Two master plans approved at Parks Advisory Board meeting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board voted to approve two masters plans at its regular meeting on May 10.

Strawberry Hill Master Plan

The parks board voted unanimously to adopt the Strawberry Hill Master Plan.

Public input over the past 2 ½ years helped shape the numerous terms and conditions that ensure continued public access to a new trail network to be built over the next five years and all but the 8.5 acre Building Envelope that will be developed for a picnic facility and small stable area. The Broadmoor will construct the trails and facilities and will be responsible for maintaining the property in accordance with a conservation easement held by The Palmer Land Trust.  

Construction on the Strawberry Hill property, phase 1 of the plan and the creation of an erosion control plan will not commence until the completion of the current legal case that has been submitted to the Colorado Supreme Court. Visit www.StrawberryHillMasterPlan.com for more information. 

North Cheyenne Cañon Park Master Plan

The new master and management plan for North Cheyenne Cañon Park has been approved by the parks board by a 6-3 vote.  The plan 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 Master Plan:

  • •350+ residents participated in the drafting of the plan
  • The park will expand from 19 to 35 miles of trails
  • New interpretive programs will be offered
  • Recommendation of improved parking and additional trailheads
  • Criteria for keeping or removing pullouts
  • Recommendation to hire additional seasonal employees 

The plan was drafted using public feedback gathered online and during several workshops over the past nine months.  It focuses on approximately 1,855 acres of land, including the core park property, as well as the adjacent Cresta and Stratton Forest Open Spaces. 

Trail building begins Saturday, June 16 with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (http://www.voc.org) scheduled to coordinate work on the Buffalo Canyon Trail at Helen Hunt Falls. Additional projects are planned for this summer. 

Visit North Cheyenne Canyon MasterPlan for more information.