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Things to do in Sloan Lake

Sloan Lake isn’t just a lake, the neighborhood offers visitors a variety of things to do.

DENVER – Just a 12 minute drive from downtown Denver and 20 minutes from the nearest mountain, you’ll find a spot that lets you enjoy the views of both.

Sloan Lake, Sloans Lake, Sloan’s Lake…although the three lanes are often referred to, the official neighborhood map of denver lists both the neighborhood and the lake with the name “Sloan Lake” without the “s”.

It holds the record for the largest lake in Denver. Visitors planning to hike the trail around the perimeter can expect a 2.6 mile walk.

Along the trail there are plenty of places to take a break and soak up the views and there are also places to stop and play basketball and if you have kids there are a few courts games.

Sloan Lake is bounded by West 29th Avenue to the north, Federal Boulevard to the east, West 17th and 19th avenues to the south and Sheridan Boulevard to the west, according to the official Denver neighborhood map.

Breath of the past

The area known today as Sloan Lake was built by Thomas M. Sloan in 1861. According Denver Library records, Sloan tapped into an aquifer while digging, which ended up creating the lake overnight.

The lake would attract people from across Colorado to enjoy outdoor activities like boating, swimming and ice skating, according to these recordings.

Records show that Sloan sold the property in 1872. Over the next century, the area would transform with other means of attracting visitors like an amusement park, a grand hotel, and a drive-in movie theater. However, all these attractions ended very quickly.

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However, not all failed. Lake Junior High School, known today as Lake Middle School, still stands on the east side of the lake on Lowell Blvd. The school, part of the Denver Public Schools, was built in 1926 by Merril and Burnham Hoyt, according to the Denver Public Library. The architecture of the school can be described as medieval.

Jump to the future

Today, the park is known to be very busy, according to several publications on alltrails.com. However, the surrounding area is made up mostly of homes and condos.

According to the 2019 US Census Bureau report, Sloan Lake is home to 8,086 people. The neighborhood is made up of 51% women and 48% men.

The average household income of people living in the Sloan Lake neighborhood was $107,339 in 2019, according to the U.S. Census. If you plan to live in this area, you will face a high price. Currently, homes and condos are selling for a median sale price of $815.00. This is a 16.9% year-over-year sales price growth, according to redfin data.

Buy a property in the neighborhood East very competitive. Homes in the area are typically on the market for an average of 8 days before being purchased, according to data from Redfin.

More than just a lake

As the author of this story, I’ve been to Sloan Lake to see some of the top rated spots in the neighborhood.

My first stop on my trip to Sloan Lake was at a popular Colorado brewery. Located on Perry Street, Odell Brewery is in a very large warehouse. Upon entering Odell, you have the option of sitting inside or climbing the stairs to the rooftop. The option I took was to go up to the rooftop bar. Once upstairs, I ordered a Sippin’ Pretty (one of my favorite sours in Colorado) and found a seat outside. The menu has a variety of different beers and pizzas to order direct from the bar. Sitting at the rooftop bar, you have a view of the mountains and Lake Sloan.

The next stop on my trip to Sloan Lake was at Little Man Ice Cream Factory. Although not the original location of the Colorado staple, this location offers customers a unique experience. This location is relatively new and opened in July 2019.

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When you go up the building, you open a door shaped like a freezer and are then immersed in an ice cream factory. You can see employees behind a glass window making some of the goodies that are sold inside the ice cream factory. The interior gives off a Willy Wonka vibe with whimsical decorations and a huge red slide that kids can go down. It’s a great place to grab a treat and get away from the outside world.

My last stop was Whole Sol Blend Bar. The Whole Sol is nestled on Raleigh Street, just a 3 minute walk from Lake Sloan. The menu offers customers healthy food options such as smoothie bowls, hot bowls, toast, and juice. I’m a big fan of smoothie bowls so this place has been at the top of my list for a while and it hasn’t disappointed me. I ordered the OG bowl, which is an acai bowl topped with bananas, strawberries, and granola. After my visit here, I feel like it’s the perfect place to stop after a workout at the lake or just grab a healthy snack.

If you have any suggestions for other neighborhoods I should check out, email me at alexia.carrasco@9news.com

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