After a successful summer that saw more than 15,000 visitors come to the Square on 21st, a pop-up park between Larimer and Lawrence Streets, traffic is returning to the downtown block this weekend. The park, a collaboration between the City and County of Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership, showcased how underused public right-of-way can be activated and transformed, and it provided a park-like public space in a neighborhood that lacks these types of spaces.
City planners will now begin to analyze the data collected over the two months the park was open to better understand what worked and what didn’t, and will compile a report in the coming weeks. Check back for our final report out on the park and a video about the project.
Refer to map below to see the layour for the Square on 21st.
1- Performance stage
2- Bike trail
6- Rotating food trucks
7- Lawn, seating & shade
8- Street art
9- Dog park
10- Bike Ramps
Click on map for larger PDF version.
The Square on 21st is scheduled to be open from June 15 to August 15 and will provide a temporary gathering place for a neighborhood that doesn’t currently have open or public spaces. Those who live and work here will have an opportunity to enjoy amenities they usually have to leave the neighborhood to access. The square will increase street-level activity and encourage area residents, commuters and visitors alike to consider Denver’s urban spaces in new ways.
The installation urges visitors to consider new and creative uses for publicly-owned streets and sidewalks. It is the direct result of a series of city plans, including the 21st and Wynkoop Urban Design plan (2016), as well as The Outdoor Downtown, a plan for downtown’s parks and open spaces. Visit www.DenverGov.org/TheOutdoorDowntown to learn more.
The Square straddles the Ballpark and Arapahoe Square neighborhoods and has the support of local neighborhood associations, as well as the Downtown Denver Partnership and a multitude of event sponsors.
The Square on 21st is also part of the larger Downtown Loop project. Click here to learn more.
The Square on 21st is brought to you by the City and County of Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership. Project partners include the Ballpark Collective, the Colorado Rockies, Goodland Construction, Human Movement, PetSmart, Overcon Containers, 2Keys Corporation, University of Colorado-Denver, the So-Gnar Creative Division, and Kobra Paint.
Photos of the Square on 21st on Instagram.
Where is it? 21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence Streets in the Ballpark and Arapahoe neighborhoods.
When can I come? June 15 to August 20.
The Square on 21st is a public space where park activities will be available daily during normal park hours (7 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and following park rules and regulations. An attendant will be on site between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., weather permitting.
Can I bring my dog to the Square?
Yes! We welcome dogs in the square. Dogs can be off-leash in the dog park, where they can enjoy playing with others. We do ask that you clean up after your pets.
Is there security at the Square?
There will be a full-time attendant at the square during the day, along with Denver Park Rangers, and private night time security every night.
Can I get something to eat?
Yes! There will be a selection of food and beverage options, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Who runs The Square on 21st?
The Square on 21st was built by the City and County of Denver with funding from the City’s Capital Improvements Program.
Where do I park?
Streets on the Square’s perimeter and nearby streets offer metered parking. Additionally, there are a number of private off street lots in the area.
We also recommend taking advantage of transit options (RTD's Union Station is only six blocks away), or riding your bike through the park's bike trail, if that's an option.
Can I host an event and reserve space in the Square on 21st ?
Yes! We are looking for all sorts of events to host during the summer. Contact Steven Chester (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details
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The Northeast Downtown Neighborhoods Plan, adopted in 2010, recommends revitalization of 21st Street to create a destination for the Arapahoe Square and Ballpark neighborhoods. This includes multi-modal improvements along the entire length of 21st Street and a festival street on 21st Street between Blake Street and Lawrence Street. It further describes the lack of public parkland in the neighborhood and clearly identifies the importance of public park space in order to create a vibrant livable neighborhood on the edge of the downtown core.
In 2015, the city partnered with the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Colorado Rockies to further identify the vision and urban design plan for 21st Street. To test the design concept and achieve maximum benefit for Downtown Denver, the city would like to use this next phase and budget to fund a demonstration project to test the feasibility of ways to design 21st Street as an active public realm where the pedestrian is the priority and is conducive to frequent special events and game day festivities. Concepts tested will include creative solutions such as new and expanded streetscapes, pedestrian seating areas, easily adaptable special event tents, bike corrals, street closures and other methods. This effort will require a strong partnership and support between Community Planning and Development, Parks and Recreation, the Public Works, Downtown Denver Partnership and Ballpark neighborhood residents and stakeholders, and will innovate the way we think about public space in our city.
Read the Wynkoop Street and 21st Street Design Plan (PDF).
Together with the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Colorado Rockies, the City and Country of Denver is developing a conceptual design for 21st Street (Benedict Fountain Park to Coors Field) and Wynkoop Street (Cherry Creek Trail to the Ballpark) that balances the needs of all users and enhances these streets as two of Denver’s premier destinations for residents and visitors alike.
The urban design plan will specifically:
Additionally, the project will develop an implementing plan for the urban design plan, including cost estimates and a phasing strategy.
Denver planning projects are typically guided by a steering committee comprised of stakeholders within the plan area and surrounding community. These stakeholders typically include representatives from registered neighborhood organizations, public and nonprofit agencies and business improvement districts, pedestrian and bicycle advocacy groups, as well as City Council members, property owners and business owners. The members of the advisory group are responsible for reporting back to their representative organizations and keeping their members up to date with the project.
Meetings will take place at these three milestones:
Community Design Workshop
Wednesday, December 7
Meeting presentation (PDF)