Connecting the Heart of Eagle to the Soul of the River
Eagle, Colorado | 2014
Located in the Vail Valley region of Colorado, the town of Eagle attracts people to its center for the outdoor recreation opportunities that exist there. Down valley from well-known resorts Vail and Beaver Creek, Eagle has its own identity, but struggles with the market and economic dynamics of being in the resort region. While the town experiences no shortage of tourism, the city maintains a year-round economy.
The town quickly jumped into a planning process, enlisting Community Builders for help. The partnership had both parties bringing resources to the project. And, in addition to helping create a strategy for connecting the downtown to the river, we helped Eagle officials learn how to engage in a community process, while thinking differently about economic development.
With the plan finalized, the voters overwhelmingly passed a sales tax in order to be able to fund the $5.8 million implementation of the Eagle River Park. The 4.3 acre park has since been built, and sits right off of Interstate 70, beckoning drivers to stop and enjoy. The project has provided a new trajectory for economic development for the town of Eagle—one that invests in existing assets to create an even greater community.