Highlands Garden Vilage Experience


Northwest Denver’s Highlands' Garden Village sits on 27 acres of land that formerly housed the old Elitch Gardens Amusement Park. Old Elitch’s was a Denver attraction for more than a century, operating first as a zoo and botanic garden and then as an amusement park until 1994. In 1998, development group Perry-Rose, LLC, started to transform the site into a diverse, mixed-use, infill community. Today, Highlands Garden Village is home to 306 diversely priced homes including single-family dwellings, a co-housing development, apartments, carriage homes, and senior and affordable housing. The site is framed by 90,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, an adjacent charter school and more than 140,000 SF of open space in the form of parks, connecting promenades, and plazas. The site maintains a connection with its rich history through the adaptive re-use of 38,000 square feet of historic buildings, including the Elitch Theater and the Carousel building. Experience how each of Highlands Garden Village’s diverse elements demonstrate the New Urbanism and provide unique placemaking opportunities in one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods.


  • Linda Purcell, Principal, Architecture PML
  • Alan Colussy, AIA, Principal Architect, Klipp
  • Jim Bershof, Principal
  • Fred Corn, Neighborhood Representative
  • Mary Anderies, Housing Consultant, West Highlands Neighborhood Association
  • Chuck Perry, Managing Partner, Perry Rose LLC
  • Ron Tilton, President, FirstBank of Denver

Slideshow by Ron Tilton: