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Hometown Colorado Initiative

The Hometown Colorado Initiative is an annual, yearlong partnership with the University of Colorado Denver. Students bring energy, enthusiasm, and innovative approaches to community issues and needs. Hometown Colorado’s primary value is derived from collaborations resulting in on-the-ground impacts and forward momentum on projects that enhance livability. Arvada will have 20+ projects put forward by City staff with faculty and students across the CU Denver campus. The expertise and enthusiasm brought to these projects will expand the City’s capacity to meet goals that they have set for future growth. 

CU Denver’s Hometown Colorado Initiative is part of a growing network of more than 25 universities across the U.S. that has adopted the successful model developed at the University of Oregon. That model links communities with existing courses across campuses to address pressing community needs and to enhance students’ learning experience by working on real projects. 

Alice Sweet Thomas Park

This project created landscape concepts to reduce the bluegrass footprint, reduce maintenance costs, and make the park more inviting to the public. This project supports the City Council Strategic Result to reduced water usage from 146 gallons per day to 139 gallons per day. 

Water Budget Analysis

The project intended to develop a tool for customers to use to evaluate irrigation needs on their lot and demonstrates a concept for future exploration by the City. This project supports the City Council Strategic Result to reduced water usage from 146 gallons per day to 139 gallons per day.

Sites for Attainable Housing Sites in Arvada

This project analyzed vacant land parcels in the City to determine suitability for the development of multi-family attainable housing. This projects supports the City Council Strategic Result related to mapping sites appropriate/suitable for multi-family developments to be used for City Council discussion and neighborhood outreach. 

Senior and Workforce Housing

This project provided insight into the need for attainable housing in Arvada to attract and retain working households, employers and senior households. The project implements the City Council Strategic Result Comprehensive Plan related to diverse housing options in the City.

Garden in a Box

This project evaluated the Garden-in-a-Box product and created new designs for these low water gardens. This project supports the City Council Strategic Result to reduced water usage from 146 gallons per day to 139 gallons per day.

Contact Information

  •  Rita McConnell, Community Development Director: 720-898-7444