COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Residents and visitors can expect to see work begin this week on the Foothills and Gateway Trails in Garden of the Gods Park. Crews will work to realign part of the Gateway Trail from 30th Street into the park, providing a more accessible pathway. A new pedestrian bridge will also be constructed over Camp Creek. The Foothills Trail, which runs parallel to 30th Street near Rock Ledge Ranch, will be relocated and improved in order to eliminate conflict with the overflow parking lot at Rock Ledge Ranch. Damaged concrete will also be replaced. Drainage improvements will be made along both trails.
“These trails provide an important connection for locals and visitors hiking through the park,” said project manager David Deitemeyer. “There will be intermittent closures during the improvement project but we hope to maintain access to the park as much as possible.”
The total cost of the project is approximately $440,000. $180,000 comes from the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART) with the remainder of the funding from the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) trails account. The work is expected to be finished by the end of 2018.
TOPS is funded by a 1/10 sales tax. For every $10 spent, the parks department receives one cent which goes to Trails, Open Spaces and Parks. TOPS has purchased many open spaces such as Corral Bluffs and Red Rock Canyon, and constructed many miles of trails to include the Legacy Loop and Rock Island Trail along with many park facilities such as Snowy River Park, Gold Camp Park and many more.