Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

New Mobile Workshop on Smaller Cities' Venues Available at Congress of Cities

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

New Mobile Workshop on Smaller Cities' Venues Available at Congress of Cities

Article excerpt

The City of Denver has added a new mobile workshop to its 2010 Congress of Cities & Exposition offerings. Entitled "Smaller Cities Development of Sport, Event and Community Venues," the mobile workshop will explore the successful efforts of Commerce City, Colo., and Glendale, Colo., to develop sports and event venues that attract growth and development.

Mobile workshops will be available from December 1 through December 3 during the heart of the conference, which will be held November 30 to December 4.

During the smaller cities mobile workshop, participants will tour two Denver Metro communities that have developed sports and event venues to provide their areas with activity centers and future growth and potential development opportunities.

Commerce City

The Prairie Gateway Project is considered one of the most innovative public-private partnerships in the nation. In 2004, Commerce City purchased 917 acres of the former Rocky Mountain Arsenal from the federal government for redevelopment. Commerce City then entered a public-private partnership with Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE) to develop a soccer specific stadium. City staff began working on concepts and proposed the 917-acre Western Tier property to KSE as an ideal location for the Colorado Rapids home.

The proximity to Denver, ease of access from the metro Denver area and opportunities for retail-, office- and sports-related development resulted in the Prairie Gateway Project, with Dicks Sporting Goods Park and the Commerce City Civic Center opening in spring of 2006.

The project, located adjacent to a 27-square mile urban wildlife refuge, includes the 18,000 seat professional soccer stadium, a 24-field athletic complex and facilities for concerts and other events. The venue creates a park-like, community-friendly atmosphere. Potential development opportunities include more than a million square feet of retail, commercial and office space. …

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