El Paso County has established an Urban Park Grant / Nonprofit Program designed to promote the development of urban park opportunities throughout El Paso County. Urban parks promote health and wellness, stimulate community and economic development, help preserve the environment, provide opportunities for neighbors to meet and connect, and provide areas for wildlife.
Cities, towns, school districts, metropolitan districts, and special districts in El Paso County are eligible for an urban park grant. In addition, nonprofit organizations are also eligible through a contractual arrangement.
Urban park opportunities may include, but are not limited to: athletic facilities, playgrounds, gardens, parking areas, trails, aquatic facilities, and dog parks. Grant or nonprofit contract funds can also be used for the purchase of real property to establish an urban park. Urban parks are normally 25 acres or less and designed to serve a surrounding neighborhood or subdivision.
The funding for the Urban Park Grant Program is provided through developer impact fees. A link to the Urban Park Grant Program Policy and Program Guidelines appear below.