The Cheesman Park neighborhood is one of the oldest in Denver, with city plats dating back to 1868. By 1915, with the completion of the park, the neighborhood was mostly developed with large mansions for some of the city’s wealthiest people. Since the 1930s however, the neighborhood has become denser with a plethora of apartment buildings. In the late 19th century, the land that is now Cheesman Park was Prospect Hill Cemetery, which also included the land that is now the Denver Botanical Garden and Congress Park further east. The long dis-used cemetery was converted to a park that opened in 1907 after city planners felt it would provide an amenity to new residents as land development moved east of the central city.