The City of Cheyenne’s West Edge Project combines the goals of delivering storm drainage management, brownfield redevelopment, and park amenities in one package. In turn, the City aims to trigger sustained economic development through the creation of the gathering places envisioned in the plans for park lands and green spaces. The City turned to Ayres Associates to help make it all happen.
The project’s initial funding is a $1 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Brownfields Coalition Partners Assessment Grant that Ayres applied for on behalf of the City, Laramie County, and the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority. The EPA grant was based on plans for stormwater management and stormwater quality improvements for Cheyenne’s Lower Capitol Basin. The area encompasses much of the historic downtown and near west side.
The vision for the project is to provide storm drainage improvements within a package of park amenities. This park will feature trees and curved walkways providing links to social gathering spaces and the Greater Cheyenne Greenway System. The goal is to leverage to the maximum extent possible the $1 million USEPA grant to attract millions more.
Ayres Associates is managing brownfield redevelopment efforts, investigating soil and groundwater impacts from historical land uses, evaluating remedial options, evaluating stormwater mitigation opportunities, completing USEPA reports, and providing community outreach.