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Blodgett Peak Open Space Restoration Work Underway
Monday, June 24, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- One year after the June 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services is working to restore Blodgett Peak Open Space with the goal of reopening the park by summer’s end.

Beginning this month and continuing for 12 weeks, City Parks and U.S. Forest Service crews will work with the Mile High Youth Corp to restore trails, remove hazardous trees and rehabilitate open spaces. The project is focused on three areas: 1) building new trails to control erosion; 2) re-establishing old trails to ensure hiker safety and protect the fragile landscape; and 3) cleaning up invasive vegetation that has grown in the Burn Scar. Rocky Mountain Field Institute has assisted in restoring drainage areas and minimizing erosion.

The work is being funded by grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and Pikes Peak Community Foundation, representing a total of $75,000. Additionally, McCloskey Motors raised funds from Colorado Springs residents that paid for mitigation supplies and native seeds used for reseeding. 

Media Note: Crews are working daily and there are several interview opportunities and great footage of the contrasting landscape with healthy vegetation bordering the Burn Scar. For more information and to schedule interviews, contact Scott Abbott, Supervisor for Regional Parks, Trails and Open Space, at (719) 491-4747.