taste of colorado

The Taste of Colorado festival in the Civic Center Park in downtown Denver in 2019. 

The city of Denver is hosting a public workshop Thursday evening to collect community feedback on plans for future improvements to the Civic Center Park.

During the workshop, the project team will present concepts for key areas in the park, including Bannock Street, Central Promenade, the Greek Theatre and Central Gathering Feature. Participants will be able to choose their favorite plan.

“We are excited to bring the community back together for the next round of feedback,” said Happy Haynes with Denver Parks and Recreation. “Improvements to key features of Civic Center Park support The Outdoor Downtown Master Plan in honoring the parks history and envisioning its future.”

The first public feedback workshop was held in February, during which the project team received more than 1,000 feedback points via the workshop, surveys and stakeholder meetings.

So far, feedback has emphasized improvements to make Civic Center Park an everyday destination for residents, celebrate historically marginalized voices, include art elements, respect the historic character and prioritize inclusion and accessibility for all, according to the project team.

Based on the results of the second workshop, a preferred concept option will be shared with the public at a third public workshop this fall, the city announced.

“For years, Civic Center Park has attracted people who come to play, pause, process and protest,” said Eric Lazzari with Civic Center Conservancy. “By continuing our process of inviting feedback from community members, we can ensure the area remains active and thriving for many years to come.”

Civic Center Park was Denver’s first National Historic Landmark, currently attracting more than 1 million visitors each year. The project team said it intends to improve the Civic Center to catalyze new activity and animate the heart of Denver for the next 100 years.

The project, titled Civic Center Next 100, is funded in part by the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program.

Thursday’s public workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. After the meeting, a public input survey will be launched immediately at denvergov.org/theoutdoordowntown.

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