Washington Park Boathouse

Washington Park Boathouse from across Smith lake

Washington Park Boathouse


Main room interior


Lake view from inside the Boathouse


Guest Entrance


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 Benios Benedidct, 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. 

Only one event is permitted per day.

Venue Details

Amenities & Features

Facility Brochure(PDF, 2MB)


  • 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 nonprofit organizations will be offered a 50% discount on rental fees.

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)

Online Tour & Walkthrough Reservations

Schedule a Tour:(PDF, 129KB)
Free, guided one (1) hour tours are available for parties who wish to see the interior of a venue and ask additional questions before submitting a reservation application. Registered tour attendees are invited to bring one guest. View instructions on how to check availability and schedule a tour.(PDF, 129KB)

Schedule a Walk-through(PDF, 129KB) (for permit holders only):
A one (1) hour walk-through with a DPR Event Facilitator is required to obtain your approved Event Facilities Permit. The walk-through will cover day-of event logistics. Permit holders are strongly encouraged to bring any vendors, family or friends who will play a role in your event and need to see the venue prior to your reservation date. Permit holders are limited to one walkthrough. View instructions on how to schedule a walk-through.(PDF, 129KB)

Visit the DPR Online Service Center.


Tour and walk-through schedules are updated on the 25th of each month. 

Walk-throughs do NOT need to be scheduled earlier than 60 days prior to your event date.



701 S. Franklin Street, Denver 80209  View Map

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