The park is approached from I-70 via Genesee Overpass (1970, Frank Lunberg). The Colorado Department of Transportation engineer made this simple pillarless concrete bridge into a frame for a spectacular view of the snowcapped Continental Divide. Genesee Mountain Park (1914, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and others) was the first of some forty-five Denver Mountain Parks covering about 15,000 acres in Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Douglas counties. Best known as the home of Denver's municipal buffalo herd, Genesee Park is a ponderosa-clad landscape centered on Mt. Genesee. The park is now surrounded by a well-planned residential community and a small office park and shopping center. The one-story frame Oxley Homestead House (c. 1922), at Currant Drive and Genesee Vista Road, one-time center for a turkey farm, has became the community center for one of the first and best-known master-planned mountain subdivisions. Tight covenants outlaw groomed grass, fences, and individual mailboxes, while protecting native animals and plants.
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Genesee Mountain Park, Subdivision, and Office Park
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