2016 Parks, Trails and Open Lands Master Plan

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Master Plan Timeline

April 2014 – June 2015:
Data Gathering & Analysis of Existing Parks, Trails and Open Lands
May through July 2015:
Community Survey Random Mailer
June 2015:
Focus Group Sessions
July – November, 2015:
Community Involvement Sessions
November 2015 – January 2016:
Recommendation Development
January 2016:
Initial Presentation of the Draft Master Plan to City Council
February-April 2016:
Additional Input Gathering
May 2016:
Presentation of the Master Plan to City Council

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Summaries of Additional Plans

The following are a part of the overall Parks, Trails and Open Lands (PTOL) Master Planning process.

Parks, Trails and Open Lands Plan – An Integrated Approach to Providing Open Space (2013)

The 2013 Parks, Trails and Open Lands (PTOL) Plan culminated previously adopted and approved plans pertaining to the City’s parks, trails and open lands resources into a condensed summary in one easy-to-reference location. The plan integrates recommendations and policies from the following plans: 2060 Comprehensive Plan (2009), Parks and Trails Master Plan (2002), Conceptual Trails Plan (2002) and Open Lands System Plan and Implementation Program (1998). The 2013 plan provides a recent analysis and inventory of existing facilities and generally describes future resource needs as related to Levels of Service (LOS) expectations. This plan will provide a basis for the analysis and inventory of existing facilities and will also help launch the public engagement component to gain an understanding of the specific types of amenities, trends and demands that are valued and/or are not currently being met.

The integrated PTOL plan states goals, objectives and policies for “Developed Parkland” pertaining to an overall park system, “Open Lands” addressing natural areas, community separators and agricultural lands and “Connective Spaces” encompassing the City’s connective network of trails, greenways, travel corridors, entryways and viewsheds. While this plan outlines a framework for future goals and strategies and sets a vision and strategy for maintaining the existing level of services over time, the 2013 plan does not provide specific prioritization or strategies for the implementation of the plan’s recommendations. This will also be expanded upon in the 2015 Parks, Open Space and Trails (PTOL) Master Plan.

Bicycle Master Plan (2014)

The Greeley Bicycle Master Plan is a guide that assesses and makes recommendations for a bicycle facility network, support facilities, programs and policy and facility design guidelines to support the community’s growing interest and use of bicycle facilities. The goal of the plan is to make bicycling a safe, accessible and normal form of transportation and recreation through coordinated implementation utilizing limited resources. Goals and objectives outline the framework to achieve the vision for the community, of which there are six:

  • Increase bicycle ridership in Greeley
  • Incorporate considerations for bicyclists in all future improvements to the transportation system and to public space.
  • Develop design, construction and maintenance standards for bike facilities.
  • Build a safe and efficient bicycling network and support facilities that serve the needs of all types of bicyclists, connecting residential Greeley to the University, recreational trails, downtown, retail centers and local services.
  • Promote bicycling as a healthy and inexpensive transportation alternative, vital to economic development and affordable living choices for Greeley residents.
  • Establish a city division under public works to maintain and expand the city bicycle program.
  • This plan is comprehensive and current, thus the PTOL plan should generally just reference this plan and coordinate with it.
CPRD-Youth Needs Assessment (2014)

The Youth Needs Assessment was conducted by the Social Research Lab at UNC to evaluate the youth recreation and facilities needs in Greeley. The findings largely found that the population involved in CPRD tend to be of middle-class or higher income levels. Major findings included the following:

  • Proximity to facilities is important – people want parks close to where they live, but will drive for truly outstanding parks and services.
  • CPRD users are generally more affluent than the population of Greeley as a whole.
  • CPRD receives high marks for quality of services and facilities.
  • There is significant support and need for increased services and facilities for children with special needs.
  • There is support for skate park facilities.
  • The refugee population is underserved, but also unaware of the services and facilities provided for their use.
  • The Rodarte Center reaches a broad segment of the community not otherwise engaged with CPRD, but it’s near its capacity in terms of space, staff and ability to develop and execute a vision.

The report goes on to list barriers to participation, and reasons that arose include not enough time and cost and lack of awareness about the Youth Assistance Fund. The population would like more exposure and opportunities for art, dance and performing art classes, as well as swim programs and more athletic fields. While focused on Youth needs, the plan provides a lot of insight into the overall state of the community, its strengths and its shortcomings.

The City of Greeley Art Master Plan (2014)

The 2014 Art Master Plan identifies standards and guidelines for the placement of public art for the appreciation of the City’s residents and visitors. The goal of public art is to recognize and foster a broad range of social, cultural and historic values and to integrate art and the ideas of artists into public settings that contribute to a sense of the City’s identity. Public art raises awareness and promotes education on the arts and humanities and cultural and historic aspects of the community. Many prioritized sites for future art installations are within the City’s parks and along trails.

  • The plan is founded on the principle that public art can create remarkable places.
  • The beauty and function of these public art projects will encourage public interest, involvement and education that convey a sense of importance relating to city and community.
  • The plan will integrate art into public infrastructure when feasible and appropriate.
2060 Comprehensive Plan (2009)
The Comprehensive Plan addresses parks, open space and trails in a chapter on “Parks and Recreation.” The plan provides an overview on the history of the City’s parks and then reviews the various scales and classifications of parks and trails within the City. The plan acknowledges that recreational demands indicate a desire for both passive/natural and actives spaces, particularly as the community grows and the demands on facilities increase. The plan also celebrates the achievements of the City since the last plan update, an important aspect to recognize and track improvements. The goals and objectives of the Parks and Recreation section imply the proposal of a lot of new facilities and criteria for such, however chapter does not account for funding, resources, maintenance, long-term care etc., nor does it reference any language for caring for and addressing those facilities which the City already has. The plan places importance on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle amongst its citizens, and particularly amongst youth and disadvantaged populations.
Greeley Parks and Trails Master Plan (2002)

The 2002 Parks and Trails Master Plan was an update to the 1995 Parks and Recreation Master Plan with a specific focus on the following:

  • Defining a comprehensive, City-wide recreational trails system.
  • Establishing trail classifications, design standards and performance criteria.
  • Defining level-of-service standards for parkland.
  • Identifying where new parks will be needed.

It includes an inventory and analysis of existing parklands, trails and natural areas. The plan also sets the basis for future analysis of Level of Service to assess future needs and distribution of resources along with recommendations to maintain and upgrade the City’s existing facilities. This plan does not establish a vision or prioritized set of recommendations, and it limits the type of amenities assessed in its initial analysis to traditional fields, courts and play areas. The PTOL Master Plan will need to explore trends and alternative recreation that is popular in the City and assess if these types of facilities are being provided through a gap analysis and as compared to proximity to various populations within the City. It will also need to expand upon maintenance, operations and funding themes.

Conceptual Trails Plan (2002)

The Conceptual Trails Plan from 2002 is a precursor to many of the Plans that would come to follow. Addressing community and regional connectivity, the plan provided conceptual alignments to guide the City’s decision and prioritization processes as outside development pressures and infrastructure upgrades would arise. The plan provided detailed recommendations for various City regions and neighborhoods.

Greeley 2035 Comprehensive Transportation Plan (2011)

The Greeley 2035 Comprehensive Transportation Plan is a long-range plan that addresses the steady increase and growth the City has been experiencing and the transportation pressures Greeley is faced with in order to accommodate this growth. The plan also relates transportation systems back to land uses decision making, asserting that walkability, bikability and safe and efficient means of travel bring residents closer to their daily destinations and promote more non-motorized trips. The transportation system includes roadways, bicycle facilities, sidewalks and transit, all of which have an impact to the City’s parks, open space and trail experiences. A balanced system provides residents with a choice in means of transportation through a well-organized circulation system. The Transportation Plan acknowledges the following key issues:

  • The existing bicycle network does not provide a system of connection; however, the residential street system provides for some bicycle opportunities.
  • The pedestrian system in the downtown and older neighborhoods is good, but newer residential areas and crossing major arterials both impact pedestrian opportunities.
  • Population will nearly double in the next 25 years, with a 250% increase of those over 65. This growth will increase demand for transit.