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Alternative Designs to Improve Camp Creek Drainage to be Unveiled at February 25 Community Meeting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Three possible design solutions will be presented to the community at an upcoming meeting focused on improvements to the Camp Creek drainage corridor. The community meeting has been scheduled for: 

Tuesday, Feb. 25

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Coronado High School Cafeteria

1590 W. Fillmore St.

This is the third in a series of community workshops held over the past four months to explore possible solutions to address the flooding and erosion issues in the drainage corridor. The corridor extends through the Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, along 31st Street through the Pleasant Valley neighborhood south to a confluence with Fountain Creek near U.S. Highway 24.

The City has hired local engineering firm Wilson & Company to head up a project team to study the corridor and work with the community to develop solutions that are both technically sound and responsive to community desires.

At the meeting, engineers from Wilson & Company and AMEC will review three alternative designs and will ask for responses to those designs from meeting attendees. The alternatives are based in part on the community’s responses to five design concepts presented at a Dec.12 meeting.

“If this corridor is important to you, I encourage you to attend the meeting. We’ve reviewed many ideas with the public but now we’re narrowing the choices. Our goal at the end of this meeting is to have a solid feel from the community about a preferred solution,” according to City Project Manager Mike Chaves.

It’s anticipated that emergency repairs will be made to the drainage channel prior to the 2014 flash flood season. The planning, final design and permitting of large-scale projects is estimated to take approximately 18 months before actual construction of larger projects can begin.

Improvements will be designed to protect public safety and private and public property throughout the corridor from flooding and erosion. Camp Creek originates in a large watershed that was severely burned during the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire.

Those interested in the Camp Creek project can find regular updates on the City’s website at or follow #CampCreek on Twitter.