Garden of the Gods Park to host a “Motorless Morning”

Special event to be celebrated on Earth Day (April 22)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – On Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Department will host a Motorless Morning in Garden of the Gods Park. This pilot event will eliminate motor vehicle access within the park from 5-10 a.m. The event is part of a series of Earth Day activities planned at Garden of the Gods ParkApril 21-22.

During the Motorless Morning, visitors will be encouraged to park their vehicles at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center or Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. As always, the park will remain free and open to the public, and all park rules and regulations will be in effect. At 10 a.m., the park will reopen to motor vehicles.

This pilot program was conceptualized from a recent transportation study designed to enhance the visitor experience and protect the natural elements of Garden of the Gods Park. The parks department hired Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to conduct the study, which was funded by the Garden of the Gods Foundation. The parks department sought input last month from residents about proposed ways to alleviate congestion, enhance access and reduce emissions.

“After receiving feedback via email and during a March 12 open house focused on the transportation study, we think the time is right to try an event like this at Garden of the Gods Park,” said Kim King, parks administration manager. “While we believe Earth Day’s Motorless Morning will provide a truly unique and positive experience for visitors, we certainly want to emphasize that this is a pilot program, and we will look closely at survey feedback following the event.”

All attendees will be encouraged to participate in a short survey to share their feedback.

The parks department estimates that 5.8 million people visited Garden of the Gods Park in 2017. Visit ColoradoSprings.gov/GOGTransportationStudy for more information.

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