Rio Grande Farm Park
Nestled in Alamosa, Colorado, the Rio Grande Farm Park holds at its core Preservation and Creation: the preservation of the San Luis Valley's agricultural heritage, precious water resource, and open public spaces, the creation of economic development, healthy living practices, and educational opportunities.
This ground-breaking project is being developed under the umbrella organization San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition. The Farm Park is currently working on several programs and initiatives, including a beginning farmer incubator for aspiring farmers to create their own micro-business, community farm plots, environmental education, outdoor recreation, and making strides towards the build-out of the community created master plan. To support our efforts and receive some fun perks join the Friends of the Rio Grande Farm Park at www.riograndfarmpark.org/friendsof.
Visit us! We are located at the East entrance of Alamosa in South-Central Colorado on HWY 17 just north of HWY 160. We have monthly workdays at the Park the last Saturday of every month (weather permitting).
Stay in the loop on the wide variety of work days and events. Visit the RGFP Facebook Page »» and Website »»
SLVLFC CLOSES ON FARM PARK!
The Rio Grande Farm Park - Protection of the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park Complete! Read Press Release »»
Rio Grande Healthy Living Park - Funding Secured!
The Trust for Public Land (TPL), the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (LFC), and Colorado Open Lands (COL) will complete the permanent acquisition and protection of the 38-acre Polston School property in Alamosa, Colorado as the site of the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park, thanks to two significant grants announced today. Specifically, the Trust for Public Land has secured $700,000 from the LOR Foundation and $254,000 from the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO).
Read Full Press Release 2015 »» Read Full Press Release 2016 »» RGHLP 2nd Community Process Meeting 2015 »»
Please visit the Rio Grande Farm Park website (formally the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park) to learn more about our vision for this wonderful initiative along with park development plans and much more! Learn about the park proposal and its progress of transition in this article from September 14th, 2014. "A Dream Realized: The Rio Grande Healthy Living Park" »». View the Project Goals Brochure »» and the Vision Map »» for implementation.
View our transitional and final park plans. RGHLP Development Plan 2014 »» RGHLP Master Plan 2016 »»
RGHLP Open House - December 4th, 2014
We invite you to join us at ASU Neilson Library for the Open House Celebration of the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park. This open house event will feature Artist David Montgomery who will be joining us to sign prints of his beautiful painting illustrating the park titled "Agua Es La Vida (Water is Life)". This is a great opportunity to get a print or set of note cards for yourself or friends for an end of year donation. Come enjoy an afternoon of shopping, enjoying each others company, and celebrating our lovely park! We will be on the 1st floor of the library. Yummy refreshments will be served. David will be selling some originals and 30% of sales will go to the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park. View Event Info »»
The Rio Grande Farm Park commissions public artworks to be installed along the Rio Grande corridor.
View Press Release - Alamosa News, Sept. 30th, 2017 »»
Great Outdoors Colorado Event - June 14th, 2017
Brought their board and staff to the San Luis Valley June 14, 2017 and held a community dinner with many conservation and recreation champions as well as recent grantees. We met the new Director of GOCO Chris Castilian a Colorado native and avid cyclist. Brian Puccarella RGFP Operating Committee member, Master Paddleboarder and Director of the award winning ASU Adventure Program and SLVLFC Director Liza Marron inspired the attendees with the tale of the land acquisition that wouldn't have been possible without the generous community giving and the fortuitous relationships with the Trust for Public Land, the LOR Foundation, Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado Open Lands.
After a delicious dinner by Wendy Seger of Locavores and socially lubricated by SLV Brews, the group made a trek over to the RGFP to see the park in action. Several farmers were working their plots while Puccarella and Marron narrated the backstory and shared hopes for the future with a spotlight on activating the river corridor and the Inspire initiative that Alamosa partners have been working on. Board Member Linda Strand shared that this was the best site visit and she highly commends the work being done at the Rio Grande Farm Park. Read More about this collaborative effort »»