Posts Tagged ‘Patriot’s Square Park’

Pop Up Park

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

popuppark_logo_1Get away from those florescent lights, take a break from that office chair,  give your headphones a rest and get outside!

Let’s be honest here, eating lunch at your desk is a bummer. You know what isn’t? Finding a Pop Up Park Downtown and jumping in on a game of bags, or challenging your coworker to a match of giant Jenga.

We promise, the sunshine and boost of Vitamin D will return you to your desk a happier, more productive person.

Oh! And you can win prizes just for having fun with our Pop Up Passport program (ask an Ambassador for your pass at a Pop Up Park).

Ok, ok, before this turns in to an infomercial, here’s the details:

TUESDAYS from 11am – 1:30pm at the Arizona Center

WEDNESDAYS from 11am to 1:30pm at Civic Space Park (p.s. there’s food trucks at this one!)

THURSDAYS from 11am to 1:30pm at CityScape’s Patriot Square Park

HAPPY HOURS Pop Up sporadically, follow us on Twitter @PopUpParkPHX for details

________________________________________

giant-jenga-600px

The Great Outdoors in Downtown Phoenix: Enjoy Springtime in an Urban Setting

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Civic Space Park

Spring is here. Just as the season arrives, it seems to quickly vanish to the scorching summer temperatures. Spring is here. Now is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors, parks and gardens of Downtown Phoenix.

Margaret T. Hance Park, named after former Phoenix Mayor Margaret Taylor Hance, sits directly above the Papago Freeway Tunnel (also known as the Deck Park Tunnel) in Downtown Phoenix. Hance was a strong proponent of the tunnel and the park, and thus the park was named after her. On any given day, hundreds of vehicles drive through the tunnel right under the feet of any park-goer! The park is lovely and features walking paths, drinking fountains, grills, ramadas to reserve, a volleyball court, and The Irish Cultural Center and Japanese Friendship Garden.

At The Irish Cultural Center the foundation’s Academy of Irish and Celtic Studies offers an array of unique indoor and outdoor classes in everything from Celtic instruments – including bagpipes and the bodhran – to Celtic languages, such as Welsh and Scottish Gaelic, to step dancing.


At the Japanese Friendship Garden (Ro Ho En), one can admire elegant waterfalls, streams filled with swimming Koi fish, and more than 50 varieties of plants. Strolling through the garden offers tranquility and beauty. The garden’s name, Ro Ho En, is a combination of three Japanese words. Ro means Heron, a bird symbol of Himeji City. Ho is the Japanese word for the city of mythical Phoenix bird. En means garden. Apparently, more than 50 landscape architects from Himeji, Japan, contributed to the Japanese Friendship Garden project. General admission prices are: adults $5; students, military, seniors (62+), and children $4; children ages six and younger when accompanied by an adult are free. Daily traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies take place at various times. Participation is available for an additional fee.

Just a few blocks away, Civic Space Park sits as the newest park in downtown Phoenix, which is across the street from Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus. At night, look for a large illuminating sculpture that soars high into the sky. This sculpture is called “Her Secret is Patience” and was created by Janet Echelman. During the day, this park offers many shaded areas making Civic Space Park a comfortable retreat from the sun. Frequently, park-goers can enjoy weekend activities such as yoga and movie nights in the park.

At Central Avenue and Washington Street sits Patriots Square Park at CityScape where kids can enjoy water features and adults can kick back to relax in the outdoors on a lunch break. Patriots Square Park also features Pop-Up Parks during the week with a DJ, games, and even a library of books to choose from! The park also hosts yoga and other fitness activities throughout the year.

Spring is here and Downtown Phoenix offers many options to get out and enjoy the great outdoors in an urban setting. So, get out there!

Margaret T. Hance Park

West side of the park -> 67 W. Culver Street

(between Central and Third Avenues in downtown Phoenix)
(602) 262-6412

Japanese Friendship Garden – Ro Ho En

1125 N. Third Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 256-3204

Irish Cultural Center

1106 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 258-0109

Civic Space Park

424 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 262-7490

Patriots Square Park at Cityscape

1 East Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Mardi Gras Brings the Party to the Streets

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

2013-Mardi-Gras-Blog-ImageGet your masks, costumes and Mardi Gras spirit ready, the good times are rolling back to Downtown Phoenix.

The headquarters of the Third Annual Mardi Gras festivities will be at Patriot’s Park (CityScape) on Feb. 9, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and this FREE and family-friendly event will feature a festival, parade, pub crawl and the largest gathering of maskers in the Valley of the Sun.

“Mardi Gras keeps getting bigger every year,” said Sara Anderson with title sponsor Downtown Phoenix Partnership. “This year we’ve invited the community to party with us and I expect to see 5,000 revelers out on the 9th.”

The Festival will include a beer garden, New Orleans-style food/costume/ vendors and live entertainment featuring Dry River Yacht Club, Bad Cactus Brass Band and Flamenco por la Vida plus thousands of costumed partiers.

This year’s Mardi Gras Parade will start in the center of the Festival on Central Avenue and continue through the streets of Downtown starting at 4 p.m. Keeping with the community theme, the parade will feature floats and performances from neighborhood organizations, local marching bands, giant puppets, animal rescue organizations and more. All entrants will be costumed and family appropriate.

Returning this year is the Mardi Crawl pub crawl featuring multiple Downtown establishments. This year the crawl is FREE if you travel by foot, however there are a limited number of $15 trolley tickets available to join a Mardi Crawl Krewe. Krewe members will receive a Krewe Kit, dedicated trolley transportation and their very own Krewe’s Director leading them throughout the crawl.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit:

downtownphoenix.com/mardigras

Top 13 Things To Do Downtown in 2013

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

facebook cover photo

As the new year rolls around we reached out to Downtowners to find out: what are your must-see spots Downtown? Over 100 people weighed in, creating the list of The Top 13 Things to do Downtown in 2013.

13. Experience the 2013 Mardi Gras Parade Feb. 9

It’s a parade, a festival and a pub crawl all rolled into one and at this day-long festival, anything goes. Dress up, dress down, grab a mask or a costume, whatever it is, just get out there. The outdoor festival kicks off at 3 p.m., the parade starts at 4 p.m. and the Pub Crawl starts at 9 p.m.

12. Take a break and get out of the office at a Pop Up Park

Soak up the sun, listen to some tunes, play a game or borrow a book during your lunch hour at a Pop-Up Park. With games ranging from Jenga to basketball, there’s never been a better time to get out of the office and enjoy the city. Pop-Up Parks take place at Patriot’s Square Park Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; The Arizona Center on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Civic Space Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

11. Grab a brew at Angels Trumpet Ale House

One of the newest bars Downtown, Angel’s Trumpet Ale House offers a rotating cast of craft and unique brews as well as fun and seriously good eats. Combine a beer and upscale pub grub with an expansive outdoor patio and you’ve got yourself a little piece of hipster paradise.

10. Sip poolside at Lustre Bar

Head up the stairs or take the exclusive elevator to this semi-hidden bar at the Hotel Palomar at CityScape. Located next to the hotel’s outdoor pool, Lustre Bar is cool in the summer and heated in the winter and is an ideal location to sip a cocktail while enjoying some of the best views Downtown.

9. Take your kids to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix

The hands-on, highly interactive exhibits are sure to keep kiddos 10 and under (and parents) entertained for hours. Don’t skip the Noodle Forest or the fort building room. And, good news! Admission is free almost every First Friday.

ZombieWalk-3988. Zombie Walk Oct. 26

Last year over 5,000 zombies took to the streets of Downtown in the fourth annual Zombie Walk. This year the daylong festival and walk turns five – and we’re going for the Guinness World Record. Practice your limp, get your makeup set and join us for live music, vendors and – let’s hope – the largest Zombie Walk in the nation.

7. Experience the culinary scene Downtown on a Taste it Tour

Taste It Tours’ vision is to have its customers savor, learn, explore and connect with each guided tour and the ticket price includes food and drink from 5-8 restaurants, access to the talented chefs, plus tie-ins to architecture, historical insights, stories about the history of Downtown and the personalities that forged the region.

6. Comicon May 23 – 26

Nerds, geeks, zombies and aliens. This three day festival brings out the inner nerd and is the perfect time to celebrate that alternative comic book/movie/movement you’re into. And, if you aren’t a geek, there’s no reason to skip it. The festival is ideal for people watching and killer parties.

5. Check out the Arizona Science Center for free during Adults’ Night Out

The first Friday of each month, the Arizona Science Center turns into an adult’s only night at the museum. The fun includes a local DJ, cash bar and, did we mention, FREE admission to all four floors of hands-on science? And, each month, the Center hosts a new installment of their award-winning lecture series.

4. Speaking of First Friday, get out there!

It’s the largest art walk in the nation and on the first Friday of the month the entirety of Downtown is transformed into a street festival, gallery viewing hotspot and all-around outdoor party. If you haven’t experienced it yet, your next chance happens this Friday, Jan. 4.

3. Grab lunch at Food Truck Friday

Food Truck Friday has become a Downtown staple since kicking off in November 2010 and is still the place to check out the widest variety of food trucks in the Valley. By all accounts, these un-restaurants have become as big a part of the culinary scene as, well, restaurants. There’s just something magical about ordering high-end food from a truck. The fun takes place at the Phoenix Public Market every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Crescent2. Shop at the Phoenix Public Market

A bastion of all that is locally farmed, raised and produced in Arizona, the largest outdoor market in the Valley sells local goods, produce and results in all-around lovely way to spend a Saturday morning or Wednesday evening. After shopping, grab a meal at a food truck, grab a seat at a table and enjoy the community.

1. Catch a show at Crescent Ballroom

The top spot for indie and up-and-coming acts also features a killer kitchen that kicks out craveable burritos and expertly mixed cocktails. With music every night of the week and an intimate-but-not-crowded space, there’s no reason not to catch a show, eat dinner and dance the night away.