The Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan, “It’s Your Backyard” (Plan), is a city-wide undertaking to evaluate non-motorized connections throughout the City of Anaheim, but especially among the Platinum Triangle, The Anaheim Resort ™, Downtown Anaheim and Anaheim Canyon areas. Key objectives of this Plan are to identify opportunities to create a minimum of 100 acres of new public greenspace throughout the City, and reduce Green House Gas(GHG) emissions to levels consistent with the California Global Warming Act of 2006. By providing improved bike routes and walkways that encourage alternative modes of transportation, overall personal health and fitness can be improved and GHG emissions associated with automobiles will be reduced.
In addition to increasing green space throughout the City of Anaheim, the Plan focuses on developing a system of green corridors connecting residents, visitors, and employees to both existing and planned high-density urban areas, employment centers, and the residential neighborhoods of the City.
The Plan is inspired by Boston’s Emerald Necklace, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the nation’s first landscape architect. Conceived, planned and constructed over a 40-year period beginning in 1850, the Emerald Necklace includes 1,100 acres of nine parks and promenades over a seven-mile length from the formal downtown Boston Commons to the great country park, Franklin Park.
Much like Boston’s Emerald Necklace, the Plan is a long-term vision plan but also a toolkit for projects that can be implemented in the near term. The goals of the Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan are:
- Reduce Reliance on Automobiles
- Create Green Corridors
- Promote Human Interaction
- Enhance the Public Realm
- Develop Strong Pedestrian Orientation
- Increase City Park Acreage
- Promote Public Health
- Engage the Community in the Implementation of the Vision
The Plan identifies projects that emphasize shade trees, pocket parks, open spaces, multi-modal non-motorized trails and pathways, demonstration gardens, wildlife corridors, bioswales, and stormwater filtration and collection systems. The Plan also provides an updated city-wide plant palette of native and California-friendly plants that are recommended for the Anaheim public and private realm
The Plan is based on the City of Anaheim’s “Hi Neighbor”program. While the “Hi Neighbor” program encourages personal communications between neighbors for stronger, safer and vibrant neighborhoods, the Plan provides there commendations for the physical improvements that will encourage such communications.
“THE City of Anaheim is a diverse city, and one in which we are so proud. From great neighborhoods,parks, schools and libraries, to world-class sports and entertainment, to ARTIC and transportation options for our residents, businesses and guests, there is something for everyone in Anaheim
I am especially enthused about the Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan because it will enhance the quality of life in our City, as well as offer away for residents to get involved with planning the look and design of our outdoor space. From increased and enhanced parks, trials, bike paths and more, Anaheim will be an even more connected community.”
-MAYOR Tom TAIT