Denver, CO – MURP students in Ken Schroeppel’s Spring 2014 Planning Project Studio partnered with the Downtown Denver Partnership and Larimer Associates to transform an alleyway in Lower Downtown as part of the “Larimer Square Backyard” event in May. Students spent the semester studying alleys in Downtown Denver and ways to improve the spaces and presented their findings and recommendations during the event. Larimer Associates, the organization that owns and manages Larimer Square, installed grass and furniture in the alley between Larimer and Market Streets and transformed the space into a pop-up alley event that featured food, lawn games, music, and an opportunity for passers-by to learn about alley activation projects in Denver.
“We did this project in conjunction with the Downtown Denver Partnership and a lot of the work we did actually has real life relevance with what the Downtown Denver Partnership is doing in alleys, so being students and being able to work with the city and actually help them out with some of the things they’re doing downtown was a really great experience,” said MURP’s Mike Madrid (‘14).
The project won a Downtown Colorado Inc. (DCI) 2014 Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence for Best Urban Public Space Project. Winners were honored at the 2014 DCI annual conference awards ceremony in Fort Collins on September 11, 2014. The winners will also receive a certificate signed by Governor John Hickenlooper, State of Colorado; Reeves Brown, Executive Director, Department of Local Affairs; and John Plakorus, DCI Board Chair. Since 2003, the Governor’s Awards has recognized outstanding projects and people that reflect an attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Colorado.
The Denver Business Journal published a story on May 28 about the proposals, “Downtown Denver Seeks to Transform LoDo Alleyways.”