Running along the South Platte River and nestled 5 miles south of Denver, Ruby Hill is a true hidden gem. Only within recent years has this community truly begun to grow in popularity and blossom with possibility. The Ruby Hill neighborhood is widely known for its recreational opportunities and is a bicyclists paradise! From Florida Avenue, the South Platte River trail allows bicyclists to commute downtown in ten minutes without dealing with cars or traffic.
There are several wonderful parks and walking trails in the neighborhood, from Sanderson Gulch Trail and Park, to Ruby Hill Park – the largest park in southwest Denver. Overland Pond Park, Athmar Park, and Godsman Park all provide greenery and recreation for the community. The city is also planning on implementing several major improvements to the South Platte River and Ruby Hill Park which will benefit the neighborhood in coming years.
There are two major college campuses less than a 15-minute drive from the neighborhood: Auraria, and University of Denver. And there are 3 light rail stations in close proximity to these neighborhoods. The Evans Station, Broadway Station, or Alameda Station are in walking distance by many residents, and are also quickly accessed by the numerous RTD bus routes on their way to the light rail stations.
Ruby Hill Park, the neighborhood’s namesake, is an ever-evolving neighborhood treasure. The green expanse is on an incline above the river and boasts some of the best views of downtown Denver and the Platte Valley. It’s the ideal place to watch everything from eclipses of the moon to Fourth of July fireworks. At one-time, Native Americans even used it as a lookout point.
The 88-acre park encompasses everything from baseball, football, and softball fields, to picnic areas, gardens and playgrounds, and the Ruby Hill Rail Yard. The Rail Yard is a free urban terrain park. And is meant to be a place where snowboarders and skiers can fine tune their skills. It features ten rails and boxes that range in size, shape, and difficulty.
The Ruby Hill Bike Park is another wonderful addition to the neighborhood that was completed in the summer of 2016. It’s a 7.5-acre park including a slope-style course, pump tracks, dirt jumps, and a 1.7-mile multi-use trail. On top of that, the bike park sits next to one of the top-rated sledding hills in Denver!
In July 2017, Levitt Pavilion opened at the base of Ruby Hill Park, causing the Ruby Hill community to emerge as a somewhat unexpected hub for music in Denver. Every year, the venue presents 50 free family friendly concerts for the community. The mission – to focus on building community through free music and education, increasing access to the arts, and finding common ground in a diverse audience.
Just across the Platte River, right at Ruby Hill’s doorstep, the historic Overland Golf Course is the site of a new music festival kicking off this year. The festival, aptly named Grandoozy, is put on by the same company behind Bonaroo and Outside Lands. This multi-stage, multi-genre, 3-day event is expect to draw 50,000 to 60,000 people. The spotlight will also focus on local arts and culture, not just music. With the lethal combination of these two music advents, Ruby Hill could be poised to become Denver’s hottest music district.