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The Square on 21st


What's New

This summer, the Square on 21st will offer a park-like public space in Denver’s Ballpark neighborhood where residents and visitors can relax in the shade, play lawn games, sip early morning coffee, sample late-night eats, and enjoy activities for all ages (and dogs too!). This pop-up park between Larimer and Lawrence is the brainchild of area residents and business owners who worked with city planners to envision an underused public street as an oasis in downtown.

Been to the square? Let us know what you think.

Things to do

Refer to map below to see where activities will be located at the Square on 21st.

1- Performance stage
2- Bike trail
3- Vendor 
4- Vendor 
5- Games
6- Rotating food trucks
7- Lawn, seating & shade
8- Street art
9- Dog park
10- Bike Ramps

Click on map for larger PDF version. 


Map showing where activities will be located at the Square on 21st


Upcoming Events

Note: Daily vendor lineup is subject to change.

Wednesday, July 19

Thursday, July 20

  • WalkDenver Gala, 6-9 p.m.: Join WalkDenver and pedestrian-minded friends at the 3rd annual I Walk Denver Gala, where you'll be able to enjoy great food, drinks, prizes, games and more. Get your tickets today! All proceeds directly support WalkDenver's efforts to make Denver a safe and enjoyable place to walk, including key initiatives such as Vision Zero, Denver Deserves Sidewalks, and Safe Routes to School.
  • Group bike rides: Every Thursday evening, BikeDenver and volunteers will lead two free group bike rides around the neighborhood (see descriptions below). Both rides will meet at the Square on 21st at 6 p.m., and take off from the square at 6:30 p.m.
    > An education ride will alternate between "This History and Future of Five Points: Planning for a diverse and vibrant community," which will be a two-hour tour of the historic Five Points neighborhood led by Curtis Park Neighbors President John Hayden and "The Mile High Loop: Exploring the route of Denver's proposed cultural trail."
    > The "BikeDenver City Spin Ride" will be a family-friendly, one-hour ride for all ages and skill levels led by BikeDenver. 
  • Vendors on the square:
    Tacos El Huequito (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Friday, July 21

Saturday, July 22

Sunday, July 23

About the project

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 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.

Project Partners

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, UpDIG, the So-Gnar Creative Division, Kobra Paint and Summer Snow.

The Planning Process

Image showing progression of planning process from 2011 Northeast Downtown Neighborhoods Plan to 2016 21st and Wynkoop Street Urban Design Plan to 2017 Outdoor Downtown Plan to The Square on 21st Project to a future permanent implementation to be determined



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Park information

Where is it? 21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence Streets in the Ballpark and Arapahoe neighborhoods.

When can I come? June 15 to August 15. 

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 ( for more details


Call for Events

Looking for the perfect spot for your event? Come to the Square on 21st! Read all about available amenities and guidelines below. 

The Square on 21st Street is designed to serve as a neighborhood greenspace that enriches the neighborhood by providing social, cultural and civic opportunitites for the Ballpark and Arapahoe Square neighborhoods.

The following guidelines apply for all events on the square:

  • Any inidivual or group can visit the square during hours of operation.
  • Permission is required for any activitiy that restricts accress to a specific area of the square.
  • Ticketed events are allowed, but must be open to the public.
  • Events at which alcohol will be served must be properly permitted.

The following resources are available for events on the square:

  • 20-amp power hookups
  • On-site storage
  • Nighttime lighting
  • Sound system
  • Stage
  • Flexible turf area, 15 feet by 100 feet
  • Ample bike parking
  • Tables and chairs 

For more information, email Events Manager Lorinn Rhodes (

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21st Street Demonstration Project

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.

Final Urban Design Plan

Read the Wynkoop Street and 21st Street Design Plan (PDF).

Urban Design Plan Process

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:

  • Help create signature streets within the neighborhood(s) 
  • Pilot various innovative stormwater best management practices 
  • Improve the game day experience for guests to Coors Field 
  • Connect with other key destinations, and the overall public realm experience 
  • Facilitate reinvestment in underutilized properties 
  • Enhance the overall public realm experience 

Additionally, the project will develop an implementing plan for the urban design plan, including cost estimates and a phasing strategy.

Urban Design Plan Stakeholder Advisory Group

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:

  1. Existing and future use and programming 
  2. Conceptual design 
  3. Detailed design for Festival Street section(s) 

Project Materials

Related Planning Efforts

Community Design Workshop
Wednesday, December 7
Meeting presentation (PDF)

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Steven Chester, Project Manager
Senior City Planner