The year 2022 proved Downtown Phoenix is the place to be.
Here at Downtown Phoenix Inc., our year has been packed with community events, new businesses and more. Our organization launched a brand new StoryWalk at Arizona Center, celebrated a milestone of our annual tasting tour, Urban Wine Walk, and built a 190-foot walk to host the longest mural in the city.
Our mission has always been to facilitate collaboration, cultivate connections, and contribute to both the growth and vitality of our community. To generate progress on issues, work toward sustainable growth and build a stronger, more inclusive city core that generates positive perceptions, memorable experiences and a sense of pride in downtown.
A huge thank you to all the people and businesses we’ve gotten to work with this year. See you all in 2023!
DTPHX Bark in the Park
Puppy cuddles on Valentine’s Day? Sign us up! Activating local spaces is what we love to do. We partnered with Almost There animal shelter to bring puppies to Civic Space Park and love was in the air. Willie’s Taco Joint food truck served up some lunch, everyone took selfies at the Almost There kissing booth, and danced to live music from A Girl Named Scot.
New Bars and Restaurants
Hotel Named In First Family Friendly Hotel Award
In partnership with Mayor Kate Gallego and Visit Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix Inc. awarded Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel with the inaugural Family Friendly Hotel Award. We developed the award to help make downtown a friendly urban center for working mothers, parents and children to visit and do business in. Renaissance created a lactation room within the vicinity for expectant and nursing mothers. Affectionately called the Milk Den the room is open to the public and local artist La Morena painted a large mural inside.
2022 DTPHX Wine Walk
Our signature self-guided wine-tasting tour, DTPHX Urban Wine Walk, returned for its 10th year offering you the opportunity to explore downtown, socialize, and experience the buzzing bar and restaurant scene. You sipped and savored your way through Arizona’s urban core at 19 local restaurants and we hope you enjoyed every glass and snack.
2022 DTPHX Urban Ale Trail
We love connecting you to all things local with our trails, from wine to the DTPHX Urban Ale Trail. In it’s 9th year, more than 25 local bars and restaurants served up their best ales and snacks. The fun kicked off at The Sheraton hotel’s &More bar where you picked up your commemorative pints. We can’t wait to do this again.
Downtown Phoenix StoryWalk
Families in Downtown Phoenix can let their imaginations run wild at Arizona Center with the new outdoor literacy installation, StoryWalk, we opened in the Spring. In partnership with Parallel Capital Partners, which owns and manages Arizona Center, StoryWalk is located in Arizona Center’s grotto area. The first book on display was Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by local author Monica Brown. The walk will take children and adults on a self-guided reading adventure amongst native plants, palm trees and flowering shrubs. Along the pathway, each page of a children’s storybook will be installed at a kid-friendly height on 18 sequenced signs. A new book will be installed in 2023.
190-Foot Vibrant Mural
The City of Phoenix partnered with Downtown Phoenix Inc. and Artlink Inc. to select a local artist to create a 190-foot mural on Adams Street, near the entrance of the Phoenix Convention Center, in downtown Phoenix. Local Artist, Kayla Newnam was selected and the mural welcomes all to DTPHX as we prepare for major city-wide events, including fan activities for the NFL 2023 Super Bowl LVII, the 2024 NCAA Men’s Final Four, and the 2026 NCAA Women’s Final Four. Come Downtown and take a look, you can’t miss it!