Due: December 2022
Principle: Completing park projects, creating a green spine trail system while enhancing the existing trail system, and acquiring lands for open space conservation to complete gaps in underserved areas or along potential open space corridors.
To ensure alignment of Parks Master Plan, changing demographics, population growth and changing community expectations, the City will consider modifications and enhancements to existing programs. A comprehensive review of programs such as Land Pursuit and Acquisitions, volunteers, events, policies and standards will be required.
The City continues to change in size, demographics and resource availability. Planning for strategic investments and initiatives will ensure long range resource planning support the changing community.
With completion of the Hometown Colorado Project which identified available land, the Clear Creek Corridor Project and work already completed and represented in the Arvada Parks, Trails and Open Space Plan, work will now focus on analyzing and prioritizing available sites.
Leadership Team Recommendation: extend the end date 12/23
Open Space per Capita
Open Space land per 1,000 population. Estimated population based on extrapolated annual growth using Arvada 2014 Comprehensive Plan projections.
The City offers a high amount of open space per population compared to other benchmark cities in the 2016 Park, Trail and Open Space Master Plan. However, the Master Plan recognizes population growth without commensurate open space acquisition will greatly affect open space quality and resident quality of life. The Plan recommends maintaining or exceeding 31 acres of open space per 1,000 population, a value reflecting Arvada's baseline measurement in 2016.
The City must add approximately 58.9 acres of Open Space annually to meet this benchmark.
Key objectives include:
- conserving land with high ecological quality, community value, and scenic value;
- reducing fragmentation, filling open space gaps & adding to regional systems,
- adding 500 acres of open space by 2025, including a significant open space on the east side of the City by 2020.
- GIS data query
- Comp Plan population estimate
- Census Actuals
Trails per Capita
Trail mileage per 1,000 population. Estimated population based on extrapolated annual growth using Arvada 2014 Comprehensive Plan projections.
If annual progress toward targets is not made, the City's open space per population baseline will decline. Over time, the City will likely find resident satisfaction with trails declining as a direct result of overcrowding, degradation, and more. Eventually, the City's baseline trail mileage per population will fall below benchmark cities.
GIS data query, Site Development Plan / PDP / FDP trail measurements and Census / Comp Plan population estimate