Garden of the Gods Restroom Facilities Improvements Plan

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About the Project

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Conceptual design of new restrooms.

Conceptual design of new restrooms.

The Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Service is advancing the construction of Phase A of the Garden of the Gods Facility Improvement Project. This will include the demolition and removal of the existing restroom building location and kiosk at the North Main Parking Lot (parking lot 2). The building will be replaced with a new larger facility in approximately the same location.  

Phase A of the new facility improvements will include:

  • Nature-based, architectural styling to aesthetically blend the building into the natural environment.
  • Increased capacity of lavatories – 1 family/unisex restroom, 5 men’ room lavatories, and 7 women’s lavatories. (the original building contained 2 men’s and 2 women’s lavatories)
  • Fully plumbed restroom facility
  • Drinking water and water bottle filling station
  • New roof deck for elevated views of the Garden of the Gods rock formations
  • Enhanced gathering plaza
  • Improved accessibility
  • Improved park interpretation

Project Schedule

April – July 2019. Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm, weather dependent. Park Visitors may experience intermittent closures or delays for the Perkins Trail which leaves the North Main Parking Lot and heads south to the Central Garden.  

Project Costs

$1.2 million, funded by The Garden of the Gods Foundation, Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) and Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART).

Current Facilities

The current facilities include one year-round building located at the Main Parking Lot for the Central Garden where the majority of traffic occurs. Built in 1995, the restroom facility comprises of a women’s restroom with 2 toilets and a men’s restroom containing 1 toilet and 1 urinal.

The secondary restroom facility is seasonally available from May 15 until Oct 15 at the Scotsman Picnic Area and provides a women’s restroom containing 2 toilets and a men’s restroom containing 1 toilet and 1 urinal.

While there are no additional restroom facilities available within the park, there are other restroom facilities outside of the park located at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center and at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

Public Process

The City of Colorado Springs contracted with the local firm of RTA Architects to create the Facilities Improvement Plan focusing on the location of restroom facilities as well as the architectural design. RTA and the City sought input and feedback from the public to help inform the improvement plan through the following public engagement process:

Phase 1:  Preliminary Site Plan Development Input

City of Colorado Springs, Parks, Recreational and Cultural Services Staff Meeting
 
Project Stakeholders Meetings (Sept. 19 and Sept. 21, 2017)
Community Public Meeting (5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Garden of the Gods Trading Post)
Second Community Public Meeting (5-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center)

Phase 2:  Concept Plan Review and Feedback

City of Colorado Springs, Parks, Recreational and Cultural Services Staff Meeting
 
Parks Advisory Board preliminary presentation (Nov. 9, 2017)

Project Stakeholders Meetings (Nov. 30, 2017)

Phase 3:  Final Design and Site Plan

City of Colorado Springs, Parks, Recreational and Cultural Services Staff Meeting
 
Community Public Meeting – Present site options for preferred location and architectural elements (Nov. 30, 2017)
Parks Advisory Board – Present final 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. (Dec. 14, 2017)
 
Parks Advisory Board - approval and adoption

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