Glendale, Colorado

This article is about the city in Arapahoe County, Colorado. For the census-designated place in Boulder County, see Glendale, Boulder County, Colorado.
City of Glendale, Colorado
Home Rule Municipality

Motto: The Heartbeat of Metro Denver

Location in Arapahoe County and the state of Colorado

Location of Colorado in the United States
Coordinates: 39°42′9″N 104°56′2″W / 39.70250°N 104.93389°W / 39.70250; -104.93389Coordinates: 39°42′9″N 104°56′2″W / 39.70250°N 104.93389°W / 39.70250; -104.93389
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County exclave of Arapahoe County[1]
Settled 1859
Incorporated May 19, 1952[2]
  Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
  Mayor Mike Dunafon [3]
  City Manager Jerry Peters [4]
  Total 0.6 sq mi (1.4 km2)
  Land 0.6 sq mi (1.4 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 5,280 ft (1,632 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 4,184
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
  Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Zip code[5] 80246
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-30340
GNIS feature ID 0184853
Website City of Glendale

The City of Glendale is a Home Rule Municipality located in an exclave of Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The population was 4,184 at the 2010 census. The city is an enclave of (i.e., surrounded by) the City and County of Denver.

Glendale's fire and medical services have been provided by the Denver Fire Department and Denver Paramedics through a contract by the City and County of Denver since 2005. Glendale is policed by the Glendale Police Department.


The town was incorporated in 1952.[6]


Glendale, Colorado, is located at 39°42′9″N 104°56′2″W / 39.70250°N 104.93389°W / 39.70250; -104.93389 (39.702546, -104.933866).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land (other than a short length of Cherry Creek which bisects the City from East to West). Much of the city's limited space is devoted to commercial development, including both office and residential high rises.

A view looking west down Cherry Creek


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20155,198[8]24.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 4,547 people, 2,630 households, and 715 families residing in the city. Almost all of the housing in the city is multi-family. The population density was 8,241.3 people per square mile (3,192.0/km²). There were 2,787 housing units at an average density of 5,051.4 per square mile (1,956.5/km²).

More than 80% of the population are renters, and many live in housing units built in the 1970s. More than 40% of Glendale's housing units were built in the 1970s.[11]

The racial makeup of the city was 68.15% White, 9.70% African American, 0.86% Native American, 6.20% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 9.10% from other races, and 5.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.38% of the population.

There were 2,630 households out of which 12.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 17.2% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 72.8% were non-families. 57.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.73 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 13.3% under the age of 18, 21.2% from 18 to 24, 50.4% from 25 to 44, 12.5% from 45 to 64, and 2.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 117.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,043, and the median income for a family was $29,521. Males had a median income of $27,674 versus $28,050 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,838. About 20.1% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.6% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Sports venues

The entrance to Infinity Park.
Inside the rugby stadium at Infinity Park.
See also: Infinity Park

Infinity Park is an event sports and entertainment complex adjacent to the Glendale municipal buildings and courthouse. The nearly 16 acres of Infinity Park are located between Cherry St and Birch St (east/west), and E Kentucky Ave and E Mississippi Ave (north/south) and include an Event Center, Stadium, Park, Sports Center and High Altitude Training Center.

In 2007, Glendale completed the first phase of construction when it opened the first municipal U.S. Rugby Stadium.[12] The rugby stadium has a seating capacity of 4000 people. The rugby stadium is home to the city's nationally ranked and 2011 D1 Champion[13] rugby team known as the Glendale Raptors [14] and the Women's Premier Leagues latest members, the Glendale Lady Raptors. The facility has become one of the premier rugby venues in the United States. It regularly hosts USA Rugby national championship matches and has also played host to the Churchill Cup in 2009 and 2010 which is the premier North American International Rugby Tournament.

In July 2008, the city opened a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) recreation and sports center, is managed by the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver.[15] In November 2008, the state-of-the-art Event Center opened with accommodation for 750 guests in a banquet-style setting.[16] The Park, an 8-acre open space development adjacent to and just south of The Stadium opened in May, 2010. The High Altitude Training Center was completed in February 2011, the final phase of the Infinity Park project.

Points of interest

Four Mile House

An interesting site on the edge of Glendale is Four Mile Historic Park. This 12-acre (49,000 m2) rural site is home to metropolitan Denver's oldest house, the Four Mile House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1859 along Cherry Creek, the Four Mile House once served as a stage stop, wayside inn, and tavern for travelers on their way to Denver City via the Cherokee Trail. Today Four Mile Historic Park houses a museum, summer camp, and events center. The park is situated just outside Glendale's city limits, in the Washington Virginia Vale neighborhood of Denver.[17]

A walkway between Cherry Creek and Cherry Creek S Dr, east of Cherry St.

Green Spaces


In the 1970s, Glendale was the entertainment and night life center of metropolitan Denver. The Glendale of that era is often compared to Denver's LoDo neighborhood today. As an indication of its former popularity, at one point Glendale had more than 50 tavern licenses.

Glendale civic leaders hope to restore this reputation and atmosphere in the coming years through projects such as an improved water front. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Dunafon leads the effort to restore reputation and atmosphere by example—managing Shotgun Willie's, the self-proclaimed "best strip club in Denver", despite being in Glendale.

Glendale was formerly home to Celebrity Sports Center, a local landmark and family activity center established by Walt Disney and other celebrity investors. The landmark closed in 1994 to the disappointment of many.[18]

The city of Glendale hosts an elaborate 4 July fireworks show each year. The city's population swells to nearly 50,000 during the show. The city also sponsors free outdoor movies in the Infinity Park stadium.

Notable people

Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Glendale include:

Sister cities

See also


  1. 1 2 "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
  2. "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  3. Letter to Visitors from City Manager
  4. "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved September 23, 2007.
  5. "Glendale,". Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  6. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  8. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. "SALMON P. CHASE". Coloradobiz. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  11. Denver Post article on Infinity Park
  13. Reuters: Glendale Raptors End Season Unbeaten
  14. Glendale municipal press release on Infinity Park
  15. Infinity Park Event Center
  16. Four Mile Historic Park official website
  17. Forsyth, David. "Spares and Splashes: Walt Disney's Celebrity Sports Center". B50. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  18. "Steve Ward's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2016-04-20.

Further reading

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