That Ship’s Mast Thingie Downtown

I’m a Boulderite, OK? I don’t come down to Denver too often, and when I do, it’s typically a very goal-oriented trip. Wham, bang, Highland Square! Wham, bang, The Fillmore! Not a lot of time for walking and gawking.

So every time I come to downtown Denver, somewhere between the Wham and the Bang, I look over yonder and go, “What the hell is that ship’s mast looking thingie? I swear, it looks like a big freakin’ boat just sailed up the Platte.”

Today I had occasion to find out. Biking back down the hill from 32nd & Lowell to Union Station, I decided to go right to the big ship’s mast thingie and find out.

It’s a pedestrian suspension bridge.

It links the two halves of Riverfront Park (I didn’t know that was there, either) by allowing pedestrians to get across the train tracks. It’s all wooden floorboards and wire-grate benches up there. And these huge floodlights lining the stairs on either side shine straight up and keep the ship’s mast thingie all lit up, because whoever designed it knows that suspension bridges are beautiful.

I had my bike, so I took the elevator instead of the stairs.

There’s a bunch of very cool, very expensive looking cafes and bars and restaurants on the west side of the bridge. One of ’em’s called “Ink! Coffee” which is such a writerly sounding name. I oughtter go there sometime. When I’m not all Wham! Bang! Destination Now!

(This post brought to you by the wi-fi available from the Riverfront Park.)

5 Comments so far

  1. hubs (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 11:08 pm

    across from inc coffee is zangos. one of denver few real tapas restaurants. it’s excellent. pricey but yum.

  2. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 11:37 pm

    Ooh, yeah, I saw Zangos as I went by. I actually even circled around for a better look. It looked really, really hip and really, really expensive! I shall have to save it up for a special occasion.

  3. susan (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 6:53 am

    I thought that was a bridge to the homes over there. I didn’t realize it was to the park.

  4. Brando (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

    Oh man! Had dinner on Saturday at Zengo. Probably the best meal I have ever had. Had the seared prawns, and beef tenderloin.

    Even though the tenderloin was cooked ‘well done’, it still almost melted in my mouth.

  5. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation! Now I’m sorry I’m going to be out of town for a week… Mmm, prawns…

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