The Downtown Denver Partnership is planning the next phase of the 5280 Loop, an initiative that will create an urban trail and transform how the public right of way is used in downtown Denver.

The partnership’s vision for the 5280 Loop to link neighborhoods and connect people supports several goals outlined in the 2007 Downtown Area Plan, the 20-year strategy for downtown Denver that includes creating a walkable and bicycle-friendly city, embracing adjacent neighborhoods and ensuring vibrant shared public spaces.

People in the city center will start noticing tree tape, sidewalk stencils and other materials marking the 5.280-mile-long conceptual route of the 5280 Loop in advance of several events where the community can learn more and engage in the planning and design process. Community members also can experience the potential of the 5280 Loop at The Square on 21st, a pop-up park on 21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence that will be open through August 15.

“The 5280 Loop is a bold, visionary project that will connect the center city’s unique and diverse amenities, while creating a powerful sense of place within our vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods where 80,000 people now live,” says Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. “This is an initiative that will transform our center city for generations to come, and we are excited to showcase its potential to the community and gather their input as we create a conceptual design.”

People who are interested in experiencing the 5280 Loop will have the opportunity at pop-up workshops on August 12. There also will be a block party at The Square on 21st from 10 am to 10 pm and at 14th and Wynkoop streets from 10 am to 2 pm.