The Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport, or GWS as designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is located on approximately 64 acres situated in the southernmost portion of the City and serves recreational and small business users. GWS is not currently part of the FAA National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.
The Airport Property Scenario Planning Project began in Fall 2018 as a land use comparison, community benefit, and economic analysis for land encompassing and surrounding the airport. The planning process analyzed the highest and best use of the land, taking into consideration economic, social, and other benefits to the community. The study also compared future uses, including general aviation usage, and redevelopment of the land into one or more alternate land uses (residential, mixed-use, commercial, industrial, parks).
The results of the project, completed in October 2019, are intended to guide future improvements and/or redevelopment of the area but are not a intended as a site specific development plan. A link to a copy of the final report is located below.
Decisions regarding the future use of the airport may coincide with discussions related to design, funding, and construction of the proposed South Bridge project (find information here) which crosses the subject property. However, the current alignment of the bridge and access road outlined in the environmental assessment assumes a tunnel beneath the the runway which maintains the aviation use.
Please submit any comments you have regarding the report and/or future use of the airport here. Continue to follow the South Bridge discussion for more information.