Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

Red Rock Canyon Bioblitz

FULL HIKE SCHEDULE JULY 2019 BIO BLITZ

All of these hikes will leave from Red Rock Canyon Pavilion.  Participants should wear good hiking shoes, bring plenty of water and sun protection. ALL hikes will have a 20 person participant limit.

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Friday, July 19 Hikes

Moth Blacklighting

The Mile High Bug Club will be setting up blacklights to attract and document moths in Red Rock Canyon. Grab a jacket and find out what surprising things flutter in the night. There’s more out there than you think! Meet at the Pavilion.

  • 9:00 PM- 12:00 AM | Activity # 12198

SATURDAY, JULY 20 HIKES

Bat Trapping and/or Acoustics

Come watch biologists from Colorado Parks and Wildlife as they trap and/or do acoustic recordings of bats to determine what species we have in Red Rock Canyon. Bring a chair and a blanket and join us for a beautiful evening under the stars. 

  • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM.  | Activity # 12197 *Limit 30 people

Take Flight at Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Join our park rangers to learn about birds that call Colorado Springs home. Adventure through the vast habitat of Red Rock Canyon Open Space to learn bird identification and fun facts about the ornithology of the area. It will be a real “hoot”!

  • 9:30-11:00 am; 1 ½ hour | 2.5 Mile | Activity # 12177
  • 2:00-2:45 pm; 45 minutes to 1 hour | 1.5 Mile | Activity # 12186

Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Bloom

Let your mind blossom as you join our park rangers to explore the natural beauty of native wildflowers, their naturalized cousins and their invasive enemies. Find out what role each of these plants plays in the Red Rock Canyon Open Space ecosystem and how your own backyard creates an impact.

  • 9:30-11:00 am; 1 ½ hour | 2.5 Mile | Activity # 12178
  • 2:00-2:45 pm; 45 minutes to 1 hour | 1.5 Mile | Activity # 12187

Creepy Crawlies and Bathing Bugs

We hope insects, spiders, and other creepy crawly animals do not “bug” you! On this hike, learn about the important role those small members of our community play at Red Rock Canyon Open Space and how they have adapted to survive nearly everywhere- including underwater!

  • 9:30-11:00 am; 1 ½ hour |  1.5 Mile | Activity # 12179

Green Giants of Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Take a walk through Red Rock Canyon Open Space with our Park Rangers to engage with the importance of the woody perennials in our ecosystem and community.  On this hike, you will take a closer look at our friendly green giants and will not only learn how to identify the trees of this space, but will also learn a little history about these trees and the wildlife inhabiting them. We hope you will “leaf” this hike with a strong appreciation for our trees!

  • 10:15-11:00 am; 45 minutes to 1 hour | 1.5 Mile | Activity # 12180
  • 1:15-2:45 pm; 1 ½ hour | 2.5 Mile | Activity # 12183

Hiking through History

Take a walk back through time on this exciting hike of Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Learn about the history of the quarry, John G. Bock’s vision for the canyons and how the area became a city recreation destination. We are excited to travel through time with you!

  • 10:15-11:00 am; 45 minutes to 1 hour | 1.5 Mile | Activity # 12181
  • 1:15-2:45 pm; 1 ½ hour | 2.5 Mile | Activity # 12184

Trails by Design 

Learn how trails are designed and the reasons why on this hike through Red Rock Canyon Open Space. This talk will focus on the importance of building trails with wildlife and the environment in mind as well as trail sustainability.

  • 10:15-11:00 am; 45 minutes to 1 hour | 1.5 Mile | Activity # 12182

Geology of Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Join a Park Ranger and learn about 250 million years of geology. See solidified riverbeds, petrified sand dunes, and evidence of ancient seaways. Find out what sort of creatures lived in Red Rock Canyon Open Space millions of years ago and how the hogbacks formed. It would be “Gneiss” if you joined us! 

  • 1:15-2:45 pm; 1 ½ hour | 2.5 Mile | Activity # 12185

SUNDAY, JULY 21 HIKES

Take Flight at Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Join our park rangers to learn about birds that call Colorado Springs home. Adventure through the vast habitat of Red Rock Canyon Open Space to learn bird identification and fun facts about the ornithology of the area. It will be a real “hoot”!

  • 10:15-11:00 am; 45 minutes to 1 hour | 1.5 Mile | Activity # 12191
  • 1:15-2:45 pm; 1 ½ hour | 2.5 Mile | Activity # 12193

Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Bloom

Let your mind blossom as you join our park rangers to explore the natural beauty of native wildflowers, their naturalized cousins and their invasive enemies. Find out what role each of these plants plays in the Red Rock Canyon Open Space ecosystem and how your own backyard creates an impact.

  • 10:15-11:00 am; 45 minutes to 1 hour | 1.5 Mile | Activity # 12192
  • 1:15-2:45 pm; 1 ½ hour | 2.5 Mile | Activity # 12194

Creepy Crawlies and Bathing Bugs

We hope insects, spiders, and other creepy crawly animals do not “bug” you! On this hike, learn about the important role those small members of our community play at Red Rock Canyon Open Space and how they have adapted to survive nearly everywhere- including underwater!

  • 9:30-11:00 am; 1 ½ hour | 1.5 Mile | Activity # 12190

Green Giants of Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Take a walk through Red Rock Canyon Open Space with our Park Rangers to engage with the importance of the woody perennials in our ecosystem and community.  On this hike, you will take a closer look at our friendly green giants and will not only learn how to identify the trees of this space, but will also learn a little history about these trees and the wildlife inhabiting them. We hope you will “leaf” this hike with a strong appreciation for our trees!

  • 9:30-11:00 am; 1 ½ hour | 2.5 Mile | Activity # 12188
  • 2:00-2:45 pm; 45 minutes to 1 hour | 1.5 Mile | Activity # 12195

Hiking through History

Take a walk back through time on this exciting hike of Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Learn about the history of the quarry, John G. Bock’s vision for the canyons and how the area became a city recreation destination. We are excited to travel through time with you!

  • 9:30-11:00 am; 1 ½ hour | 2.5 Mile | Activity # 12189
  • 2:00-2:45 pm; 45 minutes to 1 hour | 1.5 Mile | Activity # 12196

Be sure to download the free iNaturalist app to your smartphone prior to these events.

HOW TO JOIN

  1. Download the FREE iNaturalist app and make an account.
  2. Click on projects, search “BioBlitz Red Rock Canyon” and join!
  3. Register to participate in one or several BioBlitz activities  
  1. Take photos of WILD plants and animals.
    1. Be sure to allow for location services to be on. 
    2. This will provide the most accurate data to be collected.
  2. Upload your photos.
  3. Add your observations to share with the iNaturalist community.
  4. Learn more as your photos get identified, and help others by identifying their observations!

Event dates

Location Red Rock Canyon Open Space (map)
3550 W High St
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Date/Time Saturday, July 20, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, July 21, 2019 (All day)

Parking lot in Garden of the Gods Park to close June 24-28 due to utility project

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Due to a water line installation project for the new restroom facility in Garden of the Gods Park, parking lot two, which provides access to the Central Garden area, will be temporarily closed to visitors Monday-Friday (June 24-28). During this time, visitors are encouraged to utilize one of the other 15 available parking areas located throughout the park. 

Shuttle service is available to the Central Garden area from parking lot one, which is located near the park’s main entrance at Gateway Road and 30th Street. The complimentary shuttle also stops at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

The new, fully-plumbed restroom facility, which broke ground in March, is expected to be complete in the beginning of August. The facility is expanding from four lavatories to 12 and will also feature a drinking water and water bottle filling station as well as improved accessibility. For more information about the project, visit www.coloradosprings.gov/GOGrestrooms
 

Utility work to close North Cheyenne Canyon Road Tuesday (June 25) starting at 7 a.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Due to a utility project at the entrance of North Cheyenne Cañon Park, North Cheyenne Canyon Road will temporarily close to all inbound and outbound traffic at the intersection of Evans Avenue and Cheyenne Boulevard on Tuesday (June 25) starting at 7 a.m. The project is not expected to last more than 24 hours.

Vehicles traveling through North Cheyenne Cañon Park from Gold Camp Road will be turned around at Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center until the project is complete. South Cheyenne Canyon Road will remain open as will the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center and Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center. Helen Hunt will only be accessible from Gold Camp Road during this temporary closure.

Panorama Park Master Plan Public Meeting

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, the RISE Coalition, and The Trust for Public Land invites you to the third Panorama Park Public Meeting to discuss the large renovation scheduled at the park.  This meeting will present a Draft Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property. for public comment.

Learn more at coloradosprings.gov/panoramapark

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this meeting will be held in a wheelchair accessible location. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid to participate in this meeting should make the request as soon as possible. Send requests to Constance.Perry@coloradosprings.gov

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Event dates

Location Holiday Inn at Colorado Springs Airport (map)
1855 Aeroplaza Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Date/Time Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Chamberlain Trail extension officially opens to the public

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department and The Broadmoor hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Chamberlain Trail extension Thursday. The public trail runs through the Strawberry Hill property, which was acquired by The Broadmoor in a land exchange with the City in 2016.

“We are very pleased that we have been able to accomplish the Chamberlain Trail extension and new trailhead, which are two key initiatives that the community requested through our master planning efforts,” said Karen Palus. “The completion of this project provides another significant connection in the City’s trail system, and I’d like to thank The Broadmoor for its continued support and partnership in these efforts.”

The new extension of the Chamberlain Trail, at just over a mile long, was funded by The Broadmoor and provides public access through Strawberry Hill. The new trail also provides increased regional connectivity as outlined in the North Cheyenne Cañon Park Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property.. In addition, a public parking lot has been added, offering access to the trailhead at the corner of Mesa Avenue and Evans Road. The new lot contains 20 parking spots.

“We are very pleased with this beautiful new trail addition and extension of the Chamberlain Trail,” said Jack Damioli, president and CEO of The Broadmoor. “This venture has been a great private-public partnership between The Broadmoor and the City of Colorado Springs, allowing for the development of public trails without using public funds. We believe this trail will be a wonderful benefit to the entire community for years to come.”  

The future corridor for the Chamberlain Trail is an envisioned 26.5-mile natural surfaced trail that traverses the foothills of Colorado Springs, connecting Blodgett Open Space to Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

 

Opening Day and Sheep Shearing Event at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will celebrate the start of the summer season on Saturday, June 1 with the annual sheep shearing event. The public is invited to tour the historic sites at Colorado Springs’ premier Living History Museum.  American Indians, homesteaders, farmers, gardeners, a blacksmith, and high-society interpreters will offer tours, while the sheep are sheared throughout the day. Demonstrations will include sheep dog herding, carding, spinning, dying and weaving. The General Store will be selling gifts made from the Ranch’s sheep.

Admission: Living History Association (LHA) Members are Free. Regular Admission: $8 Adults, $5 Seniors, $4 Ages 6 – 17, and children 5 and under are free.

Event dates

Location Rock Ledge Ranch (map)
3105 Gateway Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80804
Date/Time Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Public Art Master Plan (PublicArtCOS)

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Complete this survey to help us understand what you know and think about public art in Colorado Springs. These 18 questions are broad and you can tell us exactly what you want for the future of public art in your City.

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Public Art Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property.

Did you know that PlanCOS, the new comprehensive plan that will guide Colorado Springs through 2040, includes an entire chapter on furthering Colorado Springs’ “Renowned Culture?” 

One of the many key strategies in PlanCOS is to “complete, update, and implement public art plans and to consider arts and culture in other city plans.” To that end, the City has begun a Public Art Master Planning process that is expected to last through the summer and into fall 2019. In November, the process will culminate in a City-wide plan for the future of public art in Colorado Springs. 

During the coming months, there will be various community outreach activities and ways for the members of the public to provide input on the plan. The final document will include suggestions for locations for public artworks, recommendations on sustainable funding source(s), staffing, and other big ideas.

Why Public Art Matters

Public art is a simple concept. Most broadly defined, the term refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the intention of being sited or staged in the public domain, usually outside and/or places that are publicly accessible to all. 

When you get into the question of why public art matters, and why we should support it, things get more interesting and complex. An article by the Americans for the Arts titled "Why Public Art Matters" states that:

“Cities gain value through public art – cultural, social, and economic value. Public art is a distinguishing part of our public history and our evolving culture. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. Public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces. It provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas. Public art is freely accessible.”

Research tells us that public art directly influences how people experience and connect with a place. It provides a sense of place, wonder, and memory. Art encourages attachment to a location for residents through cultural and historical understanding, and by highlighting what is unique about the places where people live, work, and play.

Public art also makes communities more vibrant and sustainable economically. People want to move to places that are memorable, activated and supportive of the arts. By engaging in public art as a tool for growth and sustainability, communities can thrive economically. 

Colorado Springs Needs a Public Art Master Plan

Colorado Springs has an existing collection of just over 90 works of public art. However, the City has no sustainably-funded public art program to create new artwork or dedicated staff to assist with such a program at this time. It is a time of great change and development in Colorado Springs, and there is momentum for directly addressing the current and future art collection in the City and creating a plan to guide future public art activities. 

Get Involved and Stay Informed

Our planning process will engage the community at all levels so we can better understand attitudes and aspirations for a public art program in Colorado Springs.

From June to September of 2019, a consulting team will host a number of interviews, focus groups and events to encourage discussion and input to guide our planning process. You might see our street teams out gather input at First Fridays and other cultural events. Events will be posted here:

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Optional shuttles return to Garden of the Gods Park starting Saturday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is once again partnering with the Garden of the Gods Foundation to implement a free public shuttle in Garden of the Gods Park during the park’s most visited months. The optional shuttle will begin Saturday (May 25) and operate daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Wednesday, Aug 21. The shuttles will also run during Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 and Sept. 1).

“Garden of the Gods Park is one of our City’s most beloved places to visit, and we are pleased to partner with the Garden of the Gods Foundation to bring this complimentary shuttle service back for a second year,” said Kim King, parks and recreation manager. “With limited parking in the park’s main parking lot due to the construction of new restroom facilities, we believe the shuttle will be an even more attractive option for visitors this summer, and we hope this optional service helps provide an even more enjoyable experience for all.”

The shuttle fleet is comprised of two 14-passenger vans that will complete a four-stop loop at the parking lot at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and the intersection of Gateway Road and Juniper Way Loop, which connects to a trail into the Central Garden zone. Shuttles will also stop at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site during its operating hours. Shuttles will depart the parking lot approximately every 15 minutes and are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Adventures Out West – which currently offers guided, purchasable jeep, Segway and trolley tours from the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center – will again manage and operate the shuttle. It will be funded by both the Garden of the Gods Foundation, a 501(c)(3) created in 1994 to preserve and maintain the park, and the parks department. The foundation also owns and operates the Visitor & Nature Center.

Park visitors will be encouraged to participate in a text-based survey to share their feedback whether they use these services or not. Comments may also be emailed to prcs@springsgov.com throughout the pilot shuttle program. Additional shuttle information, including detailed survey information and a list of frequently asked questions, is available at https://coloradosprings.gov/parks/page/garden-gods-park-shuttle.

Additional information about the facility improvement project, which is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2019, can be found here:  https://coloradosprings.gov/GOGrestrooms?mlid=46146.