Sun Valley is a central Denver neighborhood, bordered by I-25 on the east, Federal Blvd. on the west, 6th Avenue on the south and 20th Ave. on the north. It is located in the area known as West Denver. Much of Sun Valley’s population resides in 10 blocks dominated by publicly subsidized housing. Only about 5% of the neighborhood’s population live in owner-occupied units. Much of the rest of the neighborhood consists of industrial areas, parks, city service buildings and Empower Field at Mile High and its surrounding parking lots.
Lakewood Gulch traverses the neighborhood, ending at the South Platte River just south of Colfax Avenue. The gulch travels through Rude Park at the west side of the neighborhood. The park contains a recreation center, bike paths, and a baseball field. The bike path meets the gulch between Decatur Street and the South Platte. Sun Valley contains a single stop (the Decatur-Federal station) of the FasTracks West Corridor Light Rail line at Decatur Street.
Sun Valley boundaries are 6th Avenue Freeway to the south end, W Colfax Avenue to the north end, Federal Boulevard to the west side and South Platte River to the east side. Decatur Street runs north and south in the middle of the community almost bisecting it. W 8th Avenue emerges east from Lowell Boulevard and passes through the community.
Sun Valley is plenty of shopping areas including Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, McCarten Cable Tools, Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Game Exchange of Colorado, Hughes Denver Supply, CED Greentech, Level 7 Games, City Electric Supply Denver Central and King Soopers/Kroger/Peyton’s Tejon Distribution Center. The community is also teeming with parks and green spaces such as Lower Lakewood Gulch Park, Rude Park, Barnum East Park and West Bar Val Wood Park. Sun Valley is also home to popular entertainment spots in Denver such as Denver’s Dangerous Theatre and Seventh Circle Music Collective.