Dec 18, 2013 9:01 PM by Bill Folsom
North Cheyenne Canon Park in Colorado Springs is finally ready to welcome back the public. "This Saturday, 5:00 a.m., we'll be officially reopening North Cheyenne Canon," said Colorado Springs Parks Director, Karen Palus. The park has been of limits since the destructive floods in September.
Colorado Springs Parks crews have addressed a long list of removal and repair projects. The work takes care of major public safety concerns, but there is a warning for extra caution by visitors to the park because all the water changed the structure of the canyon. "Far more water, soil moisture in the ground than we've had in the past, and the canyon is an active place, it's an active geologic feature in many regards," said Chris Lieber with Parks. There is on-gong work, so there will still be restrictions in the park.
Most trails in the city park portion of the canyon will be open, but connecting trails on U.S. Forest Service land will remain closed until next summer. Forest Service crews have focused on fixing the massive washout on Lower Gold Camp Road. The gap is filled and the road is ready for traffic.