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This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition has places for you to explore on opposite ends of El Paso County. Both have space for ample social distancing with a few other perks as well.


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Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition has a few ideas about parks to explore around the Pikes Peak Region. This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Davies shares two lesser-known spaces for rest and relaxation that will help you get away from the crowds and enjoy the outdoors.

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For wide trails and adventures in the Pikes Peak Region, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition has some suggestions for places to explore.

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Davies shares a few parks to visit to help avoid overcrowding and maintain social distancing while enjoying the outdoors.

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As parks, trails and nature centers continue to open to the public, local park officials still encourage visitors to avoid crowding popular spaces and continue social distancing. 

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition shares two easy trails with scenic views.

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As people plan summer adventures to enjoy the outdoors, it's important to continue maintaining social distancing guidelines and avoid overcrowded areas.

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition shares two shorter hikes with wooded views.

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As the weather heats up, we're wanting to enjoy the outdoors more and more--but we also need to continue following social distancing guidelines and avoid piling up at popular parks.

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition talks about two parks that will be a hit with the kids.


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As the weather heats up, we're wanting to enjoy the outdoors more and more--but we also need to maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid piling up at popular parks. This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition talks about two parks that could not be more different.

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As the weather heats up, we're wanting to enjoy the outdoors more and more, but we also need to maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid piling up at popular parks.

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition shares a place to relax near a pond and a space to see horseback riding skills in person.

A dirt trail surrounded by trees.
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As the state eases restrictions and summer comes into full view, we're wanting to get outside more and more--but we also need to avoid overcrowding popular spaces and maintain a safe distance from others.

That's why we're introducing a new weekly series called Nature's Neighborhood. Every week, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition will highlight some lesser known parks, trails and walking areas in the Pikes Peak region.

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As Colorado Springs and El Paso County move into a safer-at-home model in line with state guidelines that eases some novel coronavirus-related restrictions, community officials are urging people to practice social distancing when using shared greenspaces. 

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Colorado State Parks remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak, as park rangers and community members adapt to social distancing practices.

Jason Hagan, the senior ranger at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, said he's seen an  increase in weekday visitors in the past few weeks. While he said he doesn't have specific numbers, more guests visited the park than is normal for March.

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Following the devastation from Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) is beginning a two year public planning process to reimagine the future of the area. Last year, RMFI received a $45,000 State Trails Planning Grant to initiate the process.

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This Sunday morning, Garden of the Gods will once again be closed to vehicles. Motorless Morning is an opportunity for cyclists and pedestrians to take in the park without the sounds, commotion and worry of traffic. 

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On this weekend’s special episode of Wish We Were Here, we take a close look at all sides of the proposed Broadmoor land swap deal and the way that open space defines Colorado Springs as a city.

At the heart of deal lies a 189 acre undeveloped piece of parkland at the southwestern corner of the city called Strawberry Fields. It’s been the subject of more than a dozen public meetings, myriad news stories, a widely circulated petition, and a fierce debate on social media.

UPDATE: Colorado Springs City Council has voted 6-3 to approve the land swap with the Broadmoor. Stay tuned to KRCC in the coming days for more. 

Colorado Springs Land Swap Proposal Stirs Controversy

Mar 29, 2016
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In January, the Colorado Springs Parks Department unveiled a plan to trade city land to the Broadmoor in exchange for several pieces of property owned by the hotel. Heralded by proponents as an opportunity to expand upon and enhance the city's park system, the plan has garnered criticism from residents who want the most significant parcel, known as Strawberry Hill, to remain in the public's hands.

On any summer weekend, a visit to one of the Pikes Peak region's many open spaces proves just how popular and valuable Colorado Springs' natural recourses are. In last week's episode of The Big Something, Susan Davies, Executive Director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, and "Hiking" Bob Falcone, President of the Friends of Cheyenne Canyon sat down with Noel Black to discuss trail work, future projects, and what makes Colorado Springs' access to the outdoors so special. 

High Water Levels Prompt State Park Restrictions

Jun 18, 2015

Record-breaking rains leading to high water levels have prompted Colorado Parks and Wildlife to restrict access in some recreational areas. 

Boat ramps, shoreline access points and parking areas are limited at Lake Pueblo State Park. The department isn’t sure when they’ll reopen.

Near Lake George, the South Platte River is running usually high, resulting in the closure of Spinney Mountain State Park’s river access lot. The department is discouraging fishing along many areas of the river.

Voters in El Paso County are deciding whether or not to allow the county to keep excess revenue for the purpose of supporting parks and open space.

The Taxpayers Bill or Rights, or TABOR, stipulates any excess revenue should be returned to residents, unless voters approve a measure allowing the county to put it to other use.

Ballot issue 1A seeks to retain more than $2 million for specific projects including resurfacing tennis courts at Bear Creek Park, constructing a park in the Falcon area, and restoring trails in the Black Forest Regional Park. 

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It’s only for two weekends before closing for the season, but the South Slope Recreation Area on Pikes Peak is now open to the public.  The watershed is home to bighorn sheep, cutthroat trout, and several reservoirs built more than a century ago.  It’s been closed to the public since 1913.
 

Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte says the ecological character of the place meant they had to tread lightly when considering opening the area to the public.