Avon, CO – The Town of Avon has been awarded two American Planning Association (APA) awards for innovation and outreach efforts from the Colorado Chapter of the APA. The Buck Creek PUD Make-Over was selected to receive a 2017 APA Colorado Honor Award in the category of Innovative/Creative Partnerships and Collaborations. Avon was one of only five recipients across the State of Colorado. The Buck Creek PUD is a 15.7 acre property located on the north side of the I-70 corridor in Avon. By the end of 2016, the character of the Buck Creek PUD property realized a complete make-over resulting in:
- The opening of the Buck Creek Medical Center, a 48,000 square foot medical office and emergency care facility;
- Breaking ground on a $12 million Joint Public Safety Facility by the Town of Avon and the Eagle River Fire Protection District (The new facility opened last Thursday);
- The acquisition of 5.8 acres by the Walking Mountains Science Center for land preservation and staff housing; and
- The dedication of a conservation easement by the Town of Avon on 95 acres of Town owned property.
Additionally, the Beaver Creek Boulevard Redesign Project was selected to receive a 2017 Colorado Merit Award in the category of Community Engagement. This award honors a project that uses information and education about the value of planning to create greater awareness among citizens or specific segments of the public. Avon was among a total of nine recipients. Both awards were presented to Mayor Jennie Fancher on October 25, 2017, at the APA’s annual meeting, held this year in Telluride, Colorado.
In addition to the APA award for the Beaver Creek Boulevard Redesign Project, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) also recognized Design Workshop, an Aspen-based design and community planning firm, for their creation of Small Town Tactics, a set of temporary streetscape improvements on Beaver Creek Boulevard, for its emphasis on walkability.
“Design Workshop led citizens of Avon in visioning exercises, asking them to picture the thoroughfare as a more walkable and bicycle-friendly street with reduced vehicle speeds to support public life in the town center,” said Lisa Schamess, from CNU. “A team from Design Workshop then built a walkable streetscape almost overnight—using temporary landscaping, tubular markers and colorful paint designs to narrow travel lanes, reduce the size of intersections, create bulb outs, provide dedicated bike lanes and on-street parking, and test other changes.”
Regarded as the preeminent award for excellence in urban design, the CNU Charter Awards have honored a select number of winners and honorable mentions since 2002. In 2017, CNU recognized the Avon/Design Workshop project and 15 other professional and student design projects across the United States and in Mexico, Spain, and South Africa. “These are designs that have a very real impact on people’s lives,” said Lynn Richards, President and CEO of CNU. “They demonstrate the value and flexibility of New Urbanist principles to combatting important challenges, from climate change to the fragmentation of communities.”
The awards were announced at a ceremony culminating CNU’s annual Congress this past May.