Las Animas County Outdoor Recreation and Economic Impact Study


GET ENGAGED - TAKE OUR SURVEY

Our Survey is live! Please let us know why and how you recreate in Las Animas County, and what you'd like to see in the future. It should take less than 10 minutes and your input is greatly appreciated. Feel free to share with friends and family.

Click here to take our Survey

If you’d like to share the survey or access it via phone, you can use this QR code

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Like to get outside? Tell us what would make that experience better for you. Want to help grow the local economy? Share your thoughts on how local businesses and organizations would benefit from more outdoor recreation opportunities.

We're holding seven different meetings between July and August 2022, to explore a range of topics regarding Las Animas County's Outdoor Recreation Economy. Please join us! Click on the blue link to register for each conversation.

(Complete) Outdoor Recreation Events and Programs  |  July 14th, 10:00-11:30 am

(Complete) Agriculture and Historic Tourism  |  July 20th, 10-11:30 am

(Complete) Outdoor Opportunities for Children Youth and Families  |  July 21st, 10-11:30 am

(Complete) Community Trails, Trailheads, and Facilities  |  August 4th, 1-2:30 pm

Accessibility in the Outdoors  |  August 10th, 2:30-4:00 pm

East County: Opportunities for Recreation  |  August 19th, 1:00-2:30 pm   

West County: Opportunities for Recreation  |  August 23rd, 2:30-4:00 pm

 

WHAT ARE WE UP TO?

We need your help shaping the future of Las Animas County’s outdoor recreation economy. With the addition of Fisher’s Peak State Park, the county is on course to become a premier destination for visitors across the state and country. What recreation improvements around the county would complement the park? What other opportunities are missing or could be enhanced? Which strategies offer the most economic benefit for the community? 

We also need your help prioritizing the most important recreation projects and figuring out how best to implement them. This study will result in countywide consensus on a prioritized and phased plan of action for improvements to outdoor recreation opportunities, programs, trails, parks, and facilities that will drive economic development in Las Animas County.

 

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PROJECT BACKGROUND

In 2021, Las Animas County, alongside the City of Trinidad, Trust for Public Land (TPL), and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) received a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to complete a recreation and economic development study for Las Animas County. The goal of this project is to create an impact study and recreation plan to guide the City and County and give them a better understanding of community and infrastructure impacts, needs and opportunities associated with existing recreation areas. 

 

DRAFT PROJECT GOALS

This project will take an inclusive, community-based approach to identifying and prioritizing future outdoor recreation opportunities, programs, trails, parks, and facilities to drive economic development in Las Animas County. 

The following goals have been drafted with initial public input and will evolve with your help. 

  • Gather as many community interests and perspectives as possible
  • Develop shared community vision for outdoor recreation in Las Animas County
  • Evaluate feasibility and economic benefit of priority projects
  • Build regional partnerships to support implementation and management of shared priority projects

 

PROJECT PHASES AND TIMELINE

The information below depicts a draft project timeline through four project phases: (1) Visioning, (2) Synthesizing; (3) Evaluating; and (4) Prioritizing. The project team will engage the community during key milestones to gather ideas, identify priorities, and reflect back input.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The project is just beginning, so you’re here at the right time. For now, find the team at one of these upcoming events, and check back later to find more information on a community survey and other ways to weigh in.

If you would like to join the mailing list, please fill out this form. With any comments or questions, please email Cara Potter, project consultant, at cpotter@mediate.org.