Today’s Englewood is a distinct reflection of its genuine history.
There is still a focus on transportation, education, and the arts.
New developments are boosting the area’s economy and maintaining the City’s distinctive neighborhoods remains an important
aspect of planning for Englewood’s future.
CityCenter Englewood, built on the old Cinderella City site in
2000, is a national model for mixed-use transit-oriented development (TOD) and Englewood was the first community in Metro
Denver to capitalize on the arrival of light rail.
The Englewood area is also a hub for healthcare providers.
Swedish Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, is Denver
area’s referral center for neurotrauma and is a recognized leader
in the treatment of stroke. Another Englewood hospital, Craig
Hospital, is consistently rated one of the Top Ten Rehabilitation
Hospitals in the country. Many other healthcare providers and
specialty clinics are also located in Englewood.
Englewood offers an array of arts and entertainment amenities,
like the historic Gothic Theatre, a live-music venue featuring
regional and national artists. And the Museum of Outdoor Arts,
which has numerous art installations throughout the community
and believes in ‘making art a part of everyday life.’
Englewood’s focus on education is also apparent today. The
school district includes two high schools, two middle schools,
four elementary schools, and early childhood center. The Englewood community’s commitment to its schools is signified by the
fact that several schools have been recently renovated and the
construction of new elementary schools is underway. In addition,
there are two private schools serving the community. Englewood
prides itself on its quality education.
The same compassion and hometown spirit that existed from
the community’s beginnings is still evident in Englewood today.
Community members actively participate in civic and volunteer
opportunities. Englewood has one of the most successful Neighborhood Watch programs in the nation, helping neighbors keep
an eye out for one another’s safety. And there are many organizations and programs that offer assistance to neighbors who are
elderly or disabled.
The City of Englewood offers some of the finest recreational opportunities in the region. Englewood’s Recreation Center, Broken Tee
Englewood golf course, Malley Recreation Center, and aquatics
programs have received numerous awards. Englewood has more than
250 acres of parks and open space land, including 12 neighborhood
parks located throughout the community. Pirates Cove — an outdoor
water park with water slides, a competition pool, leisure pool, and
lazy river — makes a big splash during the summer months.
Given its strategic location, Englewood is highly accessible via highways, recreation trails, light rail, and bus. The multimodal access
attracts customers to businesses and it fits well into the active
lifestyles of recent arrivals and long-time residents. Not only are
Englewood’s transportation corridors important for moving people
throughout the City, they act as vital employment and retail destinations for residents and visitors. Englewood’s walkable downtown
and proximity to transit give it a high Walk Score®. The overall
Walk Score® in Englewood is 55 but locations near South Broadway
in downtown have a particularly high score of 90.
The City of Englewood has a higher percentage of Millennial
residents than any other Denver Metro suburb. This influx of new
households, combined with a growing need for senior housing,
has fueled increased demand for multi-unit housing developments.
New residential developments recently built or currently underway
include Bell Cherry Hills, Foundry, Oxford Station TOD, Broadway
Lofts and Traditions; equating to almost 1,000 units.
Grocery stores, hardware stores, drug stores, even a JC Penney. A
few generations ago, South Broadway in Englewood was the typical
American Main Street. It was where family businesses passed from
one generation to the next and a place the community gathered for
celebrations. The businesses along South Broadway continued to
thrive as the community grew.
Today, independent businesses and entrepreneurs are leading the renaissance of South Broadway in Englewood. Online shopping has created
an entirely new way to purchase most types of goods. The internet
hasn’t figured out how to sell the experience of meeting friends for a
drink at a neighborhood bar before walking down the block to have
dinner at a new restaurant in town. But South Broadway has.
Several businesses have even banded together to create a “Final
Friday” each month to offer extended hours, live music and art
to draw regular and new patrons to South Broadway. The South
Broadway of yesteryear provided the basic goods that helped the
community grow. The new South Broadway offers the goods and
services that provide a connection and experience between the entrepreneurs, shopkeepers and their customers.
Englewood’s history, location, accessibility and plans for a vibrant
future will continue to ensure that it remains in the center of it all.