Majestic Landscape Indicators

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Although it is recognized that additional factors need to be evaluated as part of a more complete measurement of the progress made toward the city’s Majestic Landscapes goals, together, these two measures provide a good sense for the level of access residents and visitors have, along with how well we are taking care of our investment in green infrastructure.

Percent of City Population within ½ Mile of a Park

Goal: The goal of the this indicator is to increase the proportion of city residents within one half mile of a park.

Table: Population within ½ Mile of a Park or 10 min. walk

  2015 2016 2017 2018
Park Land as % City Area 9.3% 9% 9% 9.3%
Percent Population within 1/2 mile 70% 69% 70& 69%

Source: The Trust for Public Lands Park Score

Per Capital Total Funding for Parks Operations

Goal: The goal of the Per Capita Total Funding for Parks Operations is to increase per capita funding and investment.

Table: Dollars Spent on Park Operations per Person

  2015 2016 2017 2018
Colorado Springs $51.00 $58.00 $76.00 $81.00
Denver $117.00 $109.00 $115.00 $121.00
Aurora $103.00 $132.00 $139.00 $143.00
Austin, TX $83.00 $92.00 $103.00 $108.00
Omaha, NE $74.00 $74.00 $76.00 $79.00
Albuquerque, NM $68.00 $59.00 $58.00 $62.00

Source:Trust for Public Lands Park Score

Miles of Trails

Goal: The goal of this indicator is to increase the total mile of urban and park trails.

On and off-street trails not only provide opportunities for active transportation alternatives (biking, walking etc.), but they also encourage additional passive recreation and access to natural landscapes throughout Colorado Springs. Tracking the miles of trails is a good indicator and benchmark for recreation access and can easily be compared to other cities and metropolitan regions.

Table: Total Miles Of Urban and Park Trails

  2015 2016 2017 2018
Urban Trails 125 125 125 138
Park Trails 135 135 135 135

Source: Colorado Springs trail data measured in a GIS environment.