We hope that you, like us, are as excited about The Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s Summer Symphony Series, which begins next Wednesday, June 26 in Mountain Shadows Park at 6 p.m. with the Colorado Springs Together concert to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the Waldo Canyon Fire:

…Colorado Springs Together features the Flying W [...]

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One of two measures Colorado Springs voters will decide in April’s election would allow the city to spend more money on park maintenance from TOPS, a fund that uses a 0.1% sales tax to buy land for outdoor recreation. The city has a big backlog of park maintenance and construction projects, but as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, one park advocacy group says this measure isn’t a great solution.

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Jerri Marr supervises the Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Comanche National Grassland, and became a fixture at press conferences during the Waldo Canyon Fire. The United States Forest Service profiles her on its home page.

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Friends of Garden of the Gods has donated $20,000 to help keep water flowing freely through the park.

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Colorado voters could see up to five ballot questions this fall. Several groups are still gathering signatures in the final days before Monday’s August 6th deadline…Archeologists at Mesa Verde National Park say a crack is threatening the southern half of the park’s largest and most famous cliff dwelling.

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Fire officials announced last night that the Waldo Canyon Fire was 100% contained, but authorities say its still possible for people to see smoke…and, Colorado officials and an independent fundraising foundation are asking for public input on a proposal to pursue corporate sponsorships to help fund state parks.

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Due to the Waldo Canyon Fire, the following has been

CLOSED:

Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Garden of the Gods Park
Palmer Park
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Pikes Peak Highway and High Drive
Wilson Ranch Pool
Garden of the Gods Visitor’s Center
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
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In the third and final part of our series of the history of Colorado Springs’ most-used park, Judith Rice-Jones unveils the history of Monument Valley Park following the devastating Memorial Day flood of 1935 and the opportunities that exist for bettering the amenity. If you missed Part I and II of this series, you [...]

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After weeks of sitting on the legislative calendar a bill to allow civil unions is on the move again. It cleared the senate appropriations committee today on a party line vote. The next stop is a full debate on the senate floor.

Colorado Springs is getting a new director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural [...]

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Areas like Red Rock Canyon Open Space & Stratton Open Space contribute immeasurably to the quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region. They also play a role in attracting both individuals and businesses to the area. There’s now a growing trend for communities across the country to quantify those values. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer [...]

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In this, our second installment of our series of the history of Colorado Springs’ most-used park, Judith Rice-Jones unveils the history of Monument Valley Park prior to the devastating Memorial Day flood of 1935. If you missed Part I of this series, you may view it HERE. More to come in the following weeks!
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Local historian Judith Rice-Jones takes us on a brief history tour of the early days of parks in Colorado Springs.

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Colorado Springs historian, Judith Rice-Jones, guides us through the early days of Colorado Springs and William Jackson Palmer’s vision of Monument Valley Park. Rice-Jones takes us from Pike’s impressions of the region up to Palmer’s dream for the 2-mile linear park running through the center of Colorado Springs. This is the first part in our [...]

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As winter releases its hold on the region and gives way to warmer temperatures and the green leaves of spring, we thought it an appropriate time to visit the topic of Parks and Open Space.

You can hear listen to the full show here, or download by right-clicking this link.

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(All photographs by Michael Myers except where indicated in the captions)

We in El Paso County have lots of incredible open space and, thanks to TOPS and the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC), it may be our greatest treasure and our most enduring legacy. Red Rock Canyon and [...]

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A Tale of Two Dog Parks

On January 25, 2012 By

We weren’t quite sure whether “The Terminator Theme” or “Yakety Sax” would best accompany this slide show of images from the Bear Creek Dog Park, so we went with both.

Public menace, or….

Clown College?

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Colorado Democratic lawmakers revealed their first bill for the upcoming legislative session today…and, the federal government is considering moving bison captured outside Yellowstone National Park to public lands in Colorado, South Dakota and elsewhere in part to prevent an annual slaughter of the animals.

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We visited the The Fountain Creek Nature Center again last week (we were there at roughly the same time last year) and were struck once again by what a spectacular place it is on any given day of the year, packed with visual treasures.

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Cheyenne Mountain State Park played host to this past weekend’s Cheyenne Mountain Explosion professional mountain bike race, but the park also has its fair share of beginning and intermediate rides on well-maintained forest trails that offer fantastic up-close views of Pikes Peak granite on the south face of Cheyenne Mountain, which, [...]

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Spring Sign

On March 21, 2011 By

A few signs of Spring—along with the leftover bones of winter—revealed themselves among the rocks and red cedars in the gullies just north of Garden of the Gods this past weekend as the season made its official debut. Off the tourist path, the smaller treasures that surround Garden of the Gods are often its [...]

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Remembering Fred Schumm

On December 27, 2010 By

Last week, we learned of the recent passing of Fred Schumm, whom we had the great good fortune of interviewing earlier this year, at his home in Cherry Hills, NJ . Schumm, a Springs native, conceived of and built marvelously artful and one-of-a-kind playground sculptures for the parks in Colorado Springs.

Following World War [...]

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Stratton's Streetcars

On November 23, 2010 By

In this slide show of images from the Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Photography Archive with text by Marshall Sprague from his history of the region, “Newport in the Rockies” (read by Craig Richardson), we hope you’ll catch a glimpse of Colorado Springs’ former public transportation glory as it was funded by millionaire gold king Winfield Scott Stratton.

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An early (and lighthearted) documentarian of life in Old Colorado City in the early 20th Century, Ira Current was born in Colorado Springs October 30, 1910. He developed a keen interest in photography when he was 16 years old which would soon lead him to a job with Stewart Brothers photo finishing in Colorado Springs. In 1928, shortly after his graduation from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer High School) he used the salary he earned at Stewart’s ($5 a week) to purchase a Cine Kodak, the first amateur film camera produced, for $25, a tripod for $25 and two hundred feet of film for $5 and produced his first film, “Four Wheels”, a chronicle of soap box style races, inspired by the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, near the Garden of the Gods.

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