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City to break ground on Mountain Shadows Park renovations
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Colorado Springs, CO – Please join the City of Colorado Springs for a groundbreaking ceremony at Mountain Shadows Park.

Date:  Saturday, June 21, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place: Mountain Shadows Park (Flying W Ranch Road, Colorado Springs)

Mayor Steve Bach will open the ceremony which will include remarks from:

  • Karen Palus, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
  • David Deitemeyer, Park Planner
  • Nora Gleditch, Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial Project
  • Eddie Hurt, Mountain Shadows Community Association

A groundbreaking ceremony with children from the Mountain Shadows community will conclude the event.

About the Mountain Shadows Park Renovation:

  • Nearly two years ago the Waldo Canyon Fire swept through Mountain Shadows community, resulting in the loss of 346 homes within the city limits of the City of Colorado Springs.
  • The Mountain Shadows community rallied together to help one another during and after the fire, and continue to persevere today.
  • The park renovation project is an example of a public-private partnership between Colorado Springs Together, the Mountain Shadows Community Association and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. More than 150 Mountain Shadows residents and neighbors participated in public meetings to generate ideas for the renovation project.
  • The master plan was approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in Summer 2013 and includes a new playground and pavilion, as well as a Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial.
  • In addition to the renovations here in the park, more improvements will follow at Chipeta Elementary School.  The City and District 11 collaborated on a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to create a new educational landscape at Chipeta.
  • Total project estimated cost: $225,000
  • Includes cash donations totaling $123,000 (Classic Homes, HBA Cares and Land Title Guarantee Corp). The remaining $102,000 will be covered by in-kind donations.