Arts & Culture
Head over to the new Civic Space Park on Friday, April 24 at 7:30pm for a free movie night featuring The Dark Knight.
The event is sponsored by Arizona State University students and is part of a larger safety initiative to encourage positive use of the brand-new park. Arrive early and you won’t need to bring your own snacks because free popcorn will be available on a limited basis. The movie will end around 10:30pm.
The park is located at 424 N. Central Ave, right next to the Van Buren St and Central Ave light rail station.
There will be a second movie night featuring Wall-E on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30pm.
Looks like the Civic Space is going to be a success, as hundreds of students, residents and curious visitors stopped by to celebrate the grand opening on April 16. There were giveaways, contests and a concert for the lucky attendees.
Phil Gordon spoke to the audience amid applause and support from the midday crowd.
See below for images.
Pictures courtesy of Evan Wyloge.
Come celebrate Phoenix’s first “Third Friday Concert Series” on Friday, April 17 at the new Downtown Civic Space park. The free concert will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature Turn Back, O Man and The Matthew Reveles Band.
Every third Friday of each month through 2009, local bands of various music genres will perform at the park.
Civic Space, opening Thursday, is bordered by Central and First avenues, and Van Buren and Fillmore streets. The nearest light rail station is at Central Avenue and Van Buren Street.
Join your neighbors from downtown Phoenix at the grand opening of the new Civic Space Park on Thursday, April 16.
A community cookout hosted by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department begins at 11am followed by the official opening ceremonies at 3pm. The celebration will end with a lighting of Janet Echelman’s “Her Secret is Patience” sculpture at 7:30pm. The full agenda of the events will be available at the park, printed on a limited supply of reusable souvenir shopping bags.
The park is located between Central and First Avenues, and Van Buren and Fillmore Streets. The nearest light rail station is at Van Buren St and Central Ave, and metered street parking is available.
Come celebrate the first “Third Friday Concert Series” at the park this Friday.
Improvements began Monday for the Downtown Phoenix Public Market’s permanent grocery store, which is expected to open in June.
The 4000 square-foot retail space at 14 E Pierce St will be open five days a week and will serve as downtown Phoenix’s first local foods grocery store.
The market announced Feb. 28 that they had received $305,000 in funding for the permanent store. The largest loan for $250,000 came from the Phoenix Industrial Development Authority, which aims to provide financial assistance for the community and economic development within Phoenix. Other support came from the Arizona Community Foundation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo Bank.
The market will need another $130,000 for operating costs over the next year until the store is established.
“It’s part of a plan,” said Cindy Gentry, the executive director of Community Food Connections. “Our plan for this market is a 12 to 15 year plan to establish a public market here in the heart of our city, but we needed to start small and see what the supply and the demand was.”
Community Food Connections, which operates the Public Market along with other programs, is committed to “increasing access to good, healthy food and helping farmers stay on the land,” Gentry said.
The store will include local products such as produce, dairy, eggs, and baked goods. There will also be a wine and beer bar, a cafe, crafts, and a community meeting room. There will be products from the vendors along with other products from local and regional producers that are not available at the outdoor market.
Gentry said the vendors are happy about the expansion.
“A lot of them have been with us almost as long as we’ve been open,” Gentry said. “It’s kind of like a big family and I think they see it as a chance to strengthen community as well as a chance for economic development.”
If the grocery store is successful, Gentry sees more expansion in the future.
“By six years from now, I hope to be in a permanent facility that is about three times as big as the land we’re standing on now.”
The outdoor market will still be open for its usual hours, Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 1pm.