Downtown Container Park is an exciting sustainable shopping attraction in downtown Las Vegas -- the hub for an assortment of small boutiques, galleries, bars, eateries and outdoor spaces as well as entertainment and education programming.
Situated on the southeast corner of Fremont and Seventh streets, Downtown Container Park spans approximately 19,000 square feet with a mix of 30 shipping containers and 41 multifunctional modular cubes forming its perimeter. Each cube is a steel-framed structure that measures 250 square feet and can easily form a variety of portable configurations. If Downtown Container Park were ever dismantled, the cubes could be used for other things – such as a construction office or concession stand – and would never wind up in a landfill.
The sign that stretches above the front entrance is made out of a gray and orange shipping container, and also functions as a bridge -- guests can walk through and view all the action on Fremont Street from large window-like cutouts of the letters that spell “C-O-N-T-A-I-N-E-R P-A-R-K.” Even the three-story elevator boasts a shaft that has been fashioned from a shipping container.
Marking the entrance of Downtown Container Park is a 55-foot-tall steel praying mantis sculpture built atop a dump truck. Kirk Jellum and Kristen Ulmer made this mobile art piece for Burning Man, an annual art and self-expression festival held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. On special occasions, you’ll be able to see “The Mantis” in its full glory – shooting flames from its antennae.
Next to the sculpture sits a more mysterious endeavor called the Catalyst Dome. This igloo-esque structure is lit and changes colors at night.
The west side of Downtown Container Park is filled with small galleries while the east side focuses on fashion and accessories. Dining and drinking outlets are peppered throughout the premises.
At the center of the development is a playground and interactive zone designed for children. A shipping container has been converted into a 30-foot-tall treehouse with three different enticing slides. Kids can also play with the NEOS Playworld System, an electronic game that encourages them to race around while hitting flashing lights.
Along with shopping, art and food and beverage offerings, there’s even more in store at Downtown Container Park. Real train tracks have been laid for a boxcar and a caboose with monkeys on it. A huge outdoor stage with a canopy, an audiovisual tower and an expanse of natural green grass for seating is positioned in front of the tracks.
The Downtown Container Park comes from the Downtown Project, a community revitalization group funded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh.