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Love Your Downtown at Wednesday Wind Up

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

PrintHow can we create a sense of playfulness, fun and energy in the communities where we work and live? The answer could be as simple as coming together in a public space and fostering activity through programming, atmosphere, interaction – and food, of course!

This is the simple but deep-seated idea behind Wednesday Wind Up, a weekly park activation dreamed up by Downtown Phoenix Inc. and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.

This event not only spotlights the award-winning Civic Space Park, but also brings people together on a regular basis just to have fun.

Featuring food trucks, pop-up park games, activities, music, and great local vendors like Bunky Boutique, Coiffeur’s Salon, Nostra Style House and Maggie’s Thrift – just to name a few – this event has a little something for everyone.

Wednesday Wind Up kicks off Aug. 27 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Civic Space Park, located on Central Avenue between Polk and Fillmore streets right across from ASU Downtown.

But this event is only the beginning. The fun continues every Wednesday, with special Halloween-themed programming coming at the end of October. Check Downtown Phoenix’s Facebook and Twitter pages for weekly updates.

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



Help Design a New Parklet at The SPACE_BETWEEN

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014


Could you be the next great urban planner? Let’s find out.

Join us Wednesday, April 9 at The SPACE_BETWEEN as we envision creative ways to activate the vacant lot between Valley Youth Theater and Taylor Place Student Housing.

This temporary vacant lot activation project, part of Phoenix Urban Design Week, will bring a new community space to Downtown in the shape of a backyard patio where residents, visitors, downtown employees and students can play, relax and commune. Join us and offer your suggestions for the space – a team of designers will be on hand to translate your vision into a site plan that the Downtown Phoenix Partnership will then implement.


Explore these examples of temporary vacant lot activation projects around Downtown:

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library

Outside of Fair Trade Cafe at Civic Space Park



Artist Made Planters

Public Art pots at Renaissance

Created by Jeff Slim and Ave Chee, these planters are located along Central Avenue outside of Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Photo by Jeff Slim.



Shade Trees, Grass & Public Art Projects

The Lot

“The Lot: What Should Go Here?” at Second and Roosevelt streets



Art Boards

Before I Die board

East side of First Street just south of Garfield Street (813 N. First Street)



Community Gardens

Community Garden

Roosevelt Growhouse on Sixth and Garfield streets



Temporary Pop-up Shops

Songbird popup

South side of Roosevelt Street just west of Fifth Street



Sustainable Initiatives

Goode Garden

G3 Demo Garden at Calvin C. Goode building (251 W. Washington Street)



Pop-Up Parks & Games

Pop Up Park

Downtown Phoenix Partnership Pop-Up Park at CityScape



Park(ing) Day Games, Music & More

Parking Day

The global event that turns metered parking spaces into mini parks, September 20 in 2013. South side of Washington Street between First and Second avenues



Shipping Container Projects

Hot Box Gallery

North side of Roosevelt Street just west of Fifth Street (408 E. Roosevelt Street)


Opening Day at Arizona Center

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Continuing our community building theme of Springing Into Action, let’s not forget about the group of fellas that bring 2 million people Downtown every year.

Arizona Center restaurants will be handing out free hot dogs beginning Monday at 2:30

Yup, spring also means the start of the Major League Baseball season and our future NL West champs will open their 17th season (!!!) in Downtown Phoenix on Monday against the division rival San Francisco Giants. Fans can rally behind their favorite team while celebrating this potential National Holiday in grand style by joining Arizona Center for a day-long tailgate.

Oh, did we mention free hot dogs?

That’s right, Arizona Center restaurants will be serving up a wide variety of the ballpark grub staple–from Sonoran style and Greek to the more traditional mustard and relish variety–to fans who can soak up the spring sunshine and play at the Pop-Up Park while counting down to the 6:40 p.m. first pitch at Chase Field. Here’s a timeline of Monday’s Opening Day fun:

11:30 – Pop-Up Park opens

2:30 Arizona Center restaurants begin hot dog service (while supplies last)

3:30 to Midnight FREE baseball fan parking in the Arizona Center garage

(This event is benefiting the 100 Club of Arizona so while you’re plowing through your second toppings heavy hot dog please don’t forget to make a donation that matches your appetite.)

Make New Connections This Weekend at Book Swap PHX

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Book Swap PHX Poster

A great downtown is marked by its events—and CO-OP Phoenix is helping to build a better Downtown and stronger sense of community by hosting free, social events in urban spaces.

With a focus on community, connectivity and philanthropy, the organization is hosting Book Swap PHX, a book exchange, this Saturday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Civic Space Park.

The event is a kick off for the Downtown Phoenix Partnership’s Little Free Library program, which is part of a larger, national program bringing free books to public parks and places.

After the book swap, free little libraries will pop up at Civic Space Park, Heritage and Science Park, the Downtown Phoenix Information Center and the Phoenix Public Market filled with books donated and leftover from the swap.

Besides the exchange, Book Swap PHX will also feature the Partnership’s pop-up games like corn hole, giant connect four and more; food and drink; live storytelling; and a raffle by Frances Vintage and Bookmans.

Never been to a book exchange? Here’s how it works:

You are invited to bring up to 10 books to swap and unlimited to donate. What you give is what you receive so if you bring 5 books, you can swap for 5 books.

While the event is free, CO-OP Phoenix will be accepting $5 donations to cover event costs. RSVP to Book Swap PHX.

Deals, Discounts and Free Fun for Students

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Civic Space Park

Welcome back to school, ASU Downtown Phoenix students!

In between all the learning and memory-making, we understand you will want to have a little fun around our Urban Core. We also understand that college-student budgets are tight.

That’s why we have compiled this short, handy list of awesome deals and free events all around Downtown.

First things first, download and print our ASU Downtown Super Deals coupon sheet. It’s stuffed to the brim with sweet deals on everything from food, to gym memberships, to even shoe shines. Be sure to take advantage of these offers soon, as most of them run until Sunday!

Next, check out these fun, free Downtown events going on this week.

Tomorrow evening, be sure to head down to the open air Phoenix Public Market. Here, you can taste, sample and buy the best in home-grown agriculture and cooking. Stock up on fresh, healthy snacks, or buy some beautiful flowers for your budding college sweet heart. The market runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Thursday, get terrified with your new friends at the Arizona Science Center, with their “Creature Feature Film Series.” This week’s free showing is the body-horror classic, “The Fly.” The mad science starts at 7 p.m.

Already tired of dorm food? Well then head back to the Phoenix Public Market the next day for lunch at Food Truck Friday. You’ll find a bodacious food court comprised of trendy mobile culinary innovators.  Nosh on an eclectic set of offerings, like Cajun burritos and authentic Filipino street cuisine. Food Truck Friday runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afterward swing over to the Pop Up Park at Civic Space Park, which runs from 1 – 3 p.m. The Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors bring out games, books, soccer nets and more.

Looking to start the semester off the healthy way? Then join us for the Community Yoga Project in Civic Space Park on Saturday morning. Practice liberating Ashtanga yoga while surrounded by the park’s beautiful scenery. Be sure to bring your own mat, some water and friends. The fun starts at 8:30 a.m.

Are you a yoga-fanatic? Well then also check out “Sweat Your Asana Off” at Lustre Rooftop Garden on Monday evenings. This free, hour-long yoga session features guest instructors, a rooftop pool and a great view. Get flexible starting at 7 p.m.

* Photo by Michael Ruiz

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

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.

Decorate Luminarias Downtown

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012


From drawings of Santa to wishes of world peace, over 400 (and counting!) hand-decorated luminarias will line the streets of Downtown Dec. 24.

Just under one tenth of the 1,093 bags that will be used for the inaugural year of Luminarias Downtown were decorated by 20 volunteers who also filled sand bags and helped prepare the luminarias for their big reveal.

The hand-drawn designs are a part of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership’s Holidays in Downtown decoration and events campaign which includes 3600 feet of garland, over a mile and half of twinkling lights, 160 holiday banners and seven holiday events.

Traditional to neighborhoods in New Mexico, luminarias – also known as farolitos – are a gesture of welcome stretching back to the 16th Century Spanish tradition of lighting small bonfires along roads during the final night of Las Posadas.

In a similar gesture, The Partnership welcomes Downtown residents, visitors and families to take up a pen or marker and craft their statements of welcome to all who will view the decorations on Dec. 24.

There are three ways to decorate: Stop by a Pop-Up Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to leave your message. Pop-Up Parks take place at CityScape Monday-Friday, The Arizona Center on Thursday and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Civic Space Park on Friday. Or, stop by the Ambassador Info Center between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Or, head to the Phoenix Public Market on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and stop by the Ambassador table.

And, don’t forget to join us Dec. 24 starting at 5:30 p.m. to observe the luminarias on a self-guided walking tour.

More details:

D-Backs Host First-Ever Doubleheader at Chase Field

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host their first-ever doubleheader on August 22 and have partnered with many businesses in Downtown Phoenix to offer special deals and activities in between games.

dh_pinThe D-backs will giveaway commemorative pins to fans who attend both games. Fans will receive a voucher upon entry to the first game scheduled for 12:40 p.m. and must present the voucher upon entry for the second game, slated for 6:40 p.m., to receive the limited-edition doubleheader pin.

During each game, fans can get the Doubleheader Deal which includes a regular hot dog, regular popcorn and regular drink all for just $6 at any Doubleheaders concession stand at Chase Field. The D-backs will offer discounts on merchandise at the Team Shop including player T-shirts for $19.98 (regular price $28). In addition, a limited-edition D-backs doubleheader T-shirt will be available in the Team Shop for $25 during both games, while supplies last.

The D-backs encourage fans to experience the first-ever doubleheader at Chase Field. In between games, fans are encouraged to take advantage of the following deals and activities in Downtown Phoenix:

Arizona Science Center -Show your ticket for either game on Aug. 22 and receive a free general admission ticket with the purchase of one adult ticket (value up to $14)

Phoenix Children’s Museum – Show your ticket for either game on Aug. 22 and receive $3 off general admission

Coach & Willie’s$3 drafts, domestic bottles, wells and wine, $3 Miller Light Aluminum pints, $6 Miller Light bottle plus SoCo Lime Shot (from 4-6 p.m.)

Coney Island Free soda with a purchase of an entrée for fans wearing D-backs gear

Downtown Pizza Lounge – Two slices and a drink for $7, two slices and a 16 oz. beer for $9

Ghost Lounge -$3 draft beer (1 p.m. to close)

Hard Rock Café - Happy hour from 3-6 p.m. with live music from Clinton Switzer, $3 domestic drafts, $4 imported drafts and well drinks, $5 house wines, half-price appetizers (excluding jumbo combo)

Karim’sD-backs hot dog, chips and water for $6

Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and RestaurantHalf-price appetizers, $5 cherry bombs, $3 domestic bottles, $4 premium drafts, $4 well drinks and $4.50 house wines

Friday’s Front Row – 9th Inning $6 Ultimate Drinks and buy one burger, get one half off

corn-bag1Arizona Diamondbacks representatives will be on hand in Patriot’s Square at CityScape Phoenix from 3-6 p.m. with D-backs inflatables for kids. Fans can also enjoy a Pop Up Park featuring cornhole, Frisbee and live music from DJ Sean Watson.

Several CityScape Phoenix tenants will offer food and drink specials, including:

Blue Hound Kitchen & CocktailsGrab a local beer and Blue Hound’s famous tater tots with smoked bacon, chive and a French onion dip for only $6

Chloe’s Corner Downtown $3 draft beer, Pizza & Beer Combo – slice of pizza and a draft beer for $5

Copper BluesTwo-for-one wells, local and domestic beers and house wine when you show your D-backs ticket (excludes happy hour items)

Fuego CityScapeTwo-for-one on all drinks including wine, sangria, mojitos and cocktails, patio menu options for $6

Lucky StrikeBuy one game of bowling, get the second free

Tilted Kilt – Free Irish Nacho when you show your D-backs ticket (no purchase necessary), $3 domestic drafts (14 oz.), $3 well drinks, $5 choice of onion rings, mozzarella sticks, cheese quesadilla or spinach dip

The Arrogant ButcherBuy one happy hour appetizer, get one free from 3-6 p.m.

The Strand – Extended happy hour from 3-6 p.m. includes $2 Blue Moon, $4 drink concoctions and half-price appetizers

West of Soho – $10 off purchase of $30 or more (excludes sale items)

Yogurtini Buy one yogurt, get one yogurt free when you show your D-backs ticket

The D-backs and Downtown Phoenix partners will be adding deals leading up to the Aug. 22 doubleheader. For the most up-to-date deals, visit

Tickets for either game of the doubleheader, and all remaining home games this season, can be purchased at, by calling 602.514.8400 or by visiting the ticket windows at Chase Field. Fans holding tickets to the August 23 game may use those tickets for the 12:40 p.m. game on August 22.