Elitch Gardens opened at its downtown Denver location on a cool May day in 1995, after seven years of planning and 11 months of construction.
Leaders at the time wanted to give the historic amusement park more room to expand than the center’s former home near West 38th Avenue and Tennyson Street in West Highland allowed. Two decades later, city officials are planning what to do with all the extra land around Elitch Gardens and Theme Park. (via Denverite)
First, a little history:
The original Elitch Gardens opened its gates to the public in 1890 after John and Mary Elitch turned their farm on the outskirts of Denver into a green oasis and zoological park to enjoy, according to a history compiled by Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park.