The public is invited to a presentation by the Urban Land Institute on its findings regarding the East Memorial neighborhood, Friday, March 2, at 9 a.m. at the Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Ave.
The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide and is working with the City of Greeley Parks Division this week to conduct a neighborhood study and meet with city planners, stakeholders and residents. Once ideas are collected, the group will make recommendations for tangible ways the city can invest in the health of the neighborhood.
Funding for the study is through a Healthy Places grant obtained from the Colorado Health Foundation, an organization that provides funding to non-profits and communities as a way to make a positive impact available to community health. The foundation is also offering the possibility of $1 million to implement projects identified by the group.
Through a community-led approach, Healthy Places aims to help Colorado communities become healthier by creating opportunities to increase physical activity and transform them by making areas safer and more appealing to walking, bicycling and other daily activities that encourage movement, connection and fun.
The weeklong visit began with a kick-off reception Monday at Salida del Sol Academy which allowed neighborhood residents to meet with city planners and the Urban Land Institute in an informal setting. On Tuesday, residents and stakeholders met planners at the Greeley Recreation Center for formal idea sharing.
The initiative aims to transform the places where we live, work and play – to make our cities, towns and neighborhoods safer and more appealing to walking, bicycling and other daily activities that encourage movement, connection and fun. The Foundation originally launched the initiative in 2012, in three communities – the Westwood neighborhood of Denver, the suburban city of Arvada, and the rural city of Lamar – with the goal to increase opportunities for safe, physical activities through improvements to the built environment of the community.
For more information about the project, visit PlayGreeley.com/EastMemorialResidents.