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 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. 

Only one event is permitted per day.

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

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

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

Event Facility Tours:

Free tours are available for those who wish to see the event facility and ask questions before submitting a reservation application. Tours are open house style, and you may arrive at any point within the listed timeframe. Family and friends are welcome to attend but only person needs to 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 permit holders 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 on the 25th of the current month for the following month. Dates listed online may be out of chronological order.

Washington Park Access: Parking lots and roadways near the facility may be restricted. Please see the park access map for details.(PDF, 499KB)  


701 S. Franklin Street, Denver 80209  View Map

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