Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

COVID-19 | Responsible Use of Parks PSA

COVID-19 Response

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Administration Building and the Sports Office reopened to the public on June 1, 2020. 

Members of the public entering the above-listed city facilities will be required to undergo temperature and symptom checks as well as to wear a mask if they are medically able. Masks will be available for those who do not have one. Employees in this building are subject to the same entrance procedures.

Parks, trails and open spaces are open per the governor’s Safer-at-Home orderHowever, this does not mean you should use these spaces as you normally would. If you choose to participate in responsible outdoor recreation, please adhere to the following at all times:

  • Playgrounds and pavilions are closed. These areas are considered high risk for increasing transmission. The Manitou Incline is also closed.
  • No group activities or recreation with people outside of your residence. Outdoor sport courts and skate parks remain open for individual use only.
  • Refrain from touching shared surfaces, including sports equipment.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Do not use parks, trails and open spaces if you are exhibiting symptoms. If you or your children are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to stay home when sick.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails. Bring hand sanitizer with you to clean your hands if soap and water are not available.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other parties at all times. How far is six feet? It’s about the same distance as a pair of adult skis. Know what this looks like and practice it. In many cases, especially on trails, this may mean creating a single-file line. If this is not possible, find an alternate location or depart that space.
  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence before you pass, and step aside to let others pass. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Users may find public restrooms closed. Be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
  • Bring water or drinks. Public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trace, take everything out to protect park workers.

Community Centers are open only for summer camps and food distribution service with public health modifications in place. Physical parks offices are closed to the public, but employees continue to conduct City business remotely and in the field.

Want to know if you should visit your favorite park today? Based on two daily visual inspections, park rangers are noting the volume of visitors at nine of our most popular City parks to let you know if there is low, moderate or high traffic. If the park is experiencing high traffic, check out a different spot, or perhaps opt to get some fresh air in your neighborhood that day. Generally, these popular parks and trails are least busy early in the morning or later in the day. This data is available at Thank you for doing your part to reduce the strain on our favorite places. We are all in this together.

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Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services


Phone: (719) 385-5940
Fax: (719) 385-6599
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1401 Recreation Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

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