Downtown on the rise with several revitalization projects
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, Downtown Partnership, Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Colorado Springs Urban Intervention will celebrate several improvements in and around Acacia Park in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs this week. Join Mayor Steve Bach and partners at the northeast corner of Acacia Park TODAY, Wednesday, June 5 at 2 p.m. to celebrate these exciting projects.
Tejon Street LED lighting:
Streetlights along Tejon Street between Colorado Avenue and Boulder Street and in Acacia Park have been upgraded with new energy efficient LED fixtures. The new brighter and whiter LEDs will save the City in electricity and maintenance costs, as well as enhance the capabilities of the downtown security cameras and increase park safety. By early this fall, LEDs will be installed to both sides of Tejon Street from Boulder Street to Cache la Poudre, enhancing pedestrian safety for those traveling to and from Colorado College and the core downtown. The project is funded by the Federal Energy Savings Grant and the City of Colorado Springs Parking Enterprise.
Downtown Visitors Hub
The Acacia Park Visitor Hub is a new endeavor to provide pedestrian access to visitors and residents. The Visitors Hub is a pilot program for this summer put on by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau and Downtown Partnership. Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Hub is staffed with seasonal employees and volunteers who are knowledgeable about area attractions, local venues, restaurants, and more.
Curbside Cuisine is a result of a partnership toward improving the urban environment between the YMCA and Colorado Springs Urban Intervention. With the assistance of the City and several enthusiastic entrepreneurial chefs and small business owners, Curbside Cuisine offers a unique experience with multiple food options in Downtown Colorado Springs. CSUI, a fund through the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, seeks to improve Colorado Springs through innovation and low cost improvements such as taking a dilapidated and abandoned gas station and making it a vibrant place that activates the Acacia Park area. The experience has been a great testament how the City of Colorado Springs can foster small business start-ups, while providing a unique place that attracts Young Professionals.
Acacia Park Parking Meter Fundraiser:
The Parking Enterprise has teamed up with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to raise funds to benefit Acacia Park. The Parking Enterprise will donate a portion of the revenues generated at the parking meters immediately surrounding the park to the DDA. All revenue above the average revenue generated during the previous two years will be donated to the DDA. The funding will be used to benefit Acacia Park events and park improvements.
All of the meters around Acacia Park have been outfitted with a brightly colored pole sleeve. Visitors to downtown are encouraged to park at one of these meters to help support Acacia Park.
Nevada Avenue Medians:
The medians in Nevada Avenue from Cucharras Street to Bijou Street are nearing completion. These medians, which are part of the Downtown Streetscape Project, were constructed to improve traffic flow, provide a safer crossing for pedestrians and make downtown a more attractive and vibrant place for visitors and businesses. The Downtown Streetscape project is funded by the Parking Enterprise funds. No tax payer dollars were used.