Parks and Trails News

Parks and Trails News

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 12:20pm
In this podcast: What does it mean to “leave no trace”? And why does it matter? Hear from one of our city’s awesome park rangers about keeping our favorite parks, trails and open spaces in top shape. She’ll also reveal a famous figure behind this effort, specifically at the Manitou Incline.
Monday, March 15, 2021 - 12:58pm
Effective March 15, climbing chalk or a chalk substitute of any kind or color cannot be used when climbing in Garden of the Gods Park. Climbing chalk was previously banned, however, this rule change now includes the restriction of all chalk substitutes in order to help preserve the natural beauty... Read more
Playground at Venezia Park
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 12:50pm
City Council gave final approval Feb. 23 to update the Parkland Dedication Ordinance (PLDO), which requires residential developers to provide land for parks or pay comparable fees to provide parkland for new residents.
aerial view of acacia park. downtown building and mountains in the background. Some trees have golden leaves.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 4:16pm
There are approximately 270,000 trees in Colorado Springs’ public places. This includes along streets and trails, and in parks, but not in open spaces and areas along waterways. A new Urban Forest Management Plan establishes a baseline assessment of the City’s urban forest, the plan provides a road... Read more
Shooks Run Trail
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 11:19am
Colorado Springs boasts a vibrant trail system that connects people within their neighborhoods and to destinations beyond. Many people enjoy our trails, but have asked for safer crossings when our trails cross a street between intersections. 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 4:23pm
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department received a donation earlier this month totaling $367,826. Funds will support the visitor experience, public safety programs and the next phase of restroom construction in the ever-popular Garden of the Gods Park.
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 9:00am
Prospect Lake in Memorial Park is reopen to recreational use as of Friday, Sept. 4. The reopening follows a nearly 12-week closure due to elevated levels of microcystin toxin, which is produced by cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae.
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 11:26am
A project is underway to remove noxious weeds from 17.5 acres in both Garden of the Gods Park and the adjacent Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. The work, which includes spot treatment of the weeds and distribution of a native seed mix, is an important conservation effort for the overall health of... Read more
Friday, August 7, 2020 - 1:11pm
City Forestry is removing dozens of mid-sized Siberian elm and black locust trees and thousands of seedlings as part of a project to control invasive species in Monument Valley Park. Native vegetation will naturally grow in once the invasive species are removed.
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 10:29am
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A portion of Gold Camp Road – from pull-off No. 5 to Captain Jacks parking lot – will be closed on Friday, Aug. 7, from approximately 6 a.m.-2 p.m. It’s anticipated that this will be the final closure for this project.
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 2:25pm
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will begin improvements on a segment of the Palmer-Mesa Trail on Monday, Aug. 3. The trail segment, located parallel to 30th Street, will be closed for the duration of the project, which is expected to last through the end of September.
Friday, July 24, 2020 - 3:34pm
The completion of significant renovations to Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City were celebrated on Friday, July 24 during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the park.The renovation was spurred by an accidental fire in the park’s band shell in 2017 and driven by a community-led effort to reinvigorate the... Read more