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The University Park Open Space Management Plan was adopted by the Park and Recreation Advisory Board on March 10, 2016.  We thank the public for their valued input and participation in the public process.

View the approved University Park Open Space Management Plan

Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services department is proudly partnered with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in order to promote environmental stewardship and safeguard the natural, cultural, and historical resources that make Colorado Springs such a fantastic place to live and visit. Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles to help keep our parks, trails, and open spaces healthy and sustainable. Learn more at lnt.org

Plan ahead and prepare. Be prepared! Remember food and water, and clothes to protect you from cold, heat, and rain. Bring a leash for your pet and plastic bags to pick up your pet’s waste. Plan to pack out all of the trash you generate, including food and pet waste. 
Travel on durable surfaces. Walk and ride on designated trails to protect fragile trailside plants and eliminate the creation of unsustainable “rogue” trails. Avoid unsafe or sensitive areas in the park such as cliff edges and water sources.
Dispose of waste properly. Pack it in, pack it out. Put litter–even crumbs, peels, and cores–in garbage bags and dispose of at the trailhead. Use bathrooms or portalets prior to your hike or ride. Use a plastic bag to pack out your pet’s poop to a garbage can.
Leave what you find. Leave plants, rocks, and historical or archeological items as you find them so others can enjoy them. Treat living plants with respect. Carving, hacking or peeling plants may kill them. Take pictures to share your adventure!
Be careful with fire. Wildfires don’t have an off season. Fires, charcoal grilling, and smoking are prohibited at University Park. Do your part and help us protect this area from wildfires.
Respect wildlife. Observe wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed, or follow them. Human food is unhealthy for all wildlife and feeding them starts bad habits. Have a “zoom meeting” with wildlife by using the zoom on your camera!
Be considerate of others. Be considerate when passing others on the trail. Keep your pet under control to protect it, other visitors, and wildlife. Avoid making loud noises or yelling. Be sure the fun you have at the open space doesn’t bother anyone else. Remember, other visitors are here to enjoy the outdoors too.