Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation Master Plan

Town of Snowmass Village, Colorado
A person practicing yoga in the mountains

The Town of Snowmass Village Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation (POSTR) Plan is a long-range planning and implementation document that guides the future development of the parks, open space, recreation, and trails system within the Town. The Plan articulates the community’s priorities for acquiring park and open space parcels; enhancing the trail system; preserving and improving existing indoor and outdoor facilities; creating new indoor and outdoor recreation amenities and programs; ensuring social, economic, and ecological sustainability of all facilities and programs; and defining parks, open space, trails, and recreation facility standards.

Public engagement occurred throughout the process to maximize community participation and draw out the creativity of community residents and business owners, and involved a series of steering committee meetings, stakeholder interviews, a “scout your park” tour, two interactive community workshops, needs assessment surveys, and the use of an interactive online “wiki-map.”

Also critical to the process, an economic and fiscal impact analysis of recreational resources in the Town was completed to understand how the plan’s concepts can best integrate with the economic development goals of the community. This specialized insight into implementation and phasing strategies provided a plan that served the needs of locals, while drawing in new visitors to the community.