Final Plan Submitted to Parks Advisory Board
The master plan was presented to the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board April 12, during which board members recommended changes to the plan. Those changes include:
- Eliminating specific roadside pullout removal recommendations and adding criteria for keeping or removing pullouts.
- Clarifying that some items will not be included in the master plan at this time, including the initiation of a park shuttle to reduce private vehicles in the park, park entrance realignment, and progressive traffic control options. These items may be added later after additional public participation and board approval.
Some highlights of the North Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan:
- 350+ residents participated in the drafting of the plan
- The park will expand from 19 to 35 miles of trails
- New interpretive programs will be offered
- Recommendation of improved parking and additional trailheads
- Recommendation to hire additional seasonal employees
Our Mountain Park Needs You!
The City's historic mountain park is set to get lots of attention over the next eight months as the City's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department teams up with community residents to develop an updated Master and Management Plan for the popular North Cheyenne Cañon Park.
The Master and Management Plan will focus on a little over 1,855 acres of land, including the core of the park property as well as the adjacent Cresta and Stratton Forest Open Spaces. Additionally, the plan will encompass the property added to the park from the recent land exchange with the Broadmoor. The plan will also focus on trail connections between the park and the adjacent open space properties, including Stratton and Stratton Preserve Open Spaces. (see map)
The existing North Cheyenne Cañon Park master plan was developed in 1999. Since that time, park use has significantly increased and recreational needs have expanded and changed, creating impacts on the natural resources of the park.
What is a Master and Management Plan?
The Master and Management Plan will guide use and management of the park for the next 10 to 15 years. It will create a shared community view of what the park is and should be by identifying current and future needs. The plan will provide a framework to accommodate a variety of recreational uses while also taking care of the land, its history, and its natural environment.
The City has retained Tapis Associates to lead the team of consultants who will work with the community to develop the Master and Management Plan.
The process offers lots of opportunities for you to have your say about the future of this wonderful park.
At the meetings, participants will get valuable information about the park and provide equally valuable insights back to the City and consultant team about the park's needs and what should be done to meet them. People who attend the meetings will help guide master plan decisions.
Changes to the Master Plan Meeting Schedule
In order to increase convenience to the public and to maximize coordination of City of Colorado Springs’ projects related to North Cheyenne Cañon Park, the Park Master and Management Plan community meeting schedule is being adjusted.
Schedule adjustments include:
- Change of the January 25th meeting to a 6 to 8 p.m. community workshop at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road (previously scheduled on that date as an open house from 5 to 7 p.m.);
Addition of a 6 p.m. Feb. 1 community workshop in the Kiva Room at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road.
Change in time for the March 6th open house. The meeting will now take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Kiva Room at Cheyenne Mountain High School. We will review the draft master plan.
The City Public Works Department is beginning a project to improve vehicular safety and bridge structural and flood capacity within the Cañon.
The schedule adjustments listed above allow the Public Works project team to contribute planning level data and analysis of roadways, traffic, and bridges during the Master Plan alternatives development. Park master plan alternatives will be reviewed with the community at the January 25 community workshop.
Meeting Notes and Materials
Draft Plan Review
February 1 Community Meeting
- Power Pt. presentation
- Response summary
- Interpretive program response form
- Interpretive program verbatim responses
- Small group trail system responses
- Small group trail maps 1-28
January 25 Community Meeting
- Agenda and givens
- Master Plan issue list
- Master Plan guiding principals
- Management toolbox handout
- Park use and circulation handout
- Small group instructions
- Small group response form
- Group response summary
- Management toolbox small group categorized responses
- Park use and circulation alternatives small group verbatim responses
October 17 Community Meeting
September 19 Community Meeting
- Agenda and givens
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Small group instructions
- Preliminary issues list
- Draft Guiding Principles
- Verbatim small group responses
- Verbatim individual responses
- Categorized individual responses
Note: The Master Plan for North Cheyenne Cañon Park and the planning effort that is underway for the Strawberry Hill property are two separate projects. If you would like more information about the Strawberry Hill plan, please visit this website: www.strawberryhillmasterplan.com.