Join us THIS SUNDAY for fun, food, and prizes at a pop-up neighborhood event!

by Jessica Vargas on May 31, 2018

Pop-up event will showcase the community’s vision for redesigning the Colfax & Federal cloverleaf intersection

On Sunday June 3, community members are taking over the southwest corner of Colfax and Federal (the “cloverleaf” interchange) to create a pop-up neighborhood called Via West Colfax. Temporary installations will showcase the community’s vision for how this space, currently a highway-style interchange, could better connect the surrounding areas and offer community services and amenities to support healthy, active living.

This celebratory event will include live music, local food with an international flair, activities for the whole family, and free prizes! Attendees will be invited to explore the past, present, and future of Colfax and Federal, and provide input on potential redesigns of the area where these two iconic Denver streets intersect.

Volunteers are still needed on Saturday and Sunday to help before, during, and after the event – no experience necessary! Just come ready to work with your hands and spend some time outdoors. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and food during their shift, as well as raffle tickets and food tokens that you can redeem at the event on June 3.

Sign up to volunteer!

The current Colfax and Federal Boulevard interchange consists of a grade-separated “cloverleaf” design. The 29 acre interchange uses a large amount of land to move vehicles through on and off ramps. This design creates dangerous conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, who must deal with high-speed traffic, unsafe crossings, and difficult-to-navigate connection points. In its current design the cloverleaf also poses challenges for drivers and transit, with awkward wayfinding for some ramps and inefficient transit routes.

The Over the Colfax Clover initiative brings together community members, local technical experts and jurisdictional stakeholders to develop short- and long-term design solutions for an intersection that is safer and easier to navigate for all users. Project partners leading the effort include the West Colfax Business Improvement District, WalkDenver, Michael Baker International, OTAK, and Critter Thompson Consulting.

The map below shows the activities that will line the temporary streets of the Via West Colfax pop-up neighborhood:

  • A dog park
  • A playground with family-friendly activities, including storytime theater, arts and crafts, musical chairs, and a paint-by-number mural
  • A marketplace featuring Mexican, Vietnamese, and Somalian food prepared by local entrepreneurs in partnership with the Sun Valley Kitchen
  • A beer garden
  • A photo gallery of historic images of West Colfax, contemporary pictures taken by people who live and work along Federal Boulevard today, and renderings of possible future redesigns of the Colfax and Federal intersection
  • A 150-foot-long mural showing the types of housing that could be built in the area
  • A stage featuring music by Jyemo Club, and drawings for gift certificates to local businesses including the Alamo Drafthouse, Lake Steam Baths, and Bikes Together
  • Examples of bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly street designs, including colorful, raised crosswalks and a “low-rider” parking-protected bike lane, with classic “cruiser” cars filling the parking spots
  • Natural open space, with interactive displays where people can share their vision for the future of Colfax and Federal
  • Free bike parking

Community sponsors supporting the June 3 design demonstration include the Sun Valley Community Kitchen, Bikes Together, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Lake Steam Baths, Seedstock Brewery, Michael Baker International, Harmony Gardens, Ink Monstr, Yawp Cyclery, and New Belgium Brewing.

Additional partners include Kaiser Permanente, Denver Vision Zero Coalition, DHA/West Denver Renaissance Collaborative, Girls Inc., Federal Boulevard BID & Partnership, Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation, Servicios de la Raza, Denver Public Schools, Mundus Bishop Design, Studio Completiva, Urban Land Conservancy, Metro State University Studio M, InWorks at CU Denver, La Mano Art, WeCAN, various City and County of Denver Departments CDOT, and RTD.

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