Stairway to Heaven & Economic Impact

Date: 1/1/2021 - 5/31/2021

Stairway to Heaven: A Predictive Economic Impact Report

Student Researcher: Paige McCallister

Client: City of Central, Colorado
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This project took one of the three priority projects outlined in the Central City Trails Master Plan, adopted in Dec 2020, and evaluated its economic impact in a city with no outdoor recreation or pedestrian connections. Central City’s objective in building the “Stairway to Heaven,” a proposed incline trail that would connect both a population center and lodging was to attract new demographics to the area and provide a much-needed pedestrian connection. Evaluating national trends on outdoor recreation and utilizing case studies, three scenarios were presented to best show how introducing outdoor recreation can bring economic growth and diversification. 


Colorado Center for Community Development

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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