A master planA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property. process is underway to develop Norman “Bulldog” Coleman Community Park, a 70-acre mostly undeveloped park asset located in eastern Colorado Springs near the intersection of Tutt Avenue and Barnes Road. Using community input to be collected through an extensive community engagement process, the final master plan will provide recommendations for the eventual design, development and construction of this community park. Coleman Park is envisioned to function similarly to Memorial or John Venezia parks with sports fields and a universally accessible playground.
Adjacent to Coleman Park is UCHealth Park (home of the Rocky Mountain Vibes baseball team) and Ragain Field (former Switchbacks soccer stadium). Together with these facilities, a section of Sand Creek, and convenient access to the Sand Creek Trail, the site and its location bring tremendous opportunity for a community park with a variety of recreational experiences.
The master plan process will seek to:
- Elevate Sand Creek as a significant defining element by integrating the creek into the park site
- Explore opportunities to create an activated destination that builds and expands on existing facilities
- Provide a destination for outdoor recreation on the east side of Colorado Springs
- Creatively engage the public and stakeholders throughout the process
The process will also focus on trail connectivity, as well as, a potential offsite southern detention pond and overlook.
Location, Location, Location
The City acquired the Coleman Park site in 1995 through the land development process when Pring Ranch was developed. Then, in 2021, the City traded a 23.5-acre sports complex property it owned on Tutt Boulevard for 23.5 acres next to Coleman Park in a land exchange with Classic Communities. The additional acreage was part of the former Springs Ranch Golf Course. The total park site is now 70 acres.
The park’s location – near hotel and commercial areas, and adjacent to existing sport infrastructure, plus Sand Creek – represents a tremendous opportunity to create an active sports hub and purposefully engage the natural environment into the park’s framework.
It’s all in a name
The park’s namesake is Norman “Bulldog” Coleman, a Colorado Springs business booster with philanthropic interests. He died in 1994, a year before the City acquired the first tract of land for Coleman Park.
Coleman was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, on March 4, 1923. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II and saw action aboard the USS Somersworth (PCE-849), a ship he eventually commanded. He continued his military service until 1980 as a member of the Naval Reserve, attaining the rank of Rear Admiral. He also oversaw the regional Naval Reserve Readiness Command, headquartered in Denver, and chaired the Naval Reserve Policy Board. Coleman’s military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and multiple combat citations.
Admiral Coleman moved to Colorado Springs in 1959 and was the chairman of CBS Insurance from 1959-1994. He was a passionate advocate for local business and philanthropic interests and served as the chairman of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Military Affairs Council, and the United Fund, a precursor to today’s United Way of the Pikes Peak Region.
Master Plan Process
Issues and opportunities to be addressed during the master plan process, which is expected to complete in the spring of 2023, include:
- Appropriate sport uses and layout
- Appropriate active recreation uses and business modeling
- Appropriate passive recreation use, i.e. type and location of benches, wayfinding, placemaking/public art, and other furnishings, etc.
- Constraints such as Plat or Deed restrictions
- Interpretive and cultural opportunities
- Circulation (pedestrian, non-motorized vehicles, automobiles, service vehicles)
- Vehicle access and internal circulation
- Complete creek and stormwater water quality improvements
- Forestry, native plants, water conservation, and green improvements
- Suburban wildlife habitat restoration
- Recognizes current park rules of use and enforcement, and brings forward any new identified needs
- Identification of partnership opportunities i.e. local organizations, clubs, businesses, civic entities, adjacent landowners, etc.
- Community volunteer opportunities
- Special event opportunities
- Revenue opportunities
- Public/private partnership opportunities
The master plan process will engage the public in a series of conceptual design meetings, onsite experiential tours and focus groups. Public meeting information and community surveys will be posted here.
Thursday, June 16, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
More than 100 community members joined us at Coleman Community Park where they learned more about this exciting park design and development project and shared their ideas. This was the first in a series of at least three planned community forums that will help inform the park’s master plan.
The project involves three vision areas:
- Creating an active sports hub
- Integrating Sand Creek and nature
- Community park amenities
June 16 Coleman Park Community Forum #1 Boards
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Sports Organizations Survey
A major aspect of this plan is to understand the current uses and future demand for athletic fields and sports courts in the city, and specifically this area of town, by sports organizations in the community.
Survey is now closed.
The master plan is funded thanks to voter approval of ballot issue 2B in the Nov. 2019 election, which allowed the City to retain $7 million in excess 2018 TABOR revenue for predetermined Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services projects citywide. The total cost of the Coleman Community Park master plan is $247,000. For more information on 2B and how funds have been spent, visit ColoradoSprings.gov/2B.