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April 29 Open House Set to Present to Community Recommended Plan for Camp Creek Drainage Improvements
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Following months of analysis of the Camp Creek watershed and drainage corridor conditions, along with extensive community discussion regarding possible solutions to problems in the corridor, a recommended Drainage Improvement Plan is ready for community review. The Plan will be unveiled at an upcoming meeting scheduled for:

Tuesday, April 29

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Open House

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion

Coronado High School Cafeteria

1590 W. Fillmore St.

The Recommended Plan will include solutions to address the flooding and erosion issues that exist throughout the drainage corridor and will take all homes along the watershed out of the flood plain. The corridor extends through the Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, along 31st Street through the Pleasant Valley neighborhood south to a confluence with Fountain Creek near U.S. Highway 24.

The City hired local engineering firm Wilson and Company to head up a project team to study the corridor and work with the community to develop solutions that are both technically sound and responsive to community desires. Since October, 2013, the City and Wilson and Company team have hosted three public workshops to explore possible solutions with community residents. The Recommended Plan reflects both engineering recommendations and the community’s response to potential solutions presented through the workshops.

People interested in attending the April 29 Open House/Meeting are encouraged to stop by Coronado High School Cafeteria any time between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to view displays illustrating the Recommended Plan and to visit with project engineers about the Plan. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a brief presentation, followed by questions and discussion.

Intermediate repairs are currently being made to the 31st Street concrete drainage channel. The planning, final design and permitting of the Recommended Plan is estimated to take approximately 18 months before actual construction can begin.

Those interested in the Camp Creek project can find regular updates on the City’s website at follow #CampCreek on Twitter.

Project Background

Rainstorms last summer produced high water levels and significant erosion and debris deposits in Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Runoff and debris produced by the storms also damaged the lining of the large concrete channel in 31st Street that carries the Creek through the Pleasant Valley neighborhood. Camp Creek originates in a large watershed that was severely burned during the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire. Even prior to the Waldo Canyon fire there were a number of concerns in the Camp Creek drainage corridor. The existing channel lacks the capacity to handle a 100-year flood. A large number of homes and businesses located within the adjacent mapped floodplain are at risk of flooding during a large storm event. The concrete lining in portions of the channel along 31st Street is in poor condition and requires frequent repairs. Both the channel and about half of the bridges that cross it have been identified by the City as needing major maintenance or replacement.  

The drainage corridor is not only home to the National Natural Landmark Garden of the Gods, but also Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site - a property on the National Register of Historic Places. As a result, flood protection measures will need to be sensitive to the special characteristics of both City park properties.