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Community Driven Master Plan Process Honors Legacy of Parks and Points to a Sustainable Future

The City of Colorado Springs has a rich legacy of Parks and natural areas. In 2010, the City faced drastic budget cuts that slashed park services and jeopardized this legacy. In response to community outcry over loss of services and a desire to restore a tarnished legacy, the City engaged in a comprehensive Master Plan Process to set a course for a sustainable future.

A Healthy Dose of Parks: A Health-based Measure for Land Use Planning

An increase in chronic diseases related to the built environment has reignited interest in parks as a solution to urban ills. Planning methods commonly in use are not based on empirical evidence relating parks to public health. A new method rooted in emerging research is being used to align park system planning with public health goals.

Innovative Active Mode Planning in the Pikes Peak Region

How do you engage an entire region in the transportation planning process? Four partners came together to develop a nonmotorized transportation plan that would work locally, and regionally while being entirely in sync. The Pikes Peak Area’s Regional Nonmotorized Transportation System Plan was developed from the ground up - from using innovative network audit techniques, to engaging residents from all over the region during the planning process using online, interactive tools.

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