Parks Advisory Board meeting includes two notable presentations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  During The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board on Thursday, April 12, two separate presentations will take place.

1) Presentation of New Master Plan for North Cheyenne Cañon Park

The plan was drafted using public feedback gathered online and during several community workshops.  It will guide use and management of the park for the next 10 to 15 years, providing a framework to accommodate a variety of recreational uses while also taking care of the land, its history and the natural environment.

Some highlights of the North Cheyenne Cañon Park Master Plan:

  • The park’s trail system will expand from 19 miles of trails to 35 miles of trails
  • 350+ residents participated in the drafting of the plan
  • New interpretive programs will be offered
  • Recommendation of improved parking and additional trailheads
  • Recommendation to hire additional seasonal employees

Following Thursday’s presentation and discussion, the Parks Advisory Board will vote on whether to adopt the plan at its next meeting on May 10.

The plan focuses on approximately 1,855 acres of land, including the core park property, as well as the adjacent Cresta and Stratton Forest Open Spaces. The latest draft is available for review at www.ColoradoSprings.gov/NCCmasterplan.

2) Strawberry Hill Master Plan Presentation

The Strawberry Hill Master Plan project team will present the plan to the parks board for discussion. The board serves as the approving body of all park zoning requests, including Strawberry Hill.

In a land exchange approved by the Colorado Springs City Council in May 2016, The Broadmoor obtained 182.14 acres in North Cheyenne Cañon, known as Strawberry Hill.  The city acquired 371 acres and a variety of strategic trail easements previously owned by the Broadmoor. Public input helped shape numerous terms and conditions that ensure public access to all but the 8.5 acre Building Envelope of The Broadmoor’s property at Strawberry Hill. Details about the proposed picnic pavilion and stables within the 8.5 acre Building Envelope as well as other specifics of the plan will be discussed.

The Parks Advisory Board will vote on whether to adopt the Strawberry Hill Master Plan on May 10. Visit www.StrawberryHillMasterPlan.com for more information.