Flooding and erosion work near Rock Ledge Ranch nears completion

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We are wrapping up work at the south end of Rock Ledge Ranch as part of our long-term efforts to protect the Garden of the Gods Park and downstream communities from flooding. Stabilizing the channel that runs through the Ranch was necessary to protect the Rock Ledge Chapel and Chamber Street, reduce trail erosion, and minimize washouts in the area. Crews will now complete some additional channel stabilization work in the space between the chapel and Gateway Road. 

Work on the channel necessitated realigning the Foothills Trail near Rock Ledge Ranch and relocating the pedestrian bridge along the trail that spans Camp Creek to accommodate improvements.

The upgrades to the channel near Rock Ledge Ranch, Chambers Way, and North 31st Street complement the area using natural materials. Large boulders and vegetation are more attractive than traditional construction and help to maintain the character of the area. These organic materials also serve to mitigate erosion and improve wildlife habitat along the creek. 

This project is part of the more expansive Camp Creek Drainage Improvement Project to protect the Garden of the Gods Park and downstream communities. The creek bed and banks have been rapidly eroding since the 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire fire, and heavy runoff in the spring of 2015 sped up deterioration along the creek. These conditions threaten improvements and decrease flood-carrying capacity. 

Update on flood mitigation facility at the north end of Garden of the Gods Park

Work continues at the northeastern end of Garden of the Gods Park to construct a flood mitigation facility will be complete by the end of March, weather permitting.

Several areas along Camp Creek are still at risk for flash flooding and construction of the flood mitigation facility to support previous downstream channel stabilizations efforts and allow us to continue to make significant headway in our ongoing recovery efforts following the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012. After construction of the detention facility is complete, it is expected that about 110 properties along the 31st Street corridor can be removed from the FEMA regulatory floodplain. 

To preserve the park’s iconic view, nearly all of the facility will be covered with soil and planted with native grasses and shrubs similar to the existing vegetation on the site.

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