Broadway Square: A Placemaking Space
Every city needs a community gathering space, and Fargo’s Broadway Square is designed to be just that - a place for the community to gather and share ideas, stories, experiences and perspectives.
Broadway Square is a comfy half-acre of community gathering space for the public, located at the corner of Broadway and 2nd Avenue N. in the heart of Downtown Fargo and managed by the Fargo Park District in a manner that fosters vibrant and engaged public use. It is nestled in the mixed-use Block 9 public-private partnership project that includes the headquarters for R.D. Offutt Company, the Jasper (boutique) Hotel and Rosewild (Nordic) restaurant managed by Aparium, ground floor retail and residential condominiums.
Broadway Square strives to be a space that:
- Works to break down barriers, start conversations and be agile and adaptive to community needs
- Is intentional and passionate about creating equitable opportunities and experiences for all populations
- Mindfully seeks out, engages, empowers, listens to and authentically represents the entire range voices in our community
- Has something for everyone
Broadway Square is a place that celebrates and creates space for the community, diverse voices, collaboration, conversations, storytelling, experiences and new ideas.
About Broadway Square
Broadway Square serves as a central, vibrant, inclusive, and engaging downtown community space with something for everyone, respectfully presenting a collection of innovative and authentically representative programming that amplifies a unique Fargo flavor and is driven by an ingrained placemaking philosophy.
Broadway Square aims to become a treasured community asset – a vibrant and authentically representative space that’s driven by community placemaking. It strives to break down barriers and expand the engagement, understanding and dialog of our area by offering a diverse and innovative collection of programming that showcases Fargo flavor, explores a world of cultural celebrations and embraces the art of storytelling and dialogue. The Square will also establish and serve as a regional placemaking resource, an educational hub and a living example of placemaking strategy in action.
The following core values are guiding principles for the cohesive leadership and management of Broadway Square – they impact decision making, prioritization of resources and shape our internal and external culture. It is our intent to embrace, embody, promote and foster the furthering of these values in our community. We strongly value:
- Inclusivity & Equity
- Engagement & Creative Production
- Barrier-Breaking & Agility
Broadway Square Park Hours:
- Fall/Winter Hours: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
- Spring/Summer Hours: 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Broadway Square Public Restroom Hours:
- Winter: Open during Skate Shack hours
- Spring/Summer/Fall: Weekdays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm and during staffed events
SCHEELS Skating Rink Hours (Winter):
- Weekdays: 4:00-9:00 pm
- Weekends: 12:00-9:00 pm
Square Spouts Hours (Summer):
- Daily 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Schedules may change due to weather, special events, the season and necessary maintenance.
Broadway Square started as the Block 9 Project. Block 9 is a mid-rise, mixed-use tower in the heart of downtown Fargo at the corner of Broadway and Second Avenue North. After 43 years as a surface parking lot, Block 9 has transformed the Fargo skyline. The project includes headquarters for hundreds of team members of R.D. Offutt Company, ground floor retail, a boutique hotel, restaurant, and residential condominiums.
Block 9 also includes a programmed public plaza, over a half acre in size, which is anticipated to become a gathering and celebration space for the region. Plans include seasonal amenities such as a skating rink, splash pad, vendor spaces, and a band shell for live performances.
Read more about the Block 9 Project and how it became Broadway Square.