Central Plaza Revival (CPR)
Central Plaza Revival (CPR) is an example of how tactical urbanism can transform a once forgotten space into a new destination for discovery and self-expression in the heart of Downtown Pueblo along the Creative Corridor. The master redevelopment plan for Central Plaza calls for major construction to commence in 2016.
In advance of this, minor landscaping improvements began in the spring of 2014 with an initial $7,500 Colorado Garden Foundation grant awarded to the Pueblo Arts Alliance for renovation and improvement of Central Plaza. The Colorado Garden Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to furthering the horticultural industry and the producer of the Colorado Garden & Home Show. “This grant award interlocks our mission to simultaneously engage artists, businesses and the community,” said Susan Fries, executive director, Pueblo Arts Alliance. “This award will match funding from Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority (PURA) and the Pueblo Streetscape Commission to begin the transformation of Central Plaza into an engaging community gathering spot.”With the necessary improvements to buildings, streets and landscapes, Central Plaza will become a new catalyst for the arts and the community of Pueblo will once again embrace its traditional role as the central place where people gather and celebrate.”
Throughout 2015 and 2016 Central Plaza will be ground zero for the forthcoming High Desert Mural Fest and numerous other tactical urbanism projects including a Chair Dropping which will highlight the creation of public seating in the form of an Adirondack Chair made from a wooden palette and a new Parklet in front of Kadoya Gallery.