Garden of the Gods Park to begin implementing after-hour gate closures Friday

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department will begin implementing an after-hour gate closure at the Ridge Road entrance to Garden of the Gods Park on Friday (Sept. 7). The gate will help administer the park’s official closure time and help prevent illegal, after-hour vehicular traffic and activity within the park. A private security team will enforce the closure.

The park is free and open to the public daily between the hours of 5 a.m.-10 p.m. from May 1-Oct. 31, and 5 a.m.-9 p.m. from Nov. 1-April 30.

Eight of the nine gates needed to fully gate the park have been installed. Following the installation of the final gate, located at the park’s main entrance on Gateway Road, full after-hour gate closures will be implemented. The anticipated timeline for closing all gates is mid-to-late September.

“As I said last month when we announced the installation of these gates, we strongly believe the installation and implementation of this gate system will benefit the long-term health and safety of Garden of the Gods Park,” said Kurt Schroeder, park maintenance and operations manager. “The community at large has been incredibly supportive of this decision, and we anticipate that overnight gating will have a lasting, positive influence on the park and the millions who visit it each year.”

The gates will also allow maintenance crews more flexibility in clearing the roadways following heavy snow activity and allow for closures during special events and emergency situations when evacuation would be deemed necessary. The gates will only be utilized outside of the park’s operational hours and during permitted special events and emergency situations.