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Mayor Hancock Celebrates Opening of The Square on 21st

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, city officials, business leaders and community members today celebrated the opening of The Square on 21st, a new summer pop-up park located between Larimer Street and Lawrence Street in the Ballpark and Arapahoe Square neighborhoods. 

From June 15 to August 15, The Square on 21st will offer a park-like public space to an area that doesn’t currently have green, open spaces or neighborhood gathering places. Those who live and work in the area will have an opportunity to enjoy amenities they usually have to leave the neighborhood to access. The new pop-up park includes an area for off-leash dogs, lawn games, seating areas, food and beverage vendors, performance stage, 60 new trees, bike trail and street mural by local artist Pat Milbery. More information on activities and a calendar of events can be found at www.denvergov.org/TheSquareOn21st.

“As Denver continues to grow, access to quality outdoor spaces is increasingly important.” Mayor Hancock said. “Our parks bring neighbors together, and this new public space will allow the community to spend time outdoors and experience our vibrant downtown in new ways.”

The square will increase street-level activity and encourage area residents, commuters, and visitors to experience Denver urban spaces in a different way. The pop-up park is a pilot project to explore innovative and creative uses for publicly-owned land, including streets and sidewalks. Over the next eight weeks, the city will evaluate the space and gather feedback from the community to discern the feasibility of creating more permanent spaces. 

Denver Community Planning and Development, Parks and Recreations and the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) worked alongside residents and business owners to re-image the 1-block stretch of downtown. The Square on 21st is the direct  result of a series of city plans, including the 21st and Wynkoop Urban Design plan, The Outdoor Downtown plan for parks and public spaces and the DDP Downtown Loop project.

“The Square on 21st encapsulates our vision for vibrant parks and public spaces that are major economic drivers and help showcase a powerful brand for the center city,” said Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. “We are re-thinking how we leverage publicly and privately-owned streets, sidewalks and plazas to enhance the Downtown experience.”

Project partners include the Ballpark Collective, the Colorado Rockies, Goodland Construction, Human Movement, PetSmart, Overcon Containers, 2Keys Corporation, University of Colorado-Denver, UpDIG, the So-Gnar Creative Division, Kobra Paint and Summer Snow.