Center City Development Office Update

Center City Development & Operations Department (CCDO) creates a monthly newsletter, Focus Downtown, which goes out to over 1,500 downtown workers, organizations, businesses, stakeholders, and residents, as well as community members throughout the city. The newsletter, which is transmitted electronically, highlights downtown events, development projects, and provides overall updates on downtown activity.

For example, last month’s newsletter highlighted the grand re-opening of Travis Park. the park, located in the heart of our downtown, was closed for several months to allow for the installation of significant improvements, including: electrical upgrades, irrigation system repairs, landscaping, re-sodding, a new dog park and the addition of new tables and chairs.

The Grand Re-opening attracted hundreds of people to the park as attendees participated in free family-friendly activities such as fitness classes and historic tours. Several events were held in the park on its opening weekend, drawing over a thousand people to the newly renovated park. This year, the park will host Movies by moonlight, fitness in the park, public art installations, and free cultural performances.

Other recent events covered by the newsletter include the annual book festival, the maverick music festival and Siclovia. The newsletter is also used to feature a new housing project each month, demonstrating the city’s commitment to meeting the SA2020 goal of increasing the supply of housing in our center city.  In addition finally, a list of upcoming downtown events is also included in each month’s issue, which demonstrates to the community the variety of activities we have downtown.

The newsletter was created over 6 years ago under the Downtown Operations Department and continues to be an informative resource on downtown information for the community.  CCDO also sends out a weekly street closure notice to downtown stakeholders, alerting them of upcoming street and lane closures associated with downtown construction projects and special events.  Community members can sign up to receive the monthly newsletter or the weekly street closure notice on the CCDO website at

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