Opportunity for Public Comment on Improvements Affecting Garden of the Gods Park

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If you have concerns or comments, please contact Robin Allen, Project Manager, before August 31, 2019, at: roallen@springsgov.com

The City of Colorado Springs is proposing transportation, safety, and water quality improvements to 30th St from Mesa Rd to Fontanero St that will include a portion of Garden of the Gods Park (Park). Improvements that affect the Park and Foothills Trail include the following:

  • Gateway Road Roundabout and Vista Point―A Roundabout at Gateway and 30th St will reduce traffic congestion for visitors entering and leaving Garden of the Gods Park, and improve safety and access for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. The Park entrance sign will be relocated to a vista point, with dedicated short-term parking adjacent to 30th St.
    • ​Park impacts: The Roundabout will impact approximately 0.6 acres of the Park. The proposed Vista Point would not impact Park resources.
  • Foothills Trail Underpass at Gateway Road―The proposed Gateway Road trail underpass provides a 12-foot high clearance, with connections to Foothills Trail.  
    • Park impacts: The trail underpass/box structure will be located under the Gateway Rd Park entrance corridor.   
  • Water Quality Pond―The City is planning a curb and gutter drainage system along 30th St, to capture and treat currently uncontrolled stormwater runoff into the Park. Underground storm pipes will direct stormwater into a water quality pond within the Park near Chambers Way and 31st St. 
    • Park impacts: The underground storm pipe will disturb 0.9 acres of the Park, parallel the west side of Foothills Trail, and temporarily disturb the trail during construction at four crossings. The water quality pond will impact approximately 2-acres within the Park. 

Due to federal construction funding sources, the City is coordinating with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for regulatory compliance, including a law known as Section 4(f). FHWA is anticipating a determination that the roadway improvements meet the definition of a de minimis impact, as defined in 23 CFR 774.17(5). A de minimis finding may be made when uses of Section 4(f) land will have no adverse effect on the protected resources.

Please visit the City website for additional information on our 30th Street project page.

If you have concerns or comments, please contact Robin Allen, Project Manager, before August 31, 2019, at: roallen@springsgov.com