A collaborative effort between the Colorado Springs Police Department and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department, with input from residents and the Hillside Advisory Team (HAT), developed a list of concerns and suggestions to improve safety at Memorial Park. The information from the Hillside Advisory Team identified their top three problems, lighting, vandalism, and criminal activity. The grant has three goals to address safety concerns in Memorial Park.
- Secure the park from vehicle traffic during closed night-time hours
Securing Memorial Park from vehicle traffic during established night-time closed hours by installing 19 gates (16 steel and three cable wire) at park access points.
- Establishing 24-hour video surveillance around Memorial Park and Sertich Ice Center
Installing ten wireless theft and vandalism-resistant security cameras at strategic points near the Memorial Skatepark and Sertich Ice Center.
- Improve lighting throughout Memorial Park
Increasing visibility throughout Memorial Park by installing 181 new or improved lights on roadways, parking lots, and walkways.
Memorial Park gate locations
The Colorado Springs Police Department received $1,726,331 from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance, SB22-01 – Crime Prevention Through Safer Streets. The grant will fund the Memorial Park Safety Improvements Project. The project will employ Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CEPTD) principles to improve safety at Memorial Park.