As Elaine Westblade gazed over Smith Lake just north of the newly renovated Washington Park Boathouse, her eyes lit up as she recalled scenes from her youth. In the 1930s and 40s, the lake was used for ice skating.
“I fondly remember hanging out with my friends. Some of the dating couples would venture to the dark swimming pier to engage in necking. No, I wasnt one of them,” said Westblade, who graduated from South High School in 1943.
Clermont Park Retirement Community, located at 2479 South Clermont Street in Denver, recently hosted a barbecue at the historic Washington Park Boathouse for future neighbors — the people that are planning to move into the new Willows at Clermont Park apartments. The event elicited past memories but also created new memories as well.
Clermont Parks barbecue was one of the first events held at the restored boathouse. For those locals who played in and around the boathouse during their childhood, the event brought back fond memories. And for new boathouse visitors like Ben Wintergalen, the barbecue created new memories with new friends.
“This is the first time I’ve been to the boathouse and they did a great job with the restoration. I really enjoyed meeting all of my neighbors-to-be,” said Wintergalen, one of the 75 people who attended the mid-summer barbecue.
“We host social events that allow our future neighbors to mingle and establish new friendships,” said Sarah Pfannenstiel, Clermont Park Information Center director of sales and marketing. According to Pfannenstiel, the new apartments at Clermont Park are scheduled to open the first quarter of 2013 and only eight of the 74 residential apartment homes are still available.
As the sounds of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Count Basie drifted through the air, courtesy of Bobs Big Band, another South High graduate and future Clermont Park resident offered a poignant boathouse memory.
“As a child, we would swim and ice skate at the lake. I’m so happy the boathouse is still here, it’s especially beautiful at night when lit up,” said Lyn Sabichi. Sabichi and her husband Francisco, who currently live in Wash Park, will become Clermont Park residents in 2013.
“What’s nice about Clermont Park is we are only a couple miles west of Washington Park,” she added.
Both future residents and their adult children alike enjoyed the Clermont Park barbecue. Becky Bausch’s parents Carl and Jo Bausch-Hammergrens recently sold their home in preparation to move to Clermont Park.
“A major factor for my parents choosing Clermont Park is the fact they are locally owned and operated by Christian Living Communities. My parents or I can talk directly to anyone within the organization, including the CEO,” said Bausch.
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