COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs has been officially named one of the “Great Places in Colorado” by the American Planning Association.
Tejon was declared the 2020 “Great Streets” winner in the Great Places Colorado program by the APA. The contest highlights areas that “represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement and a vision for tomorrow,” according to the APA of Colorado.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers says the declaration is the result of half a decade of work.
“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.”
Tejon Street won the distinction by meeting the goals of the following four categories. (Information provided by Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs.)
- 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.
Colorado Springs / News