Downtown Mesa Welcomes Yard Off Main Pedestrian Plaza

In collaboration with The City of Mesa’s Office of Downtown Transformation, the Downtown Mesa Association has created a fresh space in the city to foster a stronger sense of community with The Yard Off Main.

Located in the heart of Downtown Mesa, The Yard Off Main is a new concept from The City of Mesa’s Office of Downtown Transformation and Downtown Mesa Association. The pedestrian plaza was created to carve out a space in the city for the community to gather, connect and enjoy new experiences without leaving the district’s confines. 

“There really is nothing like the Yard Off Main in any downtown area in Metro Phoenix,” says Terry Madeksza, executive director of the Downtown Mesa Association, in a press release. “The space is answering a need for residents, providing a place where the community can gather with outdoor dining walking distance away, lawn games offered throughout the week, live music and a variety of events. It’s a simple idea that we hope leaves a big impact.”


Madeksza noted that a lineup of regularly scheduled activities is underway until April, with new events being introduced weekly. However, the potential for utilizing the area is limitless for those interested.

“This is a place for all ages and there will be organized events, but we are also offering it to the community to utilize The Yard as a place people can meet, regardless of if there is something happening there that day or not,” says Madeksza, in a press release. “Our hope is that residents will see the bigger picture in what we want to accomplish by creating a space that fosters a sense of community.”

Events and activities at The Yard Off Main, showcasing local merchants and community members, are scheduled every day of the week, including the Farm to Mesa Market from 8 a.m. to noon every Sunday.

“Of course, we want you to come to Food Truck Monday then visit us for our Downtown Coffee Break on Tuesday and end your week with live music at dusk on Friday nights during our Sunset Sounds,” says Madeksza, in a press release. “But we also want to see moms sitting with their kids having a playdate on the grounds, and students taking their lunch on the lawn between field trips at the museum. This is about creating a place for connection.”

For more information, visit downtownmesa.com.

100 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

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