Neighborhood Profile: Athmar Park
Athmar Park History:
Athmar Park originally started out as a few independent parcels. The northeast portion was rural farmland at the turn of the 20th century. A majority of those farms were wheat fields and celery farms. The eastern border was once part of what is now the Valverde neighborhood. And the northwest part of the land was orginally a neighborhood called Mountain View Park.
Starting in 1902 portions of these lands were incrementally annexed by Denver, starting with the eastern edge. These small annexations continued for more than 30 years. One of the last parcels annexed was Mountain View Park in 1943. The land changed hands three different times before being auctioned and sold to John and Thomas McCusker in 1946. The two brothers developed the land as a Denver subdivision named “Athmar Park.” Supposedly the name originated as a combination of Athea and Mary, the names of the brothers’ two wives.
Athmar Park Today:
Athmar Park is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Denver. A majority of the homes were built in the mid- 20th century, but there are the still original 1880s brick style homes and also bungalows from the 20’s and 30s in the old Mountain View Park area. Neighbors take pride in their community involvement and love the many local parks.
Athmar Park is bounded by Federal Boulevard to the west, South Platte River to the east, W. Alameda Avenue to the north, and W. Mississippi Avenue to the south.
Who Lives There:
The population is 44% single, 35% married and 28% of households have children. The Annual Residential Turnover is 20.29%
Median Sales Price:
$288,000 for a single family residence (2017)
Afforable area to buy a home and strong community involvement
Higher percentage of petty crime compared to other Denver neighborhoods and not enough casual retail (i.e. drug stores)
St. Rose of Lima School
KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy
KIPP Denver Collegiate School
Goldrick Elementary School
Huston Lake Park
South Platte River Trail
Public Transportation and Bike Lanes:
Buses servicing the area are the 11, 3, 14, 4, 30, 30L, 31, and 36L
The South Platte River Trail is a multi-purpose trail and bike path. Shared lane bicycle routes are the D7 (S. Jason Street) and D5 (Zuni Street).
“About Athmar Park”
Athmar Park Neighborhood Association
Community Facts: Neighborhood Summaries
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