City to break ground on Creekside Project at America the Beautiful Park
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Colorado Springs, CO – Please join the City of Colorado Springs for a groundbreaking ceremony at America the Beautiful Park.
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place:America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive)
Mayor Steve Bach will open the ceremony which will include remarks from Karen Palus, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services; Carol Baker, Pikes Peak Greenway Fund; and Susan Edmonson, Downtown Partnership. Groundbreaking for the Creekside Project will conclude the event.
About the America the Beautiful Park Creekside Project:
- Part of a larger initiative and unique partnership - The Fountain Creek Watershed and Trails Project – and includes numerous projects along Fountain Creek, from America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs south to Pueblo.
- A great example of a holistic, cost-effective, approach to addressing our capital infrastructure needs, improving stormwater management and providing recreational opportunities.
- Will visually and physically connect America the Beautiful Park with Fountain Creek. This important connection was first envisioned as part of the original park master plan more than 20 years ago. It will help alleviate flooding of private properties downstream and will also provide places for recreation and a way for the public to access the creek. The site will also serve as an important interpretive element within America the Beautiful Park. The tops of the retaining walls correspond to the 5-year, 10-year and 50-year flood levels so park visitors can better see and understand the impact of flooding in our community. A natural play area, with logs to climb and balance on, will also be included.
- The Cities of Pueblo and Fountain, El Paso County Parks, City of Colorado Springs Parks Department, Colorado Springs Utilities, Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District, and the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority jointly applied for a series of projects, receiving a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado ($2.5 million total). Colorado Springs received $1,290,000 for two projects – Creekside at America the Beautiful Park and Trail Development at Clear Springs Ranch.
- Project funding is from non-City sources - Great Outdoors Colorado and the Downtown Partnership. Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services and Colorado Springs Utilities are providing in-kind assistance ($320,000).