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Ribbon Cutting at ArtWalk!

Starting May 13, the Downtown Longmont Creative District will become an interactive place to play. Created by local meet up group LightOn Creatives, the St. Stephen’s Plaza pocket park (located next to the historic St. Stephen’s Church at the southeast corner of Main and 5th Avenue) transforms into an interactive wonderland called Play the Plaza.

Adults and children alike will love the challenge of using spinners along the colored sidewalk to meander through the park on Candy Lane. On the path they will encounter Sweet Tooth Lake, Peppermint Stick Forest, Gumdrop City, Gingerbread Land, Wonderland Swamp, Gumball Jungle and Home Sweet Home.

Along the way games cover seven tabletops, inspired by Checkers, Bingo, Mancala, Mastermind, Chinese Checkers, Word Search and Mazes, as well as freestanding games like Tic-Tac-Toe.

“Taking a cue from children at a playground, the Downtown Longmont Creative District will become a pop up playground where everyone can bring old friends or make new ones,” said Kimberlee McKee, Executive Director of the Downtown Longmont Creative District. “We wanted to establish a fun, engaging way that residents and visitors can spend time in Downtown Longmont any day of the week between May – September. We are so impressed with the work of LightOn Creatives, the inspiring group that had the vision, talent and artistic ability to create Play the Plaza.”

“When Kimberlee approached our Meetup about the opportunity to transform the plaza into an interactive space inspired by CandyLand, we got uber excited,” said Alicia Beeson, Founder of LightOn and owner of Xseed Design & Production. It was like a fire lit inside everyone and we immediately wanted to get involved. It was the perfect opportunity to get creative and do something fun for our community. And that’s what LightOn is really all about – we’re creatives for community!”

Games and play will also transfuse other parts of Downtown Longmont.  Breezeways on the east side of Downtown will each have its own set of games inspired by games like Twister, hopscotch, crazy feet and Chutes and Ladders. All graphics were generously printed and donated by Circle Graphics, located in Longmont.  Circle Graphics is the world’s foremost producer of grand and large-format digital graphics. They are an industry leader in creating innovative products for outdoor advertising, business signage, wall decor, art reproduction, and the professional photography and art communities.

The plaza will debut during the May 13, 2nd Friday celebration, Music, Art & Youth.  Enjoy St. Vrain Valley School District art displays and music performances in Downtown Longmont from 6-9 p.m. Gallery openings, promotions and activities will also take place throughout the Downtown District.

The public will be invited to work with LightOn and the Downtown Longmont Creative District during ArtWalk on May 21 to play, paint rocks and add to the wonderland of the plaza.  Play the Plaza will be active from May – September.

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