Spark Centennial

logo for the spark centennial pilot program

Spark Centennial is a pilot program that provides the community with resources to create temporary one-of-a-kind pop-up events.

The City assists citizens in the development of these events to help to spark interaction and connect the community by bringing new life to Centennial’s shopping centers. The City, which provided planning resources and funding make pop-up places a reality, is no longer accepting applications.

Recent Events

oh heck yeah game at southglenn

Spark Centennial has partnered with OhHeckYeah to bring a people-powered interactive game to The Streets at SouthGlenn throughout the holiday season. The video game engine, known as CATCHY: the Holi-play Edition, debuted at the shopping center’s popular Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting event November 22 across the street from where Hodson’s used to be. This experiential game is an extension of the Spark Centennial program’s continued goal of shopping center revitalization through creative placemaking and community wellness. CATCHY: the Holi-play Edition will be available for play through the first week of January.

OhHeckYeah currently has video game engines available at the Denver Botanic Gardens and Coors Field, and has worked with Arrow Electronics and Northeastern University as well, among others. A photo of what is at The Streets at Southglenn is pictured at left.

 

 


Past Events

experience economy workshop flier

The City held a free business strategy workshop Oct. 22 focused on getting businesses ready to capitalize on the “experience economy." The workshop was intended for retailers, restaurateurs, and entrepreneurs.

The Experience Economy is one in which many goods or services are sold by emphasizing the effect they can have on people’s lives. Seventy-four percent of Americans prioritize experiences over products or things. Nationally, it’s estimated that consumers are spending $160 to $180 billion annually on experiences. In 2017, visitors to Colorado spent nearly $21 billion on experiencing our state.

Brian Corrigan of Futures United Network (FUN) and Downtown Colorado, Inc. led the workshop and taught participants how to create unique experiences that attract more customers and build a following.

 

The Streets at SouthGlenn's 10th Anniversary

Streets at SouthGlenn's 10th anniversary concert

For its 10th anniversary, The Streets at SouthGlenn threw a multi-day celebration with the people who have made the outdoor shopping center their destination of choice. SouthGlenn pulled out the stops, doing everything from a Sip & Shop program to family fun days Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The celebration included a bounce house, climbing wall, facepainting, balloon artistry and a caricaturist. 

SmashDEN x Spark Centennial Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Smash Spark event image

SmashDEN partnered with Spark Centennial to host a 64-person Double Elimination Super Smash Bros Ultimate Singles tournament on Aug. 3.

Blues, Bugs & BBQ Festival

Rolling Smoke kick started summer with neighbors at their annual Blues, Bugs & BBQ Festival. The University Towne Center parking lot was filled with live blues music, a fresh crawfish boil and delicious BBQ on Saturday, June 15. Local talent Austin Young and Grammy-nominated blues guitarist Trenton Ayers provided the musical entertainment. Admission was free; food and beverages were available for purchase.

Your Spark Centennial pop-ups:

  • Spark Curiosity – by creating events people are interested in attending
  • Spark Connection – by inspiring people to interact in meaningful ways
  • Spark Pride – by developing a sense of belonging to the Centennial community
  • Spark Investment – by demonstrating what is possible for Centennial’s future