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North Cheyenne Cañon Park Master Plan implementation to begin

City Council denies appeal, allowing plan to move forward

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will begin to implement the North Cheyenne Cañon Park Master and Management Plan this year.

The Parks Advisory Board voted to approve the plan at its regular meeting on May 10. An appeal was filed by the Cheyenne Cañon Conservationists organization. On June 26, The Colorado Springs City Council voted to deny the appeal and uphold the adoption of the master plan, which will guide use and management of the park for the next 10 to 15 years, accommodating a variety of recreational uses while preserving the land and its history.

“We are ready to move forward with this master plan that was created with the help of hundreds of residents and our many community partners,” said parks director Karen Palus. “It is our great responsibility to protect and restore this natural treasure.”

Several improvement projects are planned for 2018 and 2019, including:

· Design and engineering of Powell Trailhead parking lot

· Trail improvements in and around Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center

· A new interpretive plan for the visitor center and park with assistance from a grant proposal created in partnership with the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon

· Continued dialogue with the United States Forest Service for night closures at park entrances

· Construction of an accessible trail loop from the Starsmore Visitor Center

· Expansion of the Ridgeway parking lot

Visit www.ColoradoSprings/NCCMasterPlan for more information.

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