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Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Headquarters, Mail Code 1200
1401 Recreation Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80905-1975
Phone: (719) 385-5940
Fax: (719) 385-6599
Email: spark@SpringsGov.c. . .
Hours: 8 am - 2 pm, Monday through Friday





City of Colorado Springs / Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services / Parks, Trails & Open Space

Parks, Trails & Open Space

When Colorado Springs filed the original town plat in 1871, it included one city block as the first city-owned park. The park, known as North Park or Acacia Square is the site of the present-day Acacia Park.

Colorado Springs' city founder General William Jackson Palmer generously donated 1,270 acres of parkland, bridle and foot paths, scenic drives and roadways planted with trees, to establish a significant foundation of the Colorado Springs park system. These gifts included Acacia (North) Park, Monument Valley Park, Antlers Park, Pioneer Square (South) Park, Palmer Park, North Cheyenne Cañon, Prospect Lake and Bear Creek Cañon.

In 1909, the Perkins heirs gave Garden of the Gods Park to the City, adding to the beautiful parkland already established.
 
Today, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services manages:
  • 7 regional parks
  • 8 community parks
  • 136 neighborhood parks
  • 5 sports complexes
  • 105 miles of urban trails
  • 160 miles of park trails
  • 48 open space areas
  • 2 public golf courses
  • 2 public cemeteries
There are now a combined total of over:
  • 9,000 acres of parks
  • 500 acres of trails
  • 5,000 acres of open spaces
We continue to acquire and maintain more parkland, enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Colorado Springs.

For information on how to volunteer in our open spaces and trails please visit www.openspacevolunteers.org

 

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The only remaining closures in the City's parks, trails and open spaces are at Pikes Peak Greenway (near Sinton), Pikes Peak Green Way (near South Circle Dr.), and North Cheyenne Canon Park and several areas of Bear Creek Canon Park to include High Drive and the Bear Creek Watershed. Reopening of these areas have not been set.