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Active Living Partnerships at Stapleton (ALPS)

The Active Living Partnership at Stapleton (ALPS) promotes and studies the benefits of healthy community design in Stapleton and the surrounding neighborhoods. Over the next 15 to 20 years, the city's former airport will be transformed into a 7.5-square-mile mixed-use network of neighborhoods, job centers, and green space.

Stapleton's physical environment will be a cluster of distinct, transit-oriented walkable communities designed to foster active, healthy lifestyles. The former airport site will be home to 30,000 residents and 35,000 workers by 2020. The neighborhood design plan encourages kids to walk to school and provides a park system that connects 50 miles of regional greenways. Stapleton's 12,000 homes and apartments are designed to be a short, convenient walk from public schools, shopping, pocket parks, and regional open spaces. Safe, attractive sidewalks and streetscapes will slow traffic, and be conducive to walking, biking, and multimodal transit.

The partnership has developed Passport to Active Living to promote existing and new active living programs. The University of Colorado Hospital is developing the Center for Healthy Living at Stapleton to incorporate health education with family practice emphasizing wellness. A virtual wellness center on the community's intranet has been launched.

ALPS coordinates with the Stapleton Foundation, the city and county of Denver, and Forest City Stapleton to ensure that the greater Stapleton area is designed to promote active living. The partnership and neighborhood organizations are working with businesses to create active living incentives for employees and customers.

This organization was one of 25 demonstration projects selected by Active Living by Design, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The partneship also incorporates Healthy Eating initiatives.