Stapleton’s roots can be traced back to 1995, when the new Denver International Airport caused the Stapleton airport to close up shop. With over 7 square miles of empty land left behind, local leaders and citizens worked together to build a forward-thinking community that welcomed everyone. City planners melded the character and charm of old Denver neighborhoods with an innovative approach to sustainability and energy conservation. The result? A thriving, happy community that welcomes children, couples and families from all walks of life. As one resident puts it, “I love the lifestyle in Stapleton – there is a big focus on family friendly events, being outside, and getting to know the community and your neighbors.” Whether you’re just visiting or considering it for your next move, here’s what you can see and do around Stapleton.
Founders Green is just one example of how Stapleton fosters its supportive, family-oriented community. As one Stapleton homeowner puts it, “the kids ride their bikes with friends in the alley, we go on playdates in the pocket parks, and trick or treating is an Olympic sport. It reminds me of what neighborhoods were like in our childhood.”
Complete with rolling hills, crisp walking paths and even an amphitheater, Founders Green is the perfect place to relax with your family and engage with friends and neighbors. Founder’s Green is in many ways the anchor of the Stapleton Neighborhood, bringing residents together for both family and adult-focused events. In the spring and summer months, the green hosts concerts, movies, and theatrical performances. There’s also a beer festival and frequent wine tastings, hosted by Stapleton’s MCA (Master Community Association). The MCA is the HOA for the neighborhood that manages the smaller parks and 6 pools.
Spring and Summer Markets
Another great thing about Stapleton is that it maintains a strong support for local business owners. You can find local goods at the Farmers Market on the Green – another event put on by MCA Stapleton. Here, residents can indulge in local baked goods, Colorado produce, artisan goods and a variety of other gourmet food items. As explained by another Stapleton resident, “on Sundays from May through October there is a farmer’s market that has produce, food trucks, stands, and some goods you can buy.” An additional event on the green is the Sweet William Market, which runs on the last Saturday of each month from May through September. This open-air market features vintage goods, antiques, and art from local makers. The best part? It’s all within walking distance from most homes in the central Stapleton area.
Stanley Marketplace is another local establishment that represents Stapleton’s community-driven lifestyle. The Marketplace sits within an impressive building, just next door to the former runway of the original Denver airport. Stanley Marketplace is a neighborhood favorite, and there’s no surprise why. The destination boasts everything from bars and restaurants to retail shops, salons, and fitness studios. If you’re looking for a fun night out, stop by Cheluna Brewing Co., Infinite Monkey Theorem, or Stanley Beer Hall. In the morning, fresh-made doughnuts, coffee shops, and Denver Biscuit Company await. Then, you can burn it all off during a class at Kindness Yoga or Endorphin Studios – or drop the kids off at Bounce gymnastics studio or Enshin Karate. In short, Stanley Marketplace really has it all.
This national restaurant chain combines bar games with Southern-inspired food created by the famous chef Hugh Acheson. As for the drinks at Punchbowl, you’ll find scratch-made cocktails, craft beer, and variety of oversized punch cocktails for sharing. Having first claimed its roots in Denver’s Baker neighborhood, Punchbowl opened in Stapleton on November 19th. For indoor entertainment, patrons can indulge in ping pong, shuffle board, giant scrabble, bowling, darts, TVs for sports viewing, and even private karaoke rooms. On warm days, outdoor fun entails giant Jenga, stadium seating, bocce ball courts, a beer garden, and more.
Eastbridge Town Center Restaurants
Whether you’re looking for happy hours, a romantic dinner, or appetizers before a movie at Northfield, the restaurants at Eastbridge Town Center offer something for everyone. One of the most popular eateries is Cattivella, a wood-fired grill serving up pizza, pasta, and other Italian favorites. Cattivella’s chef/owner is Elise Wiggins (a person beloved by the community) who is the former chef of Panzanos (downtown Denver). You’ll also find a few downtown Denver classics here, including American-focused restaurant Next Door, and an offshoot of ChoLon and Cho77 called Concourse Restaurant Moderne. Another restaurant transplant hailing from downtown Denver is Los Chingones, owned by local restaurateur Troy Guard. The Mexican food joint offers a fun, lively atmosphere as they dish out plates like habanero fritters, chicken tinga taquitos, and lamb neck tacos. One Stapleton resident who frequents the restaurant says “there is a rooftop with great mountain views and great margaritas.” Head to Los Chingones for happy hour from 3-6pm, Monday through Friday.
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