A proposed urban trail to experience Denver's art, health, and heritage.
The 303 ArtWay is an exciting new catalyst for Denver. It is a proposed art-themed urban trail connecting paved walkways and bike paths through the Park Hill Neighborhood with a larger vision to expand through Denver. The trail will highlight the visionaries and artists, leaders and community activists who have brought so much life to this unique and diverse neighborhood.
The “303” will provide:
o Improved sidewalks and bike infrastructure, creating safer routes through the area, and in the process reducing car traffic while encouraging a healthier, more active lifestyle.
o It will improve “first- and last-mile connections” to the new transit station, allowing residents better access to the entire metro Denver region via the region’s expanding light and commuter rail network.
o A reason for more people to get outside and walk, bike, or wheelchair roll. And more people outside in their communities means more “eyes on the street” making neighborhoods safer by reducing crime and allowing residents to feel better about where they live.
o Because this area of the city has insufficient public infrastructure, and also has residents who suffer from some of the highest rates of obesity, heart disease, and other health maladies in the metro area, this future urban trail—and all the attributes it can provide--could make a monumental difference in the quality of life for many NE Denver residents.
o BUT, the trail will be more than just a new way to get around NE Denver—it also will be used to highlight Denver art and artists, as well as local history, heritage, and culture.
o In a larger sense, the creation of the 303 is a chance to show the region and the nation how improved walking and biking connectivity, along with local art and heritage, can strengthen the bonds of community, contribute to neighborhood “placemaking,” and make for a fun and healthy viable alternative to people using their cars to get around their own neighborhoods.