Trail users and City officials to celebrate opening of new link in Cottonwood Creek Trail

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Trail users and city officials, including Mayor John Suthers, Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Director Karen Palus, and Public Works Director Travis Easton, will recognize the completion of the Cottonwood Creek Trail extension and replacement of Academy Boulevard bridge with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday (May 1).

The 16-month construction project replaced an aging, substandard bridge on Academy Boulevard, bringing the structure up to modern safety standards. It also extended the Cottonwood Creek Trail under Academy Boulevard, completing an important trail link.

Bike Colorado Springs and para-cyclist Chris Murphy will lead the first official ride on the new trail, culminating in a celebratory ribbon cutting and media event near the completed bridge.


When:             Wednesday, May 1, riders to depart at 12:50 p.m.

Where:            Bike ride will depart from the Vincent Drive Trailhead (parking is available at the trailhead)


When:             Wednesday, May 1,1 p.m.

Where:            6735 Kumar Heights (parking available)

The project was funded by multiple sources, but primarily by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA). The trail portion of the project was funded by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department.

For more information about the project, visit

Event dates

Location Date/Time Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 12:50pm