Acacia Park Playground Renovation

Construction

Overview

Construction on a new play area in Acacia Park begins May 2, 2022, and the existing playground equipment will be removed and replaced. The play area is expected to reopen Labor Day weekend, weather and construction dependent. Uncle Wilber Fountain will remain open during construction.  

The new play area will complement the summer fun and bright colors of the beloved Uncle Wilber Fountain. It will be built in the same location as the existing playground, expanding north of the fountain. New trees and water-wise plants will also be added to the area.  

The new playground equipment includes a unique Ninja Warrior-like climbing structure offering endless routes for imaginative play and adventure, plus a tot lot with rubberized climbing features, slide and spinner. 

History

Acacia Park was donated to the City of Colorado Springs in 1871 by its founder General William Jackson Palmer. It is the City’s first park. The new play area is a recommendation from the Downtown Historic Parks master planA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property., which had a robust public participation process. 

 

 

Funding

The cost of the new play area is $900,000. Funding sources include $300,000 from the El Pomar Foundation and $600,000 from voter-approved 2B, a program that includes park improvements citywide. Voters approved ballot issue 2B in the November 2019 election, which allowed the City to keep $7 million in excess 2018 Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) revenue for specified park projects that would have otherwise been refunded to Colorado Springs taxpayers. 




 

 

Playground Renderings

Construction Progress as of June 13, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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