Spark Centennial Placemaking Program earns DRCOG Metro Vision Award

Submitted by Allison WitterIn – Communications Director City of Centennial

Spark Centennial, a program launched by the City of Centennial to reinvigorate area shopping centers through innovative events and projects, has been selected for a 2021 Metro Vision Award by the Denver Regional Council of Governments. DRCOG presented the honor at a virtual awards ceremony held April 28.

 “Centennial is honored that DRCOG recognizes Spark Centennial as an innovative model for the region,” says Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko. “Innovation remains a core value for the City since incorporating 20 years ago. Centennial looks forward to continuing to find unique opportunities that allow people and businesses to thrive and prosper.”

 DRCOG’s Metro Vision Award program recognizes exemplary projects, plans and initiatives that significantly improve quality of life in the Denver region and its communities. The regional council has been honoring outstanding achievements for more than 30 years.

 Introduced as a pilot program in 2019, Spark Centennial is designed to develop a sense of community and vibrant shopping districts through placemaking installations, unique customer experiences and innovative projects. The program aims to assist local businesses with attracting customers and mitigating retail and shopping center vacancies, a growing trend nationally that has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. DRCOG shared a video recognizing the program during the awards ceremony that may be viewed at DRCOG Spark Centenial Video.

 “Spark Centennial embodies the Metro Vision plan for growth and development that encourages a vibrant regional economy and a future with healthy, livable communities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities,” says Douglas Rex, executive director for DRCOG. “The regional council is pleased to recognize this program for a 2021 Metro Vision Award.”

DRCOG is a planning organization where local governments collaborate to establish guidelines, set policy and allocate funding in the areas of transportation and personal mobility; growth and development; and aging and disability resources.