Commerce City is one of the few communities that has continued the HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) initiative after the LiveWell Colorado grant funds ended. The city applied for and received the Colorado Health Foundation’s Healthy Places Initiative Grant to continue the momentum of the HEAL initiatives.
The purpose of the Healthy Places grant is to help Commerce City become a healthier place to live, work and play; this initiative aims to increase physical activity by fostering an environment where it is easier, safer and more appealing to walk, play and engage in daily activities that encourage movement, connection and fun.
Healthy Places began in 2013 and the first three communities funded were Arvada, Westwood and Lamar. Commerce City, Colorado Springs, Montbello and Greeley were chosen to be funded in the 2017 grant cycle.
The study area for Commerce City is roughly Colorado Boulevard on the west, E. 72nd Ave. to the north, E. 56th Ave. to the south and Quebec St. to the east. Focal points include connectivity, access, safety and awareness and implementation of the Walk Bike Fit Plan was a key part of the application. The core project team includes city staff as well as representatives from Cultivando.
PHASE 1: Strategy Development (Nov. 2017-Aug. 2018)
Phase 1 involved a six day Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) from February 11-16, 2018 and involved a team of 8-10 people from the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The panel offered the benefit of providing an outsider’s professional, cross-sectoral viewpoint of the built environment, plans, strategies, funding approaches, etc. The recommendations from the TAP were used to inform the implementation strategy. City Council members and city staff invited city council members and stakeholders to various events as part of Phase 1.
- $20,000 to prepare and submit a detailed implementation strategy to the CHF for Phase 2
- February 2018 Urban Land Institute Stakeholder interviews
- February 2018 Final presentation from Urban Land Institute
- May 2018 Received final report from Urban Land Institute
- August 2018 Submitted final information for grant
- October 2018 Final grant approval received
PHASE 2: Implementation (Nov. 2018-June 2021)
- Duration is 3 years, beginning 3-4 months after the TAP concludes in May or June 2018
- Up to $1,000,000 to implement Healthy Places strategy
- No additional grant process. As long as the CHF approves the strategy, the funding is provided and implementation can begin.
Urban Land Institute Report
Research from the 2018 Urban Land Institute Advisory Service Panel Report proves there is opportunity for Commerce City and community partners to optimize HEAL community outreach efforts to the Hispanic community in the city, specifically the population located in the Core City area (E. 72nd Avenue, east of Colorado Boulevard, west of Quebec Parkway, and north of E. 56th Avenue).
Commerce City is surveying to better gauge opportunities of support. Please take a moment to take the survey below.
Healthy Places Survey (English)
Healthy Places Survey (Español)