COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo-- The American Planning Association of Colorado named Tejon Street as the “Great Streets” 2020 winner of the Great Places Colorado program. Winners in the program represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement and a vision for tomorrow.
“I am thrilled Tejon Street has been selected as one of the 2020 American Planning Association ‘Great Places in Colorado.’ Over the last 50 years local planning efforts have focused on creating a vibrant Downtown, centered around Tejon Street,” said Mayor John Suthers. “This vibrancy is the direct result of interventions over decades by planners, economic developers, and local organizations seeking to create a place that is memorable and important. Tejon Street is truly an unparalleled atmosphere that makes Colorado unique.”
As a result of intentional planning and programming by the City of Colorado Springs and Downtown Partnership, Tejon Street hosts activity that is not seen in any other part of Colorado Springs.
Tejon Street exemplifies four key criteria evaluated by the American Planning Association of Colorado for the award:
- Livable built environment: including wide sidewalks, patio dining and updated streetscaping.
- In harmony with nature: integrating with Acacia Park and Alamo Square, connectivity to a robust trail system and use of natural landscaping.
- Supporting a resilient economy: a mix of businesses and promotion of cultural programming, such as engaging festivals, parades and activities like Dine Out Downtown, as well as building and façade enhancement grants.
- Fostering a healthy community: promoting walkability with walking tours, outdoor activities like Skate in the Park, and robust public art that enhances the pedestrian experience.
- Tejon Street has been guided by master plans since 1971, with updates in 1992, 2009, and the Experience Downtown Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property. in 2016. As a Form-Based Zone (FBZ) district and a state-certified creative district, specific public space standards are realized as new developments continue to occur Downtown, ensuring the spirit of a pedestrian friendly “Main Street” endures.
About Downtown Partnership
Downtown Partnership is the lead nonprofit organization ensuring that Downtown Colorado Springs serves as the economic, cultural, and civic heart of the city. For more information visit www.downtowncs.com, or contact Downtown Colorado Springs at 719.886.0088.