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MPO Releases Community Health Profile to Leverage
Funding for Multiple Trail Projects Santa Fe enjoys many scenic multi-use trails throughout town and during the COVID-19 pandemic, these trails have been more popular than ever. Now, two major trails are planned for the Southside: the River Trail west of Caja del Oro Grant Road, and the Acequia Trail from South Meadows Road to San Felipe Road. Though these two trails are not yet funded, they could have a large impact by providing opportunities for recreation and transportation across the Southside and a safe route to school for El Camino Real Academy students.
The Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a federally mandated organization that facilitates transportation decision-making in the Santa Fe metropolitan region. To study the community needs and potential impact of these trails, the MPO and Santa Fe Public Schools received planning assistance from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (NPS RTCA) to write a Community Health Profile. The profile details the demographics and resources available in the sector of the southside bound by NM-599, Airport Road, and Lopez Lane.
Key findings include:
- This sector is one of the most densely populated and rapidly growing areas of the city;
- Residents of this area are more likely to be younger than within the city overall; over one-fourth of all Santa Fe youth live in this sector;
- There are fewer nearby recreational opportunities; 16% of residents in this area live within a 10-minute walk to a park, compared to over 50% of residents in Santa Fe County
The Santa Fe MPO, City of Santa Fe, and Santa Fe County plan to use the Community Health Profile to leverage funding to complete these trails, effectively creating a nearly continuous Southside Greenway Loop. The Acequia Trail already has funding for a design, and regional partners are discussing funding options for the River Trail. In the meantime, the NPS RTCA will continue to assist the MPO with bilingual public visioning and engagement for this sector and detailed GIS mapping.
Read the full Community Health Profile.
To get involved or for more information, contact Leah Yngve, MPO Transportation Planner, Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization; (505) 955-6614; [bot protected email address]