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Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

About the Project

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is pleased to present the approved and adopted Austin Bluffs Open Space Master and Management Plan. The master and management plan were formally adopted by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board on June 11, 2020. The master and management plan is a guiding document for the next 10-15 years for the sustainable development of recreational opportunities in the open space as well as guidance for appropriate management of the natural and cultural resources. Implementation is dependent upon funding.

Trailhead Improvements

As a recommendation of the Master and Management Plan, formalization of the Austin Bluffs Open Space south trailhead is underway. This project includes the first phase of the parking lot improvements to accommodate a gravel parking lot for approximately 55 vehicles, a new kiosk, signage and formal access to the open space which will improve the parking efficiency, user experience and safety.

The final trailhead will include a paved parking lot with a total of 100 parking stalls, trailhead plaza and drainage improvements. Final implementation is subject to available funding.

The current lot will temporarily close during construction. Weather dependent, the parking lot will be opened to the public by the end of February with the remaining work wrapping up at the trailhead by April.

Please note that a portion of the Austin Bluffs Regional Trail will be closed during this project due to construction activity. The North Austin Bluffs Open Space/North Pulpit Rock Trailhead located at 6411 N. Nevada Ave. will remain open and available to the public during this time.