Glendale Riverwalk Health Impact Assessment

Addressing bicycle and pedestrian access to the upcoming Riverwalk development

About the Project

This project is a partnership between the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) and the City of Glendale, with major contributions from the University of Colorado Denver School of Architecture and Planning (specifically, the Fall 2011 Planning Studio II course). It is funded by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative.

The primary goal of this Health Impact Assessment (HIA) will be to assess possible impacts on, and recommendations for, walking and biking in Glendale as it relates to the new Glendale Riverwalk development and other important community destinations.

Conducting a HIA has great value for a community, and Glendale is well-positioned to benefit from such a project. This project will generate opportunities to:

  • Create healthier options to access Glendale’s Riverwalk.
  • Increase physical activity among residents and workers.
  • Utilize the location of the Riverwalk to make enhancements throughout the community.
  • Develop a useful guide for future improvements.
  • Apply for grants that require prior planning for bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

A Health Impact Assessment is:

A combination of procedures, methods and tools that systematically judges the potential, and sometimes unintended, effects of a policy, plan, program or project on the health of the population and the distribution of those effects within the population. HIA identifies appropriate actions to manage those effects (International Association of Impact Assessment).

The HIA process will be led by TCHD Built Environment Specialist Matt Cunningham. Mark Bullock, Director of Rugby/Recreation/Projects at the City of Glendale, will be advising the process from the City’s perspective and serving on the Advisory Committee. Once the project has been completed, the final recommendations will be presented to the City Council for consideration.

The HIA process includes:

  • Forming an Advisory Committee to guide the project.
  • Conducting an analysis of existing conditions (including walking/biking assessments).
  • Engaging community involvement in the assessments and input on possible solutions.
  • Developing recommendations to improve the pedestrian and bicycle environment.
  • Producing a final written report.
  • Presenting the final report to city council, staff and others as appropriate.

Special thanks go to Gretchen Armijo (Built Environments Coordinator at Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment), who taught the Fall 2011 Planning Studio II Course that provided invaluable contributions to this project. Students in the course were:

  • Miguel Aguilar
  • Tim Cusick
  • Caitlyn Hasenbalg
  • Kelly E. Matthew-Larsen
  • Rebecca Mossige
  • Chad Reischl
  • James “JR” Ronczy
  • Kim Varner
%d bloggers like this: