Community Assessment: Beautification

The Community Assessment is a critical step in understanding the Cheyenne area’s position and the issues that it faces in an increasingly competitive environment for new jobs, talent, and corporate investment. Below is just a segment from the full Community Assessment report.

Quality of Life and Community Vision: Focusing and Prioritizing

Although stakeholders spoke highly of the area’s cultural and arts community, lauding the number of arts assets in a community Greater Cheyenne’s size – including the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, a ballet company, theatre offerings, art galleries, and much more – it was not rated highly in the community survey. In fact, only 16.9 percent of respondents rated the community’s arts and cultural facilities as excellent or above average, compared to 47.9 percent who rated them as very poor or below average. This might be due to lack of awareness of Greater Cheyenne arts amenities. Indeed, one wish of tourism and arts community stakeholders is for residents to support the arts more and for the community to work to attract “more iconic and larger events in addition to Frontier Days to sustain the year.” Others stated that they’d like to see more attractions and gathering places open past nine o’clock on Fridays.

In addition, input participants reported that more is still needed to make the area an attractive place to live for young professionals. One respondent shared that “some of our talented people choose to live in Ft. Collins instead of Cheyenne…no one wants to live in Cheyenne where there is nothing to do with families like a community center or a revitalized downtown.” Young professionals indicated that they would like to see higher-density, mixed-use developments that support a live-work-play lifestyle. Similarly, stakeholders suggested that the community must continue to be a place where aging residents can remain. Some expressed that the community needs an updated senior center as well as activities geared toward seniors within the aforementioned recreation center. Others indicated the need for additional senior housing.

AESTHETICS: Generally speaking, residents would like to live in a cleaner, more beautiful community, as expressed in their vision for 2030. When asked to evaluate the community’s aesthetics and appearance, just 18 percent cited it as above average or excellent whereas nearly 40 percent characterized it as below average or very poor. First impressions are often lasting impressions; existing and prospective future residents wish to live in communities that exhibit a sense of ride reflected through the appearance of the community.

Rachel Girt