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Forest Restoration Project in Full Swing for City Parks, Trails and Open Space
Wednesday, October 16, 2013


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The City’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services has obligated or encumbered $880,000 of the $1M in General Fund Supplemental Appropriations dedicated to forest restoration and fuel mitigation work for City Parks and Open Space properties. Future treatment projects are underway to commit the remaining $120,000 to areas such as North Cheyenne Cañon and Blodgett Peak Open Space.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services was also awarded a $140,000 cost share grant match from the Department of Natural Resources which will employ Mile High Youth Corps to perform work in Red Rock Cañon and Ute Valley Park Open Spaces. Parks will soon begin public meetings with Friends of Red Rock Cañon and Ute Valley Park organizations.

To date, approximately 140 acres of City Parks and Open Spaces have received restoration work (outlined below). Projects were prioritized based on fuels, vegetation and infrastructure and in response to citizen requests. 

Status of Forest Restoration Projects - October 2013

Name of Open Space or Park

Acres to be Treated

Acres Treated

To Date

Comments

Austin Bluffs

Open Space, Phase One

1.2

1.2

Volunteer Project

Forest Restoration

Oak Brush Fuels Management

Northgate Open Space

4.0

4.0

Oak Brush Fuels Mitigation

Broadmoor Bluffs Park

4.38

4.38

Oak Brush Fuels Mitigation

Quail Lake

5.7

5.7

Forest Restoration

Invasive Removals

Oak  Brush Fuels Mitigation

Winfield Scott

Open Space

3.6

1.5

Forest Restoration

Invasive Removals

Broadmoor Valley Park

4.6

4.6

Forest Restoration

Invasive Removals

Austin Bluffs

Open Space, Phase Two

118.9

61.7

Forest Restoration

Invasive Removals

Red Rock Canyon

 

77.3

0.0

Grant Funded

Forest Restoration

Oak Brush Fuels Mitigation

Invasive Removals

Ute Valley Park

23.2

0.0

Grant Funded

Forest Restoration

Oak Brush Fuels Mitigation

Invasive Removals

Cresta Open Space

11.7

11.7

Oak Brush Fuels Mitigation

Invasive Removals

Rock Ledge Ranch

3.5

3.5

Invasive Removals/Planting

Bear Creek

Water Storage Tank

4.0

4.0

Defensible Space - CSU Water Storage Tank

& Emergency Generator

(Joint Partners Project with CSU)

Bear Creek Drainage and Open Space

45.0

4.0

Forest Restoration

Oak Brush Fuels Mitigation

Palmer Park

4.0

4.0

Defensible Space Work near  2 Residences

Union Meadows

17.8

2.5

Forest Restoration

Woodstone Park

.0

6.0

Forest Restoration

Sinton Pond

4.3

1.2

Invasive Removals

Fishers Canyon Drainage

1.6

0.0

 

Pending: Invasive Removals

(Joint Partners Project with Streets / Planning)

Garden of the Gods

10.0

1.0

Invasive Removals

Oak Brush Thinning

North Cheyenne Canyon

n/a

Removed 15 large diameter hazard trees

Post Flood Hazard Tree Removals

Total

 

140.28 Acres

 

 

 Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services now manages:

  • 7 regional parks
  • 8 community parks
  • 136 neighborhood parks
  • 5 sports complexes
  • 105 miles of urban trails
  • 160 miles of park trails
  • 48 open space areas
  • 2 public golf courses
  • 2 public cemeteries
  • 187 Miles of Native Right of Way
  • 86 miles Native Medians
  • 158,000 Street Trees


There are now a combined total of over:

  • 700 acres of Community Parks
  • 500 acres of urban trails                
  • 12,400 acres of wildland (includes regional parks and open space)
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The City continues to manage and maintain our parks, trails and open spaces therefore enhancing the quality of life for our citizens and visitors.