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This page will be updated with frequently asked questions to help you understand more about our City Scout Program, the process, and how you can support, engage or participate in it. 

I was accepted to City Scout - what next? 

Visit the Participant Information section for up-to-date information and next steps for your program participation. Refer to your acceptance email for access instructions. 

When will applications open? 
Applications have closed for the 2023 program. Stay tuned for more information about future programs.


Who is an ideal participant for City Scout?

Participants will be a diverse mix of industries and professional levels, with a goal of bringing visionaries, doers, and decision-makers together aimed to propel a project forward in Denver. DDP anticipates roughly equal participation from public and private stakeholders who are involved in major decisions and advancement efforts regarding the future implementation of the 5280 Trail.

How much is the 2023 program fee? 
Public sector participants - $1,500*
Private sector participants - $2,000 *

*Fee includes hotel stay at Bottleworks hotel for two nights, meals and transportation within the program itinerary, all programmed activities, and staffing.

Are there opportunities for scholarships to cover the cost of a seat in the program?

We are glad you asked! Yes! In fact, the opportunity to state your need is included in the application process.


When will I find out if I get accepted and when will payment to reserve my spot be due?   

December 14, 2022 – Application Period Opens for Indianapolis Cultural Trail Programming 
January 20, 2023 – Application Period Closes for Indianapolis Cultural Trail Programming 
January 30 – Application Status Updates 
March 10 – Payment Due to Secure Spot
April 12-14 – City Scout Program in Indianapolis, Indiana 
June 28 – City Scout Programming in Denver, Colorado* 
*Open to Community Members; no application necessary 


What is the cancellation policy?

Please view the fee and cancellation schedule below:

  • Cancellation between acceptance and March 3, 2023: Full refund

  • Cancellation between March 4-March 31: 50% refund

  • Cancellation after April 1: No refund

I am having trouble accessing the online application - what should I do?

If you prefer using a PDF to complete your application, please download it here.

Will there be a group flight to Indianapolis?

There will not be a group flight, however, we will provide information on the recommended flight options to ensure that everyone arrives in time for the programming.

We’ve been talking about the 5280 Trail for years. Why is the City Scout program focusing on this project now?

The 5280 Trail has been building momentum since the Vision Plan and Design Guidelines were created with community support in 2019. Last fall, Denver voters approved $7M in bond funding for the Acoma Street segment of the 5280 Trail and 25% of the future footprint of the 5280 Trail is in next step development. Now is the perfect time to build relationships with each other and learn from experts in other cities about how to successfully implement this important project.

I am unable to participate in the programming taking place in Indianapolis scheduled for April 12-14 but am very interested in the 5280! Will there be future programming taking place at a later date?

Absolutely! City Scout programming accounts for additional programming that will take place once we are all back in Denver to continue the conversations as well as report out on the lessons learned. Stay tuned for more information on additional programming.

This program sounds great! Am I allowed to apply and participate if I am currently running for office in the April 2023 Municipal Election?

Absolutely! This program is open to all community members who will play a role in implementing the 5280 Trail here in Denver. Participants will experience a multimodal linear park and better understand, through the analysis of best practices, how to support the important advancement of the 5280 Trail. Please note that all accepted participants are subject to the same cancellation policies. 

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