New recreational amenities complete near Patty Jewett neighborhood

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The city’s newest play area – Patty Jewett Junction – was celebrated by local leaders during a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday. The 2,000-square foot play area, located at the intersection of Columbia and North Corona streets next to Shooks Run Trail, features two play structures for children ages 2-5 and 5-12, respectively. Various play features pay homage to both the area’s railroad history and Patty Jewett’s distinguished rose garden.

The total project cost was $90,000, of which $40,000 was fundraised by neighbors and $50,000 was provided by the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) sales tax.

Officials also recognized the completion of recent improvements to Shooks Run Trail, which is part of Legacy Loop, an approximately 10-mile loop around downtown Colorado Springs defined by the Pikes Peak Greenway on the west and south, the Shooks Run trail on the east, and the Rock Island Corridor to the north.

The recent trail renovation removed and replaced existing asphalt with concrete from Columbia to Uintah streets, about a quarter mile distance, along the Shooks Run Trail corridor. The new section of concrete trail is 10-feet wide with a 2-foot gravel running path on one side of the trail. The project also added four new, ADA-compliant pedestrian ramps.

These improvements were funded by voter-approved 2B, which allowed the City to retain $7 million in excess 2018 TABOR revenue for specific park projects. 2B-funded trail improvements are also planned for the Homestead, Palmer-Mesa and Sand Creek trails later this year.

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