Rio Grande Healthy Living Park
203 acres, Alamosa county
Offering Rio Grande River frontage and a half-mile of trail connectivity, not to mention urban gardening plots for local Guatemalan nationals, the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park is a treasured feature of the City of Alamosa. The property boasts excellent flood plain soils and a 1 cubic foot per second of Rio Grande River water right, scenic views visible from two Colorado highways (as well as from adjacent public land), and riparian and wetland wildlife habitat to many fish and avian species, including American bald eagle and osprey. A public access trail easement along the Rio Grande will be conveyed to the City of Alamosa for public recreation.
The Healthy Living Park is another wonderful example of public access easements promoting partnerships: the property was purchased by the Trust for Public Land with funding from Great Outdoors Colorado and the LOR Foundation. The Trust for Public Land will simultaneously convey the property to The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition, a trail access easement to the City of Alamosa, and a conservation easement to Colorado Open Lands, to ensure its permanent protection. The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition will continue to work with the Guatemalan community to farm the property and is working to build a hub which will include a commercial kitchen.