Monument Valley Park
Monument Valley Park was among General Palmer's most treasured gifts to the people of Colorado Springs. Between 1904 and 1907 two miles next to Monument Creek became a "park for the people" with elegant gardens, winding walks, bridged ponds, a tennis court, playgrounds and an arboretum displaying Colorado tree and shrub species and Palmer's Colorado Wildflower Garden.
In 1914, Spencer Penrose added the Monument Valley Municipal Swimming Pool. He and his wife Julie regularly strolled there on weekends. On Memorial Day in 1935, the park suffered a massive flood but was slowly renovated afterwards, although some features were never replaced.
Old Bridge scene in the Park Through the Works Project Administration (WPA), round, native stones were used to construct retaining walls, creek channel walls, stairs, benches and entry points to the park.
The 1914 swimming pool survived the flood and is still a popular swimming site during summer months.
Today, Monument Valley Park is one of the community's most utilized parks. Joggers, cyclists, mothers with strollers and couples hand-in-hand travel the trails while citizens have picnics, play tennis matches, and swim or play field sports.
The Formal Gardens, formerly the site of the General's Wildflower Garden, are still vibrant with color and fragrant with scents from zinnias, begonias, tulips and roses.