REMINDER: Garden of the Gods Park to host “Motorless Morning”Sunday

Free and open to the public, event will eliminate motor vehicle traffic from 5 a.m.-noon; several special activities planned during the event

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – On Sunday (Oct. 7), the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will host a Motorless Morning in Garden of the Gods Park. Rain or shine, the special event will eliminate motor vehicle access within the park from 5 a.m.-noon., and the first 100 visitors will receive a free Olympic City USA gift.

Attendees are encouraged to park their vehicles at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center (1805 N 30th Street), Garden of the Gods Trading Post (324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs) or in the temporary parking lot at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (corner of N 30th Street and Gateway Road). As always, the park will remain free and open to the public, and all park rules and regulations will apply. At noon, the park will reopen to motor vehicles.

There are several activities planned during the event, including the chance to join a 3-mile fitness walk led by four-time Olympic race walker Carl Schueler at 9 a.m., or a 5.5-mile bike ride led by Para-cyclist Brandon Lyons at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. (walkers and riders of all abilities are welcome to join); interpretive stations; nature walks hosted by the Visitor & Nature Center; bike decorating and strider bike demonstrations courtesy of Kids on Bikes; and much more. The full list of activities and a map is available atcoloradosprings.gov/motorlessmorning.

Access to the park is being provided for all visitors via accessible routes into and throughout the park, including designated parking for persons with disabilities. The use of other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD), which includes electric assist bicycles, will be allowed. There will also be a free public shuttle looping from the temporary parking lot at Rock Ledge Ranch to the intersection of Gateway Road and Juniper Way Loop, to provide easy access to the central garden area. The shuttle will be available throughout the duration of the event.

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