The folks from the Las Vegas Downtown Project have definitely taken the phrase “re-purpose, reuse and renew” to heart, with the implementation and design of the Downtown Container Park. Located on Fremont Street, just a stone’s throw from the Fremont Experience, this sustainable attraction is built entirely from used shipping containers. Yes, I said shipping containers.
That said, a lot of thought was put into the design of this open-air mall, which houses an assortment of galleries, boutiques and eateries, as well as space for entertainment and educational programming.
The site, which was formerly occupied by an aging Motel 6, is an incubator or sorts, for small start-up businesses. The rent is low, and entrepreneurs can test the waters to see if their business ideas will float. Some thrive, while others don’t quite make the cut. Still it’s always an interesting place to visit.
Access is excellent in the complex with ramps to all levels, and elevator access to the upper floors. The main walkways are wide and level too, so it’s easy rolling for wheelchair-users. There’s also level or ramped access to all the businesses, and to the main stage which features musical entertainment on weekends, and family movie night and even exercise classes during the week.
All in all it’s a fun and accessible place to hang out, window shop and grab a bite to eat. It’s easy to find too — just look for the giant mantis sculpture at the entrance. Trust me, you can’t miss it!