Washington Park Boathouse

Washington Park Boathouse from across Smith lake

View of Washington Park Boathouse along the lake in the evening
interior of Washington Park Boathouse with tables and decorations set up

About the Boathouse

Renovated in 2012, the Washington Park Boathouse was part of the City Beautiful project at the beginning of the 20th century.  Designed by Jules Jacques Benois Benedict, the structure was completed in 1913. You and your guests will enjoy a spectacular view of Washington Park’s legendary flowerbeds and broad landscape that personifies the ‘City Beautiful Era’ of Denver’s early years.

Washington Park is on the US National Register of historic places as well as the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.  

Review Event Facility Rules and Regulations(PDF, 225KB)

Download the facility brochure(PDF, 578KB) 

Venue Details

Amenities & Features


  • Changing room
  • Staging kitchen (refrigerator, sink and counter space)
  • On-site event facilitator

Space Availability

Capacity: 150

Square footage: 3,145

Rental dates available: April 15 - October 15
Reservation process begins November 1 for the following calendar year

Rental times:

  • Monday – Saturday: Any consecutive 9 hours 7:00am – 11:00pm
  • Thursdays: Unavailable for events  
  • Sunday: 2:00pm – 11:00pm ONLY
  • 9 hour rental maximum during operating hours (7:00am – 11:00pm)
  • All rental times blocks must include set up, clean up and any rehearsal


Rental Fees

9 hour rental block:

  • Weekdays (Mon.-Thurs.): $600
  • Weekends (Fri.-Sun.) & holidays: $1,000

Registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization may be offered a 50% discount on rental fees for activities benefitting the organization (activities booked on behalf of individuals and other nonprofit categories are excluded).

Nine-hour rental block must include time for your setup, event, cleanup, plus all deliveries and pickups. 

Permit Requirements

The following requirements must be met no later than 21 calendar days prior to your event date. More information will be emailed after making a reservation request.

  1. All fees paid in full

    View online payment instructions

  2. Proof of insurance coverage

    Insurance Requirements & Sample Certificate of Insurance(PDF, 985KB)
    Instructions for GatherGuard Insurance(PDF, 291KB)

  3. Walkthrough: Permit holder must complete an in-person walkthrough with an Event Facilitator (information below)

  4. Alcohol: Alcohol may be served. Any alcohol being served requires a certified bartender who is not a guest of the event.
    Alcohol Policy(PDF, 182KB)
    Alcohol Sale/Service Permit Requirements(PDF, 167KB)
    If selling alcohol: Liquor Liability is required and a Special Event Liquor Permit must be acquired from Denver Dept of Excise and Licenses

Alcohol Policy

Beer, wine, champagne and hard alcohol may be served/sold.

  • If serving or selling alcohol:  Liquor Liability or Host Liquor Liability is required with your insurance coverage.
  • If selling alcohol:  a Special Event Liquor License must be acquired from the Denver Dept. of Excise and Licenses.
  • A licensed bartender who is not a guest of the event is required for the service of any alcohol

View full alcohol policy(PDF, 182KB)

Alcohol Sales/Service Requirements(PDF, 167KB)

Open House Tours and Walkthroughs

Event Facility Tours:

Tours are open house style, and you may arrive at any point within the listed timeframe. Groups are welcome to attend but only one person should register. Schedule online using this hyperlink: Book A Tour (be sure to select the correct facility).

Event Facility Walkthroughs:

A walkthrough is a final logistics meeting for those who already booked an Event Facility. This meeting is a requirement to obtain your approved permit. Vendors, family, and friends are welcome to attend. Only one walkthrough is allowed per event, and we suggest attending 30-45 days before the event. Schedule online using this hyperlink: Book a Walkthrough

Tour and walkthrough appointments are posted by the 25th of the current month for the following month. Dates listed online may be out of chronological order.


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