COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Garden of the Gods Trading Post announced today that the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department will receive $100,000 each year from 2019 to 2029, for a gift totaling $1 million. The donation, which honors the Trading Post’s Centennial Celebration in 2029, will be gifted through the Garden of the Gods Foundation for the parks department to use for facility improvements within Garden of the Gods Park.
The announcement was made during Friday’s Garden of the Gods Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
“We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from our partners at the Trading Post,” said Karen Palus, parks director. “This is a wonderful collaboration between the Trading Post, the Foundation and the City, and a great example of community organizations working together toward a common goal; in this case, sustaining the natural beauty of Garden of the Gods Park.”
The oldest continually operating gift shop and gallery in Colorado, the Trading Post has operated in its present manifestation since 1929 when it was founded by Charles E. Strausenback. True to its roots, the Trading Post continues to be an integral part of the area’s history and serves as a popular tourist destination.
"Over the years, the Trading Post has contributed to many initiatives to support Garden of the Gods Park through the parks department, Friends of Garden of the Gods, the Garden of the Gods Foundation, and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute,” said Tim Haas, president of TAT Enterprises, Inc., which owns the Trading Post. “We are very excited about this most recent collaboration with the foundation, which will greatly increase our level of commitment over the next 10 years to help preserve and maintain this wonderful treasure."
Created in 1994, the Garden of the Gods Foundation works to improve the quality of Garden of the Gods Park by gathering resources and distributing grants that enhance and protect the park. The foundation, which owns and operates the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, is a 501(c)(3) organization.
“The Garden of the Gods Foundation is pleased to have our partner and friend, The Garden of the Gods Trading Post, join us in a long-term commitment to preserve and maintain the Garden of the Gods Park,” said Jan Martin, president of the Garden of the Gods Foundation. “With the generous funding provided by the Garden of the Gods Trading Post we will be able to add additional projects to our annual contribution to the parks department to enhance and protect this registered National Natural Landmark.”