Airport Improvements

Pueblo Memorial Airport is located in the far northeast corner of the City immediately to the north of Highway 50. The airport is a department of the City of Pueblo, and is advised by an 11-member Airport Advisory Committee (AAC), of which the County appoints two members. The Director of Aviation, working with the AAC, has identified a series of improvements that are needed including stormwater upgrades, landscaping, and equipment purchases – with priority of projects in that order. CDOT Aeronautics has an equipment grant match program (50-80%), and the airport, using County 1A funds, intends to purchase used snow removal equipment from surplus DIA property.

Arkansas River Trail Extension

The Arkansas River flows through Pueblo County from the western border to the eastern border, and the trail system extension envisioned through the 1A Community Improvement Program is for the section of river east of downtown from the Lake Runyon area and heading east toward Avondale. A trail exists through downtown to Lake Runyon, beyond which sections of the river are on private property, and enabling a trail system will require easements and/or private property acquisition. The Pueblo County Pueblo Works department is currently working on a master plan to study trail extension options, expected to take multiple years to complete. Separately, the City of Pueblo has identified trail extension needs on the levee at Lake Runyon connecting to Wild Horse Creek. County staff is working with the City to understand options for this trail section.

Beulah Mountain Park Improvements

Beulah Mountain Park (formally referred to as Pueblo Mountain Park) is located southwest of the town of Beulah in southwestern Pueblo County, encompassing over 600 acres and home to the Nature & Wildlife Discover Center. Due to ongoing flooding and roadway issues, the improvements to the park are planned to solve ongoing stormwater issues including the replacement of culverts, swales, drainageways, erosion protection around bridges, rebuild roadways, and associated roadway work. The park roads are a vital connection to the National Forest hiking trails. Leveraging the County funds, the City hopes to land a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant to expand the improvement scope and budget.

Colorado City Trails and Community Enhancements

Colorado City is located in the southwest portion of Pueblo County, and has a series of greenway corridors through the community, including Lake Beckwith as a popular amenity.  Colorado City Metro District (CCMD) intends to repair and restore 1.4 miles of trail that surround the lake, currently in deteriorating condition, and add amenities surrounding the lake.  Volunteers for Community (VFC), a non‐profit, runs the Peaks to Prairie Susan Kalman Activity Center, located immediately downstream from Lake Beckwith and is a partially renovated clubhouse on a former golf course.  VFC intends to make significant upgrades to the building including windows, doors, ADA ramps, demising walls, and numerous building systems improvements.

Community Investment Grant Match Fund

The Community Investment Grant Match Fund is an undesignated opportunity for the County to support a project that requires grant match funding. The goal for this project category is to allow future, yet to be identified projects to be supported by the 1A Community Improvement Program, whereby outside funding is secured through a third-party grant that requires a local funding match. This opportunity allows future funding requests for projects across the County through the Board of County Commissioners. Presently, no projects or sponsors have come forward to request grant match funding.

Downtown Youth Sports Complex

The Downtown Youth Sports Complex is conceptually envisioned as a baseball and softball complex that can serve the growing demand for these youth sports, as documented through the growth of programs at the Runyon Sports Complex, located on the east side of downtown. County staff have worked for 18 months to procure land for a sports complex location, and have a tentative agreement with the Pueblo Conservancy District to acquire land adjacent to Lake Runyon, enabling the expansion of the Runyon Complex to the southeast. The Runyon Sports Complex Board is reviewing programming options for expansion, including development of a business plan to maintain any growth of the facility.

East Side Pedestrian, Parking and Streetscape Improvements

The east side of the City of Pueblo is generally the portion of Pueblo to the east of Fountain Creek, and the neighborhood specifically identified as the East Side by the City is bounded by 4th Street/Colorado State Highway 96 on the south, Highway 50 on the east and north, and I-25/Fountain Creek on the west. The stated improvements to support pedestrian activity, parking and enhance streetscaping are not defined at this time. The Planning Department for the City of Pueblo has identified three opportunities as candidates for these improvements, and the City is considering a GoCo or DOLA (CO Dept. of Local Affairs) Planning grant request to study one alternative on the list.

HARP Expansion

The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP) is a pedestrian‐oriented Riverwalk in the heart of downtown Pueblo, following the historic path of the Arkansas River before it was re‐routed around downtown. Schematic designs for HARP expansion to the east, extending the channel to Santa Fe Avenue, are complete, enabling the construction of a boathouse and yet also requires private land acquisition. Separately, a conceptual extension to the northwestern end of HARP is envisioned, requiring land acquisition of Upper Lake Elizabeth and also concerns for programming of adjacent land uses.

Joe Martinez Boulevard Extension Grant Match

The future extension of Joe Martinez Boulevard, running from southeastern Pueblo West to the City of Pueblo and possibly connecting into downtown Pueblo, requires study, political cooperation among multiple jurisdictions, and an outside (State or Federal) funding source as the primary tool to develop this project. The County 1A Community Improvement Program has specifically identified 1A funding for an extension grant match, whereby 1A funds would be utilized to attain outside funding using County funds as the local match. The Joe Martinez Boulevard extension is such a large project that it will require extensive time and commitment from multiple parties, in addition to funding, to bring this project to completion.

Lake Minnequa Park Improvements

Lake Minnequa Park is a large, regional park owned and operated by the City of Pueblo, located in the southwest quadrant of the City, and includes a large lake, wetlands areas, natural grass areas, trails, basketball courts, and lawn area. Through a community master planning process, the City of Pueblo has identified and partially designed a series of improvements to enhance the park including restrooms, lighting, signage, parking, turf expansion, shelters and a playground, all currently unfunded.

Main Street Pedestrian, Parking and Streetscape Improvements

Main Street runs through the heart of downtown Pueblo, with many of the core civic, business and tourism related buildings and destinations fronting to this street, including the convention center. The stated improvements to support pedestrian activity, parking and enhance streetscaping are planned for the section of Main St. between D St. and City Center Drive, possibly extending further as the budget allows. A planning study is needed to coordinate improvements with the City’s masterplans for roadway designs in the surrounding areas. The City’s construction of a pedestrian crossing near the Convention Center will begin in September 2018. The planning effort anticipates studying both the Main St. and Union Ave. improvements in the downtown area, as both are 1A eligible projects.

McCulloch Boulevard Widening

McCulloch Boulevard curves through Pueblo West as a arterial roadway to the north and south of Highway 50. The widening of McCulloch Boulevard is planned for the southern portion of the road, from John Powell Blvd to Nichols Road, including improvements to the intersection and turn lanes from McCulloch Blvd. to Nichols Road. Pueblo West Metro District (PWMD) has been awarded a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant that will improve trails, a bridge, and Nichols Road from McCulloch south into the reservoir. The FLAP grant requires a local match that can utilize County 1A and PWMD funds, enabling a major Federal project beyond the McCulloch widening and at minimal local expense.

Platteville Boulevard Reconstruction

The section of Platteville Boulevard intended for reconstruction needs further definition, as the roadway exists within the City of Pueblo, in unincorporated Pueblo County, and curving through Pueblo West. This project was placed on the 1A> project list with the intent of supporting interconnectivity between I-25 and Pueblo West, given the recently completed interchange at Dillon Drive and I-25. Multiple sections of Platteville Boulevard require reconstruction as this is a high traffic roadway now directly connecting to the interstate via Dillon Drive.

Pueblo West Parks

The Pueblo West Metro District is responsible for governmental functions covering the community of Pueblo West, including parks and recreation. PWMD anticipates building an aquatics center in 2025, when tax revenues available to PWMD will free up and be available to borrow against and fund construction of an aquatics center. PWMD has requested that the 1A Community Improvement Program funding be made available in 2025 to support construction of the aquatics center.

Rye Mountain Park Enhancements

Rye Mountain Park is located west of the town of Rye in southwestern Pueblo County, encompassing trails, picnic areas, and a playground within a Ponderosa Pine forest setting. Enhancements to the park are conceptual and include softball field upgrades, upgrades to children playground to include ADA compliant equipment, restroom upgrades to include meet ADA compliance, and fire mitigation throughout the property to include a 10’ fire free zone around the property boundary. The anticipated timing for implementation is within a year once the scope of enhancements is finalized.

Southwest Chief to Pueblo

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, a multi-state passenger train, is anticipated to travel to Pueblo using a thru-car option to and from La Junta, thereby using BNSF and/or UPRR rails to deliver the train daily. Implementation of this service will cost tens of millions in funding, requiring Federal and/or State in partnership with the County’s funds. Initial work within the County can plan for the train, including identifying and conceptualizing a station location through a proposed Station Area Plan.

St. Charles Mesa Community Center

The development of a Community Center on the St. Charles Mesa requires further study and definition, including a community outreach process. The County recently acquired the Boy’s Ranch and is considering the use of this facility as the Community Center, however, community input is needed on the best location to serve the Mesa residents.

St. Charles Mesa Road Improvements

The Public Works Department for Pueblo County has identified a series of roadway segments on the St. Charles Mesa that need road and drainage improvements, all located to the east of I-25 and south of the Arkansas River. Numerous road segments on this list are available for partial funding from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), including one project that received a funding grant in 2017 and construction is almost complete, planning for the County 1A funds to repay the roadway fund for the cost of this once project 1A funds are available.

Union Avenue Pedestrian, Parking and Streetscape Improvements

Union Avenue exists exclusively within the downtown Pueblo area and parallels Main Street from southwest of the Arkansas River and running northeast to City Center Drive. The Union Avenue Historic Commercial District is a century‐old business district with dozens of historically designated structures fronting Union Avenue including retail shops, restaurants, civic buildings and the crossing of HARP. The stated improvements to support pedestrian activity, parking and enhance streetscaping are not defined at this time. A planning study, in partnership with the Main St. improvements, is needed to coordinate improvements with the City’s masterplans for roadway designs in the surrounding areas.