In 2012 El Paso County adopted the 2012-2016 Strategic Plan, which identified and responded to many of the challenges and opportunities facing local governments in general, and El Paso County in particular. One of the objectives under the Strategic Plan is the development of a Resource Conservation Plan, with the intent to address activities that can be conducted by El Paso County to advance the following objectives:
The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, El Paso County, City of Colorado Springs and City of Woodland Park are seeking input on an update to the Regional Nonmotorized Transportation System Plan.The plan will look at addressing current impediments to bicycling, walking and other nonmotorized modes of transportation to increase those activities in the Pikes Peak region. The goal of the plan is to ensure the region’s trail system is well connected, easy to use, and well maintained. If you live or work in the area, your participation in this process is crucial to make sure the plan addresses community needs.HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Provide input via the interactive online map, accessible via the link below (www.walkbikeconnect.org)
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.