampden Heights Park – Located between Dayton and Eastman, and Dartmouth on Boston Ct.
Harvard Gulch Park – S. Logan and E. Iliff
Harvey Park – S. Tennyson St. and W. Evans Ave.
High Line Canal Park – Located from Hampden at Colorado Blvd. to Havana at Exposition.
Highland Park – Federal Blvd. and W. 32nd Avenue
Hirshorn Park – Erie St. and 16th St.
Huston Lake Park – S. Zuni St. and W. Ohio Ave.
Hutchinson Park – Located at Eastman Avenue at Pontiac Street
Inspiration Point Park – 50th Avenue and Sheridan Blvd.
Jackie Robinson Complex Park – Lowry Blvd. and Uinta St.
Jacobs(Frances Wisebart)Park – S. Quebec St. and E. Mississippi Avenue
Jefferson Park – Clay Street and W. 22nd Ave.
Jefferson Square Parks – S. Happy Canyon Rd. and Ivy Way
Kennedy Park – Located South of Dartmouth on Kenton and south of Hampden at Dayton St.
Kittredge Park – Oneida St. and E. 8th Avenue
Lawson Park – Welton and 23rd Street
Lincoln Park – Mariposa St. and W. 11th Avenue
Lindsley Park – Dexter St. and E. Hale Parkway
Loretto Heights Park – South Lowell Blvd. and West Amherst Avenue
Magna Carta Park – S. Colorado Blvd. and E. Hampden Avenue
Martin Luther King Park – Newport St. and E. 38th Ave.
Martinez Park – Tennyson St. and W. 9th Ave.
Mayfair Park – Jersey St. and W. 10th Avenue
McNichols Park – Syracuse St. and E. 17th Avenue
McWilliams Park – S. St. Paul St. and E. Yale Avenue
Mestizo-Curtis Park – Curtis Street and 31st Avenue
Montbello Central Park – Crown Blvd. and E. Andews Dr.
Montclair Park – Oneida St. and E. 12th Ave.
Montclair Reservoir Park – Quebec and 11th Avenue
Observatory Park – S. Filmore St. and E. Evans Ave.
Pferdesteller Park – Wolff St. and W. 33rd Ave.
Pinecrest Village Park – S. Chase St. and W. Lehigh Ave.
Pinehurst Park – S. Wolff St. and W. Quincy Avenue
Platt (James H.) Park – Located at E. Florida Ave. to East Iowa Ave. and S. Grant St. to S. Logan St.
Pulaski Park – S. Steele St. and E. Bayaud Ave.
Robinson Park – Fairfax St. and E. 3rd Ave.
Rocky Mountain Lake Park – Hooker St. and W. 46th Ave.
Rosamond Park – Tamarac St. and E. Quincy Ave.
Ruby Hill Park – S. Platte River Dr. and and W. Florida Ave.
Rude Park – Decatur St. and W. 13th Ave.
Sanchez Park – Knox Ct. and W. 13th Ave.
Sanderson Gulch Park – S. Raritan St. and W. Florida Ave.
Schafer Park – Clayton St. and E. 37th Ave.
Silverman Park – Titan Ct. and E. Andrews Dr.
Skatepark – Located in the Platte Valley to the north of Commons Park at 2205 19th Street.
Skyland Park – Holly St. and E. 33rd Avenue
Sloan’s Lake Park – Sheridan Blvd. and W. 17th Avenue.
Southmoor Park – Located just south of Hampden Avenue at Pontiac Street
Southwest Auto Park – Located at Ammons St., Balsam Street, Stanford Ave., and Union Avenue
St. Charles Park – Lafayette St. and E. 38th Ave.
Sunken Gardens Park – Elati St. and W. 8th Avenue
Swansea Park – Clayton St. and E. 49th Avenue
Valverde Park – S. Platte River Dr. and W. Cedar Avenue
Vanderbilt Park – S. Platte River Dr. and W. Tennessee Ave.
Verbena Park – Verbena St. and E. 11th Ave.
Veterans Park – S. Vine St. and E. Iowa Ave.
Viking Park – Speer Blvd. and W 29th Ave.
Village Place Park – Anaheim Ct. and E. Albrook Dr.
Wallace Park – Located south and east of the juncture of I-25 and I-225
Washington Park – S. Downing St. and E. Louisiana Ave.
West-Bar-Val-Wood Park – S. Tejon St. and W. Cedar Ave.
Westwood Park – S. Wolff St. and W. Kentucky Ave.
Zeckendorf Place Park – Broadway and Speer Blvd.