On Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Department hosted a Motorless Morning in Garden of the Gods Park.
This pilot event eliminated motor vehicle access within the park from 5-10 a.m., reopening to motor vehicles at 10 a.m.
As always, the park will remain free and open to the public and all park rules and regulations will be in effect. Please refer to the following links for park and trail information:
- Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N 30th St
- Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3105 Gateway Rd
- Garden of the Gods Trading Post, 324 Beckers Ln
Mobility Concerns and Accomodations
Access to the park is being provided for all, including designated parking for persons with disabilities. All park visitors will have access to accessible routes into and throughout the park. Also, a drop-off zone will be designated next to the park’s main entrance sign northwest of the intersection of 30th Street and Gateway Road. Visitors may then immediately access Gateway Road from the drop-off location and enter the park via Gateway Road. As always, the City will permit the use of other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD) within the park throughout the event. View the City’s OPDMD policy. The City will also consider any other reasonable accommodation requests.
All entrances will be closed with staff at each location should there be a need to unlock the gate for emergency access during the event.
What is the purpose of this event?
The event is part of a series of Earth Day activities planned at Garden of the Gods Park April 21-22. It will allow park visitors to celebrate Earth Day by enjoying the natural sights and sounds within the park without vehicle noise. This idea was one of many proposed during a recent open house held to discuss results of the Garden of the Gods Transportation Study. Feedback from those in attendance was positive regarding a car-free period within the Garden. Similar events have taken place across the country.
“After receiving feedback via email and during a March 12 open house focused on the transportation study, we think the time is right to try an event like this at Garden of the Gods Park,” said Kim King, parks administration manager. “While we believe Earth Day’s Motorless Morning will provide a truly unique and positive experience for visitors, we certainly want to emphasize that this is a pilot program, and we will look closely at survey feedback following the event.”
Let us know how it goes. We want your feedback!
On the day of the event, text your zip code to 719-249-7312 to take a short survey.