Regional Parks, Recreation, Open Space & Trails Master Plan, Archuleta County, Colorado
Award > American Planning Association, Colorado Chapter, 2008 Project Award in Recognition of Outstanding Professional Achievement.
Project Description > Archuleta County received a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to prepare this Regional Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan. This Master Plan incorporates existing and ongoing town and county planning efforts and other parks, trails, open space and recreation plans, and suggests implementation strategies and short-term and long-term goals. This Plan will be adopted by the local government agencies and used as a tool to help guide development in order to create a sustainable park and trail system and ensure the quality of life in Archuleta County for residents and visitors alike.
To complete this Plan, Archuleta County commissioned Greenways Incorporated of Durham, North Carolina as the prime contractor. Joining the Greenways Inc. team is The Greenway Team, of Littleton, Colorado and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, Denver, Colorado. Together, this team has worked with a specially appointed Technical Review Committee, the Archuleta County Planning Commission, the Archuleta County Board of Commissioners, the Joint 50 School Board, and the Pagosa Springs Town Council to develop the recommendations for this Plan.
Archuleta County and the Greenways Incorporated team have made significant efforts to involve a wide range of residents, landowners, stakeholders, agencies and organizations in the preparation of this Plan. Project partners include the Town of Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County, Archuleta Joint 50 School District, National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Archuleta Economic Development Association, Pagosa Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado State Parks, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Southwest Land Alliance, parks and trails user groups, area property owners associations, developers, landowners and the general public. The planning process has been participatory and has provided opportunity for residents to be involved with formulating key recommendations of the Plan.